The British Snow Tour hit Milton Keynes over the weekend to host the Quiksilver British Big Air Championships. The huge 10m kicker set the stage as over 120 of the UK’s top snowboarders and freeskiers threw down an impressive bag of tricks including stylish 7’s, frontfilps and textbook 9’s. The schools tour team also proved to be a big hit with over 100 enthusiastic kids taking part in free beginner lessons, courtesy of the Quiksilver Lesson Academies.
The 2-STAR TTR Quiksilver Snowboard Big Air Championships kicked off the day’s competition with over 70 riders taking to the slope, each receiving two qualifying jumps to impress the judges and make it through to the finals.
In the women’s final, Mel Kern was on top form and landed a smooth 360 over the medium kicker to take home third place overall. Second place went to Lynsey Ashdown who stomped a stylish Indy over the big 10m kicker and Samantha Rogers, much to the delight of the crowd and judges, pulled out a huge and gutsy frontflip over the big kicker to take the 2008 Women’s Quiksilver Big Air Title.
The afternoon made way for over 50 of the UK’s finest freeskiers who charged the kickers with style and amplitude in the hope of making it through to the finals. In the Women’s final, 11-year-old Molly Summerhayes and local ripper Amber Connors made it through to the final and just missed out on a podium finish. Kelly O’Donnell landed a clean 540 to take third place whilst Teri Spencer’s lofty 360 over the big kicker secured her second place. First place and the 2008 Quiksilver Big Air Title went to Katie Summerhayes, who was killing it all day and landed a huge 720 over the 10m kicker.
The next stop on the British Snow Tour calendar will be the Trespass British Snowboard / Skiercross Championships and Slopestyle Jam, Saturday 4th October at Braehead, SNO!zone.