Copper, O'Neill Evolution, Courchevel, Knee injury
Wed, Feb 13 2013 09:52
Sorry for the mega blog! been a bit lame getting stuff up. I had a busy start to the season and then Christmas and New Year at home in Courchevel, just didnt get around to updating. Now laid up due to rubbish injury (see below) and have loads of spare time.
At the start of December i was out in Copper with the GB team riding pipe we were all staying in this massive house that was an old bed and breakfast, haha we had a massive TV and a pool table in there was awesome few weeks. Whilst out there i worked on my bs5's and fs7's to cab7's sooo stocked!!
During January i was at the O'Neill Evolution was a fun few days the pipe was good i was really struggling to ride it though as was so different to the pipe in Copper, but still not to bad, in my first run i fell on my fs9 first hit and 2nd run i landed fs5 bs air fs7 and then did a hand drag on my cab7... but still ended up finishing 20th,
The big air / slopestyle was good, but i fell both times... ended up in 27th was a good few days well done to Katie Blundell who finished 4th in slopestyle!!
After O'Neill i came back to Courchevel and Henry Shackleton, Ollie Jackson, Jamie Trinder and Tom Hunt arrived to stay with us at The Drop Inn. Parklife Series is up and running! make sure you follow us we will spend most of our time in Courchevel riding Meribel park and Courch family park, and our travels to comps and trips planned to Mayrhofen, Turkey for Junior Worlds and Tignes for The Brits..Facebook - ParklifeSeries
Like us on facebook and you will get all the latest news and also know when are website will be up and running with films and more.. plus if we get enough likes Ollie will get his chest waxed!!!! so do it please..
Had a fun few days riding with Parklife but unfortunately some guy took me out on the piste and have had to get my knee stitched up... hopefully ill be on the hill very soon when my knee has healed..
Hopefully ill be back on the slopes soon! :)
The last week in NZ / Queenstown and painting!
Tue, Oct 9 2012 09:52
My last week in NZ was good fun, riding up at Remarks and hanging out in Queenstown. I managed to get fs9's on the jump, gutted that i didnt get it on film!! all well going to have to do a few more then! :) Had loads of fun in Queenstown wish i could have stayed even longer!
This is the view from Remarks..
I am now back in France catching up with my friends and helping my parents finish the work we have had done on Chalet Merisiers / The Drop Inn, i am an expert painter now!!
Spent the weekend skating my mini ramp in Courchevel 1550 and a BBQ was an awesome day with my mates!!!
Later this week i head to Hintertux in Austria with Team GB, get some more training in for Freeze that is on in London in 2 weeks. Pleisure Holidays will also have a stand at Freeze so should be a good weekend. After the Freeze i will be at the London Ski Show helping out on the Head stand. Then early November it is the O'Neill Pleasure Jam out in Austria.
Looking forward to the next few weeks, hopefully i can also fit in my driving test at some point! oh well better get back to painting..
NZ Wanaka / Snowpark onto Queenstown / Remarks
Fri, Sep 21 2012 12:00
The last few weeks in Wanaka were ok, the weather wasn't the best, the wind was a problem a lot of days, so had a lot of down days. Went to the cinema a lot and played a load of scrabble! it snowed a load one day and so got to ride snowpark with 30cm of fresh, hitting the knuckles and sides of jumps going as big as you can was so much fun.
The days we did get on the hill were good stoked on my pipe riding learned tricks on my backside wall so i can put a good run together now :) left Wanaka early on Monday and watched the sun rise as we drove to Queenstown.
The rest of Team GB where flying off however i am staying in Queestown at a mates place and staff from Pleisure Holidays. Has been a good few days so changed my flights so i could stay for longer haha, the park in Remarks is good so hopefully get some got riding going with Ruben Hubner, Evan Savio, Joel Davies.... fingers crossed the weather is good too.
First week in NZ
Wed, Sep 5 2012 03:58
After Australia i flew to NZ was an ok flight, i arrived in christchurch and then got a mini plane to queenstown was so weird because there was no passport control or security you just walk on to a plane. Queenstown is one of the scariest and amazing airports to land at as it is in a valley between some big mountains.
Got picked up from Queestown and have been staying in Wanaka with Team GB. The next day after my flight i did my first ever World Cup, which was also the first qualifying event for the 2014 Olympics up at Cardrona. It was supposed to be practice day first however due to poor weather forecast they cancelled practice day and brought the qualification forward. So i only got 5 runs of training and then had to do a run in my first ever world cup event haha, however was all good, a good experience for the future.
