This is a blog about snowboarding on plastic snow, indoor snow and sometimes even real snow on real mountains. There'll also be other mutterings about the things I come across in my day to day life

Sunday, April 26, 2009

I'm moving!

In celebration of having two sponsors on board and because I want a site format that gives me more flexibility to combine posts on snowboarding, work, life, general stuff I come across and the photos that Jools takes I've set up a new blog over at www.tailfish.co.uk

I've imported all of the posts from here and will be working through them all to categorise them and tidy up the formatting. It's been a busy weekend and I haven't got round to getting it fully sorted yet but hopefully you'll continue to follow me over there!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Nearly Nose Grab!


Nearly Nose Grab!, originally uploaded by plasticsnow aka Kat.

Here's a shot Jools took of my second run in the Big Air at the Brits. After landing a clean Roast Beef for my first run I went for the nose grab on my second. As you can see I didn't quite get the grab but I still cleared the knuckle and rode away clean!

Considering I've previously bounced nicely off the knuckle and fallen I was stoked to get two clean runs in qualification. I was even happier (and a bit sad as well) when I discovered I'd missed qualifying for the final by one place.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Season Round Up & Exciting News

The Brits is over and I've had a good year in competitions with 9 podium places from 11 starts as the 2008/9 season draws to a close. Not only that but I've come close to qualifying for the overall final on a couple of occasions (Big Air at the Brits is my nearest miss so far!)

So here's a quick summary of how I got on:

Comp Summary

All of my scores have been added in to the TTR comps to take place this month so the following positions might change slightly but at the present time my world ranking is 150 ranking list, there are still a couple of TTRth and I'm 8th in Great Britain. Fingers crossed if the TTR rankings don't change an improvement of 5 places in my overall ranking.

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It's been a tough year as well, I injured my foot at the Castleford leg of the Snow Tour which meant that I rode through the pain barrier there and was still riding injured the following week at Milton Keynes. This injury, which effectively put me out for 8 weeks after I'd also ridden in the Burton Black Metal at MK (where I discovered it wasn't quite fixed) combined with a change of job meant that we didn't take our planned month long trip to Laax over Christmas so that I could get some coaching and enter the Burton European Open. It's such a shame, as I learnt so much out there the week before the Brits and the coaching really helped my confidence, however, we're already working out how we can get more time away next season so hopefully I'll get some more coaching and if everything goes to plan give the BEO a go as well.

Oh, and on to the exciting news.....I'm now officially a SNO!zone Sponsored Rider! Yes, following the Brits I've found out that they'd like me on the team because "you embody everything that SNO!zone is about....energy and enthusiasm! So I'd love you to join the team". So finally my bubbly nature and determination to progress and succeed has impressed someone enough to get some proper, official sponsorship!

I have to say a huge thank you to Lisa Allan and SNO!zone for giving me this opportunity because it'll be a huge help, the more riding I can get in the easier it'll be to progress and improve my tricks (and the less I have to spend on slope-time the more I can spend on coaching!). It really is brilliant to find someone who hasn't been put off by the fact that I'm over 30 as well. I may not be able to beat all the kids on the comp scene but I'll keep giving it my best shot!

Monday, April 06, 2009

Back to the Grind....not the jibbing kind

I'm writing this on my way to London, on the train, heading to the office after two weeks away in Laax. It feels a bit surreal, here I am suited and booted and fighting for a seat on the train ( I won) when this time a week a go I was waiting for the gondola to take me to the mountain top for boardercross (I won that too).

Anyway, I just wanted to round out Brits week with an update on the slopestyle (3rd in Masters, 19th overall). I'll admit to being a bit gutted with my overall position, I'd hoped to finish a couple of places higher but it wasn't to be. On a positive note though, it was the biggest, cleanest slopetyle comp I've done in 4 years at the Brits, with my second run being completely clean with all kicked knuckles cleared. It really does go to show what some lessons and hard work can do! If anyone is in Laax and wants some freestyle tuition then Marc Pfander comes highly recommended.

Rebecca Cullum also got her rightful Big Air prize, no public apology though as she decided against having a presentation with just her on the podium (it's not much fun, especially when it's not your fault) but she appears in the right place on the results list so it's all good.

Hopefully I'll slowly ease in to work this week, luckily with Easter I have two, 4 day weeks, and a trip to Castleford & Halifax to look forward to. I'm going to do everything I can to keep the riding momentum going and get myself to a good enough standard that this time next year I'm blogging about the spins I've thrown down on the big kickers!

For a collection of Brits photos by Jools Smith, check out his Flickr set

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Medal Free Wednesday

No medal for me today unfortunately, but the weather was good and I was happy with my half pipe runs. I'd out a couple of runs in on the half pipe yesterday but hadn't really done anything spectacular (let's face it, when you only ride pipe once a year it's hard to be spectacularly anything except for spectacularly bad!). Due to my superior planning skills I was up the top of the mountain early enough to get about 6 practice runs in which was triple what some of the slackers managed, I was getting near the lip of the super pipe on my first hit but my skills on the backside wall are lacking somewhat and I wasn't really able to keep my height or speed in the increasingly slushy pipe. I did however manage a clean first run of frontside airs (with grabs) and backside airs (less grabs) and then for my second run I went for another mix of front & backside airs and went for a frontside 360 (today was the first time I’d tried these). Unfortunately I butt-checked it but it gives me something to work towards for next year’s comp.

As I said I didn’t place in the top 3, my gut instinct tells me I placed 5th out of 5 Masters but as I'm happy with how I rode I don't mind not winning another medal.

Tomorrow's comp is the slope style, it's a 9am start at the top of the mountain so no partying for me tonight. Also because of the large number of entrants and the fact it takes 20 minutes to lap the comp park and the run to the lift and back we only get one run, so I have to make it count. I've got my run all planned out and if it all comes off OK I'll be happy. My main aims are to do decent grabs on all three kickers and keep my bum out of the snow (last year I managed the kickers pretty much but not the butt part as I fell on the rails).

On another note it looks like Rebecca Cullum actually won her age group in yesterday's Big Air comp and placed 4th overall, unfortunately as yet there has been no announcement of this to the masses nor has there been a re-run of the podium presentation so that she (and her sponsors) get a moment of glory. This really disappoints me because it's one thing to make a mistake by not presenting someone with their prize but quite another not to fix it publically and fast! So at present it's really only those people with access to the press office or who've spoken to Becca that are aware that she actually won. I do hope that Soulsports do fix this before the end of the week.

 
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