The British Snow Tour headed to Milton Keynes, SNO!zone last weekend for the Giro British Indoor Big Air Championships and Big Air Jam.
Spectators were treated to a multitude of fancy tricks, flips and big airs as the snowboarders gave it their all during the Giro Big Air Jam sessions. The overall Jam session winners were, Sparrow Knox (over 16’s), Matt Cory (under 16’s) and Katie Ormerod (women’s). A special shout-out also goes to Neil Prior from the Master’s category who donned a Super Mario outfit hoping it would give him a Power-Up over the kickers.
In the Women’s Giro Big Air Championships, with British Championship Titles and cash prizes up for grabs, it was defending big air champ, Katie Ormerod who impressed the most and added the 2010 Giro British Big Air Championship title to her impressive collection. Katie landed a big backside 360 over the 6m kicker to take the win. Second place with a stylish frontside 180, melon went to Sophie Nicholls, whilst third place went to youngster Becky Menday, who had been charging the kickers all day.
The UK’s freeski big hitters took to the slope in the afternoon for the Big Air Jam and the standard of riding was immediately set. With massive switch 7’s, superman front-flips and switch misty 7’s being thrown down. The overall jam session winners were James Webb (over 16), Liam Beardsmore (under 16) and Katie Summerhayes (women).
In the Women’s Giro Big Air Championships, Katie Summerhayes cemented her position as the UK’s best female freeskier after she landed a huge 720 mute grab over the whopping 10m kicker – the only girl to hit the big kicker all day. Katie who’d also landed a 900 in the competition was crowned the 2010 Giro Big Air Champion, collecting her 4th British Snow Tour Gold medal of the series so far. Younger sister, Molly Summerhayes also stepped it up and landed a stylish 360 over the 6m kicker to take second place, with Zoe Lewis finishing in third. Katie said: The atmosphere was great and every one rode so well. I loved the kicker it was amazing and I really like the new comp format.
100 kids tried skiing or snowboarding for the first time during the event, courtesy of the Giro Learner Academies and a special shout-out or should we say – Shakira Wolf Cry, goes to MC James Thorne, who ministered an amazing atmosphere for competitors and spectators alike.
Check out the photo galleries and videos and the full list of results on britishsnowtour.com