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We've heard rumours that the next O'Neill #RIDEMORE event will take over Buckingham Palace with HRH The Queen judging and DJ Princey H on the decks.
SPY has decided to get on the road and make some noise about how RAD they are. They will be turning up at the two biggest snow domes in the UK, with their ski and snowboard team in tow.
They have packed Jordan Gee, Faye Young, Jake Terry, Nathan Connolly, Greg Bow, Jamie Keeble plus our very own Tarantino; Matt Roddis. On top of all that they will be bringing along a Super Slick DJ and a bag full of SWAG to guarantee a great night.
The O’Neill Shoreditch Showdown hit the big city last Thursday entertaining a 500 heavy crowd with an amazing performance from the UK’s finest ski and snowboard superstars. A 50 tonne snowfall transformed Old Street’s graffiti clad Red Market into an iconic London street scene providing the ultimate backdrop for showcasing the crème de la crème of UK rail riding.
The final piece of the puzzle has been added to the rider lists for Freeze 2013!
60 sick riders have been added to the roster across four categories including International Ski, International Snowboard, Animal Battle Of Britain Ski, Whitelines Battle Of Britain and Sure Best Trick! This all happens next Saturday. We'll see you there.
Full rider list... although Becky Menday is now out with a broken elbow.
The O’Neill Shoreditch Showdown hit the big city tonight entertaining a 500 heavy crowd with an amazing performance from the UK’s finest ski and snowboard superstars. A 50 tonne snowfall transformed Old Street’s graffiti clad Red Market into an iconic London street scene providing the ultimate backdrop for showcasing the crème de la crème of UK rail riding.
The crisp November evening saw our home-grown lads turn up in force and impress spectators with an incredible show that has well and truly raised the benchmark of British street riding. The 24 man open jam that included best tricks on the bus stop, rails, post box and telephone kiosk culminated in an epic head to head final. Impressing the judges it was Sparrow Knox for snowboard and Taylor J Harding for freeski.
With a clean frontside 270 to switch boardslide on the rail styled out with a tap on the red post box, Knox was pretty humble about his win; “I just like to ride, we were all here as mates, I totally didn’t expect to win. It was a great format and a mad set-up.” Meanwhile for freeski 17 year old TJ Harding killed it all night long culminating with a 270 on revert 270 off the rail. Stoked win his win Harding said “It’s something special to win in a place like this, completely unexpected. A great way to set up for the winter.”
For the five judges keeping a watch from above, their stand out tricks included Team GB snowboarder Jamie Trinder’s 50:50 frontflip off the London bus shelter and 3rd place skier George Walton impress with a bolts 360 nose tap on the red phone box.
A stand-put performance from O’Neill team rider Andy Nudds saw him win a £100 on the spot cash prize; “This is by far one of the best events I’ve been to, everyone has been killing it and the crowd were sick. The standard of British riding has been phenomenal tonight.”
Designed to inspire creativity and innovation, it’s safe to say the O’Neill Shoreditch Showdown exceeded all expectations. Thanks to The Snow Centre’s elite crew of park shapers, the event was meticulously sculpted and received an overwhelming amount of positive rider feedback. Honoured to be part of such a unique event MC Christian Stevenson AKA DJ BBQ said “this was the best inner city rail jam I’ve ever had the chance to MC and certainly the first time I’ve ever seen a snowboarder jib a post box.”
The insane level of riding was accompanied by a live VJ set that integrated some of the most memorable Brit pop culture events of the last 50 years. Accompanying the ‘trip down memory lane’ show reel, a live graffiti installation took prime position next to the post box, adding the artistic authenticity that Shoreditch is famous for.
As the floodlights slowly dimmed it was evident that this East London event had delivered on its promise to create a truly memorable night, celebrating the world class ski & snowboard talent that is coming out of the UK. With events like this happening in the country’s capital who needs a mountain?! #ridemore
MCs Scott Penman and Christian Stevenson with the winners
1st – Sparrow Knox
2nd – John Weatherly
3rd – Ollie Dutton
4th – Andy Nudds
1st – Tyler J Harding
2nd – Ross Welch
3rd – George Walton
4th – Michael Rowlands
www.oneillshoreditchshowdown.com #oneilluk #ridemore
[Photos: O’Neill Shoreditch Showdown, Sam Mellish]
Your friendly SCUK moderators and co. grabbed the front row © Jamie Baker
On Saturday, the last leg of the Perma Snow series at Bracknell saw both skiers and snowboarders travel from as far as Nottingham. This year the freestyle comp was called Mo Jam in aid of the charity “Movember” (promoting men’s health).
