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Scottish Freestyle Series @ Cairngorm

19 Apr

 Sorry for the delay in posting this one but here’s the official write up of the days happenings up Cairngorm for the Final Round of the Scottish Freestyle Series and big up to Team Aberdeen for their efforts.

The SNO!zone Scottish Freestyle Championships was originally scheduled for Saturday 2 April at Cairngorm, however with the weather looking less than perfect it was decided to postpone it until the following day. Sunday rolled around and blue skies greeted everyone as they arrived at the base, along with slightly faster than advertised wind speed.

Rory Cameron feeling the effects of the windAt least the judges got to sit in the cat


The park had taken a bit of a beating during the week but the staff at Cairngorm had been busting a gut on Saturday to get it ready for the comp and they did not disappoint. Two rail lines with a selection of features for the different levels of riders, a multi hit kicker with hip on the side & another kicker to finish. All were in great condition and ready for the onslaught of groms to seasoned pros which was about to be unleashed. The wind didn’t seem to hamper the enthusiasm of all the skiers & boarders entered as there were valuable points for the British National Rankings up for grabs but it did mean a few of the lighter riders had to get their tactics right so they could stay on the rails.


Rowan Cameron getting 3rd in the kids

With the jam practice session underway it was evident pretty quickly that the style wagon was in town and some of the older riders were going to get a lesson from the kids. Brandon Bow was on fire all day and was caught nose pressing the shotgun rail like his life depended on it and it paid off in the end, taking home the gold. The youth category was a hard fought battle with all the usual suspects present. Angus Trinder, Matt Corry, Sam McGrath & Matt McCormick were all in the running for the podium and win but in the end it was the smoothness of Matt McCormick that took the title. However if youth was a battle it was war in the open category. Veterans of the series, Jamie Trinder and Danny McCormick had to work harder than ever with Jordan Gee, Angus Malloch and Adam Gairns showing face but in the end the cat like tendency & technical riding of Danny McCormick who went away with the win. The ladies competition saw Orla Doolin come out of left field and take the gold. No surprise if you have seen her charging the rail park in SNO!zone. Super smooth and consistent is always a good base to work from in a comp.

Orla Doolin on for the win

Natalie Riley taking third


With a few less skiers than usual there was even more opportunity for the younger riders to score some good points for the overall rankings. The lone female of Anna Vincenti showed the benefit of skiing with the boys all winter and kept it simple to win. Cal Sandieson and Chris McCormick continued the battle for dominance and after 2 weeks in Laax both were hungry for the points for the overall standings. Chris’s technical rail wizardry & consistent kicker performance meant he not only took the win in his age group but also the highest scores of the day. Not bad for a 12 yr old. With no entries in the Open ski category it was down to the youth’s to make step up and throw down the runs to win the skis and the bragging rights. It was North v South with Aberdeen’s Grant Donald and Edinburgh’s Harris Booth slugging it out to the death with Grant narrowly edging out Harris by 0.1 points to win.

Grant Donald on his way to a new pair of Armada skis


Fin Jacobs

For anyone paying attention then you will have noticed that it was another McCormick whitewash. All 3 took gold again and put Chris at the top of the UK skiers ranking and Danny & Matt 2nd & 3rd respectively in the snowboard rankings. Well done to them all but you have to wonder if they are all just really good or robots sent back in time….

Chris McCormick on his way to the win


DJ Brett kept the tunes going all day

This event wrapped up the series and the points being tallied for probably the last time for the British National Rankings before moving to the 2011/12 season in a few months. Without a doubt the comps will be back again next year and if any companies out there need an outlet to stave off some tax liability then there are always sponsorship opportunities available. Thanks must go to all the current sponsors without whom this would have not been able, SNO!zone Scotland, Armada Skis, Freeze Pro Shop, Synergy Snowsports, Bamboo Rider, Boax Headwear and Skullcandy. All of these companies are behind Scottish freestyle snowsports development and it is great to have you all on board. Hopefully will be the same again next year.

Smiles form the Kids Snowboard Podium

A few more of the winners

Have a good summer and enjoy the sunshine


Where are you in the British Snow Tour Rankings?

20 Mar

Earlier this year the British Snow Tour wrote a Competition Pathway Mission, this was to…

“Develop a pathway for the general enthusiast to become a global top athlete. Partner with global organisation’s such as World Snowboard Federation (WSF), Ticket to Ride World Tour (TTR), FIS, and national organisations such as Snowsport England, Scotland, Wales, and Combined Services etc to deliver the national objectives.”

