Meribel/Andorra/Brits

The past couple of months have been good, mainly riding at home in Courchevel.  The DC park in Meribel probably been the best it has ever been, the pipe has been in perfect condition and so have the jumps, its been really fun riding here with the Pleisure boys. A little top to bottom edit i put together:



Danny, Me and Sam. 



A few weeks back i went to Andorra for the Total Fight slopestyle comp, the course was good, but on the comp day on my first practice run i fell really heavily off a rail landing on my back and couldn't compete, so we drove back to france. When i got back home went to see a physio to find out i had aggravated a disc and twisted my hip. Didn't feel to bad so still went to the brits which was a couple days later..

The Brits was a real fun week, so happy to have got on the podium in all the freestyle events, 1st place Halfpipe and 3rd in Rails and Slopestyle. It was great seeing people again and riding with Henry and Jamie, who also killed it, Parklife podium in Slopestyle 1, 2, 3!



British Halfpipe Champion!



Took a slam in pipe on my back again making it worse, so back home now for more physio and rest, gutted to miss out on Mayrhofen TeamGB trip. However off thursday to Scotland! they have the UK's first real snow halfpipe up at Cairngorms and a comp there to promote it on Saturday. and then i will stick around in Scotland while the snow lasts, meet up with the TeamGB lot, can't wait its going to be sick! :)  

Halfpipe Comp in Scotland!!


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Burton European Open

Earlier in January I went to Laax for the Burton European Open was an awesome week I competed in pipe And made the semi finals I couldn't believe it! Was amazing and it was streamed live on the internet, which was also a first for me to be on live tv! It was really weird having cameras in your face all the time and knowing people all over the world are watching you! plus back in Courchevel my parents and friends were holding a drinking game in the bar for every trick I landed haha, real fun hope I get the chance again soon.


Here is a link to my run from the BEO semifinals http://youtu.be/8QP2miZbcWU

Been back in Courchevel now for a month, chilling, riding with my mates, some good powder days and good times. We built a powder jump and went upside down! Haha good times hopefully have some more opportunities to do it again!


Got to say it has been awesome watching all my GB team mates doing so well out in Sochi at the Olympics, amazing to see everyone killing it. Well done!

Now off to the Hoff for a wee trip, meet up with Parklife boys..



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start of season.

Have had a good start to the season...

In November i was invited the the O'Neill Shorditch Showdown, this was a fun event the set up was sick in center of London with a London Bus, Telephone box, post box etc! if you haven't seen footage of this check out

http://whitelines.com/news/snowboard-events/oneill-shoreditch-showdown-more-highlights.html

Stoked on having a 2page spread i got in Stuff magazine!

In November I got awarded as OCS Young Sports Person of the year for the Midlands, an awesome day in London,  got to go to the top of the Shard was scary especially when your dad scares you! high tea in the City Hall and then a presentation / awards ceremony hosted by Gabby Logan, they showed a video of all the winners and their sports which varied from Boxing, Volley Ball, Fencing, Basketball, Cycling...   

The next day i flew out to Colorado to meet up with Team GB, we had a private Pipe session with the American team at Copper Mountain. Was awesome never had a private pipe, it felt good to be back in the pipe haven't ridden it in a while, was so much fun :)


After the pipe i went and rode Breck Park lane with Rowan, Tyler and Katie S was fun just messing about doing some 5's and 7's. Check out the christmas jingle bells edit.

http://whitelines.com/videos/rider-parts/aimee-fuller-rowan-coultas-katie-ormerod-and-more-ride-to-jingle-bells-in-breckenridge.html


got home for Christmas and New Year feels good to be back but looking forward to going to the Burton European Open tomorrow!


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Tux, Pleasure Jam, home in Courch

My last few days in Tux were good, snow was amazing, although only 1 sunny day so spent most of the time hitting the rail line, did manage on the good day to land a fs1080!

Slashing the powder filled pipe! with Rowbag and the Kern, cheers for pic Trinder!



Was a sick month riding with these guys, hopefully same again soon..


We all headed over to the O'Neill Pleasure Jam in Dachstein Austria, was fun park and comp was good. Landed my first run and then sketched a bit on my 2nd really stoked though as i landed a sb9 in my run and have never done that before :)

O'Neill rainbow at the Pleasure Jam



Straight after the O'Neill Pleasure Jam, me, Jamie trinder and Nate kern headed to Munich and home.. on the way we went to the Red Bull Hangar 7 at Salzburg airport, if you haven't heard of this place it is amazing, museum with everything to do with Red Bull, cars, planes, even Felix Baumgartner capsule and suit..


and then it has an awesome bar overlooking the museum, that does Smart food that is soo good and all served in glasses, menus for brain, beauty and mood. You get 3 courses and a drink, amazing..