The popular jam format started a little slowly, but once the sprinklers were on and the slope running quicker, it all kicked off, with many of the competitors not hesitating to straight line into the main kicker from the top. The up flat side hit and the small rail were popular in the warm up, but the main action was on the medium and large jumps.
On the ski side of things, local rider Aaron Carpenter was throwing big spins off the main kicker and hiking the slush box to easily secure himself a place in the final. He took second place to Josh Jenkins who had very smooth riding and was general killing it, although it was safe to say that it was a close battle. Jack Tompkins was noble enough to film his mates in the final, but still secured a very respectable 3rd. Had he not been filming things might have been different.
In the under 16s ski, Kyle Wood, another local legend was slaying all the hits and generally going for it. James Rose took 2nd and James Colclough took 3rd.
The lady's over 16 was won by Ali Schwind. Local rider Krista who comes from a racing background was looking confident and was one of the few to favour the big up box at the top. In the younger category Madi Rowlands slush box spinning was enough for her to top the podium, with mentions to Emily and Lexi for their jumps and grabs, securing their spots on the podium.
In the over sixteen men’s snowboarder category, Chris Woods from Chatham showed that age is definitely no barrier to going big off the main kicker spinning 3s and delayed back 1s as well as spinning on the flat rail. It was good to see Nick Fry getting confident on the big jump and another local rider Matt Davies showing off his methods. Matt also impressed by gapping twice the length of the “slush” box. This saw Nick take 2nd and Matt taking 3rd.
Cerys Allen - More photos from Dave Allen on facebook
In the under sixteen's category, Luke Kimble’s rail tech wasn’t quite enough for the likes of regular podium hoggers Max and Jake, both doing what they do best, front boards, 270s and flips. It was Gabriel that really killed it with his slick bs 5 melon grabs and smooth tech on the slush box. With the girls; Cerys Allen was going bigger than most of the guys and didn’t really need the competition, it’s fair to say she was one of the strongest snowboarders of the night and kept us entertained with some excellent jibbing big air and old skool tricks which included some of the most slick methods of the night. Anya Allen was also aiming to impress in the younger category.
The Mo Jam brought a nice close to this year’s Perma Series and shows that Bracknell still has the ability to put on some of the best dryslope comps in the UK. Next year anyone...?
WORDS: Tristan Brookes
Ski - Male
1st Josh Jenkins
2nd Aaron Carpenter
3rd Jack Tompkins
Ski - Junior Male
1st Kyle Wood
2nd James Rose
3rd James Colclough
Ski - Female
1st Ali Schwind
2nd Krista Middleton
Ski - Junior Female
1st Madi Rowlands
2nd Emily Keen
3rd Lexi Rowlands
Snowboard - Male
1st Chris Woods
2nd Nick Fry
3rd Matt Davis
Snowboard - Junior Male
1st Gabriel Bagley
2nd Max Wittrick
3rd Jake Binnee
Snowboard - Female
1st Cerys Allen
Snowboard - Junior Female
1st Anya Allen
Dorset Snowsports Centre (aka Warmwell) are organising a charity Skiathon called the "Everest Skiathon" in aid of Macmillan Cancer support, which takes place on the 1st December 2013.
We would love to get as many people involved as we can so we can make it a really fun day for all and also raise as much money as we can!
We are attempting to ski the distance of Everest every hour for 12 hours, from 10AM until 10PM and we need people to register to take part and ski for an hour with us so we can achieve this!
If anyone would like to take part or know somebody who would, please go to our website www.skieverest.co.uk for more information and to sign up!
The Snow Centre is delivering 50 tonnes of snow to the East End of London for the O'Neill Shoreditch Showdown. This will be the same snow anybody at last Friday's Maverix/SCUK Happy Slamming event was riding.
