The Brits Day Two: Snowboard Big Air Press Release
We've been lucky to have been looped in to all the goings on at the Brits this week, and even though today was cancelled (although the pow day eased everybodies frustrations), yesterday the Snowboard Big Air still went ahead. See official Press release below. All images are by Motionstoppers.
BROOKES AND COCKRELL CLAIM GOLD BUT MOTHER NATURE RULES THE DAY
British Snowboard & Freestyle Ski Championships 2019, LAAX, Switzerland
With a big weather front on the horizon, it was hoped that it would only affect one day of competition, but the early arrival of the wind shortened today’s Picture Big Air British Championship to one breezy run. Battling the elements and coming out on top were 2018 champions Billy Cockrell and Mia Brookes.
A cloudy morning welcomed riders on the Crap Sogn Gion, but as they cleared it looked as though conditions would be favourable for competition on Laax’s biggest hits. With a short delay to allow more practice, the big guns showed that they were firing, and the crowds and riders were amped for more in the competition. But it wasn't to be. As the runs progressed, flags began to extend and by the time the biggest names in men’s UK kicker riding dropped, they could not reach the speeds required for the largest kicker, limiting their air time. But what they lost in amplitude, they added in style, and all those who stood on the podium did so deservedly.
In the men’s contest it was close but no cigar for Matt McCormick, who took the silver as history repeated itself for the man ahead of him. Both McCormick and victor Billy Cockrell pulled BS 720 mutes off the medium kicker, but Cockrell’s was deemed the cleaner by a tiny margin. Just a single point split the GB Park and Pipe athletes, and highlights the strength in depth of the squad. Fraser Jamieson took the bronze medal with a cranked 720 japan.
(Matt McCormick: Image by Motionstoppers)
Named by Park and Pipe coaches as their most improved rider of 2019, Billy had this to say on his repeat win: “I was happy with the win today, it was hard conditions and they weren’t the same as last years, so a very different comp. Still a good one and great to shred with everyone”
(Billy Cockrell: Image by Motionstoppers)
The women’s contest had the advantage of dropping first, and most of the riders avoided the higher winds that later stopped the contest. Making full use of her place at the stop of the start list, 12 year old phenom Mia Brookes stomped a huge BS 720, opening the contest in style and nailing the win for the 2nd year on the trot. Silver went to yesterday’s boardercross victor Maisie Hill, who’s towering FS 540 wasn’t clean enough to overhaul Brookes. Bronze went to the 2018 slopestyle champ Cerys Allen, who will be looking to add to her medal collection when we return to the Laax snowpark later in the week.
(Mia Brookes: Image by Motionstoppers)
Mia, who invested last years winnings in some new Lego, was asked what she would do with this prize: “Buy a car, a mark 1 VW Caddy! And I’m gonna fill the back with Star Wars Lego…”
Having lost the title he had held for 3 years, BBC’s Ed Leigh was looking for redemption after his Boardercross result yesterday. With a go big or go home mentality, he dropped into the masters category and showed that dads can still get rad with an enormous laid out backflip over the sizeable medium kicker. With wins for his wife Sian and daughter Suki in the women’s masters and under 16s respectively, and a silver for son Oscar, it will be the household to celebrate with in Laax tonight!
Picture Organic Clothing British Big Air Championships - Snowboard Results
Men - Women
1st – Billy Cockrell 1st – Mia Brookes
2nd – Matt McCormick 2nd – Maisie Hill
3rd – Fraser Jamieson 3rd – Cerys Allen
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For all other comps going on at the BRITS this week including Boardercross, Skicross and Freeski Big Air visit the BRITS website online. Tomorrow, weather permitting, see's the conclusion of this years championships with the slopestyle in both Snowboard and Freeski.