23/04/2009 | by Onboard
When: 31 March 2009
Where: Laax, Switzerland
Sparrow Knox. Backside 5. Photo: Daniel Burrows.
10s, 12s and double corks abound as Brits Big Air finals go of the hook.
What a way to start the freestyle proceedings of this, the 20th anniversary edition of the British Snowboard Championships. After showing up a couple years back and stamping his mark on the contest with the first ever cab 10, Nate Kern stomped another Brits first by putting down a solid backside 12 to deservedly take his second Brits Big Air crown.
Check the video evidence, but when you grab a backside 12 to 900, give it a bit of head dip and stomp like that you can certainly claim to be comfortable with holding your own with the rest of Europe.
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Nate’s 12 aside, this year’s kicker contest witnessed the highest level of riding ever seen and, with the degree of young rippers whose names are far from well-known killing it, the future of British riding looks assured. Second place went to Andy Nudd for a killer front 10 off the toes and third to all-round dominator, Dom Harington, who put down a solid Cab 10. Props must also go to some kid who’d only been riding for 2 seasons but qualified for the finals in first for putting down a backside 10 double cork to the incredulity of the crowd. Sadly with the warmer temperatures for the final the wu-tang he had to give it on the take off meant he scabbed speed and was lucky to escape a face first encouner with the kuckle.
Dom Harington. Cab 10.
For the nippers there was some good riding from the likes of Sparow Knox and Jamie Nicholls, Jamie winning with a neat Cab 9, and for the girls Laura Berry had a perfect front 3 to edge out Claire Frost for first.
British freestyle riding is looking stronger than ever, so we’re mad stoked and now heading up to check the likes of Dom Harington, Dan Wakeham and Ben Kilner get tech in the pipe.
Tune in tomorrow for a heads up on what went down and check out more highlight videos HERE.