Sunday, 29 December 2013

Copper World Cup

Just before Christmas I had the first World Cup of the season. I was very nervous as it is the hardest one of the winter. I wanted to put in a good performance so I could get a good result but also have a gage of where I would roughly place throughout the circuit with my run.

I had two days practise which was nice. But previously I had been skiing at Copper anyway. I was used to the pipe. So it wasn't too difficult to get into my run early on in the practise. Once both my practise days were up I had a day off due to the snowboard event being on. A couple of guys on the team went up to support Ben Kilner and Dom Harrington.

Ben and Dom both managed to get a score on the board but it was not the run they wanted. But it meant they both got some valuable points to help keep them in the run for Sochi. It was good to watch and it makes a difference having your mates coming to watch. So everyone made an effort.

Next up was me. I had three run practise which isn't a lot. It is all you need though. A run of straight airs and then into tricks after that. Practise went well and I was feeling good about my run. I had been struggling with my right 9's. They still need work but it was time for me to put it in my run. I needed to progress and by forcing myself to do it made me get over the fear of doing it.

I managed to land both my runs. I was really happy. They both were solid. Maybe not as clean as I would have liked. But it was still pleasing. Built some confidence going into Calgary just after the New Year.

The points difference is very close so a few tweaks in my run could bump me up a few places. This time last year I was in 35th place. So a year later I have gone up 10 places.
All the guys came up to watch and support. It was cool knowing that you had some support being such a long way from home.

After every event I would give Ben a piggy back down if he came to watch and when I would watch him he would do the same for me.

The next event is on the 2nd of January. And this will be the most important event for me as if I was to do well it would take a lot of pressure off going into the last event. I am after a top 18. 18th was my personal best last year so I am wanting to build on that this season going into the Olympics.

After my run. Happy. Can't you tell?

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Upcoming World Cup

On the 19th of December I will have the first World Cup of the season which I am really nervous about as it is the toughest contest of the season. It will be harder than the Olympics in terms of athletes. But after my recent success in the Nor-Am I am fairly confident about my run and my chances of doing well.

I have been working hard on my run and hopefully I can get a good score if I do my run well. If everything goes well and I get my grabs etc. then the score will come and so will the placing.

I will let you know how it goes!

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Bearsden Edit

Last month I went through to Bearsden to film an edit before heading away for the winter. I was really excited as I hadn't ever really filmed a lot before or realised how much hard work went into it. It was really good fun but hard work.


I am waiting for some photos about my most recent contest ( North Face Park and Pipe) and will have a post up about that soon!

Monday, 2 December 2013

Scotland On Sunday

I was pretty stoked to wake up in Breck yesterday to hear that I was on the front cover of the Scotland On Sunday Ski & Board magazine back home! The article was written by Roger Cox who I met up with at Hillend a few weeks ago to take some photos and do the interview - I'm really pleased with how it came out!