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AIM Series 2002 - Artificial 2
The AIM Series sets its sights on the British Snowboard Scene. The second leg of the AIM Series is the Boarder Cross Championship at Wycombe Summit.
Once again the AIM Series was blessed with perfect summer weather. Set amongst the trees of Wycombe Summit, it felt like a perfect day for a picnic. But instead we were there to witness the best of British dryslope snowboarding and we weren't going to be disappointed.
On Saturday around 100 new boarders were initiated into the world of snowboarding with some finding it easier that others; "I've done a bit of skating, so it's not too difficult." On the main slopes the riders were practicing on Wycombe Summit's table top and generally mixing it up on the slope in preparation for the following day. The evening saw Super U on stage and some seriously large fires in the camping area. Carnage indeed and a very late Vodka fuelled night for everybody concerned.
The next day people woke bleary eyed for the main event and the final competitors arrived and registered for the day's events - boardercross, slopestyle and big air.
This was the British Boardercross Championship and the run took people from some purpose made start gates, over two whoops and down over the table top. Then it was either olly the straw bales or skirt around them. This was the area of max destruction with many riders previously in the lead stacking on the bales and losing out. Mel Warren took a nasty knock to the head that saw her out for the day and very glad she had her lid on. Then it was down the "Path of Doom"; a tortuously slow and narrow path, over the final whoop and past Stu Brass at the finish gate. Riders were run two or three at a time and we even saw a couple of dead level finishes. Comedy duo for the day were Stu Edwards and James Thorne with some seriously daft helmet adornments that didn't stop them taking first and second between them for the slopestyle and big air events.
Then it was on to the slopestyle with two different runs down the main slope - jumps or rails - with the riders having two runs out of 10 with an extra point for taking both lines.
The big air was set up on the Summit's long slope - the longest in England. The jump was a Dendix kicker about four feet high and we were treated to some good stuff. Fingers were broken along the way and perhaps the most memorable moment was Chris Schultz just launching himself at full speed off the kicker and floating for a huge distance, giving him the title in his age group. Afterwards he said "in the final Stu [Edwards] was doing cab 5s and some others were doing nice 3s and 5s so I thought sod that, I just wanna go as big as I dare. It was a well nice kicker and the faster you went, the softer the landing felt anyway...".
Once again, we've got to mention Jamie Nichols. He was riding really smooth all weekend and the kid's only nine years old. He came off one of the rails during the slopestyle and just undid his straps and rode off handstanding his board. On the big air he stacked big time and obviously hurt himself. Afterwards he was just sitting on the grass "stiff lipped" apparently more angry than hurt. Keep watching that one. Another one to watch was Xscape local 13 year old Laura Berry who took the senior win for slopestyle and heaps of other titles cheered on by Jenny Jones.
Tim Warwood did a grand job as MC again, although after whipping up the crowd prior to some serious stacks kept muttering "that was my fault wasn't it?". The organisers had the day running really well and everybody, riders and spectators alike, had another good day. All in a days work for the AIM Series - sponsored by O'Neill.
The AIM Series moves on to Sheffield on 7/8th September for the British Slopestyle Champioship and British Halfpipe Championship.
The AIM Series 2002 - Artificial 2 event page can be administered by dunx (Dunx), stu (Stu Brass), spencer (Spencer Claridge) and office (Office).
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