The Latest From the Freestyle World
Air + Style, Innsbruck One of the biggest and most spectacular freestyle events of the year was held last week in Innsbruck, Austria. A huge jump was built on the iconic Bergisel Olympic ski jump on the edge of town, and a massive crowd braved heavy snow to watch some of the world’s best snowboarders. Britain’s very own Billy Morgan finished 9th behind a seriously strong field, despite stomping a near-perfect backside triple cork 1440. See the top three’s runs:
Freestyle World Championships Many of our best freestyle athletes are currently in Kreischberg, Austria for the Freestyle World Champs. There are Brits in almost every event, with 21 athletes out there competing. Katie Summerhayes was stoked to qualify 2nd for the women’s slopestyle, before taking home the silver.
Winter X-Games 19 One athlete that isn’t at the World Championships is James ‘Woodsy’ Woods, who instead will be in Aspen going up against the world’s 16 best skiers at the 19th edition of the invite-only X-Games. Two years ago he took bronze in the slopestyle and will definitely be looking to repeat or better that result this year. In the biggest competition so far this season, the Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Woodsy didn’t make the final so he’ll be looking to put this behind him when the event begins on January 22nd. The course looks incredible and in his own words, he can’t wait to get out there and try and attempt to bring back some silverware.
. There’s a new kid in town 17-year-old British snowboarder Rowan Coultas has been turning heads for a while now, but he cemented himself further as one our best young riders this weekend with a 3rd place at the Red Bull Nanshan Open in China. The event carried a $50,000 prize fund, was one of the biggest of its kind in the region and attracted some seriously good riders. So for Coultas to come 3rd just highlights the level of talent that he has and there is certainly a big future ahead for the teenager from York.
Red Bull Linecatcher The 7th edition of the revolutionary freeski competition was held in Les Arcs over the weekend. Combining the two elements of big-mountain and slopestyle skiing, the backcountry course, set on the famous Fond Blanc face between Les Arcs 1800 and 2000, had both natural features and a series of perfectly sculpted man-made jumps. The action was spectacular thanks to a big dump of powder and some stunning sunny weather. Switzerland’s Nico Vuignier topped the podium and you can certainly see why in the video of his winning run…
And finally… Some of you may have already seen this, but before Christmas British athlete Jamie Nicholls produced one of the most-watched snowboarding videos of all time (3.5 million Facebook views). Working with The Snow Centre Hemel Hempstead, a unique track filled with rails and jumps was built both in and outside of the building. The end product was pretty spectacular…