20 of the UK's best skiers and snowboarders, including Jamie Nicholls, Paddy Graham and Tyler Harding will be at a secret EC2 venue on Thursday 21st November to put UK street riding well and truly on the map.
Sandwiched between a selection of hip bars and late night cafes, the East London venue will create a striking backdrop for a floodlit night of urban jibbing from the UK’s finest snowsports athletes.
Bringing mountain life to the streets, the inner-city playground will resemble a film set of an authentic snow-filled London street. It will feature an original double-decker bus, telephone kiosk, red pillar post box and a multitude of rails.
Opening its doors to a select crowd of 500 successful ticket winners and VIPs, this exclusive street-lit contest will show London's east side how world-class UK street riding is, while a live VJ set and on-site graffiti installation.
For your very last chance to win VIP tickets visit:
The latest British Snow Tour Rankings are now available on the Snowsport Scotland website.
Top of the freestyle snowboarder men:
Top of the freestyle snowboard women:
It has been great to see some more English events get involved and provide opportunities for more riders to be exposed to competitions and recognise their success. Most of these events have been at the 1 Star level and as they grow we should see them progress along the ladder depending on what they are looking to do.
Event results can be sent in up to a week after it finishes and they are required to be completed on the appropriate form (attached below). While many events use age groups, there is not always consistency across them, the BST will only use the Overall Results where riders are ranked by their score, any age category results can be pulled from that.
For this season we will be able to accept results by age category and will rank the riders overall, based on oldest to youngest, i.e. Open 1-3, U16 1-3, U12 1-3. While this is not necessarily a true representation of the performances on the day, this is the most transparent method. I would urge all events to make any adjustments to their judging system this year, as next season we will only accept overall results.
If you have any questions about judging or generally around the BST, please get in touch. We are happy to accept judged freestyle events - halfpipe, slopestyle, big air, rails jams - in to the system and welcome anyone new who wants their event to be recognised
[From Neil MacGrain]
You might be expecting a report that the Morrow Jam was a professionally run event with snowboarding of the highest calibre at The Snow Centre Hemel Hempstead last Friday, but that would be a lie. Instead, it was what it should have been; non-professionally run by super keen amateurs and a celebration of everything that's good about snowboarding and freestyle skiing - having a laugh with your mates.
With the slope full to capacity and a great park catering for all levels, TCS and Rob Needham pulled another one out of the bag with plenty of lines keeping queues to a minimum and variation to the maximum. Rob also reminds me that we witnessed 5 rodeos in a row without a proper kicker in sight. The live band Typhoon played two short sets and were pretty good too!
Well done to Rob and his team of helpers who for the 20th year brought us a great time on a local's slope.
Junior winners with Rob Needham
Nestled in the backcountry of Freeze at Clapham Common, Hail The Rail is crammed with all the features any respectable rail rat could hope for. When the gates open on Saturday 30th Nov all hell will break loose.
To business... That long ol' down rail on the left is 8m's worth of jib runway - perfect for the rail technicians. Moving right we're looking at a double kink rail - much more difficult to ride than the straight down rail - a close out rail with a drop and a massive Sure can to transfer from pretty much anywhere. Stacked up against all that is a 1.5m up rail; keep your eyes on this bad boy as the exhibitionists set up shop with stalls, drops and trannys galore.
Whatever you reckon our riders could pull off on this setup, you probably haven't even scratched the surface. Get down to Freeze on Saturday (tickets here) to see the battle unfold in the flesh.
Freeze 2013 is bound to be the most exciting to date as Hail The Rail hosts £12,000's worth of comps in these categories:
Whitelines Battle Of Britain Snowboard
Animal Battle Of Britain Ski
Sure Best Trick
With slope-style now in the Winter Olympics and the bulk of our British talent well used to performing in snowdome and dry ski slope rail jams when they’re on home turf, it’s no wonder that the rider list for Hail The Rail is stuffed with white-hot talent.
Ever found yourself wondering what a ski resort would look like in Clapham Common? Well it's a little something like this... Immerse yourself in the world of Freeze and plan your trip to the mountains with the Freeze 2013 Piste Map.
