1st October 2007 – Over the weekend of the 29th & 30th September, the British Snow Tour arrived at Dorset Snowsports Centre for the third event of the series and the finale of the artificial events. Over 100 skiers and snowboarders descended on Dorset, showcasing impressive tricks over the huge 8m jump with hopes of winning the highly anticipated Quiksilver British Snowboard/Freeski Big Air Championships.
Quiksilver British Snowboard Big Air Championships The Quarterpipe Jam was set to kick-start the day’s competition, but due to slow riding conditions the organisers made the decision to replace it with a Rail Jam. Rail king, Jamie Nicholls was on fine form throwing down a floorless gap to cab 270 on and 270 off of the kinked rail, crowning him the mens champ. In the women’s competition, the standard was high with all of the riders making good use of both rails in their runs, but it was Samantha Rogers who secured the top spot with a smooth run consisting of a switch boardslide on the top rail followed by a frontside to fakie off on the bottom rail.
The afternoon was all about big airs and winning the prestigious Quiksilver British Big Air Champion title, as nine men and four women qualified through to a super competitive final. In the women’s final, Rebecca Cullum nailed a big backside 360 indy to take home the gold and the title. Samantha Rogers added some silverware to her collection, securing second spot with a massive frontside 360 whilst youngster Katie Ormerod, who’d been riding super strong all day, took third place. In the men’s final, Jamie Nicholls stomped a big backside 900 on his second run securing him the title, the gold and his second first place podium position of the day! Jack Shackleton came in second place with a big rodeo 540 which he stomped on his final run and Ben Knox came in a close third with a sweet switch backside 540.
Quiksilver British Snwoboard Big Air Championships Results Men 1st - Jamie Nicholls, Bradford 2nd - Jack Shackleton, Berkshire 3rd – Ben Knox, London
Women 1st - Rebecca Cullum, Bracknell 2nd - Samantha Rogers, Reading 3rd – Katie Ormerod, Halifax
Rail Jam Men 1st - Jamie Nicholls, Bradford 2nd - Sparrow Knox, London 3rd - Chris Bratt, Dorset
Women 1st - Samantha Rogers, Reading 2nd - Rebecca Cullum, Bracknell 3rd – Gemma Marshall, Sheffield
Salomon Best Un-sponsored Awards went to Sam Turnbull and Charlotte Kierle, winning them a brand new Salomon set-up. Jamie Nicholls was faultlessly pulling off the biggest and most impressive tricks all day long, not even falling over once!, securing him the Nike 6.0 ‘Killing It’ award and winning him loads of cool Nike 6.0 goodies.