Most of you would have probably seen the trick I managed to land at the end of the season up at Perisher, a double for 1170 to rail.
Its a trick that as been playing on my mind for a very long time now. I had always thought it was possible but I obviously had to wait until such a time that the set up would be perfect. I spoke with Perisher about mid way through the season to try and get this project to happen as I figured it was time to just try the trick. Eventually it was all locked in, Perisher was going to build the feature and the the shoot was happening.
I was super stressed in the lead up to the trick as I had absolutely no idea on how the trick would turn out. I had to keep putting the scary thoughts out of my head and focus on how I was going to make the trick happen.
What was giving me the most trouble was that I couldn’t decided if I wanted to do a dub 10 and shiffty my legs or under rotate a dub 12. I ended up going for the under rotated dub 12 and I’m glad I did because it worked out better than I could have imagined
Right now I am on a little summer vacation with Laura with limited internet access. I have another 8 days before heading back into the real world.
So the AFP gold level One Hit Wonder is done and dusted and it was a super fun time. The jump this year was really good and the level of skiing showed that.
The comp format was a follows: the 20 riders were split into two heats for qualifying. We were given 2 runs with our best run counting and moving 5 of us from each heat through to finals. Once in finals we had a further two runs to try and put down the best trick we possibly could.
I was in heat two for qualifying and after watching heat one it was pretty apparent I was going to need to do a triple of I wanted to do well. The only thing I had working against me is the fact that I had stitches in my hand and every time I would try and grab mute it was pretty painful.
My first run of qualifying I did a dub 12 led tail and it was enough to have me in 5th and on the bubble coming into the 2nd run. 2nd run I went for the triple 14. I did one triple in training but completely missed my grab. I managed to stomp the triple but I got the grab a little later than I would have liked. But luckily it was enough to put me through to finals.
In finals I knew I had to do triples again and I knew I had to do them perfect. First run I did a triple 14 mute and landed it the best I probably could have. After first runs were complete I was sitting in 5th. I knew I had to try and step it up so in the 2nd run I did something I’d never done before. I landed a triple 14 mute to japan. Unfortunately my landing wasn’t as clean as I would of liked so I settled for my first run score and stayed in 5th.
Just to give you an idea of how hectic the top 5 runs were, I did a triple 14 mute for 5th, Woodsy did a triple 14 saftey for 4th, Jackson Wells did a triple 10 saftey for 3rd, Jesper Tjader did a switch triple 12 for 2nd and Oscar wester did a triple 16 saftey for 1st. As you can see it was a pretty hectic final and I was glad I landed the tricks I did and even learnt a knew grab variation in one of them.
Congrats to all the boys that competed and thanks for making it such a fun event.
Right now is hands down the best time to ski Perisher. Obviously Pow days are epic fun, but there is just something about warm, slushy, spring park days riding with all your mates.
Since I have been back from NZ that’s pretty much what I have been doing. The park right now is unreal and to top it off all my mates are out here from different parts of the world skiing as well.
Fun times riding with Aleks Aurdal again. Photo: Jeremy Pancras
Aleks mid flat 5 bow and arrow
Yours truly mid cork 9 tail
Aleks getting the shot of me on the S-rail. Photo: Jeremy Pancras
Mid flat 5 on the first jump. Photo: Jeremy Pancras
I am starting to feel pretty beat up from all the skiing as of late. I have had some seriously long days where we started skiing at 9am and finished t 4pm. That’s a hell of a lot of laps in the park But I am learning a bunch of tricks and feeling really good on my skis so I guess its all worth it!
Time to get ready and go back up the hill for more!
As some of you may know, the Winter Games just went down in Cardrona and I obviously made the trip across the ditch to compete in the event. Going into the event I was feeling pretty confident. I had been doing a lot of skiing at Perisher and felt pretty confident with the jumps I had been working on and the rail tricks I had learnt in the weeks leading up to the event.
I put a lot of pressure on myself for this event and really wanted to do well. The first run in Qualis I miscalculated a trick by the tiniest bit and crashed, and worst of all it was on the first rail in the course. I brushed it off and told myself I have another run and I can make it happen then.
On my 2nd run I made it to the bottom of the course and landed everything, with one major hiccup. I was doing right side dub 12 on the bottom jump and I ended up going huge and I had to open up and then ultimately revert (in order not to crash) on the landing. Reverting in a slope course during your run is virtually suicide and it was at that point I knew I had ballsed it and I wasn’t going to make it through to finals.
I guess I am more frustrated with myself than anything else. I have been working hard and really wanted to do well. I have to keep reminding myself that you cant be 100% everyday you ski and it just so happened that on this Day I definitely wasn’t on point and it just wasn’t meant to be. I’m definitely bummed but life goes on and I’m sure the remainder of the season is going to be fun.
Switch 5 tap on the wallride feature.
This has just fueled the fire for me to do more skiing and learn more tricks I changed my flight almost immediately and I am already back in Australia. I have Slvsh cup coming up and the One Hit Wonder coming up as well. Lets hope I ski to my potential at these events!