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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 – 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)!

 

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

Avalanche Safety and Transceiver Training

5 Nov

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.

Results

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

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