Just four weeks since the all new Westbeach In & Out competition
took the Snowflex kicker at Bearsden by storm, Friday night saw
riders from all over the country descend on Milton Keynes to
showcase their rail trickery in the second and final leg of the
With the reins of the set up at Milton Keynes being handed over to
Westbeach's very own Andy Nudds, it was sure to be a fun but
challenging course; with a down-flat-down gas pipe, butter box to
down bar and close out down bars taking centre stage, it wasn't
long until riders started to dip into their impressive bag of tricks.
Westbeach In and Out 2012
With the Skullcandy DJ providing the soundtrack and Sean Miller
on the mic, the practice session was under way with riders being
judged on their style, technicality and consistency. It was all to play
for as just the top eight from each age category could claim their
place in the first of two finals.
With some of the best UK skiers and snowboarders in attendance
it wasn't an easy decision for the judges, but with a number of
stand out performances by Ollie Dutton, Andy Nudds, Reece
Gould, Orla Doolin and Will Gilmore for the snowboarders and
Chris Wadsworth, Monty Wright, Rowan Cheshire and Molly
Summerhayes for the skiers it was time to kick off the 45 minute
jam session final.
With the riders now used to the set up, it was during this final
where hammers were being thrown. Possibly the smoothest switch
front blunt 270s known to man by Ollie Dutton and seriously
impressive riding by Will Gilmore made the competition's standard
really stand out - especially nine year old Will. A big shout out
must also go to Len Church who is still slaying the rails of Milton
Keynes at 64 years old!
Skier, Chris Wadsworth managed to take best trick in this session
with a 270 on 270 off over the butter box to down bar making the
competitions standard really stand out.
But with only three riders making the cut to battle it out in a two run
super final, it was Andy Nudds, Ollie Dutton and Connor Gould
who made it through in the Men's category, Reece Gould, Will
Gilmore and Tomski Robinson for the 16 & under boys, Bradie
Collins, Cerys Allen and Becky Menday for the 16 & under Girls
and Orla Doolin, Alise Balode and Ashley Marie Sinclair for the
women stepping in for the snowboarders.
With a combined score over two runs there wasn't any time for a
safety run, so both runs had to count. The level of rail riding seen
at Milton Keynes last Friday wouldn't have looked out of place on
the international circuit and shows that UK rail riding is definitely up
there with some of the best.
In addition to the finalists fighting for their podium spot, the overall
winner of Westbeach In and Out was the rider who entered both In
and Out legs and ranked the highest. After taking 1st place in the
16 & under boys at Bearsden and riding solid all night long in
Milton Keynes, it was Sam McGrath who took home £500 and a
weeks holiday at Treeline Chalets in Morzine for the
snowboarders. But the rider that truly cleaned up was skier, Chris
Wadsworth who took 1st place in Milton Keynes, winning a huge
stash of prizes in addition to his Contour Roam camera for best
trick worth £200, and the overall prize of £500 and another weeks
holiday at Treeline Chalets!
Thanks to everyone that came to ride, watch and help out, see you