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Carpet Burn Cup – Rails Comp

28 Mar

Wednesday 7th March saw the latest instalment of the Carpet Burn Cup with an awesome rails course set out by Nicol and Kris. Everyone had been looking forward to this event and the practice that had been put in in the weeks leading up to it certainly paid off with some amazing tricks being thrown down.

First up on the course was the mailbox, fast becoming a favourite here at the slope, quickly followed by the barrel and then onto the box or the trickier red rail. Everyone had two goes to put down their best line and it was great to see some of the older kids incorporating the permanent rainbow rail into their runs.

In the 11 – 15yr male snowboarders Andy Foote made his first appearance in the series putting up a good challenge to current leader Nathan Sim; these two were so close the judges called a battle for first place which resulted in Nathan just pipping Andy to the top spot. While the younger skiers shied away from the mailbox they were loving the barrel with some even getting some air over it!

It was a great night all round with all categories remaining closely contested. We are now past the half-way point in the series and it’s getting even harder to figure out who’ll be crowned the CBC Champion of 2012. Latest leader board results are available on our website.

Next event is the Bumps on April 25th so chill out and relax over the Easter holidays, maybe come along for some sneaky practice through the moguls…!

Carpet Burn Cup – Skier / Boarder X

28 Feb

The Carpet Burn Cup series continued in fine style on Wednesday 22nd February with one of the most exciting events – the skier / boarder X. Taking the format of a knockout competition, competitors race two at a time through a course set with proper snowcross gates and a couple of jumps, challenging racers and freestylers alike. Due to the large number of competitors this event was a battle for 1st and 2nd place, gaining 20 and 19 points respectively with all other competitors getting 18 points each instead of the usual 15 for taking part.

The night was set with technical difficulties, having to take place without Nicol’s usual banter as the microphone was refusing to work (batteries were checked)! Despite this Kris Bell and Neil Cameron did a good job of gathering everyone at the top of the slope and getting everyone ready for their races. Big shout out to the club coaches giving everyone tips on how to navigate the tightly set and quite technical course and an even bigger shout out to all the competitors for stepping up and taking on a challenging and slightly daunting course! There were plenty of spills, a couple of lost skis and, staying true to the series, some minor carpet burns but overall a fantastic turn out and high level of riding from everyone. Great to see the progression throughout the series so far and from last year’s competition!

First up were the snowboarders with Zarak Samdani and Fraser Jack setting a good precedent for the night with a closely contested race. With only three people in the u10 male category the competition was run as a round robin with each competitor taking on the other two. Zarak came out on top with Cameron placing second overall. At the halfway point through the series, Zarak and Cameron are neck and neck on the leaderboard with Fraser Jack trailing by a mere 3 points – these three are pushing each other on and this should be one of the closest contested categories of the series.

Emma Swanson got back on her board this week to give Abbie Dorward some competition in the Female u16 category. Emma put up a good fight at the start but took a tumble part way down allowing Abbie to cruise to victory.

It’s a fact of life that as you get older things just get tougher. This year Andrew Budge is in the 11-15yr category and despite getting a solid win in the u10 boarder cross in last year’s series, he lost out to Jordan Webster in the first race of the 11-15 male competition. Newcomer to the series Rohaan Samdani dominated the competition to take the gold – must be down to his jump start technique helping him to fly out of the starting gates and down the course every time. Ally Rogers took home the silver improving on his 4th place last year. Good work guys!

Onto the skiing where we had a lot of late entries turning up at the start gates causing some confusion for the start judges. For the rest of the series please make sure you are registered at reception so we know who is taking part and don’t have to turn anyone away!

Keilan Bremner may have had one of the fastest times down the slalom course the other week but he wasn’t quick enough to hold off Rory Cameron whose high speed and good choice of line saw him come through all the heats to take the u10 male gold. Nice work Rory! Jay Waters and Finlay Jacobs had the luck of the draw against them not making it through their initial rounds despite some very close racing. Alexander Geekie put up some good competition in a controversial race against Andrew Simpson who snuck into the u10 category. Sorry about that guys, but being slightly older didn’t prove too much of an advantage as Jimmy Muir smashed his way through beating Namen Maheswari and Andrew Simpson to place 2nd.