We have been going up to Snowpark for the past few days and i have been mainly riding pipe, super stocked on it because i have learnt how to do bs5s out the coping and am starting to get a run together!!!! :)
Snowpark setup, not bad hey..
Unfortunately the past few days have been bad weather so haven't had the chance to be riding it. Have been going to the cinema which has to be the best cinema ever !! all the seats are old sofas so comfy and they stop the movie half way through and you can buy freshly baked cookies they are amazing !!! haha and also we went to puzzling world which is a place with loads of illusions like a pool ball roling up a hill or a room were sam and row are really big and im really small, see pic below!!
Journey to the other side of the World / World Rookie Fest / Flight to NZ.
Sat, Aug 25 2012 01:55
Last week i traveled to the other side of the world! first destination Australia with the world rookie fest guys, was a long flight with a stop in Dubai, where we had a 12h wait so we went into Dubai, soo hot 48 at night! and got to see the worlds tallest building :) that was sick!!
Arrived in Sydney the next day and drove up to Thredbo, being back to cold and winter was strange especially after the heat of Dubai! We were in Australia for some filming, a comp and kangaroo hunting!!!! haha was a good laugh, unfortunately though i didnt land my runs in the comp.
On our drive back to Sydney we stopped in Canberra and at a skate shop where we were each given a cruiser skateboard and a beenie, so stocked on that, cheers Adrenalin Boardstore Canberra. We arrived in Sydney later that night, staying at Bondi beach. The next day we went into Sydney to see the opera house and stuff. We skated across the big harbour bridge, was so funny because we were all on the cruisers zigzaging in and out of people.
Yesterday i got a flight to NZ, only just though as nearly late for my taxi! landed in Christchurch and then onto Queestown, now in Wanaka with Team GB. That is my travelling done for a few weeks, looking forward to some good snowboarding at Cardrona and Snowpark.
our cruiser skateboards from Adrenalin Boardstore
Saas Fee / My birthday / London Olympics / Theory test
Mon, Aug 13 2012 02:48
The past few weeks i have been busy, Saas Fee, UK, Olympics, Driving Theory Test, Family visits..
I spent 2 weeks on the glacier in Saas Fee Switzerland with Team GB. Was a good 2 weeks, the jumps were good shape was trying some rodeos and underflips on the medium line also got a sb7 and tried fs10 of the big line so stocked on that :) the pipe was ok for doing some bs5's, not really good enough to try some other tricks i wanted, which was a shame. Also went snowboarding for the first time on my birthday, which was sick!
After Saas Fee i headed to the UK with my mum and dad in Forrest our 1979 vw camper, stayed in a few places on the way up through France. In the UK stayed at a mates in Ashford for a few days, he has a big garden, i learnt to drive a digger and dump truck and some drifting in a Mazda mx5 :)
We went into london for the day as i had tickets for the Olympic Volleyball, cheers Team GB and sir Clive Woodward who got me the tickets for being in the Youth Olympics. The Volleyball was a good game such good atmosphere. After the olympics we went up to Coventry and i passed my driving theory test and got to see loads of my family which i dont really get to see that often so was a good few weeks :)
Vals Senales Rookie camp, R.I.P Nelson
Mon, Jul 9 2012 12:19
The past week and a bit i have been at Vals Senales in italy on the Rookie camp was a good few days over there met so many cool people which i hope to see again some time!
On the hill they had a good set up although i didnt get to hit the big jump because the first couple of days i had a really bad sunburn on the back of my legs which had scabbed up so couldnt really walk let alone ride! when my legs got better the weather and snow wasnt so good to get the speed for them, so i stuck to small line you could do 7s so was working on my sb7 and rail setup :)
The Saturday i got picked up two friends from Courchevel came over to ride for the day as it was one of there birthdays, good day on the hill and then on the way back we stopped off in Chamonix to skate the new bowl, i struggled to skate as i was tired from a long day and week.
I would also like to say a few words for a friend that has just passed away, Nelson Pratt. I remember the first time that i meet Nelson it was about 4years ago he picked me up in his old land rover from Moutiers and drove me over to Innsbruck to train with the gb team, he was such a nice guy always with a smile on his face never complained really polite and great snowboarder, always stoked to be riding... he was the nicest person i have ever met. Sooo Sad
Barcelona, The Board Test and Team GB air bag session
Sun, May 27 2012 07:39
This month has been sick! i went to Barcelona with the pleisure crew was a fun few days skating around town, drinking sangria, a segway tour, seeing the sights.. on the last day with my parents, Henry Shackleton and Dan Malin we had a skate tour, we started in Barcelona with a spot from tony hawks 1 and a little park on the beach, next we headed to Montpellier and then to Marseille and finally Grenoble, Grenoble was the best has one of the best bowls i have riden theres diferent lines everywhere it was sick.
