15/12/2008 | by Philipp Strauss
I travelled with Tom Hunt, who I ride with at Castleford. We arrived on Friday morning and once we had checked into our hotel we went to the snowdome to check it out. It was huge…the biggest snowdome I have ever seen, it even had a six man chair lift inside it!!!!
We rode for a couple of hours, Friday night but we weren’t allowed to ride the park until the day of the competition. We went back to the hotel early to get some well needed, sleep ready for Saturday.
The next morning me, Cody and Tom went early to register. Once we had registered we went on the slope to warm up, the set up was amazing! There were loads of rails and a good-sized kicker at the bottom, it was one of the biggest indoor jumps I have seen. Soon the qualification runs came round and it was an individual jam session. I had three really good runs and managed to put down the tricks I wanted to do. The atmosphere amongst the riders was great and it was well organised. Whilst we waited for the finalist to be read out I grabbed some lunch, I heard my name called out and I’d made it through to the final. The final consisted of two runs, best-run counts. My runs went really well and on the kicker I landed a BS720 and a switch cab 720 and I landed some good trick on the rails too. Once the finals were over I went inside to get some more food, I was starving. At around 6pm the results were read out and I came 1st in the juniors, which I was so pleased with and first overall. This won me a place in the Burton European Open, Laax in January. I thought the Burton AM, Bispingen was a good competition and I’m sure the rest will be the same.
After the competition all my friends from home went for a session on the jump for a few hours and then we all went go carting afterwards which was over the road from the snowdome, it was a great end to the day.
I look forward to the next stop of the tour at my home slope, Castleford Sno!zone on Saturday 22nd November.