UK’s Snowboard and Freeski elite were all under one roof, throwing down some tight freestyle action to a crowd of thousands, as the Orange AIM Series presented the British Quarterpipe Championships at the prestigious Metro Ski and Snowboard Show, London, on Friday 20th October.
The line-up for the afternoon qualifiers read like the British Snowboarding and Freeskiing hall of fame, with all riders eager to add another title to their already impressive collections. Taking on the snowboard battle were Dan Wakeham, Sam Cullum, James Mcelvaney, Ben Kilner, Mathew Gibson, Kevin Mills, Angus Leith, Jack Shackleton, Colum Mytton and two of the youngest riders to have ever competed at the high-status show, Jamie Nicholls and Sparrow Knox.
In the qualification round all athletes had just two practice runs and two judged runs, from which the best score counts, with the top 50% then going through to the final at 7pm. The top two riders and skiers in the final then went head to head in an immensely tense, one run super final.
In the snowboard competition, riders charged the 3m Quarterpipe going as fast and high as they possibly could in the quest to go through to the final and win the title, providing the thousand strong crowd with a fine display of inverted tricks and spins. Riding super strong all session, and the youngest competitors of the day, were Jaime Nicholls (13) and Sparrow Knox (12) who threw down McTwist combinations, ensuring they stood out among all the other riders double their age!
After a short pit-stop the six qualifying riders including Dan Wakeham, Ben Kilner, Jamie Nicholls, Sam Cullum, Matt Gibson and James McElvaney were back up at the top of the run-in to battle it out for the coveted title and the chance to ride in the 6-star TTR World Snowboard Tour O’Neill Evolution event. Wowing the judges, but narrowly missing out of the super final was Jaime Nicholls who landed a 900 rotation, whilst GB team members Sam Cullum and Dan Wakeham, who had been tipped hot favourites to win, didn’t disappoint by putting on a top class show. Dan performed an impressive back flip whilst Sam’s amplified McTwist ensured him highly regarded British Quarterpipe Champion title.
Along with the British Quarterpipe Champion’s title the top snowboarder, Sam Cullum, received a month’s worldwide holiday courtesy of www.seasonaires.com. Joining Sam Cullum with entry into the O’Neill Evolution, the under 18’s spot went to Jamie Nicholls, who was awarded the prestigious prize in recognition of his outstanding performance throughout the competition.
- 1st – Sam Cullum, Bracknell
- 2nd – Dan Wakeham, Plymouth
- 3rd – Jamie Nicholls, Bradford
- 4th – Mathew Gibson, Sheffield
- =5th – James Mcelvaney, Chesterfield
- =5th - Ben Kilner, Banchory
- 7th - Sparrow Knox, London
- 8th - Jack Shackleton, Newbury
- 9th - Angus Leith, Aviemore
- 10th - Kevin Mills, Bournemouth
- 11th - Colum Mytton, Todmorden
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