Protest Snowboard Slopestyle Championships
The slopestyle jam kicked off the day’s snowboard action and displayed the standard of riding to-come with Katie Blundell (women’s) Matt Cory (under 16’s) and Tom Hunt (over 16’s) crowned as the overall jam session winners.
In the Women’s Protest Slopestyle Championships an impressive 22 riders hit the slope and the standard of riding was really high making it a tough call for the judges. 2009 Champ, Lynsey Ashdown who had been riding consistently well all day cemented her position as one of the UK’s top slopestyle riders by adding the 2010 title to her collection. Lynsey’s winning run included a frontside 50-50 to fakie on the top street rail, a cab boardslide, switch-up to fakie on the box followed by a switch 50-50 to 180 out and 180-on 180-off on the bottom rainbow rail. Second place went to Katie Ormerod after a faultless final run which included a noseslide on the street rail, a backside 180 switch-up on the box and a technical 270-on 270-off on the rainbow box. Sophie Nicholls who’d been charging the course all day walked away with third place after she threw down a solid run which included, a backside 180, switch-up on the box and cab 180 boardslide to fakie on the bottom rainbow box.
It was extremely close during the Men’s Protest Slopestyle Championships with riders pushing the limits and raising the bar with rail tricks ranging from super technical to down-right ridiculous! Castleford local Tom Hunt, who’d been killing it all day, was crowned the 2010 Protest Slopestyle Champion. Tom’s run included a backside 180 switch-up, 270 out on the gas pipe, a frontside 270 to boardslide on the flat down rail, followed by a backside lipslide and a frontside noseslide to frontside tailslide on the bottom rainbow box. Second place with a selection of incredibly tech rail tricks which included a backside 180 to 450 off on the gas pipe and a cab 270 to Danish went to Scottish ripper Danny McCormick. Local rider, Simon Foster finished in third place with an impressive final run which included a frontside 180 pivot on the street rail, a 270-on 270-off on the flat bar, followed by a frontside boardslide 270 out and a backside tail 270 out on the rainbow box.
Protest Snowboard Slopestyle Championship Results:
1st – Lynsey Ashdown - Manchester 1st – Tom Hunt - Halifax
2nd – Katie Ormerod – Halifax 2nd – Danny McCormick - Glasgow
3rd – Sophie Nicholls – Bradford 3rd – Simon Foster – Castleford
Protest Freeski Slopestyle Championships
The afternoon’s freeski action kicked off with the relaxed slopestyle jam session with Katie Summerhayes (women’s) Harris Booth (under 16’s) and Josh Jenkins (over 16’s) walking away as the overall jam session winners.
During the Women’s Protest Slopestyle Championships Katie Summerhayes continued to impress all and stepped it up to retain her title on home turf. Katie’s winning run included a blindside switch-up on gas pipe, a 360 switch-up on the flat down rail, a blindside 270 off on up box and a technical k-fed on bottom rainbow box. Second place with an impressive 270 disaster on the flat down box went to Castleford local, Kerry Daines, whilst 13 year old Molly Summerhayes, the second youngest female competitor of the day finished in third place with a smooth switch on, switch-up and switch off on the top rail and 270-out on the bottom c-box.
In the Men’s Protest Slopestyle Championships, the competition heated up with a special shout-out going to Josh Fawcett who threw down a sick 450 onto the flat down rail. It was 2009 Slopestyle Champ, Josh Birch who was victorious and added the 2010 title to his collection. Josh’s winning run included a lip 270 on, on the down rail, a 270-on 270-out on the flat down rail, followed by a switch on 270 off on the middle rail and a blind switch-up 450 out on the bottom box. Tyler Jay-Harding finished in second place with a technical 270-on 450-out on the top street rail, a 270-on 360 switch-up on the flat down box, a blind 450 on the gas pipe and a switch-on blind 270-off on the bottom rainbow box. Third place with a fast plant 450-on 270-out on the down box, a 270-on switch-up 270-out on the flat down box, unnatural 450-out on the up pipe and a blindside switch-up 450-out on the rainbow box went to James Machon.
Protest Freeski Slopestyle Championship Results:
1st – Katie Summerhayes – Sheffield 1st – Josh Birch - Maidenhead
2nd – Kerry Daines – Castleford 2nd – Tyler Jay-Harding - Halifax
3rd – Molly Summerhayes - Sheffield 3rd – James Machon – Sheffield