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Legendary Swiss watchmaker will remain FWT’s title partner until 2017!
Lausanne, Switzerland- December 10, 2013- With the sport of Freeride continuing its upward trajectory, Freeride World Tour is proud to confirm Swatch as its title partner for three more years from 2015 through to 2017. Swatch has a storied history of involvement in the Freeride World Tour, and today’s announcement signals a bright future for the fast evolving sport.
A faithful supporter of Freeride since the Xtreme Verbier event in 1997, Swatch’s 3-year extension makes for a historic 20-year relationship with the sport. And thanks to the support of Swatch and other valuable sponsors, the further growth of the Freeride World Tour for the upcoming years is assured.
Freeride World Tour Europe Region General Manager Nicolas Hale-Woods said, “Pursuing Freeride World Tour's development with Swatch as title sponsor is fabulous. A partner since the beginning, Swatch’s long-term commitment to the sport is a fantastic reward for the riders, organizers, partners and fans. Together, we'll be celebrating the 20th anniversary of Xtreme Verbier in 2015, a great pride knowing the sport's progression is only starting…"
Commenting on the agreement, Swatch Creative Director Carlo Giordanetti said, “We are very happy and proud to announce the renewal of our partnership with the Freeride World Tour. As title sponsor and partner we will continue working with the FWT organization to develop the format further and take this amazing event to the next level. Just as the riders are always pushing their limits, Swatch continues to surprise the world with unexpected styles, colors and dynamic products."
Now a staple in any up-and-coming contest rider’s resume, the Red Bull Nanshan Open’s twelfth year is all about continuing what it does best. After last year’s successful introduction of a Women's division, 2014 sees the World Snowboard Tour 5 Star Event extend this field from 5 to 12 riders and their prize pool boosted to $25,000!
Not to be forgotten, the Men’s division will be the largest yet with $50,000 up for grabs. Given the ever-increasing fanbase snowboarding enjoys in China and the recent addition of slopestyle to the Winter Olympics, all eyes near and far will be on this classic event. It all goes down this January 10th and 11th at the Nanshan Mellow Park just outside of Beijing, China.
Famous amongst riders as one of the most enjoyable contest trips on the World Snowboard Tour, the Open provides a perfect blend of contest riding, cultural immersion and local hospitality. The local Mellowparks.cn park and event crew step it up each year to build one of Asia’s top slopestyle terrain parks – combining perfectly shaped jumps with creative jib features in the Nanshan Mellow Park just outside of Beijing. As a true ‘by-riders-for-riders’ event, the organizers are no desk-jockeys, seen testing the kickers themselves on training day and welcoming the visiting pros with large family-style dinners. It’s clear this team shares a strong passion, surrounding the event with a truly friendly and enjoyable atmosphere!
Preceding the main competition is the 2 Star 12th Red Bull Nanshan Open National Qualifier on January 4th. The largest ‘local’ event of the year, the qualifier offers local riders their opportunity to get World Snowboard Tour points on the board. With the top riders progressing through to the 5 Star main event, it also offers riders the chance to compete alongside the international pros for even more points and prize money – an honor met with both excitement and nervousness!
“Going to China was awesome. I broke my nose, split it open, jacked my ankle up, but I had a great time. It was a super rad experience.” – Hana Beaman, 2013
The BBC is set to offer audiences its most comprehensive coverage of a Winter Olympics Games ever from Sochi 2014 with over 200 hours of network TV coverage.
BBC Radio 5 live will also bring live reports of the key moments from the 11th Winter Paralympic Games held 7-16 March.
Although there will be no winter sports stars, but rather BBC sports stalwarts Clare Balding, Hazel Irvine and Jonathan Edwards leading the TV presentation team, five-time Olympian and Ski Sunday presenter Graham Bell and former British Olympian Emma Carrick-Anderson will be on the BBC team along with Olympic Gold medallist ice skater Robin Cousins, curler Jackie Lockhart, Olympic skeleton bobsleigh gold medallist Amy Williams and speed skater Wilf O’Reilly.
Beginning on 7 February and running for 17 days, this will be the 15th Winter Olympics to be broadcast by the BBC. Television, radio, online and mobile coverage will combine to give audiences extensive access to live action, key moments, highlights, interviews and analysis throughout the Games. Up to six live streams online covering every event, available on PC, tablet, mobile and connected TV.
Clare Balding, Hazel Irvine and Jonathan Edwards will present live from Sochi every day, 0700 to 1900 on BBC Two and BBC Two HD. Clare will then round up the day’s action with a daily highlights programme, 1900 to 2000 on BBC Two and BBC Two HD, weekend schedules may vary.
Ski Sunday’s Ed Leigh and Tim Warwood bring all the snowboarding and freestyle skiing action. The biathlon, cross country, Nordic combined and ski jumping events will be covered by Patrick Winterton and Rob Walker.
All of Team GB’s medal moments will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 5 live. In Sochi for 5 live will be Chris Mitchell, Eleanor Oldroyd and Will Perry who will present all the main events and races live and as they happen throughout the day across 5 live’s daytime schedules. As well as the big Team GB moments, the presentation team will be joined by other BBC experts to deliver all the latest news, interviews and reaction from the tournament. A daily podcast will also be available for audiences to download at the end of each day at bbc.co.uk/5live to take away to catch up.
“The extensive coverage across TV, radio, digital and online, coupled with our superb presenting line-up, offers audiences the unparalleled coverage of a major sporting event that they expect from us,” said Barbara Slater, BBC Sport Director, “I’m delighted that we are once again able to bring every moment live to audiences, building on the success of our coverage of the Summer Games in London.”
Sven Thorgren is the winner of today´s Air & Style Beijing 2013. The Swedish rider prevailed in a world-class superfinal of the best four riders with a Backside 1440 Mute over Sage Kotsenburg, Kim Rune Hansen and Torgeir Bergrem. From Round 1 on he showed a very high level of performance on the world´s biggest artificial snowboard ramp. His victory at the 6Star World Snowboard Tour contest in front of a total of 13,000 thousand spectators pays off with 1,000 points for the World Snowboard Tour ranking and the major share of the 100,000 US-$ prize money.
Sven Thorgren said: "Today´s victory is the biggest success of my career. It is a dream come true. Winning with a trick that I never before had landed safely, makes this win very special form me."
