I’m sad to tell you today that I’m standing down as managing editor of powderroom.net.
It’s a few days since I got back from Laax and I’ve now had just about enough sleep to feel human again.
The Animal Rock Night on Friday was an absolute epic. There were fluro spandex trousers, lycra swimsuits, fur coats and oodles of eyeliner – and that was just the men. There was a monster moshpit, people dangling from the ceiling and more home-made tattoos than you’d see in your average top security prison. A legendary night.
We knew the weather was looking dodgy for today so the riders competing in the slopestyle contest were up on the hill early to get their practice runs in.
Found out some interesting movie gossip while out at the Brits in Switzerland. Spencer Claridge is one of the head guys at Soulsports, the organisers of the Brits. However he wasn’t here for a couple of days as he was in Austria shooting a new movie. He and television presenter/team manager Christian Stevenson were shooting a new film called The Chalet Girl. It’s based on a book by Kate Lace of the same name which is loosely based on the story of Cinderella.
If there was ever a gathering of people dressed inappropriately for the weather, it was the audience of the British Big Air Championships today. First thing on the morning the valley, the sky was blue and it was looking to be a hot one. We all ditched our layers and went for minimal gear. Up top it was a different story – the riders battled soft conditions, dodgy light and a fair bit of wind. And it was Baltic.
Despite polishing off our bottle of Eristoff Black and hitting the Indy club for hiphop night on Monday, we managed to get up and out for a morning of riding before the day’s big action – the British Boardercross Championships.
It’s ten years since my first Brits. I couldn’t link turns, I got lost off-piste in a whiteout and I ended up with septic holes in my feet from my too-large boots. But it was a bloody fun week – super friendly and very drunken. The event is now much much bigger, in a different country and I can link turns now – but the Brits remains the funnest, most drunken week you can have in the snow.
Kazuhiro Kokubo (JPN) and Kelly Clark (USA) won the weekend’s US Open halfpipe finals, where thousands of fans enjoyed some of the most progressive riding in halfpipe history. The contest marked a historic moment for Kelly Clark, who is now the only woman in US Open history to win four halfpipe titles.
After the unusually hot Vermont sun set at Stratton, the Black & Night Jam was on. 25 men and 10 women had 90 minutes to get in as many runs as possible in the US Open’s fourth ever rail jam. The setup called for creativity, with multiple riders dropping at once into what looked like a skatepark on snow.
Balmy weather made Vermont feel more like California at the 28th annual US Open Snowboarding Championships, where Europeans Mikkel Bang (NOR) and Sina Candrian (SUI) each took home $20,000 and top slopestyle honors.