Wednesday, 21 August 2013

NZ Winter Games

4 days ago I competed in the Nz Winter Games halfpipe event in Cardrona mountain. I had a few days official training before that but the weather was so bad we hardly got any time on snow.

I wasn't going into the event very confident as I wasn't feeling 100%. I just wanted to make sure I landed a run and kept my points up as it was another Olympic Qualifying event. My practise went fairly well in the lead up to the competition even though the weather was still overcast and windy.


The light wasn't to bad later when it was time to do the runs. But it was still difficult. I crashed on my first run. I was trying a 1260 which I can usually do fairly consistent so the pressure was on for my second run.




I was nervous going into my second run. Usually I am in a much better place going into it as I have landed the first one so I can push hard on my second one. But this time I had to hold back as I needed a score on the board. I managed to land my second run. It wasn't my best run which was really disappointing. I wanted a good result and it was a great opportunity to get one. 






I ended up 22nd over all. It is still inside the top 30 which is needed but it is still a long way off what I wanted. I will have to try and get myself fit again and perfect my double so that I can start pushing for finals.







Video of my run to come soon!

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Bali

On the 5th of July after two weeks in Whistler I flew to Bali to meet Paddy Graham and Billy Morgan, both members of the British ski and snowboard team, for a month.



I was there for 4 weeks and I absolutely loved it. We all hired scooters and were been hammering around on them. They are death traps though. So it’s pretty sketchy. The three of us spent a week in Bali surfing and being tourists. We also met up with two British snowboarders while in Kuta, Bali. So we spent the rest of our time with them. 





Then we shot off and went to an Island close by called Lombok. It was very different to Bali. Extremely chilled out and very relaxed. No parties or anything like that. So we would get up early most mornings to go surfing and then head back out in the afternoon. I never realised how hard surfing was until I tried it. It is incredibly difficult. I struggled to stand up and know which waves to paddle into. But now I am just starting to get the hang of it. The only part I can't do is duck dive. My board is too big so I just get spat out the back of the wave. 


The ferry over was a slow 6 hours. But once we were in Lombok it was worth it. We managed to find a skate bowl in the middle of nowhere. God knows who made it. But it interesting to say the least. We turned up and there was a skateboarding dog in it. He was just running along with the board and jumping on. Strange to watch....
Lombok was a weird place. Tons of wild dogs and cows just roaming the streets. They were even in our hotel court yard. 




After about 11 days in Lombok all of us headed back to Bali to meet Aimee Fuller who is another British snowboarder. We spent one night in Kuta and then went to the Gili islands. It was very touristy. A lot of English speaking people so it was different to Lombok. But it was really chilled out. You could cycle round the whole island in about 25 mins. There wasn't much to do apart from sit on a beach. All of the guys got pretty bored pretty quickly. So we left and went back to Bali. We spent the rest of our time there. Surfing and travelling around seeing some of the sights. It was pretty cool. Got to meet a lot of like minded people and hang out with them. 






After that I headed to New Zealand which was an easy flight as it wasn't too long. It was 5 and a half hours then a 3 hour flight from Depensar to Queenstown then about an hour drive to Wanaka. So it was chilled. I am now in Wanaka till the 5th of September and have a contest on the 15th of August which I am really nervous about as it is a difficult halfpipe to ski. It is narrow and icy making it super fast. Not pleasant at all. But hopefully I can pull something out of the bag. 



I will keep you updated how it goes!


Saturday, 3 August 2013

Whistler

Sorry for the delay in a post. I was in Whistler and is was fairly hectic trying to achieve my goals as my time was limited. And since then I have been in Indonesia surfing and travelling around and the internet has been rubbish so I haven’t been able to upload anything.

Whistler was an amazing trip for me this summer. It was probably the best training I have done all year. It was a halfpipe airbag for both walls. Left and right. It was all the way up on the Blackcomb glacier but me and the rest of the guys stayed in Whistler village. I absolutely love it there. It is a really nice place and everyone is really friendly and polite.








We would get up about 7 o’clock every morning for breakfast and the get on the lifts at half past 7. It took about half an hour to get up to the top every morning which was a pain but it was all worth it. I would usually ski till about 1/2 in the afternoon and then head down. They did provide lunch up the mountain but I just preferred to get down and do some sort of outdoor activity. It was mainly football but sometimes the odd spot of golf! 





I went to Whistler with the goal of landing more left double flares and making them consistent. I achieved that. It was difficult as the first week I was there it was terrible weather. Wind, rain and a lot of low cloud. It meant I couldn’t prep for it as best I could. Both Jamie Matthew (coach) and I knew that when it was the next good day I just had to get it done. So the sun came out and we both had a feeling it was on.



I only managed to try 3. And I landed all of them consistently. All of them didn’t go as well as I would have liked but I was still able to stay in control and land them on my feet and ride away. I was extremely happy. I now think I am ready to take them to contest. I will try and put them into my run in NZ.




I was sad to leave Whistler as it is my favourite trip of the whole year. But I was going to Bali for a month so I was extremely happy about that.