1. Sven Thorgren SWE Backside 1440 Mute (96.00)
2. Sage Kotsenburg USA Cab Double Cork 1260 Japan (92.87)
3. Kim Rune Hansen NOR Switch Backside 1260 (92.00)
4. Torgeir Bergrem NOR Backside 1260 Mute (83.00)
Chinese rider He Wei, the first Chinese ever to compete in an Air & Style contest, finished 15th after a good performance. In Round 2 he lost against the winner Sven Thorgren.
1. Sven Thorgren SWE 96,00
2. Sage Kotsenburg USA 92,87
3. Kim Rune Hansen NOR 92,00
4. Torgeir Bergrem NOR 83,00
5. Mathias Weissenbacher AUT 88,67
6. Eric Willett USA 85,67
7. Halldor Helgason ISL 81,00
8. Tor Lundstrom SWE 22,00
9. Niklas Mattson SWE 91,67
10. Peetu Piiroinen FIN 91,67
Organisers of the SWATCH FREERIDE WORLD TOUR BY THE NORTH FACE® (FWT) have announced the decision to reschedule the first stop of the 2014 competition calendar in Revelstoke, CAN. The Revelstoke stop, which was originally scheduled for December 18, 2013 has now been moved to March 10, 2014. Although Revelstoke Mountain Resort (RMR) has recently opened for the season with great early season conditions, the competition venue known as ‘Mac Daddy’ face is in the backcountry outside of the resort, and is not yet suitable for the event.
“FWT was excited by the opportunity to start our season with a December event when the enthusiasm for winter is rising. We also recognized the timing was subject to variables associated with early season conditions,” said Adam Comey, FWT Americas general manager. “First and foremost, FWT is committed to providing a safe and quality environment for our athletes. The new dates in March offer great benefits for the competition moving forward. Revelstoke continues to be one of the most favorite stops of fans and athletes alike, and we look forward to returning in March.”
“Revelstoke Mountain Resort has phenomenal early season conditions, the best we’ve seen since the resort first opened in 2007,” said Ashley Tait, director of sales and marketing at RMR. “However, the FWT venue is outside the resort boundary in backcountry terrain, on a spectacular north-facing slope that must be skied only in optimal conditions. Currently, the avalanche rating is listed as ‘considerable’ for this area. To ensure we are providing a safe venue for competitors and staff, more time is needed to allow the snowpack to settle out and mature, along with ideal weather conditions. In the meantime, come enjoy the incredible skiing and riding our resort has to offer—now or during the FWT in March.”
The 2014 Freeride World Tour season will now open in Courmayeur Mont Blanc, ITA (Jan. 18), with men’s ski and snowboard competition. The Freeride World Tour will then continue with both men’s and women’s ski and snowboard competition at Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, FRA (Jan. 25), Fieberbrunn Kitzbüheler Alpen, AUT (Feb. 1), Kirkwood, USA (March 1), Revelstoke, CAN (March 10) and the SWATCH XTREME VERBIER BY THE NORTH FACE®, SUI (March 22).
The biggest artificial snowboarding ramp ever built is almost ready to give the world´s best Big Air riders a perfect playground to perform their highly technical tricks with a great portion of style at the 6Star World Snowboard Tour Air & Style Beijing 2013. As progression in snowboarding keeps evolving at an unbelievable pace the infrastructure for the sport needs to adapt. The massive steel and wood construction in Beijing´s Bird´s Nest National Stadium, now in the process of being finalized, might well be not only the biggest ramp ever built, but also the best.
Very much driven by riders feedback the ramp architects made some major changes: A broader inrun (12m wide, 75m long, 42° steep) will give the riders more speed, more control and more options after dropping in from the start gates at the record height of 42m. This will lead to significantly more air-time for their jumps. The landing hill is wider as well (30 m), allowing safe and controlled landings after 30m long jumps with more than 3 seconds pure air-time.
Andrew Hourmont, Air & Style founder: “We want the ramp to give the riders a safe environment and perfect conditions. This gives them the confidence they need, to show their best tricks and push the level of snowboarding with bigger tricks again.”
Massive! Look at the tiny people digging over the landing. Good luck with that!
Total Length: 165 m / 541 f
Start Height: 42 m / 137 f
Length inrun: 75 m / 246 f
Width Inrun: 12 m / 65 f
Slope Inrun: 42°
Drop Height: 18,6 m / 61 f
Leap: 30 m / 98 f
Landing Height: 16.5 m / 54 f
Width Landing: 30 m / 98 f
Snowmass: 700 m3
With just over two months to go to the Sochi Olympics, six cities have confirmed they’re bidding to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Scandinavian capitals Oslo and Stockholm will go head to head, along with Eastern European options Krakow in Poland, Kazakhstan's Almaty and Ukraine's Lviv.
There are no American candidates, the sixth bid is from 2008 Summer Games host Beijing, which is home to a dozen small urban ski areas and plans to include a more mountainous neighbouring ski region as part of its bid. Almaty previously bid for 2014 and Stockholm, like Beijing, is a former Summer Olympics host.
With the last Games in 2010 staged in British Columbia, Canada, the next in Sochi on the European/Asian border and the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea it would seem a return to a more westerly European location for 2022 might favour the Scandinavian bids, although it’s early days.
Oslo, which hosted the 1952 Games which still holds the record for attendance, says it will use existing infrastructure and spend only around €3 billion, around 6% of the estimated cost of the Sochi Olympics. The last Western European Games were in Italy in Torino in 2006.
Although there were various suggestions of bids from ski regions in the alps and Pyrenees, none made it to the final bidding process, usually as local referendums resulted in the local population voting against bidding for the games. Munich was the last such city to pull out after the population voted against.
The IOC has now closed the initial application process, a short list, usually of three ‘finalists’ will be decided next summer with a final decision on which of the six will host the 2022 Games to be made at the 127th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur in July 2015.
The Swatch Freeride World Tour by the North Face 2014 season will commence on the magnificent mountains of Revelstoke, British Columbia, CAN, on December 18, 2013. In its second year as a globally unified tour, the 2014 season will feature seasoned FWT athletes competing against ambitious newcomers who have recently risen through the Freeride World Qualifier system. This year for the first time, the top three riders of the overall rankings at the end of the season will receive additional prize money of 5,000 USD for each world champion, 3,000 USD for second place and 2,000 USD for third place. Fans around the world can watch the action live on www.freerideworldtour.com.
The event webcast is scheduled to begin at 9 AM PST (6 PM CET) the day of competition. Here's a preview.
