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Fin Bremner Hits Up The Burton European Open

14 Mar

Team GB Junior camp training and Trip to the Burton European Open, February 22nd-29th LAAX

So, I applied for a place to compete in the Burton European Open last year and it was only released in late January that my place was confirmed. Stoked on this news the late planning of this trip began. The place we normally stay in LAAX was fully booked so we booked ourselves in at the casa Selva hotel.

 

This week was going to be super expensive but good experience for me. After telling my sponsors and riding buddies the news I was stoked to hear that one of my coaches Ben Kinnear would be able to head to LAAX for a few days, Ben’s an amazing coach and rider and has helped me a lot.

 

On  Friday 18th Feb my dad drove me and the to Halifax for the Junior Team GB camp, picking up the Trinders’ from Perth, which Ben was coaching- the plan was to have 2 full days of kicker training however the wind thought otherwise so we had a rail sesh followed by a rock climbing sesh which Wayne from AKA snowskate told us about. The rock climbing was sooo bad we went back the following morning! Everyone enjoyed it. On the Sunday we focused on the kicker as the wind allowed us. I managed to land my back 9 nose, wasn’t the cleanest of landings but something to work on in the future. I now have back 9 mutes on lock which I’m stoked about.

Burton European Open

When the list of entrants was released a few weeks back I was stoked to see that Kyle Mack and his wee bro Darren would be entering, they’ll no doubt be busting out some crazy tricks. With under 50 places on the junior category (15 and under) it was clear that the standard was going to be high with rippers travelling from all around the world. Looking at the big guns there was going to be fellow RIDE and Quiksilver rider Billy Morgan and Ben Kilner along with I POD and Sebastien Toutant.

 

The day before I bought myself a go pro hero 2 to take with me, so hoping to get together a good edit of the events hopefully catch up with the other riders heading out.

 

So the Packing has been done and my boards waxed and tuned (thanks DAD). We left Aberdeen on

a flight to Zurich via Amsterdam on Wednesday 22nd Feb plan was to get a few days riding before the comp. I started this blog of my trip waiting for Ben Kinnear to arrive and give us a lift up to LAAX where the fun will begin.

 

When we arrived in LAAX it was quite late so an early night so we could be up the mountain was on the cards. In the morning we drove upto the main part of LAAX and saw that Burton had made a real effort to make the resort look good. The theme for the Burton European Open was space and we spotted a mini attached to a rocket just beside the Freestyle Academy, and space men around the resort. After registering at the Burton European office and receiveing my bib ( I was number 402) I was also given a bag with some freebies and the pass for the private area for competitiors and coaches.

Ahhhh yeeeaaaa

We spent the first day scoping out the course for the slopestyle comp- it started with the choice of a flat rail or a down rail which  ran into four kickers and the Creative Use of space which was

confusing to say the least. There were two burns a steeple or a wall ride and then the stairset or the

other choice was to gap over a mini cooper wearing huge goggles. Although Ben wasn’t allowed to ride the course he helped me make some important decisions about the runs I would do in the Qualies. The Snow was amazing and with sunny days forecast it was going to be a good week.

 

Slopestyle Qualification

 

After a day of practise The slopestyle qualies had arrived the course was rad with a down bar that I front boardslid  and then into the kicker (at this point I should probably mention that the big kickers were forbidden to my category but if I could get the speed and was allowed to hit the big ‘uns I probably would have done backside 7 nose, into front 7 stale fish into backside 9 mute and finally cab 9 tail but i wasn’t.) So I did backside 3 into nose grab into method and finally another backside 3 which made me qualifier 6th. In the final my run was another front board into another backside 3

then a rocket air after that I did a method and finally a backside 7 nose grab that put me in first place for about 3 or 4 runs then I kept going down in the leader board as I didn’t land my better run and ended up 15th good day broooooo!

 

 

Photo of Ben Kinnear, at the top of the Slopestyle course with my result in the background.

Met up with Hamish Mknight, Ben Kilner and Aimee Fuller, who hung around to watch my runs- The European circuit will be a hard one to rule but next year I hope to finish in the top ten and for my final year in the juniors I hope to get on the podium. That evening Ben Kinnear and I headed up to

hang out with the rest of Team GB.  I have to say at this point that when and if Ben Kilner gives up pro snowboarding he can become a pro Fruit Ninja- impressive skills!

Went back to the apartment stoked and tired after a draining day, not just physically but mentally- it’s alot to take in.  When I updated my status on Faceboook I found heaps of encouraging comments, thanks for that guys!