The girls’ u10 ski is a new category this year and it’s brilliant to see everyone coming along each week and pushing each other on – there are only 6 points between the top three so it’s all to play for over the rest of the series! Ramone Waters took one of the biggest tumbles of the night but managed to come away smiling in the end – well done Ramone, that dendix is tough stuff to fall on. Emma Swanson managed to beat Catherine Jackson in their race but lost out in the final to Kirsty Muir who took first with Emma coming in second.

In the male 11-15 group, defending champion Angus Jacobs held onto 1st place with Fynn Gentle, a newcomer to the series, battling against Andrew Haddfield and Owen Restrup to take the silver. In keeping with the rest of the night, there were some really close races and even confusion about the course which saw the final being re-run as both Angus and Fynn went round the flags the wrong way! This is another really close category with just 5 points between the four at the top of the leaderboard!

Newcomers Jessica Preslie and Rachel Brown put in their first appearances of the series to challenge Emma Cornwall and Abbie Miller in the female 11-15 category. Emma continued her winning streak from the slalom event beating Abbie in the first heat and going on to take the gold from Jessica in the final.

Some of the funniest scenes of the night were in the adult ski competition with Grant Donald and Adam Hunter charging each other down – poles, skis and elbows all over the place! Both crashed out near the bottom of the course, Adam tried to ski off with one ski, lost that and ended up crossing the line in just his boots to leave Grant plenty of time to cruise down and finish the course. After much debate a re-run was called but for the record guys, you have to cross the finish line with at least one ski on so technically the race was Grant’s… Barry Parker continued his dual discipline action taking second in both the male +16 ski and snowboard categories losing out to Grant Donald and Nicol Paton respectively.

Claire Birnie made her first appearance in this year’s series to take silver in the +16 female snowboard category. Heather Goldsworthy continued her clean sweep to take gold – can she keep it up for the rest of the series?!

Quickly switching to skis, Heather put up a good challenge to Katie Boyd, Kirsty Birnie and Catrina. These girls were matching each other down the course, elbowing each other for space over the jumps and through the flags. In the end, Katie’s experience came through and she finished first with Catrina taking silver.