Revelstoke continues to be a favorite venue for athletes and fans alike. The colossal MacKenzie Peak, affectionately called “Mac Daddy”, provides riders with 1,644 vertical feet of steep committing terrain suitable only for the most skilled freeriders. The slope averages 38 degrees from start to finish with a wide variety of line choices enabling athletes to express their unique styles on the challenging face.
“For the first time in history, Swatch Freeride World Tour by The North Face® will kick-off before Christmas. Thanks to Revelstoke’s unique snow conditions, we are able to satisfy the crowd and media hunger for snowsports at this time of the year… as well as our impatience to get on the snow!”, said FWT Europe General Manager Nicolas Hale-Woods.
“The stunning beauty of Revelstoke is the perfect backdrop for Freeride World Tour webcasts,” FWT Americas General Manager Adam Comey added. “Multiple high quality camera angles will stream live online, and give viewers the sensation of actually being present at the event.”
The excitement for the first stop of the 2014 FWT is also felt among the athletes. “Mount MacKenzie is incredible. There is a huge amount of terrain in-play on the venue, so most riders get the chance at fresh tracks if they elect a good line,” said reigning FWT Men’s Ski Champion and 2013 Revelstoke winner Drew Tabke (USA). “The upper face is very steep. Taking the initial drop over the edge out of the starting gate is one of the most intense moments of the whole year.”
Jérémie Heitz (SUI) who got second in the 2013 Revelstoke skiers’ competition added:“Revelstoke is a very nice stop. The Mac Daddy is an impressive face to ride and I hope the snow conditions will be as good as the last year. I want to have a good start to the season and feel confident for the next stops.”
“I’m very excited to compete at the Mac Daddy face again and I’m already thinking about options. I cannot wait. I hope we will have some fresh snow and good conditions. The Mac Daddy Face is one of the most impressive faces I have ever skied and I’m really looking forward to ripping it again!”, reigning FWT Women’s Ski Champion and second of the 2013 Revelstoke event, Nadine Wallner (AUT), stated.
“Revelstoke Mountain Resort and the Revelstoke Accomodation are thrilled to be hosting the Freeride World Tour again this year. The tour shines a spotlight on the cool ski town of Revelstoke and showcases our epic terrain for all the world to see,” said Ashley Tait, Director of Sales and Marketing for the resort. “Our community has joined together once again to welcome the athletes, sponsors and media with a great festival of events that will be a great kick off for the ski season. Please come join us!”
For further information, please visit www.freerideworldtour.com
In just a few weeks, the 15th annual Burton European Open presented by MINI will be held for the 10th consecutive year in LAAX, Switzerland from January 13 – 19, 2014. Event anticipation is rising for riders and spectators alike, as both halfpipe and slopestyle competitions will attract pro-riders, amateurs and juniors from around the world to battle it out for a share of the US$ 125.000 prize-money and valuable 6Star TTR points. Christian Haller (SUI); Peetu Piiroinen (FIN) and Enni Rukajärvi (FIN) are confirmed to attend and many more will follow.
This year the event features a brand-new slopestyle course which was moved to Crap Sogn Gion right by the halfpipe. Around 600 m long in direction to Curnius, the slopestyle course will be more spacious than ever before with the upper part of the course offering options for various lines on the rail features, wallrides and more, before going into the triple kicker.
The new Cernius snowpark
Enni Rukajärvi is especially excited about this year’s slopestyle competition, since the BEO is her last stop leading up to the Olympics, where slopestyle is a new discipline for the very first time. The Finnish slopestyle queen conquered the BEO by storm when she first competed at the event in 2010 – starting in the pre-qualification and leaving as the slopestyle winner. And a favourite for the world-class halfpipe event is Christian Haller. He has competed at the BEO for the past 10 years, starting in 2004 when he won the BEO Halfpipe Junior Jam and 2006 where he earned the BEO Slopestyle Junior Jam title. With Peetu Piiroinen another regular at podiums across the world will compete at the most prestigious snowboarding event in Europe. The World Snowboard Tour Champion and Olympian won already five BEO titles in the past in both Slopestyle and Halfpipe.
“This year’s Burton European Open in LAAX will be very special!“ says Reto Poltera, Member of the Management of Weisse Arena Gruppe LAAX. “For the past few months, we have been heavily working on the new pro-line at Snowpark Curnius where the slopestyle event will takeplace. The 15th Burton European Open is the 10th anniversary of the partnership between Burton, the BEO and LAAX. A deep friendship is the result and we push each other year by year to offer the best to riders and spectators. This success story is a very special one and we will continue to progress freestyle snowboarding together.”
“We are very excited to get a new slopestyle course for the 10th edition of the BEO in LAAX,” said Marian Kaeding, Marketing Director Burton Europe. “The BEO is the biggest event for us in Europe and with the great partnership we have with LAAX we are happy to step up the event year by year. The effort LAAX is putting into the new pro-line is exceptional and matches our vision of continuously helping to progress the sport.”
The BEO is not only a week filled with world-class snowboarding. There’s much more for riders and spectators to enjoy, including product demo’s, side activities on and off the mountain and not to be forgotten – great entertainment at night with live acts in the Riders Palace Club on Friday, Jan. 17th and Saturday, Jan. 18th, 2014.
All riders, who haven’t registered yet for the open qualifiers, should hurry up as the online registration is closing on Nov. 28th, 2013 - http://ttr.memberpro.net
Oh happy pre-Holiday-Period... In fact two illustrous Big Air In-City events are about to start within the next three weeks of the World Snowboard Tour Season: The Fridge Festival in Vienna and the Air & Style in Beijing's Bird's Nest stadium. So what's about to go down and who will be competing?
Vienna Fridge Festival - November, 21st - 23rd
The Fridge Festival is back. The event takes place from November 21st -23rd 2013, and after Budapest the hosting city will be Vienna. This 4 Star World Snowboard Tour Event offers a Big Air contest (men only), located at the Donauinsel in Austria's capitol city.
Air & Style Beijing 2013 - 7th of December 2013
The prestigious Air & Style goes down in the Bird's Nest Beijing National Stadium, on December 7th. The 6 Star Big Air contest offers a total of 100.000 USD prize purse for the top elite athletes on the World Snowboard Tour. The first place includes 1000 World Snowboard Tour Ranking Points and will be battled out between riders such as last year's winner Yuki Kadono, 2013 World Snowboard Tour Overall Champion Peetu Piiroinen or last year's winner of the Air & Style Innsbruck, Mr. Eric Willett.
