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19 Mar


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

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…

Girls Night is Back!

10 Nov

An all Girls Session for all Girls!

‘Girls Night’ is back, as a pre-winter taster we are running a session across Aberdeen Snowsports Centre from the nursery slope to the Alpine.

For those who are feeling rusty, or who haven’t ridden plastic before there will be an ‘Intro to Dryslope’ practice session; this will run from 5.30-6.30 on the nursery slope; if you haven’t been on dry mat before or are feeling a bit rusty and want… to warm up before heading to the big slope then sign up for this session.

For those feeling confident already there will be a ‘Freestyle session and Intro to freestyle’ for those who want to work on improving their riding/skiing over on the Freestyle ‘Alpine’ Slope from 5.30 -7.30.

For those of you who’ve never tried skiing or snowboarding we are also running ‘Beginner ski and snowboard lessons’ from 6.30-7.30 on the nursery slope.

So something for everyone and we’ll be finished in time for you to make it to The Art of Flight Premiere if you’re lucky enough to have tickets.

All sessions have limited spaces so booking is essential.  Call 01224 810215 for more information and to book.

Spread the word and get the Girls ruling the slopes.

Westbeach Final – Bearsden

6 Nov

Westbeach. Round 3. Bearsden. 5/11/11 Final Round

Some of the many Team Aberdeen members traveled to Bearsden to take part in this the Final round of the Westbeach Snowflex series 2011. Grant Donald, Andy Foote, Fin Bremner, Cameron Wood, Jan Goldbeck and Keilan Bremner all arrived with great spirit and were greeted as usual by their east and west coast brothers and sisters with hugs and smiles. It was the usual set up with the Skiers and then the Boarders all in on a Jam session to break it down to the semi-final contenders. Much to the delight of the Aberdeen kids, we had some special guests watching in the names of Andy Duthie, Ally Gray and Barry Parker with his girlfriend. The kids were well chuffed to see them and this reflected in their performances with everyone taking advice and using it well.

happy days

With all the Team ‘Deen making it to the semi’s it was going to be really tough for the judges in this one.

Next up was the rail jam and you could plainly see who had been doing their rail work and who hadn’t. Grant, Fin, Andy and Jan were working the small rail well as were some locals but in the end, Grant came out on top to take 1st prize with a neat 270on, pretzel 270off.

In the women/girls section, Anna Vincenti, Cory McVicar and Rowan Cheshire were really stepping it up. It was going to be tough in this one too! Anna 1st, Cory 2nd and Rowan 3rd.

Into the semis and the Skiers were up for it. David Bilsland and Grant Donald set the blistering pace with massive cork 9s , Rodeo 5 Screamin Seamens and 10s. Grant decided to take things to the next level by throwing down an incredible DOUBLE front flip ! The crowd went mental! David then decided to chuck in the sickest DOUBLE BACK flip! The crowd went even mentaler (is that a word ??) In the under 16s, the standard was unbelievable with Tyler J Harding, Chris McCormick and Cal Sandison making it through to the finals. Keilan Bremner narrowly missed out on the final but showed massive potential in every area of his skiing. Watch out next time people! Cameron and Jan didn’t make the final three but as I say, their potential is massive. Keep up the good work guys.

and the crowd goes even mentaler

In the Boarding semis, Fin Bremner was showing outstanding style in a very tough group, landing sweetly and grabbing a place in the final against the almost lazy style of Matt McCormick and Matt Corry. Andy Foote narrowly missed the final in what was only his 3rd comp. Andy is showing everyone he has it and will be there next time. No mistake.
Into the finals and the men’s ski. With David Bilsland picking up an injury, it was down to Grant Donald and Fraser McIssac to go and battle it out head-to-head. Two runs would decide the winner and Grant didn’t let the crowd down by taking 1st place, with a Cork 7 truck driver and a Cork 9 mute… and eventually winning all three events of the series which he was well happy with.

Grant Going for Gold

Fin had it all to do in a very tough group and did really well to finish 3rd overall. With Matt McCormick and Matt Corry taking 1st and 2nd respectively.

Fin battles it out and takes 3rd

Overall , it was a great day out for the Team Aberdeen members and their families. Roll on Lowlander at Bellahouston and……. Kids… keep up the good work

Check out more of photos from the day on facebook here and here

Lowlander – Own It 2011

1 Nov

Lowlander – Own It

On Saturday October 22nd, Aberdeen Snowsports Centre hosted Own It, a freestyle competition that is now part of the Lowlander/Highlander series with points going towards the Scottish and UK freestyle standings.

Here’s the report!

Aberdeen dominates medals at Lowlander event

Aberdeen dominated the medals at the first Snowsport Scotland freestyle competition of the winter season.

The annual Lowlander “own It” event which took place at the Aberdeen Snowsports Centre and was hosted by Aberdeen Snowsports Club, saw the riders pulled out all the stops with a spectacular array of aerial and jib tricks.

A very strong display saw the local riders dominate the Gold medals this year with Fin Jacobs (Ski) and Zarek Samdani (Snowboard) taking top spot in the kids’ section. With very strong performances from Hannah Mile (Women), Cameron Wood (Youth) and Grant Donald (Open) Aberdeen dominated the leader boards.

However, Vaila Cherman (Edinburgh) and Matt Corry (Glasgow) readdressed the balance in the snowboarding competitions by placing gold in the women’s and youth categories respectively. The men’s snowboarding category was a hotly fought competition, but in the end it was local boy Kris Bell that secured the open snowboard title in a tight battle with Jamie Trinder (Cairngorm).

As is traditional at Aberdeen a rail jam completes the competitive day with combined winners of the Lowlander and the Rail Jam being awarded the prestigious (and very large) “Own It” trophy! This year Grant Donald took the honours for freestyle skiing and Jamie Trinder did enough to take the snowboard title by slaying the rails.

The Lowlander Aberdeen and “Own It” has quickly become a firm fixture on the freestyle calendar, mostly due to the range of young Scottish ski and snowboard talent and level of competition it attracts.

Dave Rutledge, Competitions, Events and Volunteering Coordinator for Snowsport Scotland, says: “ The Aberdeen Lowlander and “Own It” competition has fast become a place for Scotland’s up and coming elite athletes to showcase what they have got on the dry slopes. There is no doubt that we will see many of these names featuring in the upcoming Scottish Dry Slope Freestyle Championships and the Scottish “Edinburgh” Freestyle Invitational both in December, and I am sure that many are names to look out for as professional stars of the future.”

The Glasgow Lowlander takes place on the 20th November 2011 at Glasgow Ski & Snowboard Centre.

Full results for the Aberdeen Lowlander “Own It” are listed below.

Grant Donald - 2011 Own It Skier

Jamie Trinder - Own It 2011 Snowboarder

Pictures are available to view by clicking Here.


Ski Women
1st Hannah Milne
2nd Erin Sharp
1st Fin Jacobs
2nd Rory Cameron
3rd Hamish Farquharson
1st Cameron Wood
2nd Andrew Hadfield
3rd Angus Jacobs
1st Grant Donald
2nd Sam Harrison
3rd Rory Deasy
1st Vaila Cherman
1st Zarek Samdani
2nd Fraser Jack
3rd Joseph Dionne
1st Matt Corry
2nd Sam McGrath
3rd Nathan Sim
1st Kris Bell
2nd Jamie Trinder
3rd Chris Mahoney

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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


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