Next up it’s the rail jam on March 7th, see you all there…

Carpet Burn Cup – Slalom

14 Feb

Wednesday 8th February saw the second round of the Carpet Burn Cup; we had a great turn out of competitors and onlookers braving the cold conditions to compete and watch the slalom round of the series.
With a tight course and fast slope it was set to be a cold but highly entertaining night with some hungry competitors all trying their best to get the fastest time in their age and discipline category.
Jay Waters kick started the competition with the first run of the evening for the under 10 male skiers and did well to get a fast time of 15.50 seconds. Unfortunately that was not enough to claim a podium finish as Alexander Geekie slipped into 3rd place with a rapid time of 13.10 seconds whilst Tommy Cockburn took second with a respective time of 12.20. Keilan Bremner had the final say with a fantastic time of 11.60!!! This was the second fasted time of the whole competition! Well done Keilan.
Next up was the female Under 10 ski, again the competition was tight with all girls finishing within seconds of one another, clearly showing that whatever training they have been getting has been paying off. Ramone Waters took 3rd, Emma Swanson 2nd and Kirsty Muir took 1st.
The 11-15 male ski saw a huge turnout with 13 competitors! With Angus Jacobs out injured, first place was up for grabs. Andrew Hadfield took 3rd with Rory Brown in 2nd and Adam Hall took 1st with the fastest time of the whole competition 11.40 seconds!! Well done Adam.
In the 11 to 15 female category new comer Beth Skinner took 3rd, Abbie Miller was second and Gordon’s ski racer Emma Cornwell took 1st with an impressive time of 12.30 seconds.
Onto the snowboarders, in the under 10 category there were only three competitors, however all three are very strong snowboarders for their age. Zarek Samdani was 2 seconds behind to take 3rd place with Fraser Jack pulling off an impressive time of 16.90 that gave him 2nd. However it was Cameron Smith who had the final say with a fantastic time of 16.20, this is Cameron’s first ever Carpet Burn Cup and he is proving to be a very strong competitor – his rivals will have to work hard to overtake him on the leader board.
Under 16 female boarders only had Abby Doward also a newcomer to the competition, Abby still done her best and pulled off a respectable time of 21.60! Well done Abby!
Finally for the juniors we had the male 11-15 male snowboarders, there were a lot of nerves in amongst this lot, most of them being good friends who have been training with one another for up to 2 years so you can imagine that none of them wanted to be beaten! This showed through with some fantastic times and spills too; luckily no one was hurt. Jordan Webster pulled off a fantastic second run after falling on his first scoring a time of 14.90 and Nathan Sim took himself away from the kicker for long enough to get a good time of 14.60! However it was Rowan Cameron who blew the whole crew off the Dendix and showed that practise makes perfect with a whopping score of 14.40! Can you believe how close first and second were: .10 of a second! Well done to all of you boys.
Onto the Adults and the Aberdeen Snowsports Centre staff were out in force! All eager to beat their fellow employees after most of them practising weeks before the competition to gain a podium finish.
Katie Boyd did well to get 3rd in the Female over 16 snowboard Category, Avril Pringle took 2nd and Heather Goldsworthy finished 1st with a slick time of 17.49.
In the male over 16 category competition was hot, with some well experienced instructors taking part in the slalom. Barry Parker fresh back from France took 3rd with a time of 13.71, Nicol Paton was trying to get to grips with his new board but never the less scored an impressive time of 13.47 however it was die hard Euan Linn who took 1st with a speedy 13.40! Well done Euan.
In the seniors ski Eloise Croy Took 3rd with a time of 15.05, Heather Goldsworthy tried her luck on her skis and got an impressive time of 15.01 However Katie Boyd came back from 3rd on her snowboard to 1st on her skis with an impressive 12.25! Awesome Katie!
Finally in the male over 16 ski there were some new comers to the skis, Nicol Paton, Barry Parker and Euan Linn all decided to give the slalom a go for a bit of a laugh. This provided some great entertainment for the fellow competitors and judges; however none of them came up with a particularly impressive score, other than Barry who beat his time on his snowboard with a time of 13.30! Craig Donald took 1st with an impressive 12.06, he must have waxed his skis  in second with 12.56 was Adam Hunter and Grant Donald took 3rd with 12.66.
Well done to all competitors! We look forward to seeing you on the next event (Boarder cross and ski cross) on the 22nd of February.
Remember and come train the week before…

Carpet Burn Cup – Big Air

6 Feb

A wild and windy night marked the start of 2012’s Carpet Burn Cup series.  Now in its fourth year, the ever popular series (sponsored by Cotswolds for the second year running) pushes riders out of their comfort zones by getting them to tackle Garthdee’s various slope features in a series of competitions. It was also fantastic to see a great support from parents and other onlookers which added to the electric atmosphere.

The Big Air comp got things off to a great start last night with 30 competitors braving the howling wind to throw down their best tricks over the table top or kicker. Judge Kris Bell took the conditions into consideration letting Owen Restrup have a re-run after being blown slightly off course! Undeterred by the wind, Scott Wood and Rowan Cameron stepped up and landed some nice 3’s earning them Coaches’ Choice most improved skier and boarder respectively.

The 11-15yr Snowboard Male category saw a showdown between newcomer to the series, Rohaan Samdani and Nathan Sim, last year’s second place winner, with both scoring the same points in their two runs. Nathan’s experience gave him the edge to take first place but Rohaan may be a serious challenger to the top of the leaderboard this year.

There was another close contest between the U10 Female Skiers with first place being determined by just 0.25 of a mark. Watch out for Kirsty Muir, Emma Swanson and Ramone Waters as they progress through the series – it’s going to be a close one!

Everyone adapted well to the challenging conditions and while some favourite tricks may not have been thrown down everyone showed their skills in being able to adapt their game plan to the conditions on the night.

Full results from the Big Air can be seen online here http://aberdeensnowsports.com/cbcresults. Photos will be posted shortly.