World Snowboard Federation today unveiled plans for the WSF World Rookie Tour 2014: as in past editions, the Black Yeti will again capture a winter season of 5 continents and complete his mission to shred with the best rookies of the world, in a 10 international events series in search of the next snowboard star.
The tour will open in Europe with the legendary WSF World Rookie Fest in Livigno, Italy, in early January 2014, and it will culminate in Ischgl, Austria, for the end of season big final. Other events are planned in Romania, Japan, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, events with both Slopestyle and Halfpipe contest in Avoriaz (France) and Monte Bondone (Italy) as well as 2 events in the Southern Hemisphere: Chile and Australia. Each event program will combine freestyle contests, in slopestyle and halfpipe disciplines included in the World Snowboard Tour, with many other lifestyle activities offering a unique experience for all the participants. The program of each events, registration info, accommodation packages will be available in the upcoming weeks on the official website and newsletter.
The winners of the main stops will be awarded with Onboard and Cooler photoshoots, a video shoot with a film production company, invitations to world class events and snowboard freeride trips in Chile. Also, the top riders of each tour stop will get their spot for the 2014 Volkl World Rookie Finals in Ischgl, where the 'WSF World Rookie Champion' titles will be awarded.
2014 World Rookie Fest – Official Calendar
WSF World Rookie Fest – Livigno, Italy – 06.11 January 2014 – 2* World Snowboard Tour Event, Slopestyle
Transilvania Rookie Fest – Arena Platos, Romania – 17. 19 of January 2014 – 2* World Snowboard Tour Event, Slopestyle
French Fries Rookie Fest – Avoriaz, France – 01.03 February 2014 – 2* World Snowboard Tour Event Slopestyle and Halfpipe
Trentino Rookie Fest – Monte Bondone, Italy – 19.23 Feb 2014 – 2* World Snowboard Tour Event Slopestyle and Halfpipe
Indy Park Banzai Rookie Fest – Nokoma, Japan – 22.23 February 2014 – 2* World Snowboard Tour Event Slopestyle
East Rookie Fest – Vitkovice, Czech Republic – 07.08 March 2014 – 2* World Snowboard Tour Event, Slopestyle
Bulgarian Rookie Fest – Pamporovo, Bulgaria – 22.23 March 2014 – 3* World Snowboard Tour Event, Slopestyle
Völkl World Rookie Finals – Ischgl, Austria – 02.06 April 2014 – 3* World Snowboard Tour Event, Slopestyle
Australian Rookie Fest - Thredbo, Australia –August 2014 – 2* World Snowboard Tour Event, Slopestyle
South America Rookie Fest - Valle Nevado, Chile – August 2014 - 2* World Snowboard Tour Event, Slopestyle and Freeride (is not World Snowboard Tour sanctioned)
If your dream is to become a professional snowboarder, your future starts at Rookie Fest!
World Rookie Tour Rules
The title of World Rookie Champions 2014 will be awarded to the winner of the 3Star Volkl World Rookie Finals 2014 in Ischgl, Austria, reserved for the top riders from previous Rookie Fests, plus selected riders from National Snowboard Associations and the top 20 riders, male and female, from the World Rookie Rankings.
WSF rookie events are reserved to Rookies (born from 1st of January 1996 to 31st of December 1998) and Grom (born from 1st of January 1999 and up), both boys and girls. All contests of the World Rookie Tour will generate valuable results for the World Snowboard Tour Ranks and for the World Rookie Rank developed by World Snowboard Federation in association with TTR Pro Snowboarding.
The WSF World Rookie Tour is organized by the World Snowboard Federation in collaboration with its National Snowboard Associations, and it is made possible by REDBULL, Blue-Tomato and Volkl Snowboards. You can follow the World Rookie Tour on our international media partners Onboard European Snowboard magazine, Cooler and MPora.
This past weekend, top international snowboarders like Zak Hale, Mark Sollors, Dylan Thompson, Yuma Abe, and Ethan Deiss brought their urban rail riding skills to downtown Tokyo for the 3rd annual Burton Rail Days event where Zak Hale took home first place. Presented by MINI, Burton Rail Days drew the largest crowd ever for an event of any kind in Roppongi Hills. Over 5,000 people turned up and crammed into every available space to witness some amazing urban-inspired snowboarding under picture perfect conditions.
The event started in the afternoon with a free Riglet park for kids as young as three to try snowboarding for themselves. And fans of all ages filled the venue early to catch a glimpse of the completed rail setup that took almost two weeks to construct. The course included unique elements such as custom street art on a MINI Countryman and features painted by Japan’s top graffiti artists, Shizentomotel and Hitotzuki. Massive crowds filled the venue as the doors officially opened and fans were treated to an amazing live performance from DMC World Champion, DJ Kentaro.
Burton pro and street riding legend, Jeremy Jones, sat on the judges panel and surveyed the field of 16 riders as they sessioned a variety of rails, walls, and transition features in a 40-minute jam to start the contest. The competition was fierce as the field was cut to four riders who moved on to the finals. Zak Hale (USA), Dylan Thompson (USA), Ian Sams (USA), and Yuma Abe (JPN) made their way back to drop-in and prepared to throw down three runs each in the finals to earn a piece of the $27,000 prize purse.
In the end, it was Burton Team Rider Zak Hale (USA) who proved to be the clear-cut winner. Hale posted a top score with his first run but didn’t stop there as he dropped in for his second run and threw down a crowd pleasing Wallride Transfer to a Lip Slide on the GoPro rail, to Alley Oop Wallride on the big wall, beating his own high score and posting a first place score of 88.67. Japanese rider and hometown favorite, Yuma Abe improved his position with his first run, taking second with an impressive Backflip to Alley Oop Wallride. And finally, Ian Sams took home third-place honors with a very technical Frontside 180 Switch 50/50 Half Cab Out.
“It was awesome to come to Japan and see that people are excited about snowboarding,” said winning rider Zak Hale. “The setup was super creative and had tons of options, and to win, you needed to be consistent and use the entire set-up.”
For anyone who missed the live webcast, visit www.Burton.com/BRD for a full event replay, as well as clips of the finals and top runs.