The next day was the Halfpipe Qualies- I’ve only rode the pipe a few times and never been coached so Bens advise really helped me. The pipe looked super sick but the harsh conditions made it really difficult even for the guys who ride pipe every day. This comp was a bit of fun for me. I watched the first heat and finally it was my run- I placed 7th in my heat- missing out by 1 place to get to the finals- stoked with that! Jonathan Weaver was commentating throughout both events and gave me big props, dubbed as Scotlands finest- like a whisky!

After the Halfpipe it was time for Ben to head back to Tignes to get some ‘real work’ done! Gutted that Ben had to leave, as I really enjoy spending time lapping the park with him. I really appreciate all of Bens help to help me get to this point as well as Nicol, Barry and Chris Mahoney’s help back home.

I spent Monday to Wednesday lapping the park with my mum and filming her hit the kickers! I also had a lap with Jamie Nicholls and Sebastian Toutant- my all time favourite rider. Of an evening I went to the freestyle Academy which is a rad place with trampolines, foam pits and a skate park.

Looking back on my week at the BEO is an amazing event which I will definitely return to next year. I

feel really focused on what I want to work on when I get home and this has confirmed that my future is in Snowboarding and I will continue to work and train hard to make this happen.

Thanks for everyones support, Peace

Fin Bremner

Team Aberdeen Invades Glasgow

24 Nov

Team Aberdeen invades Glasgow

It was a double header this weekend with Aberdeen Snowsports Club Race and Freestyle Teams both heading south to take on the competition on their home turf.  First up the racers headed to Snozone for the Scottish Indoor Champs.   The Aberdeen Team braved the early start and were ready and eager at the 8.30am bib collection.  150 racers were scheduled to take part.  Mark acted as coach for Aberdeen and organised the course inspection sorting out start times so no one missed their slot.  It got pretty hectic operating on only half of Braeheads’ slope.

5 of the clubs racers all took part; Alistair Hall, Alexander Geekie, Tommy Cockburn,  Andrew MacDonald and Adam Hall.    The race was a slalom with 2 courses.  The Bairns and the girls had a slightly easier first course but due to a burst pipe everyone skied the same course for the second race.  To be eligible for a second run you must complete the first run without missing any gates and fortunately Aberdeen all managed this.

In the Bairns race Alistair came 6th in Bairns 1 (19th overall), Tommy 9th in Bairns 2 (13th overall), Alexander 15th in Bairns 2 (23rd overall).  In the males race Adam came 20th in Children 1 (56th overall) and Andrew 21st in Children 1 (58th overall).   Also well done to Alyesha Rattray, who trains down at Aberdeen and with GPS, was 10th overall and 4th in the Junior 1 category.  Liam Pogson another GPS skier and occasional visitor to race training managed 18th in children 2 and 36th overall in the males race.

It was good experience for our guys and interesting to see other racers their age.  Andrew and Adam both had spectacular recoveries in their final runs as they negotiated the well rutted course but no other near misses fortunately.   For the first race of the season for Team Aberdeen it went well.  Bring on the snow.

Team Aberdeen - Race

Next day it was the turn of the Freestylers who headed to Bella for the latest in the Lowlander series.  With Aberdeen entering a staggering 15 riders, the guys weren’t intimidated by the local riders and went straight into a confident display of their skills in this the rail leg of the series.  For Andrew Budge, Duncan Trilk, Fraser Jack, Fraser Morrison, Jay Waters and Ali Mathieson this was their first comp away from home ground but were soon showing the local Glasgow riders what they had to offer.  The guys weren’t shy on showing their skills and it took Aberdeen rider Rowan Cameron to raise the bar in the youth section and go for the massive elevator lift before some of the older Glasgow riders gave it a go.  Nathan Sim and Andy Foote also put on the style with a series of great tricks.

The kids ski category was hotly contested with Fin Jacobs grabbing the gold for Aberdeen, with Rory Cameron picking up 4th and in his first comp Jay Waters was throwing down some confident tricks.  Grant Donald took 2nd in the Open Ski category while over at the Kids boarding Fin Bremner showed why he has been selected for the GB Freestyle Team picking up 1st.

A final big shout out to Fraser Jack who took the prize for most stylish trick with a lovely switch tail press.

Fraser Jack steezing it up

The guys were totally stoked by their presence at Bella and are raring to go at the Scottish Dryslope Championships at Bearsden on 3 December 2011.

To check out the race results see http://www.britski.org/11scotindoorres.pdf and the Overall Lowlander Results – Freestyle ski and Freestyle Board.

Skid Marks all over!

20 Sep

Skid Marks all over for this year…

prize winners

The biggest and best comp of the year arrived at  Aberdeen Snowsports Centre on Saturday 17 September 2011.  Aberdeen Snowsports Club Junior Members Rowan CameronAngus Jacobs and Fin Bremner, who are all 12 years old have put their money where mouth was and  showed  the rest of us how to organise a great rail jam.

