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Orange AIM Series - Braehead
British Indoor Slopestyle Championships
Young Talent Ruled at National Championships, SNO!zone Glasgow
Saturday 5th August – The 2006 Orange AIM Series delivered the British Indoor Slopestyle Championship event in Glasgow on Saturday 5th August. Premiering at the Braehead SNO!zone, the National Freeski and Snowboard competition attracted over 500 competitors and spectators to the brand new complex at Xscape, with a further 100 locals enjoying the FREE beginner lessons up for grabs.
The excellent snow conditions, course layout and viewing arena set for an electric atmosphere as the skiers hit the slope and jump-started the day’s competition. Local talent set the standard, with youngster Murray Buchan leading the pack with a switch 270 on along the flat down rail and a switch 270 on 270 off over the box, taking the title of British Indoor Slopestyle Champion at the young age of 14! Second place went to Charlie Smith from Stoke-on-Trent closely followed by Sheffield’s 18 year old Will Burrows. In the women’s competition 13 year old Amber Connors from Milton Keynes pushed the older competitors to the max, qualifying in first place, but falling in the final, to take home third. New comer to the Orange AIM Series Kerry Daniels came in second and first place went to Orange AIM Series regular, Shelley Jones. Whose clean and smooth run included a gap to disaster along the down flat rail and a switch box slide, securing her the title of British Indoor Slopestyle Champion.
In the snowboarding competition, standards and competitor numbers were high, with the younger riders impressing the judges and making it through to the final. Seven year old Katie Ormerod fought off competition from riders three times her age to make it into the final and just miss out on a podium position. After an outstanding performance, Milton Keynes professional snowboarder Laura Berry stormed through the heats, head and shoulders above the rest with a huge gap to noseslide over the kinked box and a 270 on 270 off over the box to take home the title. Newcomer to the scene, Kirsty Taylor, pipped Aberdeen’s Claire Frost into second place with a solid boardslide on the 12m up-flat-down box and boardslide to 180 off over the box. Regarded as the jewel in the freestyle crown, the men’s competition was hotly contested, with performances to close to call, an unprecedented nine men were taken into the final. 13 year old Halifax local, Jamie Nicholls performed a super technical run including a 270 on to backside lipslide on the down rail and a cab 270 on 270 off over the box to take the overall men’s title; another British record for the phenomenally talented youngster – watch this space! Castleford local Damian Doyle came in a close second, with a stylish switch 50-50 noseslide along the 12m up-flat-down box, leaving third place to Gordon Adam, the only rider to clean the 10m rollercoaster box with a boardslide to fakie
The next event on the Orange AIM Series calendar is the British Indoor boarder / skiercross championships, plus slopestyle at Milton Keynes SNO!zone on Saturday 19th August 2006. For more info about the series and upcoming dates, check out: www.orangeaimseries.com
The Orange Aim Series would not be possible without its highly supportive sponsors: Orange, Trespass, Animal, ThirtyTwo, Etnies, Snowlife.org.uk, SNO!zone, Salomon, Ride, K2, Zeal Optics and Nixon. Official retail partners TSA and Ellis Brigham. Media partners Snowboardclub.co.uk, Natives.co.uk, Dark Summer and Whitelines.
The Orange AIM Series - Braehead event page can be administered by dunx (Dunx), stu (Stu Brass), spencer (Spencer Claridge) and office (Office).
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