Slopestyle closes the Brits in Laax

Fri 03 April 09

Surely the safest bet for any of the competitions in the Brits would be that Jenny Jones would win the slopestyle, and true to form she did. 15yr old Jamie Nicholls picked up the mens title with a super technical run.

Slopestyle closes the Brits in Laax

Slopestyle closes the Brits in Laax ©

It was another glorious day at the BRITS 09 for the Animal Slopestyle Championships and what a way to finish off the week! 15 year old Jamie Nicholls broke a new BRITS record for being the youngest competitor to win the overall title and Jenny Jones threw down a world-class performance to take the 2009 Animal British Slopestyle Championship title.

Brits 09, Slopestyle competition
Brits 09, Slopestyle competition
Photo: Soulsports

In the women’s final it was Winter X-Games gold medallist, Jenny Jones, who added another gold medal and a British title to her already impressive career collection. Jenny dominated the finals with a technical run, which included a rock to fakie on the wall-ride, a switch frontside 180 into a tail-press on the box, followed by a big backside and frontside air in the quarterpipe. Over the kicker line Jenny stomped a huge backside 360, frontside 360 and frontside 540, all over the big kickers. Second place went to Laura Berry who had been killing it all day with a disaster on the wall-ride, 180 on and off the box and a backside 360 and frontside 540 over the kickers. Claire Frost finished in third with a selection of huge 360’s over the kickers.

Brits 09, womens slopestyle podium
Brits 09, womens slopestyle podium
Photo: Soulsports

Jenny Jones quoted: “I’m stoked to win, I flew in from America last night, so was a bit jet lagged and only had a quick practice. The BRITS is great and it’s lovely to make it my last stop of the season and celebrate with all my friends”.

The younger generation of riders coming up through the ranks stepped it up a level with Tom Hunt and Declan Power from the Junior GB squad qualifying through to the top 12 men’s final. Qualifying through to the finals in top spot, Jamie Nicholls consistently killed it and secured the 2009 Animal Slopestyle Championship title with an amazingly technical run. Jamie’s run included a frontside 360 tail tap over the barrel jib, a huge disaster on the wall-ride followed by a backside to fakie on the box and a huge cab 720 and alley oop rodeo in the quarterpipe. Over the kickers Jamie stomped a huge cab 900 and maintained his speed into a big backside 720 and frontside 720.

Brits 09, Slopestyle competition
Brits 09, Slopestyle competition
Photo: Soulsports

It was super tight between second and third place, with the silver medal going to Team GB rider Jack Shackleton. He started off his faultless run with a 360 over the barrel jib to disaster on the wall-ride followed by a big backside 540 and crippler in the quarterpipe. Over the jumps Jack landed a huge backside 360, cab 540 and cab 720. Third place went to Ben Kilner who had been riding super strong all day and nailed the top section of the course with a hand plant 360 over the barrel, huge rock to fakie on the wall-ride followed by a massive frontside 540 and haakon flip in the quarterpipe. Over the kickers he landed a big frontside 540, cab 540 and frontside 720.

Brits 09, mens slopestyle podium
Brits 09, mens slopestyle podium
Photo: Soulsports

Jamie Nicholls quoted “I’m so stoked, I really didn’t have a clue, oh wow! I loved the course and I enjoyed every minute of the comp. It’s great to come away with the overall title, as I came second last year. The BRITS is an amazing comp, it’s such a fun event”.

Animal British Slopestyle Championship Results

Men
1st - Jamie Nicholls, Halifax
2nd - Jack Shackleton, Newbury
3rd - Ben Kilner, Banchory

Women
1st - Jenny Jones, Bristol
2nd - Laura Berry, Milton Keynes
3rd – Claire Frost, Edinburgh

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