2013 Burton Rail Days presented by MINI: Final Results
1. Zak Hale (USA) - $15,000
2. Yuma Abe (JPN) - $7,000
3. Ian Sams (USA) - $3,000
4. Dylan Thompson (USA) - $2,000
[Photos: Adam Moran]
The SWATCH FREERIDE WORLD TOUR BY THE NORTH FACE® (FWT) continues to expand its global reach, and nowhere is the growth of sport more obvious than through the Freeride World Qualifier events (FWQ) and the Junior Freeride Tour (JFT). Following a successful 2013 season, both tours boast comprehensive circuits in two regions in 2014, Americas and Europe. Nearly 50 FWQ events worldwide, give riders from dozens of countries more opportunities than ever before to compete for a coveted spot on the FWT.
UK's Sascha Hamm
Sascha has been a part of the UK snowboard scene for a long time. He claims it was fluke but was crowned UK halfpipe champion in 2000, and has had coverage in Whitelines over the years. His true passion in snowboarding has always been riding powder and he has focused on developing the freeride side of his riding and backcountry skills. After a few seasons hiking and riding in Chamonix he started entering the Freeride World Qualifier events and last year managed to secure himself a position on the tour for 2014. He is the only UK rider on the tour!
The UK's Sascha Hamm will be riding for Never Summer in the FWT next year
A firm believer in camber boards - Sascha was blown away by the edgehold and power of the Never Summer Raptor - "I couldn’t understand how this type of technology could hold an edge better than a standard camber board". The Rocker and Camber tech which Never Summer developed and patented has become very popular across all riding styles. It reduces the chance of catching edges, helps lift the nose in powder, has 5 contact points with the snow (as opposed to 2 on a camber board) and still maintains the power and pop of a cambered board.
Freeride World Qualifiers
To arrive at the top level of the sport—the SWATCH FREERIDE WORLD TOUR BY THE NORTH FACE®—riders must first make it through the fiercely competitive Freeride World Qualifier. Only the top three ski men, two ski women, two snowboard men, and one snowboard woman from each region (Europe/Oceania and Americas) at the end of the 2014 season will be awarded spots on the 2015 FWT.
The FWQ accommodates an incredible number of athletes by offering an expansive competitive system with nearly 50 events across the Europe and Americas regions. The FWT is the top rank of the system’s pyramid with the only five-star events. FWQ events are ranked from four-stars down to one-stars—the higher the ranking, the more points the event awards. To better understand this system, dedicated fans of Freeride can check out the full FWQ and FWT rulebook.
One of the women advancing from FWQ to FWT 2014 is skier Hadley Hammer (USA). “Competing on the FWQ provides an incredible platform in which you can test your own limits. And although the women are all fighting to be one of the two who advance to the Freeride World Tour, there is a genuine support amongst all the athletes,” Hammer explained. “To have hard work materialize into an opportunity like competing on the FWT is an unbeatable feeling. I’m looking forward to meeting all the athletes that I’ve idolized, and to skiing on the famed venues both in Europe and in North America. With the merging of the tours and the recent mushrooming of the backcountry market, the progression of Freeride seems unstoppable.”
Other exciting FWQ developments include twice as many competitions for snowboarders in the Americas region, giving those riders more chances to amass points at events close to home. In Europe-region news, following the successful (and continuing) Austrian Freeride Series, which crowned the first ever Austrian Freeride champion in 2013, Switzerland and France will also offer a consolidated national tour and resulting national Freeride champions for 2014.
What does the future hold in store for the FWQ? “I expect to see very strong riders continue to emerge from New Zealand, as they’ve been very strong in the past two years,” predicted FWQ organizer and FWT head judge Berti Denervaud. “I wouldn’t be surprised to also see good riders coming out of Eastern Europe very soon, too. These countries have a hard time shining in alpine skiing, ski and boarder cross, and freestyle as they don’t have too many training facilities. But in Freeride, as long as you have mountains and snow, anyone could become a top rider.”
Junior Freeride Tour
This is where it all starts – the Juniors! It is on this tour that tomorrow’s champions cut their teeth, mastering the foundations of Freeride before stepping up to the more competitive FWQ and FWT levels. The level of riding at the JFT events is consistently impressive, with junior riders throwing down runs that leave even the most progressive FWT riders in awe.
Like the FWQ series, the JFT contests are divided in two regions. The Europe region plays host to nine junior events with the Junior Freeride Tour Europe by Dakine. Additionally, the Americas region JFT will hold four events. Athletes age 14 to 17 may compete on the JFT in Europe and ages 12 to 18 in the Americas region. Each region will maintain its own Junior rankings and crown respective Tour champions, one per region. Junior contests share the same point system with one-, two-, or three-star FWQ events. This means 17-year old JFT competitors making the jump to the FWQ when they turn 18 will have already gained points towards their global ranking and will therefore be listed in the seeding list and be eligible to enter FWQ events the next season. Top junior riders from each region will advance to the Junior Freeride World Championships by The North Face® at Big Sky Resort, USA April 2-6, 2014.
“I am excited to launch this fourth edition of the Junior Freeride Tour by Dakine,” said Project Manager JFT, Cyril Neri. “We already know some of the young talented riders from the previous years will astonish us with their amazing skills and positive attitude. And, I’m really looking forward to checking out how the former Junior riders who have just turned 18 will do in the FWQ events.”
World Snowboard Day is back for its 8th edition, on Sunday, December 22nd. In 2012, World Snowboard day hosted 152 events in 35 countries, attracting more than 100,000 participants. In 2013, event organizers will once again plan a whole host of activities for this exceptional event: contests, beginner snowboard lessons, gear tests, demos, meet-and-greets with professional riders, drinks, concerts, video contests, and much, much more.
Following the charismatic Anne-Flore Marxer in 2012, Xavier De Le Rue, currently known as the best freerider on the planet, happily agreed to be the ambassador for the 2013 edition. His involvement will undoubtedly maintain the event’s already strong momentum and build greater awareness for World Snowboard Day.
Check out the poster below and make sure the date is in your diary...
What a day up here at Superpark Dachstein it has been. With a condensed schedule in action, it was a day jam packed with some of the finest international talents throwing down in the hope of taking home the metallic glory of the O’Neill Pleasure Jam medals.
It was Sven Thorgren hailing from the distant lands of Sweden that took home the gold in the men’s category. His run consisting of a cab double 1080, bs 1080 and a massive double rodeo on the last hit finally clinched a victory for Sven after 2 years of being on the cusp of victory. Brage Richenberg came in 3rd, no doubt with his super stylish fs 1080 off-the-toes making a big impact on his final score, whilst David Hablützel span his way into 2nd position with a bs 900, cab double 1080 and a frontside 720 sealing him in for the silverwear.
