The Brits in Laax

Laax Halfpipe

Hi guys, I recently travelled out to Laax, Switzerland to compete in the British Freestyle Championships, The Brits!

I spent the first week with Andy Bennett and the the team from British Freeski Camps. It was the first time away from home on my own and first time flying without my parents, it was an interesting flight from Manchester to Zurich, a bit bumpy!

Pre run advice from coach Rob Machon

Pre run advice from coach Rob Machon

We spent the week training on rails, kickers and in the half pipe being coached by Andy. In addition to the skiing we had talks and demonstrations on fitness and nutrition as well as spending time in the brilliant Freestyle Academy Laax on trampolines and the airbag, check out the link, it was extremely fun and exiting!

Laax Halfpipe

Laax Halfpipe

The second week was the competition week. The first comp I competed in was slopestyle. After two days of waiting for the cloud to clear, the comp was called off and turned into a 3 run rail jam. I placed 24  out of 54. The second comp I competed in was half pipe where I was stoked to place joined 14th out of 34! It was the first time I had ridden the halfpipe, its massive, 22 foot high walls!

Pix: Shaun Flannery/shaunflanneryphotography.com COPYRIGHT PICTURE>>SHAUN FLANNERY>01302-570814>>07778315553>> 7th April 2016 The Brits Laax, Switzerland Slopestyle Rail Jam Mason Flannery

Riding into the clouds!

It was disappointing that most of the competition day’s were affected by the weather but had a great 2 weeks learning new skills and skiing with the rest of the team. I would like to thank coaches Andy Bennett, Rob Machon, James Webb and Emma Lonsdale for looking after me in the first week and coaching me over the 2 weeks. I had a really good time and hope to have more opportunities like that next season!

The Brits - Laax - Switzerland - 2016

Concentration before the rail jam!

Thanks as always to my sponsor Ski Olympic.

Mason

@masonpixx

Pix: Shaun Flannery/shaunflanneryphotography.com COPYRIGHT PICTURE>>SHAUN FLANNERY>01302-570814>>07778315553>> 7th April 2016 The Brits Laax, Switzerland Mason Flannery Slopestyle

Rail Jam in the cloud

Pix: Shaun Flannery/shaunflanneryphotography.com COPYRIGHT PICTURE>>SHAUN FLANNERY>01302-570814>>07778315553>> 9th April 2016 The Brits Laax, Switzerland Bangers and Cash Mason Flannery

Bangers and Cash!

The Brits - Laax - Switzerland - 2016

More images at www.shaunflanneryphotography.com

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Snozone ‘After Hours’ Photo Shoot

Hitting a rail at the ‘after hours’ photo and video shoot

Hi Guys, so recently I was chosen to go and ride at Snozone Castleford at the after hours photo shoot. It was a great experience as there were so many amazing riders there including a few team GB riders including Katie Summerhayse, Tyler Harding and Molly Summerhayse.

I was stoked that i had this opportunity and i hope i get more opportunities like this in the future.

Mason

Nike Rail

Photo credit: www.shaunflanneryphotography.com

#snowparkcas

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Renowned Ski Tour Operator Supports Olympic Hopefuls

Millie Wilkinson and Mason Flannery

Millie and Mason

A long established travel company which offers ski holidays to the French Alps has pledged its support to two young Olympic hopefuls.

Ski Olympic, established almost a quarter of a century ago in Doncaster, will offer sponsorship to two South Yorkshire teenagers who are aiming high with their skiing ambitions.

Freestyle skier Millie Wilkinson of Dronfield, Sheffield.

Millie in action at The Brits Val Park ©Richard Wilkinson

Millie Wilkinson, 13, from Dronfield and Mason Flannery, 13, from Doncaster both have their sights set on competing in forthcoming Olympics and currently train together at locations across the North of England.

Sochi Freestyle Competition

Mason in action at Snozone Castleford

“We are delighted to offer these two talented teenagers the opportunity to train more and access even more opportunities to allow them to maximise their potential and fulfil their dreams,” said Jarrod Osborne Director Ski Olympic. “Our support, in addition to that of their families, will help them to focus on their ultimate goals and hopefully become professional sports people in the future.”

Millie currently specialises in Slopestyle and is ranked 2nd in her age group. Meanwhile Mason, who has been skiing since he was five also competes in the same discipline and has recently competed in the British Championships at Chill Factor in Manchester.

“We’ve become good training partners and encourage each other to push the boundaries making sure we keep improving all the time,” commented Millie. “Sponsorship is really important to us as it helps us to get the best out of all that is on offer to make us even better.”

Mason concluded, “We’ve enjoyed some fantastic training sessions at SnoZone Castleford and at the Halifax Ski Centre and can now make the most of all the opportunities that come our way thanks to the support of Jarrod and his team.”

Mason Flannery - Studio shoot

Mason Flannery

Millie Wilkinson

Millie Wilkinson

 

Further information can be found at www.milliewilkinson.com and www.masonflannery.com. Details regarding Ski Olympic can be found at http://www.skiolympic.com

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Easter Shred – Learning to Fly!

 

Hi guys,

This is a short edit my dad did from my week in Courchevel 1650 in France last week.

I had a great time and the snow was good for the time of year.

At New Year I  worked more on boxes and rails but decided to practice my grabs and spins this time.

I use K2 Sight 2013 freestyle skis and Salomon spk 100 boots. The video was shot on 2 GoPro cameras.

The song for the video is “learn to fly” by the Foo Fighters.

Hope you like it?

Mason

@masonpixx

 

Courchevel April 2014

The North Face

 

Courchevel April 2014

Nailed the tail grab!

 

Courchevel April 2014

Snow acrobatics!

 

Courchevel April 2014

Eat my dust!

 

 

 

Shred……Snozone Style!

Xscape - Shred - Freestyle

Hitting the rail!

Hey guys

Here’s a selection of pics and a short video of me last night at Snozone Castleford. I’ve been skiing since I was 5 years old but have only been skiing freestyle since April 2013.

Since April I have come on loads. I started off going straight over boxes and just trying basic grabs such as safety grabs. As I progressed on I was starting 180’s. After that I started to do boxes sideways and different grabs such as mutes and other straight tricks like daffies. Just recently I have moved on to doing  360’s and rails sideways.
I love skiing and I just wanted to say thanks to the freestyle instructors at Xscape, Matt, Nick, Danny, Nubiel and Ian. These are the people who have helped me come on and progress to where I am now.

I hope in the future I can come on even more and start competing in competition when I feel the times right

Mason

@masonpixx

Xscape - Shred - Freestyle

A bit of air!

Xscape - Shred - Freestyle

More air!

Xscape - Shred - Freestyle

Love my K2 Sights

Xscape - Shred - Freestyle

Tuck in!