Our Camp put on a rocking All Girls Slopestyle Competition in the Chapelle Park aka ‘Baby Park’ in Avoriaz on 14th March
The three winning girls
The 3 co-owners of Our Camp (Sonia Shaw, Emma-Lea Rogers and Gilly Seagrave) all turned up to host the event and to make sure every competitor had a great time. There were great prizes up for grabs thanks to Protest, Vans, Les Ettes, Nikita, Slopestyle, Chuckbuddies, Eka Wear and More Mountain, all of which are very keen to encourage girls to love their riding.
The comp allowed for all riders to practice from 9am until 11am. At 11am the judging started and every girl had 3 marked runs under the critical eyes of Laura Berry, Jono Wood and local park shaper, Sherif. Your highest scoring run was taken and the 6 top scoring riders were selected for the finals. The finals took place after a delicious lunch put on by Our Camp. The riders had 2 runs to show their stuff in the finals. At the end of the day all competitors and spectators were rewarded to sit back, have a few drinks and a chat at the After Party.
1st place: Elena Könz
2nd place: Jessica Comte
3rd place: Anais Cettou
Elena Könz consistently stomped the best runs of the day. Her best run consisted of a backside 360 indy over the first blue kicker (5m), a bs180 over the second, a switch bs 180 on the last, a 50:50 on the flat-down box and finishing with a hand plant. Jessica Comte, sponsored by Ripcurl and Roxy headwear secured 2nd place. Jessica’s best run consisted of a backside 360 over the first blue kicker, a mute grab on the second and then a melon grab on the third, she then cut across to the flat-down box. My best run consisted of a half cab over the first kicker, an indy on the second and a frontside 180 on the red kicker. This was not good enough for the final but I was pleased that I had put my new trick (half cab) into practice at a competition. This was the aim of the day and I managed to successfully do this on all three runs so I was happy.
It was a great opportunity to be riding amongst so many talented riders. The comp has inspired me to go away, practice some more, up the skills and come back next year as a stronger rider. I have learnt that I really need to squeeze as many obstacles in on a run as possible, therefore I need to be more observant as to which tricks will allow me to do that i.e., to keep speed up. I have been working on wall rides since after watching some cool tricks from the other girls.
The best bit about the comp is the social side and being able to meet other fellow girls who love their boarding. At the comp I met two girls that live in my resort and I have now arranged to go riding with them. More girls should enter competitions as it pushes your riding, inspires you to do more, allows you to meet more boarders and keeps the fun in snowboarding. At girls competitions you are also likely to go away with some great prizes as sponsors are very generous. I did not even come in the top 3 and I went away with a Vans t-shirt, a pretty Protest wallet, Les Ettes perfume, and the most useful of all, a gorgeous Eka hankie. The other girls won things like Rome boots, an iPod, a Protest Jacket, jumpers, hoodies, T’s and loads more!Written by Catherine Peck, sponsored by Salomon, Animal and Ruroc Helmets