For the first time events such as the Scottish Freestyle Series would be included alongside the British Snow Tour and other events, the objective to “Create a ranking system enabling athletes to assess their ability and progress and for coaches & home nations to identify & cultivate talent.  Expand the successful British Snow Tour (BST) to include existing National Championships & new UK based competitions.”

Big steps towards a fair way of spotting talent and creating a National team.

Scottish Freestyle series at Garthdee

This means if you entered any of the Lowlander events this season, or any of the British Snow Tour you’ll have a ranking… exciting stuff.  There are a few Aberdeen names on there so click here to see the British Rankings so far, top of the lists from Aberdeen are Fin Bremner with a ranking of 18 and Emmet Strachan close behind at 19.  On skis Grant Donald is rated at 25 with young  Keilan Bremner coming in at 33.

Still to be added to these results will be the Brits happening now out in Laax (more to follow on this) and the final Highlander Round to be held at Cairngorm on 2nd April so it’s not too late to climb higher up that ranking ladder.


Sno!Zone Scottish Freestyle Indoor Championships

24 Feb

Check out the footage from the Scottish Indoor Champs held at Sno!Zone.


Team Aberdeen Results

With some hot competition to contend with the Team did well and most importantly had a great time,  the Nike 6.0 stair set went down a treat.  Nice one guys.  Next up will be the Highlander rounds of the Freestyle Series so better get some snow time in…


Lara Wood – 3rd in the Womens combined

Emmet Strachan 3rd in the Jr Category

Fin Bremner 4th in the Jr Category


Grant Donald 3rd – Youth Category

Keilan Bremner 4th – Jr Category

Full listing of results can be found here.

Scottish Freestyle Series – Round 3 Review and Photos

1 Feb

Saturday the 15th of January saw the 3rd leg of the SNO!zone Scottish Freestyle Series visit the West of Scotland Snowsports Centre.  For this Scottish Artificial Championships event, organisers Snowsport Scotland made the most of the epic kicker and quarter pipe set up at Bearsden.

Glasgow’s weather did not disappoint (the riders anyway) as it lashed down rain all day.  The mat was running fast and the wind even faster – so the 40 athletes taking part really had to prepare for take-off!  Some riders had practiced and had a clear plan of what they were going to throw down – others like Emilia Vanni just rocked up having never hit the jump and started busting it out.  There was a strong contingent of Bearsden locals there defending their patch from Team Aberdeen, Bellahouston and other facilities throughout Scotland.  Props to our English friends the Robinson’s who also made the long journey up to take part.

The two local MC’s – Mitch and Lewis kept the crowd entertained with their witty banter and tune selection.  They were even busting out some of their own moves in an effort to shake off the Glasgow rain.

The organisers got the comp started following the usual 3 run, best run counts format.   Hector Barbour impressed everyone by consistently nailing rodeo 9’s to take top spot in the open skiing category.  Another local boy who has been dominating the series was Danny McCormick – he pipped Marc McClement to take top spot again this time.  It was a good day out for the Bremner duo, who as part of Team Aberdeen secured a first and second place – with Sam Gardner denying little Keilen a first place like his big bro.   The McCormick trio just about got a clean sweep but Alex Cameron pipped Chris to first place with a 1080.  Shout out to the younger riders (you know who you are) for whom it was their first ever comp – good skills guys we were all really impressed.  The comp finished with Mitch and Lewis throwing out some spot prizes for biggest straight air and some of the riders went HUGE.  There was also a sporty display from the Bearsden train team hitting the jump in quick succession. For the full results check out the link, http://snowsportscotland.org/uploaded/Steven%20/Bearsden%20Results%20for%20Web.pdf

One thing for sure is that the next round of the SNO!zone Scottish Freestyle Series will be a lot drier, as its the Scottish Indoor Championships at SNO!zone Scotland.  We are all really excited about this and looking forward to seeing the set up the park crew cook up for it. This should tee things up nicely for the Highlander events in March & April – with all the Scottish resorts having relatively good cover for January.    Big thanks to all our sponsors, SNO!zone Scotland, Armada Skis, Freeze Pro Shop, Synergy Snowsports & Boax Headwear and to West of Scotland Snowsports Centre for hosting the comp – we will see you on Saturday 19th of February for the next round.

All Photos : Derrick J Photography

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

Scottish Freestyle Series, Round 1 review and pictures

1 Nov

Here’s your write up from round one Scottish Freestyle Series that took place here at Aberdeen Snowsports Centre on 23rd October, kindly provided by Neil MacGrain.

