Hey, this week I have been in London at Olympia for the Metro Ski and Snowboard Show and the LG World Cup, Big air, held at Battersea Power Station.
The Metro Ski and Snowboard Show is great because everyone is there, I was invited to do the demo’s on the kicker, there were 5 shows a day, I found it tiring but fun at the same time.
On Thursday I competed in the LG World Cup to see if I could qualify for the main event which was to be held on Saturday. My runs were a 540 and a backside 7 Indy. I was really pleased to find out I’d qualified as it had been a very windy day and I’d struggled a little to get enough speed but still managed to pull it off with the backside 7, which I landed perfectly. The standard of riding that day was amazing and there were snowboarders from all over the world including Danny Kass, Stefan Gimpl, and many more.
On Friday it was back at the Ski show for the British Snow Tour, big air. This was a fun event and again the standard of riding was high. I made it through to the final after landing a clean Japan 5 and melon 9, which I put my hand down on. This was a knock out round where I had to perform the best trick I could to knock out my opponent who happened to be Jack Shackleton. He was also riding good all day landing some big backflips and Rodeo 5’s. My first run didn’t go well but on my second run I pulled out a big 900 which I was happy with. This got me through to the next round with Andy Nuds, who was also riding very well too. It all came down to one run, I dropped in first and landed another 900, I knew I had got a good chance of winning but it all depended on what Andy Nuds did on his run but he fell when trying a 7. He had been landing 7s most of the day and even getting 900s round.
The next day I was at the LG World Cup, I was really looking forwards to riding. I woke up early and the weather looked great, there was no wind and it was sunny. I set off to Battersea; it was around 15 minutes from Olympia. I got there for around half past 8 in the morning. I started riding at 1.00pm in the afternoon and had around 3 practice runs; the practice runs went ok and I had some good runs to put down. I waited to do my run and the snow went very slow and I fell on the first run which put me off slightly for my second run. I knew because off my weight I wasn’t going to clear it like all the big guys so I pulled out. I did this because I didn’t want to risk it with it being too early in the season but at the end off the day I had a great time and was happy to get this far in my first World Cup big air and that it had been a good experience for me.
My final day was back at the Ski Show, which was a lot more fun, we spent our last day having fun on the jump and impressing the crowd. Thanks Stu Brass for letting me snowboard in the demos.