With the sun still shinning for the fourth consecutive day, the hugely anticipated Animal British Slopestyle Championships got underway with a record number of 101 competitors. An amazing standard of rail and kicker riding combinations were displayed, with the younger generation of shredders impressing all and raising the level of British snowboarding, with the crowd anticipated as to what run combinations were going to be pulled out of the bag for the final day of competition.
In the women’s final, Posy Dixon utilised the slopestyle course to the full and threw down a stylish and technical run which consisted of a 50-50 to nose slide on the kinked box, on to boardslide to fakie on the picnic benches, on to a frontside 50-50 on the down rail, backside 3 indy on the first medium kicker then clean ollie over the last medium kicker to secure her the gold and the glory. Second place went to Lucy Passmore after she threw down a switch boardslide to frontside fakie on the kinked box, switch frontside 180 to 50-50 to backside 180 off the picnic benches, on to backside boardslide to frontside shifty off the last box, and finished off with a method and nose grab over the kickers. With a super stylish rail run, Laura Hill bagged the bronze with a 50-50 boardslide over the kink box, onto noseslide over the picnic benches, and then onto a nose press on the box, finished off with a pair of smooth straight airs on the medium kicker line.
In the men’s competition a new BRITS record was set when 13 year old Jamie Nicholls, qualified in top spot into the senior men’s final, being the youngest competitor to do so in the history of the BRITS after he threw down a cab 540 and backside 720 indy over the kickers. Also standing out amongst the younger competitors was James Carr, Jack Shackleton and Chris Kightley who demonstrated some tech rail riding combinations.
In the final, riding with a broken board after he snapped the tail in the qualifiers, Ryan Davis didn’t let that stop him and took first and the Animal Slopestyle Championship title after he gapped to switch frontside 270 on the flat-down kinked rail, front flipped out of the transition of the banana rail and stomped a steezy frontside boardslide on the down rail and over the kickers he landed a smooth cab 540 and frontside 540. In second position, narrowly missing out on the gold, was wonder kid Jamie Nicholls who threw down a sweet run which included a switch boardslide to frontside boardslide to fakie over the kinked box, followed by a switch frontside 270 onto the picnic benches and 270 spin off, then onto another sick switch boardslide to frontside boardslide to fakie on the flat box. Over the kickers he stomped a cab 540 and backside 720. With a super big and solid gap to frontside noseslide on the kinked rail, followed by a 360 over the transition of the banana rail, then finished off the rails with a sick and solid backside lipside on the down rail was Nelson Pratt. To clinch the bronze, Nelson finished his run with a massive backside 720 to massive frontside 720 on the big kicker line.
1st – Posy Dixon, Cambridgeshire
2nd – Lucy Passmore, Milton Keynes
3rd – Laura Hill, Leeds
1st – Ryan Davis, High Wycombe
2nd – Jamie Nicholls, Bradford
3rd – Nelson Pratt, Salisbury
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