In the women’s final, it was a hotly contested battle for the trophy cabinet, but it was one of Switzerlands finest exports, Isabel Derungs that clinched the gold with a backside rodeo that was sent almost to the bottom of the landing. Backing this up with some solid moves on the rails, she definitely earned the win this year. In second place came local Austrian Anna Gasser coming in off a high from her recent cab double 900, but it was her smooth slow bs 180 that stole the silver from right under former winner Aimee Fuller's nose, who had to settle for bronze.
An incredible finish to a perfect day up on the Dachstein Glacier! The full results are online here and the filmers are already locked in the editing room getting the visual assault of trickery into a video for your viewing pleasure.
[Photos by Roland Haschka]
It was a cracking day up at Superpark Dachstein with the training day for the O’Neill Pleasure Jam in full swing. The weather blessed the Glacier with bluebird skies and only a whisper of wind, which naturally meant everyone was throwing down.
After a quick reshape of the course this morning, the riders spent an hour lapping the jibline whilst we were putting the finishing touches on the course, which had received a smattering of snow overnight. On the topic of snow, the decision was made today at the O’Neill Pleasure Jam commission to change the schedule of the competition. The finals have been brought forward to Friday 8th of November due to a storm front coming in from the west, which means bad weather on Saturday. You can check on the new timetable below.
Nonetheless, the first rider was on-course at 11:00 today, which marked the change from mellow laps to straight up shredding. Eric Beauchamin, Codey Ellison, Nik Baden and Jack Herald were out stamping their mark on the course with an all American Blitzkrieg on the kickers. Never ones to be outdone, the Norwegian contingent consisting of Brage Richenberg, Joachim Krogstie and Ole Christian Hagen were being typical Vikings and showed the first kicker who’s the boss. Some stylish back 9s and 10s were on the menu for their feast on the park.
Video Challenge winner Maria Hidalgo Perlas was showing that she’d earned her spot at the O’Neill Pleasure Jam with some frontside 3s that would make Peetu blush and backed it up with some tweaked lipslides on the rail section to boot. Christine Szumovski was out making the native Austrians proud, despite some patella crunching slams; She threw down on the first rail feature and kept the momentum going into the kicker section with some super slow frontside 360s.
On a better note, there is another 24 hours of sublime weather and with everything being packed into a ram jam day tomorrow, we’re sure there will be a myriad of riders bringing their A-game to the contest. If you can’t make it, you can keep up to date with all the happenings on the hill over at the O’Neill Pleasure Jam Facebook page.
To follow the World Snowboard Tour 2013-2014 season visit: www.worldsnowboardtour.com
[Photos by Roland Haschka]
The Altitude Comedy Festival is back for its sixth incarnation in the Spring. Taking place in Mayrhofen in the Austrian Tirol from 31st March to April 4th.
Although “an arena filling headliner that cannot be announced yet” is yet to be announced (this year it was Eddie Izzard), a phenomenal line up has been publicised, including the return of John Bishop, star at this year’s event, as well as Tommy Tiernan, Terry Alderton, Nina Conti and originals Andrew Maxwell and Marcus Brigstocke.
“It’s not often you get to see an O2 filling act in a 100-capacity bar,” was the Evening Standard’s comment.
Prices range from £155 for a Festival Pass for admission to all events, or (from) £349 for a festival pass plus four or five star accommodation or £250 for the pass, a reserved table at all four gala shows and the chance to meet Altitude Acts.
Organisers of the SWATCH FREERIDE WORLD TOUR BY THE NORTH FACE® (FWT) proudly announce the addition of two prestigious partners to FWT 2014: legendary automobile manufacturer Audi, and famed winter sports brand Marker Völkl.
Audi has long distinguished itself as one of the most important partners in the world of skiing with enduring involvement in alpine skiing across the world. Audi is a twelve-year sponsor of the Hahnenkamm race, title sponsor of the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup and the FIS Ski Cross World Cup, presenting sponsor of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, and sponsor of 15 national alpine ski teams. Freeride World Tour is proud to announce their new three-year sponsorship agreement with the German brand as official partner of the tour.
Florian Zitzlsperger, Head of brand partnerships and sports marketing AUDI AG, said: “The commitment in the Freeride World Tour perfectly complements our winter sports program. By presenting the Ski Cross World Cup we’ve started to address a young target group and are now logically continuing to pursue this path with the Freeride World Tour. Impressive images, exciting locations and new presentation opportunities for our brand in a fascinating environment – we look forward to the constructive partnership with the Freeride World Tour.”
Nicolas Hale-Woods, General Manager of FWT Europe, praised the new development: “Freeride World Tour’s partnership with Audi is fantastic news. Audi is simply the ideal automotive partner for any alpine event. Their product, image, and commitment to winter sports are unequaled. There’s no better fit for Freeride!”
Marker, official ski binding supplierto the FWT since 2012, returns in 2014 with the addition of Völkl. Völkl becomes one of two official suppliers for the ski category along with Scott. Marker Völkl International has always been one of the most recognized names in Freeride, and their commitment to FWT 2014 builds on that legacy. The Marker Völkl international team includes decorated FWT riders like Sam Smoothy (NZL), Charlie Lyons (NZL), Markus Eder (ITA), Nadine Wallner (AUT) and many more.
“The Freeride World Tour is a unique contest based on a great concept.The world's elite take on the toughest challenges this sport has to offer, thrilling the fans with spectacular lines. Years ago we started campaigning for the tour with Marker, now we're working with Völkl as well. As an equipment maker, the FWT provides us with the ideal platform for showcasing the tremendous performance of all our Freeride products — from skis and bindings to the new Marker Protective Snow Equipment. The widespread success of our riders speaks for itself,” said Bert Lammel, Marketing Manager of Marker Völkl International.
Nicolas Hale-Woods added: “The renewal of FWT’s partnership with Marker is a great sign for the freeride industry. And as good news never comes alone, we are welcoming iconic ski brand Völkl to the FWT family!”
Audi and Marker Völkl join FWT’s ongoing title sponsor SWATCH and presenting partner The North Face®. The tour is also proud to continue to work with world class hosting resorts, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Courmayeur Mont Blanc, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, Fieberbrunn Kitzbüheler Alpen, Kirkwood, and Verbier St-Bernard. Official suppliers Scott, GoPro, ABS, Primaloft, Blue Tomato, and Kask of Sweden also offer invaluable support to FWT.
