Highlander Final

13 Apr

Here’s a write up from Neil McGrain on the Highlander Series Final.  Congrats to Andy Wilson who won the mens skiing catagory and to Rory Cameron who came second overall in his catagory.

It’s been and gone. The final Highlander of the Snowsport Scotland Freestyle Series finished on Saturday after 6 events. Scotland has been blessed with one of the best winters in donkeys and it looks like it will continue through May for those who are still keen to get a bit of sliding in. 

Blue skies, fresh snow and little wind greeted the crew up to build the park on Friday, but it was not too be. Saturday morning arrived with snow and low cloud but at least the wind decided not to play. There were very small pockets of sun throughout the morning but the cloud lifted slowly to reveal the park and all the lovingly hand finished features from the day before. The kicker was just sitting in the cloud line but the hip, elevator box and flat down were all game for being slayed. 
The groms were shredding just as hard as the adults. Skier Chris McCormick not only won his age group, easy being the only one in it, but had the highest score of the day from all skiers. 270 on, switch up, 270 off the elevator. Not bad for an 11 yr old. The battle in U12’s boarding was epic with Brandon Bow and Tomski Robinson showing that being nearly a foetus doesn’t mean you can’t have style. Brandon ended up taking the win and the Overall Title. 
If the U12’s were shredding hard then the 12-15’s were riding beyond their years. Matt McCormick was looking for a repeat of all his wins at the Lowlander series but at 12 or 13 couldn’t quite hold it up against the older boys with deeper voices and a bit more weight.  David Bilsland and Harris Booth were both scrapping for another win and did not disappoint with backflips, 7’s and rail wizardary. 
At some point early in the day the pin was pulled and the 16+ categories went off. Not content with a hip most of them focused on gapping the hip. Rodeos, cork 7’s and dub backs were casually thrown around like wet trackie bottoms in a washing machine and the standard of rail sliding was pretty damn good too. Danny McCormick unsurprisingly took another win followed by Adam Gordon & Jesse Smith.
The Woodshed at the Hilton laid on a BBQ for the prizegiving and afterparty so a good time was had by all. Thanks to all the sponsors – Snozone, Armada, Skullcandy, Bawbags, Synergy Snowsports, Woodshed, Freeze Pro Shop for supporting the events, all the slopes and mountains and for putting the events on, Donnie Hall for organising everything, Angus Leith and Adam at Cairngorm for building the park and anyone else that was forgotten. Cheers to all the competitors and will see you again in the Autumn for the next Lowlander Series. 



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