Huge inverts, 900’s and the legendary wake’n bake, were among the tricks of choice being thrown down at the British Quarterpipe Championships on Friday 26th October at the Metro Ski and Snowboard Show, London, Olympia. 20 of the UK’s best freeskiers and snowboarders were invited to compete and showcase their tricks in front of a crowd of thousands with the hopes of winning the British Quarterpipe Championship titles and a FREE holiday out to the BRITS 08.
The qualification round kick started the competition, with each rider getting two runs to impress the judges, before going through to the final, with the top 2 skiers and snowboarders then going through to a one run super final. The younger competitors including, freeskiers, James Woods, Josh Fawcett and snowboarders, Jamie Nicholls, Cody Hierons and Sparrow Knox, were pushing the limits throwing down a selection of 900’s and Mctwists, whilst the likes of snowboarders Dom Harington, Gary Greenshields and freeskier Andy Bennett, were reaching some crazy heights out of the quarterpipe.
British Snowboard Quarterpipe Championships
The prestigious TWO STAR TTR Event, witnessed riders pulling out all the stops during the snowboard final, with Gary Greensheilds going huge with a big backflip to fakie. Dom Harington was also on top form with some super stylish frontside 720’s, Jack Shackelton also going huge with impressive cripplers and Mctwists, whilst Jamie Nicholls stepped it up by attempting a Mctwist 900. Sparrow Knox, who had been trying to land a Mctwist 720 throughout the competition, landed a super clean one, giving him top spot in the two man final. Not to be out shone by his 14 year old brother, 19 year old Ben Knox claimed the remaining spot in the super final after landing a big stylish Mctwist.
The battle of the Knox brothers commenced in the one run super final, with Ben showing Sparrow some brotherly love before dropping in to hit the quarterpipe first. Ben stomped a big Mctwist, and the pressure was on for Sparrow, who was the youngest rider in the competition. Sparrow pulled out a big Mctwist 720, but slightly sketched out on the landing, giving Ben the advantage needed to take the British Quarterpipe Championship Title and the FREE holiday out to the BRITS 08.
- Snowboard Results:
- 1st Ben Knox, Crouch End
- 2nd Sparrow Knox, Crouch End
- 3rd Dom Harington, Leeds
- 4th Jack Shackleton, Bracknell
- 5th Jamie Nicholls, Halifax
- 6th Gary Greensheilds, Edinburgh
- 7th Kevin Mills, Dorset
- 8th Cody Hierons, Chatham
- 9th Luke Paull, Glasgow
- 10th Chris Kightley, Tamworth
British Freeski Quarterpipe Championships
In the Freeski final the competition was tight, with the likes of 2006 and 2007 British Halfpipe Champion, Paddy Graham and 2006 British Slopestyle Champ, Andy Bennett, pulling out huge flares and stylish 720’s with ease. Back from injury, one of the UK’s most fearless freeskiers, Mike Wakefield, proved he was back on top form with a series of flares and huge wake’n bakes, his signature trick (frontflip, 180 with a mute grab).
With performances to close to call, an unprecedented three men, James Machon, Mike Wakefield and James Woods, went through to the super final. First to drop in was James Machon, who had been killing it all day and landed a super stylish corked 720 during qualifications, which was tipped by judges as the best trick of the day. James didn’t fail to impress in the super final, with a huge 900, but didn’t quite get the grab giving James Woods and Mike Wakefield the chance to answer back. James pulled out a massive flare landing a little flat, whilst Mike stomped a huge text book wake’n bake to take the British Freeski Quarterpipe Championship title and holiday out to the BRITS 08 for the second year in a row.
- Ski Results
- 1st Mike Wakefield, Wakefiled
- 2nd James Machon, Sheffield
- 3rd James Woods, Sheffield
- =4th Josh Fawcett, Sheffield
- =4th Paddy Graham, Sheffield
- 6th Andy Bennett, Sheffield
- 7th Joe Murrell, Devon
- =8th Joe Tyler, Sheffield
- =8th Murray Buchan, Edinburgh
- 10th Charlie Smith, Stoke on Trent
- 11th Rob Machon, Sheffield
The next and final event on the British Snow Tour calendar will be the Quiksilver British Indoor Big Air Championships at Braehead SNO!zone, Glasgow on Saturday 3rd November. To pre register to compete or for event timings and info go to: www.britishsnowtour.com
The BRITS 2008 event is back in Laax, Switzerland, for the week of March 29th – 5th April, to celebrate its 18th birthday in style and is set to be the biggest and best yet. Combining six days of World-class snowboard and freeski action and heavy après policy, the BRITS 2008 is guaranteed to be an amazing winter week and one that simply cannot be missed. So, what are you waiting for, get involved at www.brits08.com, to book a package, from as little as £179pp and find out further information about flights and transfers.
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