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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