Simon Brass and Jo Chastney Take the Big Air Titles
The Quiksilver British Big Air Championships brought the sun out again for day two of the BRITS. Set amongst a backdrop of Laax’s snow capped mountains and the DJ’s rock steady rhythms, the UK’s big hitters attacked the big air jumps with serious style, skill and tenacity.
In the women’s competition, Posy Dixon was the only girl to brave the largest jump to secure her a spot in the final, with Jo Chastney qualifying through in top spot after landing a stylish backside 180 Japan. In the women’s final, it was Chastney again, fresh from gaining gold in the previous days Snowboardcross Championships and was eager to add another medal to her growing collection, pulling out a super stylish backside 180 double shifty to take the women’s title. Second place went to Lesley McKenna who landed a big and smooth backside 360 with third place going to Posy Dixon who stomped a backside 360.
In the men’s final the trick of choice was the corked 720, with Simon Brass landing a huge corked 720 melon, which he stomped effortlessly to take top spot and the men’s Quiksliver British Big Air title. Second place went to Gary Greensheilds with a 720 melon and third place went to Tom West, who also opted for a corked 720 melon. In the kids category 14 year old Jamie Nicholls and 13 year old Sparrow Knox proved that the future of British snowboarding was a bright one, both choosing to spin off the largest jump, Jamie landed a backside 720 indy and narrowly missed out on a place in the senior men’s final and finished a respectable ninth overall.
The Quiksilver British Big Air Championships Results:
1st – Jo Chastney, Bournemouth
2nd – Lesley McKenna, Aviemore
3rd – Posy Dixon, London
1st – Simon Brass, Lancashire
2nd – Gary Greenshields, Edinburgh
3rd – Tom West, Buckingham
Don’t forget to check out the all new BRITS 2007 daily webcasts at www.aimseries.com, where you will be able to review the coolest action from the previous days competition, including the best footage from the qualifications, finals, prizegiving as well as rider profiles and interviews with your favourite British athletes and all of the action from the apres ski parties. The webcast for Tuesday’s competition will be available to view from approximately 12 noon on Wednesday 14th March.