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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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Scottish Freestyle Series – Round 2, Photos and Review

1 Dec


The second leg of the SNO!zone Lowlander rolled in to Glasgow on Saturday for a rail jam at Glasgow Snowsports Centre. The sun of Aberdeen had disappeared and been replaced by the grey cloud. A rare phenomenon seldom found on the West Coast of Scotland….. This had the added advantage of keeping the slope a bit more moist and running better. As usual the riders had travelled the length and breadth of the island to battle it out and gain valuable points in the National Rankings. Cerys Allen had made a return from the deep depths of Southern Englandshire and speaking to her dad she will be a regular fixture this winter. Team Aberdeen had also ventured in to the flatlands bring a squad to upset the locals.

Brandon Bow getting warmed up before the 3 runs that would decide his fate

Cerys Allen showing the benefit of regular coaching from former World Cup Coach Gav Learmonth











Grant Donald with some Aberdeen style & his sisters ski pants

The jam session got underway and gave everyone a chance to get their rails trickery dialled in before the pressure mounted for the judged runs. With spot prizes up for grabs from Armada Skis, Freeze Pro Shop & Boax Headwear everyone was doing their best to show off to the judges and MC. Local rider Barry Cairns grabbed the mike and gave us some silky chat while local instructor and DJ legend, Chris Beattie stepped in at the last second to provide some filthy beats as the original noise maker had some technical issues. Chris kept it going long after the comp finished and pretty sure some of the locals took advantage of this to party in the park. A comp without tunes just shouldn’t ever happen.


Gareth McLean kept it smooth all day


Brandon Bow is dedicated to keeping fit even when there is a perfectly suitable drag lift less than 3 feet away











Edinburgh local Harris Booth crossed to the West coast and is one to watch out for in the future


Matt McCormick showing the advantage of bright colours in photos. All other riders take note.....










DJ Saviour Chris Beattie keeping everyone going

Now with some of the best riders in Scotland turning up it was always going to be a difficult job for the judges. Thanks to Mal, Snowy & Old School for hanging out in the cold and drizzle on a Saturday afternoon for the good of freeskiing and snowboarding. With one eye on the lens it is always difficult to keep track of everyone’s runs but the style being shown by some of the young riders was way beyond their years. When slopestyle makes it to the Olympics and hopefully some more funding for it becomes available there is no reason why UK shredders won’t be able to compete at that level. Danny Wheeler proved it originally with Jamie Nicholls, Jenny Jones and a raft of others still doing it.

Fin Jacobs from Team Aberdeen

Fin Bremner also from Team Aberdeen









Glasgow rider Matt Corry

Salomon UK rider Cal Sandieson. The only person to rock jeans skiing on a wet day in Glasvegas









Emmet Strachan in his way to second place in the kids category





Kris Bell doing it for the ‘Deen Image






Hector Barbour doesn’t ski rails much. Doesn’t look like it

As the afternoon rolled on the tunes and supplies from Red Bull kept everyone going to ride at their peak all day and again it was a battle of East versus West and North versus South. However in the end it was like a bag of dolly mixtures, completely mixed up with all of the slopes having a rider or two on the podium. Thanks again to the slopes and sponsors, SNO!zone Scotland, Armada Skis, Freeze Pro Shop, Synergy Snowsports and Boax Headwear for supporting the development of Scottish Freestyle.  The next date is the 11 December at Hillend in Edinburgh and is the day after the Edinburgh Invitational Rail Jam to be held under the Castle.

Judges hard at work. You can see the concentration on their faces

Youngest rider Keilan Bremner holding his own

Chris Wadsworth on his way to winning his age category & the whole event

The Winners






























Ski                                                                   Kids Board

1 Cal Sandieson                                                   1 Fin Bremner
2 Chris McCormick                                           2 Emmet Strachan
3 Ronan Connolly                                              3 Brandon Bow

Youth Ski                                                             Youth Board
1 Harris Booth                                                    1 Matt McCormick
2 Grant Donald 2 Sam McGrath
3 Pierce Houlihan                                             3 Angus Trinder

Open Ski                                                              Open Board
1 Chris Wadsworth                                             1 Jamie Trinder
2 Gareth McLean                                                2 Marco Santi
3 Craig Mathers                                                  3 Oni Mancini

Womens Ski                                                       Womens Board
1 Anna Vincenti                                                 1 Cerys Allen