Rich Hegarty from the World Snowboard Tour hit up shaper Charles Beckinsale – the guy charged with building this year’s World Championships of Snowboarding slopestyle course and Big Air kicker – for an in-depth conversation on the art of kicker- and park building.
Where do you normally work?
I’m the terrain park manager at Perisher during the southern hemisphere winter and a park groomer / builder at Whistler Blackcomb during the northern hemisphere winter.
What makes you a good park designer and builder?
I guess it’s my riding background and the fact I still ride what I’m building.
How do you feel about building the World Championship Slopestyle Course and the Big Air set up?
Its a real honour and not something I take lightly. Just like the riders, I’m going there to do my best with what is there so hopefully when they arrive they get the best course of the season and its a great experience for everyone. I haven’t been to China and it’s not something I would have imagined I would be doing, but I’m really exited about building it.
I’m really excited to be going to China to work on building the slope course with Ryan and his team. It sounds like they are able to make tons of snow at the site so it should be a real pleasure getting the features and the overall flow of the slopestyle dialled. In my experience when the flow of the course and all the transitions match up well, that’s when riders feel comfortable to push the progression, so that is key in what we want to deliver.