Remember, everyone gets at least 15 points for competing so the more events you enter, the higher up the leaderboard you’ll get. See you on February 8th for some high speed slalom action (skin tight lycra optional)!

 

Carpet Burn Cup Series and Airbag Final Review

23 Aug

Photos to come!! – if you have any photo sfrom the night facebook / email them over and we’ll pop them on here. cheers.

The Series!

There was a lot of excitement for the commencement of this year’s Carpet Burn Cup way back in February, especially with the news of Aberdeen Snowsport Centre’s very own Airbag being used for the final! This year’s format for the series started with the ¼ Pipe followed by the Bumps, a Rail Jam, Slalom, Big Air, Boarder Cross and for the first time ever… the final on the Airbag.

With a total number of 44 entrants for Round 1, the ¼ pipe, the competition was set to be hot! With some familiar faces mixed in with some new faces, it was great to see the regulars maturing greatly on their skis and boards while at the same time the new faces were keeping them on their toes. The night was mixed with some thrills and spills however 8 people throughout the categories came out on top! Lara Wood held her own in the female over 16 sb category, Kris Bell stepped up for the adult male sb, Fin Bremner for the the male 11-15 sb, new comer to the series Andrew Budge took first place for the male junior under 10 sb, Katie Boyd took a convincing 1st place in the female over 16 ski with Erin Sharpe securing 1st place  for the 11-15 ski, Andy Wilson was top dog in the male over 16 ski, Andrew Hadfield pulled off some amazing trickery in the male 11-15 ski to secure a podium finish and finally Fin Jacobs took first place in the junior under 10 ski.  This was just the first event and a great start to the series!

Things were very close in pretty much every category so those in the lead knew they had to work hard to maintain their place.  With a further 6 events to go it was great to see everyone stepping it up in each event. The beauty of the Carpet Burn Cup is that each event is totally different, so by the end of it competitors’ skills on a pair of skis or a board grow so much stronger. With some people being stronger in some areas but weaker in others, it meant that this series was never going to be a one horse race no matter what category people were in.

The Final!

With an impressive attendance of 76 competitors throughout the competition, this contributed to the event being a huge success.  With sponsorship from Cotswold Outdoor, Granite reef, Bawbags, Candy Imports, Transition Extreme and  Aberdeen Snowsports clubthe Airbag final was one of the best events of the whole series, with the Groms throwing down some impressive tricks and the Seniors following with a jam format to their night. Resident MC Nicol was on the mic and in charge of the tunes, along with Aberdeen Snowsports Club who were cooking up some mean burgers on the bbq to keep everyone going throughout the night.  The atmosphere was great with over 40 competitors on the bag along with plenty of their family and friends cheering them on. With some great prizes to be won for the overall winners and not to mention the huge shiny Carpet Burn Cup trophy, people were throwing themselves in all different directions in the air in reach for the cup and some even going for double flip variations.

It was time to announce the winners and thank all the sponsors and people who contributed to this great event.

The results!

+16 Male Ski – Adam Hunter ; +16 Male SB – Matt Gibson
+16 Female Ski – Katie Foot Boyd ; +16 Female SB – Lara Wood
11-15 Male Ski – Angus Jacobs ; 11-15 Male SB – Emmet Strachan
11-15 Female Ski – Erin Sharp
U10 Male Ski – Finlay Jacobs ; U10 Male SB – Andrew Budge

A Big Thanks from all of us at Aberdeen Snowsports Centre to all the supporters throughout the series, the competitors and parents who came down to all the events, and to all our sponsors who put together some awesome prize bags! We look forward to seeing you on the slopes, and hope to see you all at the next Carpet Burn Cup!… Time to get practicing your skills for next year!

Carpet Burn Cup – Skier / Boarder X

9 Jun

Always a crowd pleaser and my favourite event of the series, last night saw Round 6 of the Carpet Burn Cup – the Skier / Boarder X.

With the course looking impressive with its official SAAB snow cross flags and its symmetrical set up, competitors weaved there way in and out, off the first wedge inevitably at the same time and often off the bottom wedge too – creating some neck and neck finishes.