Got back home to Courch and snow in town! hit up a hand rail


and also found a little street slopestyle line that we shaped was super fun, roller to skip rail to quarter.. 


Can't wait, i leave for The O'Neill Shoreditch Showdown in London on Thursday and then of to America!
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Saas-Fee, Hintertux & Stubai

My winter season started earlier in October..

1st stop for me was Saas Fee in Switzerland, to ride pipe, it was sick soo stocked to get back into it, was only there for a short stay, now cant wait to ride pipe again will have to wait until December!


From Saas Fee i headed across to Austria and Hintertux, the best place this time of year for jumps, was a fun few weeks with loads of Team GB out here. and rocking my new O'Neill outerwear which is siiick!


Last week there was a comp at Hintertux, the Zillertal Valley Rally, stoked that i won best trick with a switch backside 900! and also big shout out to my Team GB riding buddies Jamie Trinder & Rowan Coultas for taking 2nd & 3rd in the slopestyle comp.


The judges faces when i threw the best trick!! And the video of the comp with me at 3:44


I have also been over to Stubai a couple of times, me and Jamie went over for opening day, set up was real good. Then last week i was back there for a photoshoot for Head's new products, was fun and hopefully got some shots that will be used in the catalogues / website.

I am still out in Austria, now just me, Jamie Trinder & Nate Kern riding as much as we can when the weather is good! has not been this last week!!


Have also been skating when i can, this is in the indoor Innsbruck skatepark


Later this week is the O'Neill Pleasure Jam at Dachstein Glacier Austria, this is always a real good early season comp, high standard with loads of the top riders there and the first big event on the World Snowboard Tour. Hopefully the weather and winds are good, as it is prone to being real bad weather up on this glacier!! and that us Brits kill it again over there!!

I will then be heading back home to Courch for week or so before going to the UK for an awesome looking event that O'Neill are putting on in London and i am stoked to have an invite for..


A fun few weeks coming up!.. check back to see how it goes..


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Summer 2013

This summer i passed driving test, snowboarding at Cervinia and Les 2 Alpes, turned 18, had an awesome holiday, played some volleyball and brought my 1st set of wheels!

For my 18th the plan for the day was, snowboard, skate and party! we went to the 2 alpes to snowboard, the park and pipe was still in perfect shape for late July.  On the way back from L2A is Crolles skate park and huge bowl one of my favourite places to skate, only got a short skate in as a thunder storm surrounded us, never skated with lighting before haha. Then party at The Drop Inn until late. All in all not a bad 18th.

The rest of the summer was spent hanging out at home in Courchevel, first time have done this for a long time, nice and relaxing and ensuring my knee / leg is back to full strength. Most of the time was mainly spent playing volleyball!!

At the end of August Me and Dave Matthews entered the Frappadingue which was 12.6km assault course through the woods with an obstacle every 400m was very fun and tiring! haha, going to get more of us to do it next year!


Look of relief, we made it to the end!!
here is an edit of the Frappadingue:

Frappadingue


Straight after the frappadingue i went on a 3 week holiday with my parents in our campervan Forrest. First off we drove down to St Tropez on south coast of France, swam in some amazing waterfalls and spent a few days in a campsite with its own private beach at Port Grimaud.


Then we drove across to the west coast of France. On our way stopped at the coolest campsite, Belrepayre Airstream and retro trailer park in the foothills of the Pyrenees, was an awesome place the people who owned it were really nice and the old guy did pretty much everything and was the dj in the bar later on haha.


On the west coast we stayed in Capbreton at H2O holidays with Jim, Annie and Thatch at their cool surfhouse http://www.h2oholidays.com/ Real good fun week with these guys, rode some waves, good food, wine, bridge jumps, go-karting, oysters and my first trappiste! bottled beer at 9.5%! and skated at awesome bowl at Saint-Jean-de-Luz.


Next we headed down to Spain and in particular to Rioja for wine tasting! we visited a number of Bodegas (vineyards). The Marques de Riscals was an amazing place and really good wine! another we went to was Bodegas Vina Herminia, it looked closed until all a sudden someone just appeared from no where, we got a personal tour around the caves and then more wine tasting, even asked me if i was doing wine education as i knew what i was doing haha.


On our way back to France we stopped off in Andorra and visited a bar where they sold a few hundred different beers, was mental. Back in France we went to some amazing swimming places, gorges, rivers, waterfalls, lakes. We found some natural hot springs in the woods in middle of nowhere, just the hot spring creating a stream and then pools that people had made with rocks etc. hot natural bath so good.



an Amazing Summer! looking forward to the winter now!!! and travelling in my new van..




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Copper, O'Neill Evolution, Courchevel, Knee injury

Sorry for the mega blog! been a bit lame getting stuff up. I had a busy start to the season and then Christmas and New Year at home in Courchevel, just didnt get around to updating. Now laid up due to rubbish injury (see below) and have loads of spare time.