Crolles nr Grenoble
With my collarbone healing well and doctors giving me go ahead to get back back snowboarding i headed to the board test for the week, was fun got to see loads of people hadn't seen in ages and the park was good.
Here is a link to a short video Head snowboards put together with me and Henry at the Board test http://video.mpora.com/watch/MUGl2ZCWk/
The week after the board test i went to Corvatch / St Moritz with Rowan Coltas, Jamie Nicholls, Jamie Trinder, Ben Kilner, Billy Morgan and Katie Ormerod. Our coach Hamish Mcknight had set up an airbag training session, not only that it was our own private resort with lift just open for us and a good jump setup up to airbag and normal and normal landing so we could try things and take to normal jump. It was a sick week just trying what you wanted into the bag and you wouldnt get hurt, i learnt fs under flips and also tried rodeos and double under flips, it was the first time i have been inverted off a big jump and it was the first time i had tried those tricks so it was an amazing week, loads of fun, but was really tiring, i was suprised how much falling takes out of you hahaha, the shoulder was all good though, cant wait for more summer riding now.
7's, 9's & 1080, Broken Collar bone, The Brits & Junior World Championships
Thu, Apr 5 2012 05:14
Training in Laax was going well i was riding with henry and jamie on the one camp and on the first day we all went crazy and started throwing ourselves off stuff! in one day i landed all four 7s two 9s fs and sb and a fs 10! it was a good day, however the next day we went up we were aching a lot haha.
A couple of days after i was riding the pipe with dan and henry and i fall onto my shouler and broke my collar bone. : (
I Had it operated and pinned i got told that i wouldnt be able to snowboard for two months. : (
I decided to stick around at the Brits, it was cool to see Jamie & Henry take home the medals in Halfpipe and Big Air. From the Brits i was due to travel to the Junior World Championships with Jamie & Henry, although i cant snowboard for weeks, as my flights and accommodation were booked and i would have just been sitting at home anyway i still travelled with them. Journey from Laax to Geneva airport was a bit cramped!
The Junior Worlds were held in Sierra Nevada, southern Spain, only 1 hour from the beach!!
Our hire car spookily had our initials, Henry, Jamie & Lewis!
not a lot of snow when we got to resort..
Good Halfpipe and Slopestyle set up though..
It was cool to come off the mountain and sit in the sun with a Sangria..
Although i couldnt snowboard been a good few weeks i suppose..
Yesterday i went to the physio and he told me that my collarbone is healing well and that i can go riding if i want, but try to not fall over!! :)
BEO & Nescafe Champs
Fri, Mar 9 2012 10:24
The past couple of weeks i have been at the Burton European Open and the Nescafe Champs with Henry Shackleton its been a fun couple of weeks in Laax and Leysin Switzerland.
At the BEO it was the pre qualie for slopestyle first. They had moved the slopestyle course to a different place this year it was better because it was a drag lift and not a long chair so the lap of the course was a lot faster :D. The park was good they had a down rail or a up rail to 2 small jumps which were called the flow section because they were really close together then 2 larger jumps and then the creative use of space feature where you had a wall ride to a drop over a mini car or to a poll tap or you could hit the other side and it was a metal bar / hip type thing to a down flat down or a down rail, the person who got the most creative won 5000€. Unfortunately the pre quaies got cancelled due to strong winds and bad visibility so they put everybody into the qualis the next day, i came 22nd in my heat and ended up 72nd overall.
Next up was halfpipe qualies, the pipe is so good at Laax i was really looking forward to this. The top 10 riders went through to the Semifinals, i came 21st and end up 37th overall.
All in all a good week at the BEO, good pipe always was nicely shaped, fun slopestyle course and the rail line down to the chair lift was sick.
After the BEO we headed to the Nescafe champs in Leysin the course was a flat down box to a halfpipe to a jump and then a feature on the bottom me and henry were in the last chance qualifying round were 6 went threw i finished 8th just missing out :( and henry fell both runs.
Has been a good couple of weeks. Been back home was looking forward to riding more of the new park in Meribel, however jump hasnt be so good and other features have been taken down to re build, so i am off to Laax for a weeks training before The Brits.