Carpet Burn Cup: Round Two – Skier/Boardercross

24 Feb

The Carpet Burn Cup may have got off to a fine start with the Big Air, but since both riders and organisers had experienced the format before, there were no real surprises. Round Two, though, would be a different story, as Garthdee hosted its first ever Skier/Boarder-X.


Since hearing about the plans for a dendix cross course, the riders had all been expecting something sketchy, and Mal’s set-up didn’t disappoint. The course called for competitors to ride shoulder-to-shoulder through the first two gates, split off to hit separate lines on either side, then come back together for the first jump. Three standard gates, another jump at an awkward angle, another two gates and a set of whoop-de-whoops all followed, leading down a small archway only big enough for one rider.


Grant Donald and James Samson line up for the semi-final.

Grant Donald and James Samson line up for the semi-final.

Ruby Still took the first prize of the night, winning the junior female ski category and moving into joint first place on the leaderboard. The junior male ski event was a hard-fought battle, with James Samson eventually taking the gold. Rebecca Morrison remains top junior female snowboarder, with no-one stepping up to challenge her on the course. Rowan Cameron defeated last week’s winner Emmet Strachan to reach the final of the junior male snowboard race, but was eventually beaten by Alex Keenlyside.


For the adult events, the gates were brought in slightly to make for a faster course. Once again it was Beth Woodall and Natalie Riley facing off in the girls’ snowboard event, this time in a best-of-three format. Beth’s disqualification for a missed gate in the first heat gave Natalie the advantage, and she eventually claimed victory without a need for a decider. Pete Duguid fought off the challenge from newcomer Adam Hunter to take the male ski title, while Matt Gibson increased his lead at the top of the male snowboard leaderboard with another win. Rebecca Eccles and Beth finished the event with the girls’ ski race, Rebecca triumphant in the end.


The top three junior male snowboarders on the podium (Nicol filling in for the absent Alex...)

The top three junior male snowboarders on the podium (Nicol filling in for the absent Alex...)

The competition may have been over, but the riders clearly weren’t ready to call it a day yet. A few more races were contested, including a few skier vs. snowboarder contests. Matt surprised everyone, including himself, by beating Pete Duguid, but was finally defeated by Rebecca. Slowly the racers started to head back over to the Snowflex, where the Freestyle Wednesday session was in full flow. Euan Linn got some smooth back 5s on his shiny new stick, while Andy Laird and his badly broken wrist floated big back 1s over the booter.


Next up is the rail jam on the 4th March. The set-up will be available for practice this Wednesday 25th February and Nicol’s got some big ideas, don’t miss it!


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