With our selection of après ski bars, alpine shopping village, talks with industry experts and mountainous slection of alpine food, there's something for everyone. Remember HAIL THE RAIL and the Mainstage are only available to those of you with a Saturday ticket!
Aluna George and Flyte added to main stage
A blistering addition to the Main Stage line up; MOBO and BRITS Critics Choice Award nominees and festival favourites AlunaGeorge (who have been making waves with "Attracting Flies" and collaborations with Disclosure)! Also added to the bill are indie pop sensation Flyte.
The conclusion the SCUK sponsored Perma Snow Series will be hosted by The Bracknell Ski And Snowboard Centre on November 16th.
Announcing MoJam 2013!! MoJam is a Movember Event, so start thinking about growing (practicing your drawing skills) of your moustache as hopefully there will be a large number of these featuring at this event!!
Join the Movember team now: http://uk.movember.com/team/1017385
Team: JNL Bracknell
Event info on Facebook.
Open Practice starts at 4pm
£10 in advance
£15 on the day
There a 20% discount with a student card or SCUK Membership card
There will be many things going on on the day:
Sponsors include: Southern Freestyle Club, Retro Rentals, BLOC Eyewear, Chuckbuddies, Maxtracks, Never Summer, Carters, The Snowboard Shop, Sputnik, Urban Surfer and of course, Snowboard Club UK.
With just under one month to go until the snow falls in East London, we felt it was time to share a secret and reveal the riders that will be throwing down at the exclusive O’Neill Shoreditch Showdown. With contest plans firmly in place, a selection of London’s finest street furniture on order and some of the UK’s best skiers & snowboarders chomping at the bit, November 21st is set to go off EC2 style!
Those hitting the course and celebrating the ability to #ridemore in their home country include:
Lewis Courtier Jones, Jonny Russell, Andy Nudds, Jamie Nicholls, Angus Leith, Gareth Andrews, John Weatherly, Ollie Dutton, Will Smith, Simon Foster, Jamie Trinder, Ross Needham, Sparrow Knox, Matt McCormick, Sam Turnbull, Calum Paton, Matt Higson, Simon Cudlip, Will Gilmore, Rowan Coultas and Tom Guilmard
Paddy Graham, Tyler J Harding, Andy Collin, James Webb, Chris McCormick, Michael Rowlands, Julian Ball, Josh Birch, Tom Coe, Grant Donald, Ross Welch, Harris Booth, Kyle Wood, George Walton, Jake Lloyd, Monty Wright, Jamie Lawson, Cal Sandieson and Nathan Connelly
There are just 500 tickets available for this exclusive invite only event and after party on Thursday 21st November in London. SCUK are giving away 15 pairs of tickets!
For further information on the event keep your eyes on www.oneillshoreditchshowdown.com and #oneilluk
About O’Neill Shoreditch Showdown
To celebrate the launch of #RIDEMORE campaign in the UK, O’Neill is hosting the Shoreditch Showdown in the country’s smoky capital on Thursday 21st November. Creating a unique, inner city snow playground, 50 tonnes of the white stuff will dump in a secret EC2 location to provide some of the UK’s best skiers & snowboarders with an unforgettable night of urban jibbing.
Opening its doors to a select crowd of 500 successful ticket winners and VIPs, the exclusive street-lit contest will show London’s east side exactly how to #RIDEMORE.
Ever found yourself wondering what a ski resort would look like in Clapham Common? Well it's a little something like this...Immerse yourself in the world of Freeze and plan your trip to the mountains with the Freeze 2013 Piste Map.
With a selection of après ski bars, alpine shopping village, talks with industry experts and mountainous selection of alpine food, there's something for everyone. Remember HAIL THE RAIL and the Mainstage are only available to those of you with a Saturday ticket!
Don't forget to pick up your discounted ticket with SCUK!
From ice-skating to curling, and a snowboard simulator to an inflatable slide for kids – there’s loads to do for all at the Ski and Snowboard Show in Manchester, which starts tomorrow. What’s more – ski and snowboard lessons are still available from Chill Factore for £5, as part of an exclusive show offer!