The course is set

First up were the juniors went to battle, with a lot still to play for in the series leaderboard and with the competative nature of a dual course there was a great  atmosphere.  Everyone’s riding and skiing was on top form, recent practice having paid off.  Ally Rogers had some very close races and although he was beaten to the podium by Josh Watt in an extemely close call he did win most improved rider of the night winning himself a voucher for a free session. Emmets’ riding experience showed through winning him the gold with Nathan taking silver.

neck and neck at wedge no 1.

 

Neck and neck over wedge no 2

 

neck and neck into the finish gate

 

the crawl to the finish

Most Improved Snowboarder

Emmet carving his way to gold

Vaibhav ‘ speedy’ Chetty was killing it in practice but got pipped to the post by both Keilan Bremner and Fin Jacobs in the judged rounds which led again some exciting races for the crowds.

Taking the win over the last wedge, Keilan speeds to the finish line

Vaibhav taking bronze over Rory

Fin getting ready for the duck

The female skiers were once again on form, Abby Miller won all her races to take the Gold with Emma Swanson and Catherine Jackson battling for silver and bronze respectively.

Emma and Catherine battle for silver or bronze

In the Under 10’s Snowboarding all the boys were showing great style, carving well and showing no fear of the course ahead of them.  It was Andrew Budge who one again took the gold for the FIFTH! time, with Duncan crossing the line for silver and Fraser taking the Bronze, great riding from all.

Duncan taking silver beating Fraser over the wedge

Andy carving his way to victory

Finally in the junior skiers Angus became the second of the Jacobs to gain Gold, their Dad must have been giving them some top tips for skier cross.  It was a close finish in the race between Angus and Andrew Hadfield but not as close as that between Angus and Rory which almost resulted in a hair cut for the photographer…

Angus beats Andy to the finish after the wedge

A close battle for silver and gold

 

Rory - most improved skier

And the podium results: (minus the 11-15 boys due to the battery dying in the last minute)

Keilan, Fin, Viabhav (L-R)

Duncan, Andy, Fraser (L-R)

Nathan, Emmet, Josh (L-R)

Emma, Abby, Catherine (L-R)

 

Well done to all, great entertainment to watch, the next round will be the Airbag Final on the 29th June, practice for this will be on Friday 24th (not the wednesday before) this will be at the discounted rate of £10 – book your space now to make sure you get a spot.. See you there.

Carpet Burn Cup – Round Five – Big Air!! Results and Review

6 Jun

Round five of the Carpet Burn Cup, Big Air took place on Wednesday 18th May and again we had clear skies,  great Aberdeen sunshine and an even better turn out. Loads of people showed up ready to show off their well practiced (and some not so well practiced) tricks. The evening was lining up to be a belter ….. Let the games begin.

Competitors lining up for their shot at the Big Air title

With our resident MC, Nicol Paton unable to fulfill his duty it was time for new kid on the block Kris Bell to step up and try his skills on the mic before he took to the slopes to throw down for the Big Air snowboarders title later on. There was a good crowd of people and Kris did a great job of keeping the atmosphere lively.  

Right competitors...... impress us

"OK Guys............How do I turn this thing on?"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The crowd were not disappointed and were treated to some aerial acrobatics with all skiers and boarders pulling out the stops and going BIG and technical to impress the judges.

Before we get to the results of the competition I would just like to make special mention of Abby Miller and Andrew Budge  who were awarded a free open session each as their prize for being recognised as the most improved skier and snowboarder on the night.

 Well done guys – Keep up the good work!!

Abby Miller - Most improved girl of the night

Andrew Budge - most improved boy of the night

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 First up the Snowboarders;

In the under 10’s it was all pretty close with Andrew Budge taking 1st, Fraser Jack taking second and Duncan Trilk grabbing 3rd spot. All three guys threw down big straight airs and it was only the style that seperated them on points.

Andrew Budge, with his eyes on the prize

Andrew, Fraser and Duncan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the 11 – 15’s Nathan Sim stepped it up Big and pulled a 720 outta the bag to beat Emmet Strachan and Ally Rodgers to 1st place, with Emmet taking 2nd place and Ally pinching 3rd spot.

