When: April 4, 2008
Where: Laax, Switzerland
The level of shreddery was proper today as the 2008 British Champs came to a close in Laax. Sorry for the lack of update yesterday, but the weather was shitty and the contest was cancelled. When I say shitty, I mean we had a frickin’ epic powder day but I won’t rub it in too much. Well, apart from telling you this morning was even better. There’s more than a few Cheshire cat powder grins being flashed around the media centre, that's for sure.
So, to today’s action. Ok, after the decrepit desk jockey’s body that my consciousness inhabits could take no more leg burning, it was happily time to witness the sickness in the Animal slopestyle. The course was a similar affair to what Laax had put on for the European Open, what with a selection of rails, wallrides and boxes up top leading the riders into three successive kickers that to be in with a chance of doing well you’d have to land well off the first to keep your speed for the entirety of the course.
The prodigious Halifax boy Jamie Nichols had, as last year, qualified in first place putting many of his older peers to shame but as happened last year he couldn’t quite pull together his run as well in the finals. When he beefs up and can hold speed for all the bigger booters he will win this gig. Fact. The boy’s got skills, style and stompage and teched it up on the rails while sending it off the booters. Try these on for jib fluency: switch backside to frontside boardslide to backside boardslide, 270 out on the top box, frontside 540 on the wall ride and switch boardslide on the kinked rail. His kicker line included a backside 720, 540 and a cab 540 and that was good enough for second.
In the women’s section there was a refreshing field of fresh faces looking like they’ll be hustling the likes of Jenny Jones in years to come. Top of the pile was Claire Frost who styled her way down the course and even wanged in a bs 5 – no revert either – to claim her first Brits slopestyle title, and her second Brits title of the week.