With the sickest rail set up  the boys ran the comp to raise funds to pay for season passes for next winter and bagged big name sponsors Quicksilver, Salomon, Ride, Westbeach, Zaini, Park, Bawbags, Granite Reef and Liberance with the biggest prize fund seen for many a day!

The guys had been promoting the event hard and weren’t disappointed with over 40 competitors battling it out for their share of the goodies!  It was great to see some of the groms from the Saturday and Sunday clubs as well as seasoned pro’s hitting the features with the guys setting a pro line and a rookie line.

With the A Line sponsored BBQ sending out a steady stream of burgers and hotdogs the rain didn’t dull the excitement of the expectant crowd.

First off was the snowboard jam with a huge field to choose from judges Grant Donald and Andy Laird had their work cut out.  In the end however, the trip over from Speyside was worthwhile for Jamie Trinder taking first place in the senior category with stylish back 4’s, back 2’s and huge gaps.  Younger brother Angus also grabbed 1st in the junior category with a series of stylish spins on and off the rails.  The kids category was well fought with Zarack Samdini eventually piping Andy Budge and Fraser Budge to 1st.  With only three girls in the category it was a straight fight between Katie Boyd, Beth Woodall, and Lara Wood with the later coming out on top.

The skiers weren’t letting the snowboarders have all the action and again the standard was high.  Lewis Wilson nailed 1st in the senior category with a sick 2 on/4 off.  In the juniors Andrew Hadfield secured gold with front side switch ups.  Emulating the snowboard kids, Rory Cameron, Keilan Bremner and Fin Jacobs battled it out with Fin eventually taking the glory with a classic 2 on, switch up and 2 out.  Competition newcomer Ramone Waters showed what she was made off with a well deserved 1st in the kids girls category.

Katie Boyd and Beth Woodall came back for a second grab of the prizes in a dual for glory.  Katie edged Beth out and went home with her second prize of the night.

Overall a great comp and thanks to Andy Torrance for some banging tunes, Nicol Paton  for his banter on the mike, and of course Wully Donald for some cracking photos!

A final shout out to Rowan, Angus and Fin  for their hard work in organising the comp and thanks to Granite Reef and Transition Extreme for rewarding the guys with a Surf Lesson and BMX Lesson!

As a prelude to the Aberdeen legs of Westbeach and Lowlander this was a great warm up for the Team Aberdeen riders who will be on fire at these events.

Check out Wully Donalds photos on facebook, album 1 and 2

Results

Ski Female 12 and under

1st – Ramone Waters

Ski Male 12 and under

1st – Fin Jacobs

2nd – Keilan Bremner

3rd – Rory Cameron

Ski Male under 16

1st – Andrew Hadfield

2nd – Cameron Wood

3rd – Jan Goldbeck

Ski Male over 16

1st – Lewis Wilson

2nd – Adam Hunter

3rd – Andrew Begg

Ski Female

1st – Katie Boyd

2nd – Beth Woodall

Snowboard Male 12 and under

1st – Zarack Samdani

2nd – Andy Budge

3rd – Fraser Jack

Snowboard Male under 16

1st – Angus Trinder

2nd – Andrew Foote

3rd – Nathan Sim

Snowboard Male over 16

1st – Jamie Trinder

2nd – Matt Gibson

3rd – Ewan Linn

Snowboard Female

1st – Lara Wood

2nd – Beth Woodall

3rd – Katie Boyd

Skid Marks!!!!

7 Sep

 

The biggest and best comp of the year is heading to Aberdeen Snowsports Centre on Saturday 17 September 2011.

Aberdeen Snowsports Club Junior Members Rowan Cameron, Angus Jacobs and Fin Bremner, who are all 12 years old have put there money where mouth is and decided to show the rest of us how to organise a rail jam.

Using Glenshee’s new rails that Aberdeen are looking after for the summer, the boys hope to raise funds to pay for season passes for next winter.

Along with a group of junior members they have sold tea and coffee, run a BBQ and packed shopping at ASDA.

The comp is suitable for all ages and there are loads of cool prizes with Quiksilver, Salamon, Zaini, Westbeach and Ride all sponsoring it!

Check out the details on the poster!  Come down and support this great event, or get yer boots on and enter!!

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.

Radar Final Edit & Whitelines

6 Apr

Check out the groms ripping it up at the sunny Radar Final in Tignes.  Look out for Fin in the No 8 bib. 

Fin’s efforts out at the Radar Final in Tignes showed he can represent against the groms from the rest of Europe, his effort have also got the attention of Whitelines and Fin gets a big up from their online pages.  Check out the article here.