Fuller & McCormick take GOLD at 2017 British Snowboard Championships.
British Snowboard & Freeski Championships, Laax, Switzerland.
Day one of competition at the 2017 British Snowboard Champs saw the UK’s top riders sending it in Laax snowpark to fight for the Slopestyle National Championship title. The weather wasn’t ideal but the clouds didn’t stop these guys sending it. With everyone throwing down over the kickers and rails, only two could be crowned with the gold, Aimee Fuller (25) and Matt McCormick (20).
Matt McCormick showed early on that it was going to be his day. Oozing confidence from his first trick, it was obvious that his last few seasons on the World Cup tour have given him that added swagger. His first run with a front-blunt to 270, switch-backside 540, Front 7 off the toes and a back-10 double cork was enough to take the title. For the second year running, it was X Games medalist Billy Morgan who took the silver medal. His classic cab double underflip dropped jaws on the first kicker and topped it off by backflipping off the last rail feature. Joining Matt and Billy on the podium was an incredibly talented young shredder, who showed that age doesn’t mean a thing on the slopestyle course. At just 14 years of age Leon Tynan added to his under 16 title with overall bronze. The Scottish super-grom laced a cab underflip and a floaty back 7 melon into a perfectly clean run, and he cemented himself as one to watch for the coming years.
Stoked on his win, Matt said “It was a really good day, the course was sick here in Laax. It was great to have Leon on the podium, he really deserved it and put down a really good run”
In the women’s competition Aimee Fuller’s return to BRITS competition was a golden one, as she took the overall title by a point. It was definitely her style and air went downa treat with the judges, with a cab underflip as their favourite trick amongst the women’s field. In second place it was Natalie Good, who narrowly missed out on the top spot. Again going big was the deciding factor as she sent a cab 5, and 2 backside 360s down the biggest jumps on the mountain – the only of the women to do it. Third place and the bronze medal went to Fiona Reid, who brought the number of Scottish medals on the overall snowboard podiums even with the English, a fight likely to continue for the week.
Chuffed with her win, and the field, Aimee Said “Over the moon to come back to Laax, and especially to see so many girls riding today. The UK Armed Forces made up a huge percentage of the field, and it’s great to see them represented, and how strong their riding has become.”
Special mention has to go out to Kieran Tucker who not only took 1st place in the U18’s, but also survived the biggest slam of the day. It looks truly savage, but thankfully he rode away with a smile on his face!!
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British Snowboard Slopestyle Championships Results
1st – Matt McCormick 1st – Aimee Fuller
2nd – Billy Morgan 2nd – Natalie Good
3rd – Leon Drynan 3rd – Fiona Reid
Slopestyle judge Gareth Vogan gave us the run down on exactly what they were looking for and even gave us a little dance.
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