I recently took a trip out to Laax, Switzerland to train and compete in the British Snowboard and Freeski Championships, The Brits!
In the first week we were trying to fix some runs together aswell as achieve new tricks we may not have tried before. The main trick I wanted to achieve while I was out there was an underflip which I managed to land within my first few days! I was super stoked on it and happy to get it done early on in the trip!
The Laax Superpipe!
The second was competition week. I competed in Slopestyle, Halfpipe and Big Air. First up was slopestyle, the weather was very bipolar and meant in the end we only got one run each. I was happy with my results placing 4th in U16 and 12th overall! Next, halfpipe where the weather was still poor but not as bad as the previous day. I placed 4th in my age group and 8th overall which I was happy with as I never ride halfpipe back in the Uk. Finally we had big air, the weather was perfect however I wasn’t having a great day and ended up placing 4th in the u16 and 17th overall.
Japan ‘grab’ in the Superpipe
Over the two weeks I had a great time and was so happy to have learnt new things including an Underflip which was one of my main goals for the trip. I would like to give a big thanks to James Webb and Rob Taylor for coaching me along with others over the two weeks. I was happy with most of my results and what I have learned!
The main event was a jam session where I got to stage 3 out of 4.
Under 16’s men podium Mason Flannery (3rd), Jasper Klein (1st) Tom Greenway (2nd) Pix: Shaun Flannery/shaunflanneryphotography.com
At the end of the day, u12 and u16 competitors get 2 traditional slopestyle ‘individual’ runs.
My first run I came off two features early and only scored 47.00 points which meant it was all down to my second run which went to plan as I scored 63.50 points!
On my highest scoring run I did:
Switch on to the rail.
Lip slide on the pipe
Front 270 out of the rail
Switch 360 on the jump
Switch on to switch out on the pipe (however I did intend to do a back 270 out but I wasn’t set right for it)
Overall I had a really good day and I can’t wait for the next two weekends as I’m skiing at Stoke this Saturday in The Charity JAM and then visiting London for the Ski and Snowboard Show the weekend after!
Team Ski Olympic Mason Flannery (3rd u’16 men) and Millie Wilkinson (2nd u’15 ladies) Pix: Shaun Flannery/shaunflanneryphotography.com
Bronze Medal in the 2016 English Slopestyle Championships at Chill Factore Manchester
A few weeks ago I competed in the English Slopestyle Championships at Chill Factore in Manchester. I had a really good day and I was really happy with my placing! I came 3rd in my age category (U16) and 8th overall!
My first final run I did: switch on back 270 out, lip slide front 270 out, switch on to forwards, a 360 and a stall.
Transfer Safety 180
My second run I did: switch on hand drag, lip slide, ski slide, transfer 180 and then a stall.
In my first run I scored 59 and in my second run I scored 55!
On the podium with Haydn and Tom
Over all I had a great day and I was very happy with myself and the way I skied. Congratulations to Tom and Haydn who came first and second.
I’m exited to be heading out to Cervinia in a few weeks for some summer skiing on the Zermatt glacier with British Freeski Camps, watch for the pix and video!
At Les Arcs Snow Park Pix: Shaun Flannery/shaunflanneryphotography.com
Had a really good week in Vallandry with the Ski Olympic team. Winter finally arrived on our last day with lots more snow forecast for January. The pisteurs and park team did a great job making some features despite the lack of early season snow, here’s my edit from a great week in Paradiski.
Go and check out Ski Olympic’s website and book yourself a great ski holiday with them in the French Alps!
So recently I was awarded ‘Camper Of The Year’ by British Freeski Camps. I was presented with a pair of Faction Kennedy skis, a Faction jacket, Faction ski pants and a British Freeski Camps t-shirt.
I would like to thank every one at British Freeski Camps for nominating me and presenting me with such amazing prizes. I’ve had my Marker Griffon bindings mounted and really enjoyed riding them at Snozone, Castleford.
Over the year I’ve really enjoyed getting coached by Beckyand Andy Bennett and everyone else over at British Freeski Camps at Halifax and Rossendale. I feel that I’ve improved a lot and i can’t wait to put these new skills into practice during the British Indoor Slopestyle Championships (The Brits) next month.
Unfortunately I’ve recently cracked the edge of my Armada Bdog’s which means that they are not very suitable for hitting rails, this has meant that I’m now riding on a pair of Armada Alpha X’s and I’m so happy with them!
On Saturday I competed in the English Slopestyle Championships at Chill Factore in Manchester. It was very enjoyable day and everyone did very well.
Chillin’ with my mates
We started off with a 2 hours practise trying to get as many runs in as possible and get 2 runs ready for the qualification round. Next was the qualifications where everyone had to do two runs each, the top 12 made the finals.
Unfortunately I didn’t make the finals but I was only a few points away from it.
Overall I came 16th out of 40 In the males skier and I am so happy with my results and already looking forward to the next competition.
Hi guys, had a really good bank holiday weekend shredding!
On Thursday I went up to Chill Factore for the Grom Camp. Friday I skied at Snozone Castleford, Saturday Halifax Ski Centre for a sunset session……….got my 540’z dialled, nice! Day off on Sunday and then went to my friend Jacobs to ride his garden gib on Bank Holiday Monday.
Back Garden Jib
Fantastic weekend, really loving my sport at the moment!
It was an extremely good day and super fun. It started off with the main jam, everyone was throwing down hard but when it came to the final, only very few of us got through……………..and i made it to the final!
Concentration on a rail!
In the final everyone kept jamming and the judges took in the scores. Unfortunately i didn’t podium but well done to Justin Taylor-Tipton, Tom Greenway and Arthur Holmes who took 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the under 16 age category (my category).
Overall it was a great day and i was just supper stoked to be able to reach the finals!
Thanks always to the team at Ski Olympic for their ongoing support.
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.