Every Freeride World Tour event of 2014 features a public event village where the official partners and suppliers connect face-to-face with the general public. These event villages are the perfect place for visitors to learn more about the indispensible products and technologies that make Freeride possible and allow the best riders in the world to perform at their highest level.
For further information, please visit www.freerideworldtour.com
The fourth ‘Rock the Pistes’ Festival in the Portes du Soleil has been announced for the coming spring from 26 to 30 March 2014.
The event features concerts on the slopes around the huge ski area that straddles the French/Swiss border linking a dozen ski resorts with of 650km of piste. All the concerts are free – you just need a lift pass to be able to ski or board to them. There’s also a fringe festival each evening and a workshop for emerging talent.
In previous events the acts have been very French, but a statement from the organisers for the 2014 event says,
“We’re making room for UK groups, and, naturellement, plenty of big names from the French pop-rock scene.”
The concerts will take place every day in a different resort: Avoriaz, Champery-Les Crosets, Châtel, Morgins, Morzine-Les Gets. This year’s host resort is Les Gets.
Acts so far announced include Horace Andy, the voice of Massive Attack and a first hint of the UK music accent promised for Rock the Pistes 2014, London-based group The Skints who produce a great blend of punk, reggae and dub rhythms are on the line up.
The 15th Burton European Open (BEO) Snowboarding Championships presented by MINI are only 12 weeks away and for the 10th consecutive year, will be held in LAAX, Switzerland from January 13th – 19th, 2014. Riders from around the world are invited to register online for Europe’s only true open 6Star TTR event for the chance to win one of the most prestigious snowboarding titles and grab a share of the US$ 125.000 prize-money.
Amateurs, up-and-coming riders as well as Olympians will all gather in LAAX to battle it out in halfpipe and slopestyle competition. To register for halfpipe and slopestyle qualifier events, riders can go to http://ttr.memberpro.net/. The registration period starts on October 25th and ends on November 28th, 2013 at 6 pm CET. In total, there are 100 spots for men and 50 spots for women available per discipline. New this year, Juniors up to 14 years old will now compete with the men and women, plus be listed on the same result list and earn valuable 6Star TTR points. The two best boys and the best girl from the Junior heats in both slopestyle and halfpipe will also earn a spot in the BEO semi-finals where they will be able to showcase their skills next to the world’s best riders.
Save the date and get ready to compete at the Burton European Open 2014 in LAAX, Switzerland –
Europe’s last major event before the Olympic Winter Games in Russia.
More information will be available soon on www.burton.com/events and www.facebook.com/BurtonEurope (BEO App).
With more than 250 contests in six categories (1 Star – 6 Star), three disciplines (Slopestyle, Halfpipe, Big Air) held all over the world, the World Snowboard Tour is living up to its name. With the 5 biggest Snowboard contests in the world making up the 6 Star tour calendar, TTR are proud to present the 12th season of the biggest and best snowboarding events in the world.
On the 5 Star level, US Snowboarding Grand Prix Northstar-at-Tahoe from January 6th-12th has been newly added, as well as the Snowboard Jamboree in Stoneham, Canada from 16th -19th January. The 5 Star level this season counts eight events on four continents.
The 2013-2014 6 Star Calendar counts the following stops:
X Games - Tignes (SS, HP) 20-22 March 2013 (Completed)
Air&Style - Beijing (BA) 5-7 December 2013
Burton European Open by Mini - Laax (SS, HP) 13-19 January 2014
X Games - Aspen (SS, HP) 23-26 January 2014
Burton US Open by Mini - Vail (SS, HP) 03-08 March 2014
The 6 Star schedule for the men continues with the prestigious Big Air contest Air&Style in the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing. The year 2013 will wrap up with the 5 Star US Snowboarding Grand Prix in Copper from 16th -22nd December, which will be yet another chance for riders to earn World Snowboard Tour points as well as points for Olympic qualification.
Jeremy Forster, U.S. Snowboarding: “We are stoked, in this Olympic season, to continue our partnership with the World Snowboard Tour through our Grand Prix and Revolution Tour events. Co-sanctioning was well received last season, and we're looking forward to another successful year working together"
2014 will be kicked off with the US Snowboarding Grand Prix in Northstar at Tahoe, CA, a US Olympic team selection event. From here, it's on to Europe for the classic 6 Star Burton European Open presented by MINI in Laax, Switzerland. This will be the last relevant contest in Europe before the Olympic Games and for a fair number of riders it provides the last chance to qualify for Sochi.
January will come to a close with the X Games in Aspen. Tim Reed, ESPN:"The rider feedback related to X Games being part of the World Snowboard Tour was very positive, so we look forward to continuing the relationship and once again hosting the top ranked snowboarders in Aspen."
From February 6th-12th, it is time for the freestyle disciplines to take the grand stage at the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. It will be the first time, Slopestyle is showcased and TTR is proud to see the sport that we nurtured and helped develop, will receive the attention from the broadest possible global audience. After the Olympics, there will be a short break from competing before the final 6 Star event takes place. The Tour finale will be hosted in Vail, Colorado at the Burton US Open Halfpipe and Slopestyle event. On both final days of the event, the World Snowboard Tour champions will be crowned in the categories Slopestyle, Halfpipe, Big Air men and Overall.
Counting towards the 14-15 season, the Big Air Ride Shakedown contests will be another new 5 Star addition to the Tour in 2014. On 21st-22nd March riders are welcomed in Mount Snow, and from 4th-5th April the classic contest is held in Quebec, Canada, at Mont Saint Sauveur resort.
The 4 Star level currently presents fifteen events spread over three continents, with even more to come. On this level, the tour has never seen a stronger collection of events, spread all over the world and in all disciplines. The 1-3 Star category, serviced by the World Snowboard Federation, presents rookie-level events all over the world. The complete calendar can be found on:
Fabia Grüebler, Global Tour Director: “We are currently experiencing, that the relevance of the Tour for single events has never been greater. When we look at examples like X Games continuing our relationship and the long-standing Ride Shakedown contest deciding to join our tour, we see a lot of opportunity to further advance the best tour structure in freestyle snowboarding. We are sad to see some classic contests taking a break this season. But we are confident, that the foundation we laid together with all events in past and present, will suffice, to present the best competitive snowboarding has to offer in many years to come."
