Slopestyle results from the Orange Brits
Fri 17 March 06
Last day of the Orange BRITS, skies were initially overcast, but as the radio crackles, and a voice permeates to inform that the skies above are clear where the course is, all are ready for some serious Snowboard Slopestyle action
Last day of the Orange BRITS, skies were initially overcast, but as the radio crackles, and a voice permeates to inform that the skies above are clear where the course is, all are ready for some serious Freestyle Ski Halfpipe and Snowboard Slopestyle action.
This event is all about style, skill and tenacity. Rolling all of that into clean lines and landings on the downhill assault course, the competitors were faced with a choice of lines consisting of 8 – 15m size kickers, rails, boxes and an 8m wall ride. Jenny Jones was clearly out in front. After spinning 540’s with ease, both normal and switch off the biggest kickers, Jenny continued her technical run with a stylish tailslide to fakie over the flat box and a smooth 50:50 noseslide over the A-Frame box to check in first. In second, came Vikki Miller, whose strong riding has impressed this week and her Slopestyle appearance continued her notable form. She pulled off a cab 540, 50:50 to frontside 180 off the flat box and a really solid noseslide on the kinked box which the judges commented as top notch. She is a force to be reckoned with and has huge future potential on the British snowboarding scene. The only junior through to the Final was Laura Berry, proving her worth alongside the seniors as she firmly produced a frontside tailpress off the flat box and tamed the 8m wall ride Again, a future star internationally, having made big impressions as a British contingent and Orange BRITS regular.
In the men’s final Nate Kern, making his debut at this year’s event pocketed his second championship title of the week, after taking home first in the Big Air discipline yesterday. Proving better on the day, Nate executed a high class technical run of a switch backside 720, a switch 900 and gap to wall ride to finish. The photogenic Tyler Chorlton picked up second with a solid run consisting of a backside 900 and switch backside 720 over the jumps to gap the wall ride face. Slopestyle wizard and last years champ, Scott McMorris came in a close third after cleanly landing a switch 540, a huge backside 720 and a 270 rotation on and off the flat box. All in all, the top three made points distinction pretty hard for the judges and raised the bar further in favour of British snowboarding standards. Like Laura Berry, fellow youth Sam Cullum, did the junior category proud, only just missing to place fourth.
1. Nate Kern, East Sussex
2. Tyler Chorlton, Brighton/Andorra
3. Scott McMorris, Edinburgh
1. Jenny Jones, Bristol
2. Vikki Miller, Herts
3. Laura Berry, Milton Keynes
Fri 17 March 06, Laax, Switzerland
UK snowboarder James Thorne was crowned King of the Orange Air Time, jumping in from a total height of nineteen metres, beating off close competition from Nate Kern and skier Rob Taylor
Sat 18 March 06, Steamboat, USA
This is the fifth time the resort has reached the 400-inch (10m) milestone since the 1979/1980 season and the first time since 1997/98
Sat 18 March 06, Whakapapa - Mt Ruapehu, New Zealand
Over the next 2 years $25million is due to be spent upgrading the lift system and installing huge snowmaking facilities at both Whakapapa and Turoa
Sat 18 March 06, Stratton, USA
Several thousand fans braved cold temperatures to watch the riders go for broke on the first quarterpipe at the US Open since 2002. Danny Davis stoked out the judges and the crowd with his wide variety of tricks, including an alley-oop backside rodeo 5, a frontside 9 tailgrab and an air to fakie
Sun 19 March 06, Stratton, USA
Olympic gold medalist Shaun White won his first US Open halfpipe title today in front of the largest crowd in the event’s 24-year history. In the women’s contest, Torah Bright also won her first US Open halfpipe title, with Olympic silver medalist Gretchen Bleiler taking second
11-18 March 06
the final of the Orange AIM Series, featuring the top British boarders & skiers competing in the Orange Brits, Laax Switzerland