Over the weekend of the 29th & 30th September, the British Snow Tour arrived at Dorset Snowsports Centre for the third event of the series and the finale of the artificial events. Over 100 skiers and snowboarders descended on Dorset, showcasing impressive tricks over the huge 8m jump with hopes of winning the highly anticipated Quiksilver British Snowboard/Freeski Big Air Championships.
Quiksilver British Snowboard Big Air Championships
The Quarterpipe Jam was set to kick-start the day’s competition, but due to slow riding conditions the organisers made the decision to replace it with a Rail Jam. Rail king, Jamie Nicholls was on fine form throwing down a floorless gap to cab 270 on and 270 off of the kinked rail, crowning him the mens champ. In the women’s competition, the standard was high with all of the riders making good use of both rails in their runs, but it was Samantha Rogers who secured the top spot with a smooth run consisting of a switch boardslide on the top rail followed by a frontside to fakie off on the bottom rail.
The afternoon was all about big airs and winning the prestigious Quiksilver British Big Air Champion title, as nine men and four women qualified through to a super competitive final. In the women’s final, Rebecca Cullum nailed a big backside 360 indy to take home the gold and the title. Samantha Rogers added some silverware to her collection, securing second spot with a massive frontside 360 whilst youngster Katie Ormerod, who’d been riding super strong all day, took third place. In the men’s final, Jamie Nicholls stomped a big backside 900 on his second run securing him the title, the gold and his second first place podium position of the day! Jack Shackleton came in second place with a big rodeo 540 which he stomped on his final run and Ben Knox came in a close third with a sweet switch backside 540.
Quiksilver British Snwoboard Big Air Championships Results
Men 1st - Jamie Nicholls, Bradford 2nd - Jack Shackleton, Berkshire 3rd – Ben Knox, London
Women 1st - Rebecca Cullum, Bracknell 2nd - Samantha Rogers, Reading 3rd – Katie Ormerod, Halifax
Men 1st - Jamie Nicholls, Bradford 2nd - Sparrow Knox, London 3rd - Chris Bratt, Dorset
Women 1st - Samantha Rogers, Reading 2nd - Rebecca Cullum, Bracknell 3rd – Gemma Marshall, Sheffield
The British Snow Tour schools team, accompanied in this area by Ride Snowboard’s Ben Knox and Faction Ski’s Ben Hawker, continued their pursuit to introduce and inspire new comers to the two sports, stopping by at two Dorset schools on the 27th and 28th September, presenting to over 600 pupils. The team did a great job of signing the kids up to the FREE beginner ski/snowboard lessons, courtesy of Quiksilver, with over 200 enthusiastic beginners taking to the learner slopes over the weekend.
The next event on the British Snow Tour calendar will be the Animal Slopestyle Championships at Castleford, SNO!zone on the 6th October. For event timings and info please go to www.britishsnowtour.com
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