Reto Lamm, President of TTR Pro Snowboarding: “For the 12th consecutive season we are proud to present a calendar, that represents TTR Pro Snowboarding's push towards a unified environment in competitive snowboarding, yet remains true to the core values of the sport. An Olympic season has always presented a busy schedule for riders, but we have been working hard to build a calendar that takes this into account while maintaining a strong and solid foundation for the tour. Presenting the highest quality of snowboarding events on every level remains our highest priority and we feel with this calendar we have succeeded."
Ischgl, in the Austrian Tirol, has announced the details of its new €18.5 million (approx. £15.6m) cable car which is nearing completion ready for the upcoming ski season.
The new lift will open up an area of freeride skiing on slopes which can accumulate deep snow slopes and were previously virtually untouched, accessed from the Piz Val Gronda peak at 2812m. In the past these powderfields were accessed only by the most dedicated skiers and boarders who were towed up by snowcat.
A pisted red run from the top station will allow skiers and boarders who prefer to stay on the slopes to also enjoy the stunning views of the Fimbatal valley and peaks including the Fluchthorn, Wildspitze and Hohe Riffler.
The Piz Val Gronda (PVG) lift is 2,400m (1.5 miles) long – approx. and will whisk passengers up to the peak in about 5.5 minutes from its base at Vesiltal.
“This new area will enhance Ischgl’s status on the freeriding scene and present skiers and snowboarders with an exciting new challenge,” said Andreas Steibl, Paznaun-Ischgl Tourist Director, “The new lift is the first expansion to the ski resort of Ischgl since 1989 and has been in the planning for 28 years.”
Regular consultations were held with the state of Tirol, environmental and nature protection agencies and the Republic of Austria’s Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology.
Ischgl’s season will run from 28 November 2013 to 4 May 2014.
After a year off, the MS Trust’s Monster Ski challenge is back and will be taking place in Chamonix next March.
Monster Ski is being held from 16-20 March 2014 in Chamonix to raise funds for the MS Trust, a charity that trains specialist nurses and provides information for people living with multiple sclerosis. For each of the three days of the challenge, participants will attempt to ski 30,000 vertical feet – that’s the equivalent of the height of Mount Everest every day!
This will be the MS Trust’s sixth Monster Ski challenge, but the first in Chamonix, and the charity is looking for 25 skiers and snowboarders to take part. If you would like to get involved, you can register now for just £150, plus a pledge to raise £1,500 in sponsorship.
Included in the price are flights and transfers, accommodation (bed and breakfast), a three day lift pass and ski guides who will lead small groups during the challenge. The MS Trust will provide lots of support and advice to help you raise your sponsorship, as well as putting you in touch with other Monster Skiers so you can share fundraising ideas.
Olly Keith from Lancashire took part in Monster Ski in 2012. She said, “Fourteen amazing people, and me, took part - aged 25 to 57, three with MS, mostly experienced skiers and five boarders, all with their own motivation - most with a personal connection to MS. I am very proud to have been able to raise money for the MS Trust. As for my team mates - their drive and commitment was inspirational and the whole adventure was truly memorable.”
For more information about Monster Ski, please visit www.mstrust.org.uk/monsterski or contact Laura Percival at the MS Trust on 01462 476707.
Monster Ski on the SCUK Calender - www.snowboardclub.co.uk/events-monsterski2014.html
In an interview with The Associated Press, The International Ski Federation’s President and IOC member Gian Franco Kasper has said he is worried about plans to move the FIFA 2022 Football World Cup to winter to avoid the extreme heat in host nation Qatar, as the event would clash with the 2022 Winter Olympics.
All three organisations involved, the FIS, FIFA and the IOC, are based within 150 miles of one another in Switzerland.
FIFA is currently considering staging the 2022 World Cup at various dates between November and January but no decision is yet to bed made. A decision on where the 2022 Winter Olympics will be staged will be made in summer 2015. So far only Kazakhstan has submitted an official bid, but 10 other destinations may do so, nine of them in Europe.
Mr Kasper told the Associated Press he believed that international sports federations should respect one another and that staging the Football World Cup in winter would commercially “kill” support for the Winter Olympics that year.
Saturday 28th September 2013: Becky Menday one of only 10 invited riders in Europe to compete at the Protest Rock a Rail in The Hague, Netherlands.
14 year old Becky Menday once again found herself at Dover ferry terminal at 5.00am waiting to board a ferry to travel to The Hague in Holland. She was on her way to compete in the Protest Rock a Rail street style snowboarding rail jam, alongside some of the biggest snowboarding stars in Europe. Becky was not only the youngest rider attending the event, but was one of only 10 of the best female snowboarders in this discipline in Europe invited to compete.
The event was held in the Grote Markt a picturesque market square in the heart of the city. The area had been transformed into a street style arena with stair set street rails for the snowboarders to compete and terraced seating for the huge amount of spectators. Tons of snow had been shipped to the event from the nearby indoor snow dome and a host of hard working crew who started in the early hours of Saturday morning had shaped it into a snow covered spectacle. The event was to be filmed and live streamed by Method Mag.tv. on their website.
All the competitors practised together for an hour and it was a fast and furious hive of snowboarding activity. The older girls in the event made sure the young Menday was feeling comfortable and were all very friendly and supportive of her. With the practice over the main event started with the all girls competing for an hour. Unlike the men's event that had a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finish, the 10 girls were all battling it out for just one winning spot. Every different trick landed would count as a point towards victory, so the rider with the most variety of tricks on as many different features as possible would win.
Becky although very nervous at the start, soon had the crowd on their feet and cheering as she threw down run after run. Her styled tricks and confident runs soon earned her the respect of the crowd and the other riders, with applause and cheers from both. Although she was in tied place with three riders for first place going in to the last 10 mins of the event, she was pipped to the post by the very well deserved Swedish rider Tove Holmgren.
The event was very well run, with hot food provided for all contestants, and good security first aid and safety officers provided.
Becky had an amazing time and was a bit awe struck by everyone's reaction to her and the quality of riders she was competing with.
Becky said " The standard of riding at this event was off the wall, I have never been at such an exciting competition. To be able to ride in it as well was amazing, and the crowd and the other girls were awesome. I did not worry about winning just being invited and riding well was a win for me".
Becky would also like to thank Protest Boardwear for funding her trip. Also a thank you must go to The Long Dog pub in Waddesdon, for allowing the weekend off for the hard working schoolgirl. Becky works at weekends there to help finance her training and trips.
This was an amazing start to the winter season for Becky, and with plenty of excitement towards the build up for the 2014 Winter Olympics in February, Becky has many more activities planned.
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