Nathan on his way to a Gold Snowflex medal

Emmet Strachan's 360 for 2nd place

Ally Rodgers

In the ladies over 16’s it was all a closely fought battle between Sophie Addison, Laura Montecristi and Lara Wood. With all the girls pulling off a mixture of straight airs and straight air grabs on the first run and scoring almost identically it was all to play for in the second round. It was Laura Montecristi that showed off a solid Front Side 180 with grab to take first place with Sophie Addison taking second place and Lara Wood completing the line-up in 3rd place.

In the guys over 16’s – 9 guys battled it out for the top prize which resulted in some big tricks and some big scores. It was only 0.1 mark that seperated Matt Gibson and Kris Bell after their first run and the others were not far behind. All to play for in the second round. Unfortunately for Kris Bell and the others, Matt Gibson came up with a Huge Switch 720 scoring an equally huge 8.1 from the judges and taking the top spot with ease. Kris Bell secured 2nd place with his first run underflip 720. Mark Watson took 3rd spot with a heelside rodeo, Andy Duthie took 4th spot with a switch 540 and Neil Cruickshank finished in 5th place with a good solid backside 540 with a grab.

Matt Gibson took 1st place over Kris Bell and Mark Watson

Kris Bell relaxing his way to 2nd place

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Watson - Enjoying the view and taking 3rd place

 

  And now onto the Skiing!!!

In the under 10’s it was Finlay Jacobs that took first place for the third time this Carpet Burn Series holding off the competition with a sweet 360 grab off the kicker. Rory Cameron held off Keilan Bremner with a solid 180 off the table, while Keilan’s straight air off the kicker saw him take 3rd place.

Fin, Rory and Keilan on the podium

In the female 11 – 15’s it was 4 girls who shared the top 3 spots, showing just how closely they were all matched. Abby Miller came out on top though with a big Spread Eagle, just beating Erin Sharp who also took on the spread eagle trick. But there was no seperating Alice Brown and Catherine Jackson that took equal 3rd place as the judges could not seperate the quality of their straight airs.

Erin Sharp over the table top

Alice's big Spread Eagle of the Table Top for joint 3rd

In the male 11 – 15’s Angus Jacobs took 3rd place with a 360 grab off the kicker, Cameron Wood took 2nd place with a gutsy front flip off the kicker and Grant Donald securing 1st place with a Rodeo 720. It is now only 2 points that seperate Grant and Angus at the top of the leaderboard and so it is still definitely all to play for. No pressure guys.

The boys done good

Angus's 360 grabbing him 3rd spot

Grant flying towards 1st place

In the female over 16’s it was just Katie Boyd and Eloise Croy taking part and so it was a battle to see who would snag that 1st spot and who would have to settle for 2nd. Both of the girls decided to go with straight airs for their first jumps and scored fairly evenly with Katie just ahead. On the second run Katie went with a 360 to try and push for that 1st spot and Eloise rocked up with a second straight air. After the dust of battle had cleared it was Katie who had pipped Eloise to 1st place with her first straight air. Katie looks pretty safe at the top of the leaderboard, but you never know. Has anyone seen Beth Woodall? She used to compete didnt she?

In the male over 16’s the competition is definitely hotting up with a good few guys still in contention for the overall Carpet Burn Cup title. It was Adam Hunter who led the pack after the first run with a solid 540. Adam kept 1st place with his first run 540 but it was Finlay Langan who stormed up the placings into 2nd with a well executed backflip on his second run. Lewis Wilson took 3rd place with his 360 nose grab from the first run, Alex Isidoris took 4th with his Big 360 with mute grab on his first run. Andy Begg took 5th place with 540’s in his 1st and 2nd runs.

Two more rounds to go everyone and lost of points up for grabs and so make sure you are here for the skier/boarder X on Wednesday 8th June, AIR BAG practice session on Friday 24th June and then the AIR BAG Finale on Wednesday 29th June.

We wanna see all of you here, so make sure you get those dates in your diaries.

Also – REMEMBER – Every competitor that has 45 points or more will get into the AIRG BAG Final free of charge.

Thanks again to our sponsor Cotswold Outdoor, you can find them in Union Square and if you flash your membership card they’ll give you 10% off.