Saturday morning always comes around too quickly if you’ve been working all week. Expecting the worst from the weather after leaving it raining in Glasgow it was nice to see the sun poking through to start then splitting the sky, but to top it off there was snow on the hills just past Stirling. And not just a dusting but white peaks. Game on for another good winter please.

A trip to Aberdeen Snowsports Centre is always good. The team up there are always happy to help out with any events that will benefit their local riders and snowsports in general and this weekend was no different. The sun was out, place was heaving due to their open day and some of the top Scottish riders were ready to throw down.  Aberdeen are in a good place to develop their riders with their own airbag. The kicker for it is the same dimensions as the snowflex one, so once you can land it there it should be pretty easy to take it to the slope.  Needless to say on Saturday morning there were plenty of riders tossing themselves in to it with careless abandon.

The SNO!zone Lowlander kicked off with a new format this year meaning everyone gets plenty of practice before their runs and an opportunity to win some schwag in the jam session. With three runs it is possible to put down a safety run first & then go for broke on the last two. During the jam it was plain to see the benefit the airbag was having on the local riders. Kids who had only been skiing & snowboarding for 7 or 8 months were already throwing flips & corks on the big kicker. Local riders Fin Bremner & Kris Bell were putting on a technical display of spins and were closely matched by the contingent who had travelled from further afield. Competing were the usual riders from all over Scotland and a few had travelled from Lancashire to compete but Cerys Allen had persuaded her folks to drive up from MK / Hemel area to ride at the comp & definitely should get an award for the most committed rider / parent combo. A solid 8/9 hours of driving each way.

A blow by blow account of the runs would be pretty boring so instead we bring you photos of sunny Aberdeen in October.


Cerys Allen after the epic mission from the South of England



Fin Bremner doing it for Team Aberdeen



Can anyone tell what this is?



Matt Corry Back 5




Hector Barbour show why he is the latest addition to the K2 Team



Anna Vincenti Misty 5



Supporting the Gaelic revival



Some of the sponsors



Kris Bell givin' it some style



It was always going to be a hard fought battle to take the first event but Red Bull provided the wings to keep everyone going throughout the day with the final results coming down to the last runs. Young gun Matt McCormick battled hard against giants twice his size to take the Snowboard overall win & his age category with Hector Barbour’s smooth style landing him in first place for the skiers.  Womens snowboarding was a close call but in the end Lara Wood took home the win and Anna Vincenti for the skiers. For the full results check out the Snowsport Scotland Facebook page www.facebook.com/snowsportscotland.
Thanks to the guys at Aberdeen and the sponsors for this years events, SNO!zone, Armada Skis, Freeze Pro Shop & Synergy Snowsports. The next event is at Glasgow Snowsports Centre on the 20 Nov and hopefully see everyone there. 





Board                                Ski
1. Lara Wood                   1. Anna Vinceti
2. Natalie Riley
3. Cerys Allen

1. Emmet Strachan                1. Chris McCormick
2. Fin Bremner                        2. Fin Jacob
3. Rowan Cameron                3. Ronan connelly

1. Matt McCormick                1. Grant Donald
2. Sam McGrath                      2. Harris Booth
3. Matt Corry                           3. Lewis Wilson

1. Kris Bell                             1. Hector Barbour
2. Chris Gatenby                2. Chris Wadsworth
3. Barry Parker                   3. Rory Deasy

See you all at round two at Bellahouston on 20th November – get your name down at reception if you need a lift in the Team Bus.

Forthcoming Freestyle and Race Competions

20 Oct

The competition season has kicked off to a healthy start so far and this Saturday will see the first of the Scottish Freestyle series here at Aberdeen Snowsports Centre, this year your results in the series will give you a national BST (British Snow Tour) ranking, for more information on this click here.  You can save time on the day by  registering online so follow this link.

Emmet showing off to the judges at last years Lowlander

Next up for the diary there is a double whammy down in Glasgow on 20th November.  For the racers Bellahouston will be holding the Nevisport sponsored Swix Challenge Medal Competition and for the Freestylers Bellahouston will have round 2 of the Scottish Freestyle series.

You should register for these in advance, for the Swiz challenge click the above link,  pick up a registration form from Dave on Thursday Night or at reception, for the Freestyle Series follow the link above for online registration.

Any questions just ask your coaches or email thegoatpost@gmail.com