Staff blog: Who needs a mountain?
I’ve decided that’s my new favourite word. Well, that and ‘funkage’…
Where did I pick up these words (I hear you ask)? Three words. O’Neill Shoreditch Showdown.
A 50 tonne snowfall (courtesy of The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead) turned Old Street’s graffiti-clad Red Market into an iconic London street scene. Providing the ultimate backdrop for the top rail riders to show off their skills to a crowd of 500.
Complete with steps, a bus stop, kickers, a postbox, a phone box and of course rails – 24 skiers and boarders pushed themselves throughout the evening, culminating in a dramatic final.
Sparrow Knox (snowboard) and Taylor J Harding (freeski) took the crowns. With a clean frontside 270 to switch boardslide on the rail, styled out with a tap on the red post box, Knox was pretty humble about his win: “I just like to ride, we were all here as mates, I totally didn’t expect to win. It was a great format and a mad set-up.” TJ Harding was on form throughout the night, culminating with a 270 on revert 270 off the rail. Harding said: “It’s something special to win in a place like this, completely unexpected. A great way to set up for the winter.”
It was a wonderful evening. Wearing my ski jacket, sipping mulled cider and enjoying the gourmet street food – you could almost kid yourself that you were in a snow park, a long way from the country’s capital indeed.