Day Three: Snowboard Slopestyle Press Release
The third and final day of The BRITS Ski and Snowboard championships ended with the slopestyle event, and the weather conditions were epic.
After an amazing pow day on Thursday, the clouds parted and blue skies rolled in to see some of the best British riders throw down on the course at Snowpark Laax! See official press release below.
Thats a wrap for the 2019 BRITS and we want to thank all of those involved for letting us keep you in the loop with whats been going on.
MCCORMICK SENDS DOUBLES AND PHENOM BROOKS DOUBLES UP
British Snowboard & Freestyle Ski Championships 2019, LAAX, Switzerland
With wednesday a write off due to heavy snow, and much more falling through the night, BRITS competitors tentatively made their way through the clouds to the Crap Sogn Gion. For the majority of the lift’s climb it looked as if competition may be futile yet again, but as the gondola arrived at the Galaaxy top station, the clouds cleared revealing the most stunning inversion most had ever seen. And it wasn’t only the weather had been overhauled overnight; the park shapers had managed the gargantuan task of clearing the thousands of tonnes of snow that laid across the park, and the best slopestyle course in the world was running perfectly.
A rail section, a side-hitable roller and two kickers tested the riders slopestyle skills, and, in a first for BRITS competition, skiers and snowboarders rode together, giving the contest an incredible sense of community. Throwing down and taking the spoils were big air champ Mia Brookes, and GB Park and Pipe star Matt McCormick.
McCormick, who narrowly missed out on the big air title two days ago, came out swinging from the off and was clearly motivated go one better. His first run was the best run of qualifying and saw him cruise through to finals as the number one seed. He then stepped up the difficulty to lock down a huge score in the last run of the day, BS double cork 1080 mute to cork to 720 truckdriver in the kickers was head and shoulders above the competition. The rest of the men’s podium was a family feud, as brothers Harry and George Waite battled it out. Seniority appeared to prevail as the older brother Harry took the silver ahead of George in third.
(Matt McCormick, image by Motionstoppers)
McCormick, obviously enjoying his success today said at prizegiving: “The weather was on our side today which was really rad. The course was amazing, Laax did an incredible job preparing all the snow, and it was an epic day!”
In the women’s contest Mia Brookes continued her dominance. In all disciplines, her short stature and tender age has had no bearing on her performance. Speed, style and amplitude has been in abundance all week, and today was the icing on the cake. Switch BS boardslide 270, Cab 360, Cab 540, BS 720 was Mia’s final run, and no one could get close when she landed it cleanly. Settling for silver was last year’s champion Cerys Allen. Allen did attack the biggest kicker on the mountain, but wasn’t able to complete a run as technical or clean as Brookes. Surprised to hear her name called, and obviously ecstatic to score her first overall podium spot, 14 year old Amy Casswell took Bronze.
(Mia Brookes, image by Motionstoppers)
Mia, taking her success in her stride, went off to play at the park with her friends before she could give a quote. But were fairly sure it would have featured a mention of Lego...
British Slopestyle Championships – Snowboard Results
Men - Women
1st – Matt McCormick 1st – Mia Brookes
2nd – Harry Waite 2nd – Cerys Allen
3rd – George Waite 3rd – Amy Casswell
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