Burton are pleased to announce the Burton Riglet Park will be at the London Ski and Snowboard Show from 30th October to 3rd November. Come and find them next to the main slope where they will be offering 3-6 year olds a free introduction to snowboarding, check out the kit and find out where your kids can learn to snowboard across the UK and Europe.
Entries are now being taken for the 2013 Scottish Dryslope Freestyle Championships taking place on Saturday 16th November at Aberdeen Snowsports Centre.
Following on from last year's Big Air event at Bearsden Ski Club, this year the competition will take on the Slopestyle format with all competitors being judged on two runs over the purpose built park following the recommended minimum of 1 hour practice. The top 4 female and top 8 male competitors will then progress to the final where they will be judged on a further two runs with medal categories for Open, Under 16 and and Under 12 (male only).
Advance entry fee is £20 with and entry form and more information available here. The closing date for entries is Thursday 14th November with entry fees paid on the day charged at £25.
The final stop on The Big Bang Snowboard Show 2013 tour rolls into Snozone Milton Keynes this Saturday and we are going all out.
Not only will we have the UK largest snowboard hardware demo with hundred of new product to test on the snow we’ll also be running a full day of coaching sessions on the slope with Snowboardcoach, Definition and Nikita. Plus a two hour coach/demo pass is just £25! If you want to book onto the coaching or reserve some slope time head over to the Big Bang website for booking info and timetables.
As an added Big Bang bonus this weekend we’ll have some pretty awesome snowboarders hanging around for the day. Smokin snowboards very own Jay Quintin will be joined by his pro riders Deadlung, Kyle Clancy, Sakari Lahdesmaki and Jordan Wells. Have a shred with the guys on the slope or just say hi at the Smokin booth when you check out their sick line of snowboards.
In the afternoon we will be screening the new Nike Snowboarding movie “Never Not” in the pop up cinema, this should be a must for anyone at the show. Just head up to the screening room by the Sno Bar at 1pm to grab the best seats before they all go.
As if this all wasn’t enough we’ll be running two OBJ servicing workshops in the TSA store during the day and the final session of the Switch Dice jam comp will take place at 5pm on the slope, with two pairs of Switchback combo bindings to be won.
The show kick off at 10am until 6pm, see you Saturday.
Full Big Bang show info can be found at www.bigbang-show.com
If you wanted to warm-up for Big Bang, don't forget the first leg of our own Happy Slamming Series we're running with Maverix, slides in to Milton Keynes this Friday.
There was never a doubt that the Metro Lodge would be packed with cool artists, but this year's line up takes it to another level. Prepare yourselves London - here comes the Metro Lodge.
Introducing Saturday's line up... MJ Cole, Maribou State, Eton Messy, Josh Butler, Just Kiddin, Panda, Boean and Adam Wyatt. Check out the full line up so far or head to the ticket page to grab your ticket. Better hurry, time's a wastin'!
Don't forget SCUK Members can make some nice savings on tickets for Freeze this year.
The Battle Of Britain is always a spicy comp at Freeze and things are already hotting up for 2013.
These guys and girls will be fighting it out for the privilege of joining the international field for the Hail the Rail main event.
Battle of Britain Snowboarders: Ross Needham, Andy Nudds, Katie Blundell, Oliver Dutton, Will Smith
Battle of Britain Skiers: Mike Rowlands, Joe Hides, Josh Birch, James Webb, Kyle Wood
And of course Freeze wouldn't be complete without it's music lineup, which now includes Madeon, DJ Fresh, The Cuban Brothers and tonnes more.
Don't forget that SCUK members can save on their Freeze tickets. View SCUK discount offer here.
Last month we brought you the news that the final British Championships ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics had made the move to Manchester's Chill Factore.
With the championship on the horizon (19th of October), you can now plan your trip as the guys at The Brits have dropped timings for the day, and the park plans are just around the corner.
Make sure you head over to The Brits site to register in advance (and save £5!) and check out all the details - www.the-brits.com/championships/british-indoor-championships
The British Indoor Championships in the SCUK calender
Here's the latest teaser for the O'Neill Shoreditch Showdown. We'll have tickets up for grabs here on the site soon and at the Ski and Snowboard Show in London. We'll certainly see you there.