At the start of December i was out in Copper with the GB team riding pipe we were all staying in this massive house that was an old bed and breakfast, haha we had a massive TV and a pool table in there was awesome few weeks. Whilst out there i worked on my bs5's and fs7's to cab7's sooo stocked!!




During January i was at the O'Neill Evolution was a fun few days the pipe was good i was really struggling to ride it though as was so different to the pipe in Copper, but still not to bad, in my first run i fell on my fs9 first hit and 2nd run i landed fs5 bs air fs7 and then did a hand drag on my cab7... but still ended up finishing 20th,



The big air / slopestyle was good, but i fell both times... ended up in 27th was a good few days well done to Katie Blundell who finished 4th in slopestyle!!




After O'Neill i came back to Courchevel and Henry Shackleton, Ollie Jackson, Jamie Trinder and Tom Hunt arrived to stay with us at The Drop Inn. Parklife Series is up and running! make sure you follow us we will spend most of our time in Courchevel riding Meribel park and Courch family park, and our travels to comps and trips planned to Mayrhofen, Turkey for Junior Worlds and Tignes for The Brits..

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Like us on facebook and you will get all the latest news and also know when are website will be up and running with films and more.. plus if we get enough likes Ollie will get his chest waxed!!!! so do it please..

Had a fun few days riding with Parklife but unfortunately some guy took me out on the piste and have had to get my knee stitched up... hopefully ill be on the hill very soon when my knee has healed..




Hopefully ill be back on the slopes soon! :)

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The last week in NZ / Queenstown and painting!

My last week in NZ was good fun, riding up at Remarks and hanging out in Queenstown. I managed to get fs9's on the jump, gutted that i didnt get it on film!! all well going to have to do a few more then! :) Had loads of fun in Queenstown wish i could have stayed even longer!

This is the view from Remarks..



I am now back in France catching up with my friends and helping my parents finish the work we have had done on Chalet Merisiers / The Drop Inn, i am an expert painter now!!

Spent the weekend skating my mini ramp in Courchevel 1550 and a BBQ was an awesome day with my mates!!!




Later this week i head to Hintertux in Austria with Team GB, get some more training in for Freeze that is on in London in 2 weeks. Pleisure Holidays will also have a stand at Freeze so should be a good weekend. After the Freeze i will be at the London Ski Show helping out on the Head stand. Then early November it is the O'Neill Pleasure Jam out in Austria.

Looking forward to the next few weeks, hopefully i can also fit in my driving test at some point! oh well better get back to painting..
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NZ Wanaka / Snowpark onto Queenstown / Remarks

The last few weeks in Wanaka were ok, the weather wasn't the best, the wind was a problem a lot of days, so had a lot of down days. Went to the cinema a lot and played a load of scrabble! it snowed a load one day and so got to ride snowpark with 30cm of fresh, hitting the knuckles and sides of jumps going as big as you can was so much fun.



The days we did get on the hill were good stoked on my pipe riding learned tricks on my backside wall so i can put a good run together now :) left Wanaka early on Monday and watched the sun rise as we drove to Queenstown.


The rest of Team GB where flying off however i am staying in Queestown at a mates place and staff from Pleisure Holidays. Has been a good few days so changed my flights so i could stay for longer haha, the park in Remarks is good so hopefully get some got riding going with Ruben Hubner, Evan Savio, Joel Davies.... fingers crossed the weather is good too.
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First week in NZ

After Australia i flew to NZ was an ok flight, i arrived in christchurch and then got a mini plane to queenstown was so weird because there was no passport control or security you just walk on to a plane. Queenstown is one of the scariest and amazing airports to land at as it is in a valley between some big mountains.


Got picked up from Queestown and have been staying in Wanaka with Team GB. The next day after my flight i did my first ever World Cup, which was also the first qualifying event for the 2014 Olympics up at Cardrona. It was supposed to be practice day first however due to poor weather forecast they cancelled practice day and brought the qualification forward. So i only got 5 runs of training and then had to do a run in my first ever world cup event haha, however was all good, a good experience for the future.


We have been going up to Snowpark for the past few days and i have been mainly riding pipe, super stocked on it because i have learnt how to do bs5s out the coping and am starting to get a run together!!!! :)

Snowpark setup, not bad hey..



Unfortunately the past few days have been bad weather so haven't had the chance to be riding it. Have been going to the cinema which has to be the best cinema ever !! all the seats are old sofas so comfy and they stop the movie half way through and you can buy freshly baked cookies they are amazing !!! haha and also we went to puzzling world which is a place with loads of illusions like a pool ball roling up a hill or a room were sam and row are really big and im really small, see pic below!!    




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