The Quiksilver British Big Air Champs opened day two of competition at the Brits in Laax, Switzerland, with over 100 riders attacking the 7, 14 and 20 metre kickers. Brit newcomers Richard Hookes and Claire Frost stepped it up to take the titles.
It was a close call during the 8-man final with only one point separating the top six placings. Unsponsored rider and Brits rookie Richard Hookes threw down a huge cab 900, switch tail, to walk away with the overall men’s title, not bad for his first Brits appearance! Second place went to British Snowboard Team member, Ben Kilner, who was riding super-strong all day and perfectly landed a textbook corked backside 720. Nelson Pratt took third place after he pulled out a stylish cab 900.
A relative newcomer on the scene, Claire Frost made her mark in the women’s final when she landed two backside 540s to take the 2008 Quiksilver Big Air title. Samantha Rogers, who had been riding strong all day, pulled a big frontflip out of the bag on her final jump, and bagged second place. Third spot on the podium went to Lynsey Ashdown after she landed a clean frontside 540.
1st – Claire Frost, Edinburgh
2nd – Sam Rogers, Reading
3rd – Lynsey Ashdown, Cheshire
1st – Richard Hookes, Nottingham
2nd – Ben Kilner, Aviemore
3rd – Nelson Pratt, Hampshire