Over 2500 people enjoyed a day of skiing and snowboarding at Snozone Milton Keynes on Saturday 5 October with over 100 of them taking beginner skiing and snowboarding ‘TRY’ sessions as part of the Slide2Sochi Winter Olympic roadshow.
Joining the crowds were celebrities Sir Steve Redgrave, a qualified ski instructor who was giving out tips on the slope, Iwan Thomas who was trying skiing again after a 20 year break and five time Olympian and BBC Ski Sunday producer Graham Bell who was giving snowboarding a go before clipping into his skis to set a time on the race course.
Sir Steve Redgrave at Slide2Sochi
To add to the Olympic buzz, GB junior snowboarders Becky Menday and Will Gilmore were showing off their skills on the snow and the GB Bobsleigh team were inundated with people trying out their bobsleigh and looking the part as they sat in the sled with a GB helmet on. The giant Slide2Sochi snowball which is collecting good luck messages for the GB wintersports athletes ahead of the Games was always busy and the timed ski run got as competitive as you would expect.
Sir Steve Redgrave, Iwan Thomas, Becky Menday, Will Gilmore and Graham Bell
Sir Steve Redgrave said about the day: “It has been a pleasure giving out tips to people who are trying skiing for the first time. I have always loved skiing with my family and it is great to see so many people here at Milton Keynes getting such pleasure from their skiing and snowboarding sessions.
“There has been a real buzz about the day as we get excited ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi next year and to top the day off I even got to try and beat Graham Bell in the timed run. I thought I had done it when I looked at the leader board, but then realised he was on his snowboard!
Graham Bell said: “Teaching people to ski and snowboard is so rewarding and it has been a great day of passing on my passion for snowsports and seeing people catch the bug.
This is going to be a big year for British skiing and snowboarding. As we head towards the Winter Olympics in Russia next year more and more people will see our sports on screen and want to give them a go.”
The Slide2Sochi roadshow is part of Snowsport England’s GO SKI GO BOARD campaign aimed at getting more people into skiing and snowboarding. With over 100 people taking part in a GO SKI GO BOARD ‘TRY’ session Chief Executive of Snowsport England said: “We are delighted with the number of people who attended the Slide2Sochi roadshow at Snozone Milton Keynes and even happier with over 100 people giving skiing or snowboarding a go as part of our TRY SKI AND SNOWBOARD sessions. We will continue to tour the country with our Slide2Sochi roadshow and get more people having a go at snowsports.”
GO SKI GO BOARD sessions will continue at Snozone MK and around the country. Visit www.goskigoboard.org.uk for more information, dates and prices.
The Snozone Slide2Sochi event was run by governing body Snowsport England in conjunction with Crystal Ski Holidays and the Tirol Tourist Board.
The second stop of The Big Bang Snowboard Show is this Saturday (5th October) at Snow Factor Braehead. We are super stoked to return to Scotland with The Big Band show and it’s shaping up to be a belter of a day. We‘ll have the UK’s largest snowboard hardware demo and a full day of coaching sessions. You can book onto coaching and reserve demo time now by calling Snow Factor on 0871 222 5672. Plus Snow Factor have offered an awesome slope rate to, a two hour pass is £25 and a four hour pass is £35.
As well as the coaching and demo’s we have a tonne of other activities going on during the day. If you want to get the lowdown on how to look after your snowboard then the One Ball Jay Servicing Workshop should be top of your list. Our experienced snowboard service technicians will guide you through a comprehensive yet simple home snowboard servicing programme. To get the most out of your snowboard.
Last week at Tamworth SnowDome we had a full house for the Pop Up cinema screening. We press play around lunchtime so it’s the perfect chance to grab a drink or a snack, get a seat and watch some sick riding. We’ll let you know what title we are screening on the day of the show at the info desk.
Switchback Bindings will be holding a fun jib comp on the slope at 5pm, just head to the boxes and rails. Switchback and TSA rider Jamie Trinder will be the man calling the tricks with the Switch Dice app. It will be a fun knockout jib comp, leaving one winner who’ll crowned the Switch Dice champ and win a pair of Switchback bindings, plus there will pair up for grabs for the runner up.
The show kick off at 10am until 6pm, see you Saturday.
Full Big Bang show info can be found here www.bigbang-show.com
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