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Halifax kicked off the Westbeach Snowflex Series in Style on Saturday. With 40 competitors and a whole load of spectators to push them on, we saw some sick riding.
The comp lasted all day with no one letting up. The standard was super high, with Jamie Nicholls taking first place in the menʼs snowboard category after throwing down back 9ʼs and switch b/s 540ʼs all day, with Danny McCormick just behind in second place, he too pulling back 9ʼs off the legendary Halifax kicker. Andy Nudds came through to take third after a day of solid riding with front 7ʼs, switch back 5ʼs and back 9ʼs.
The Team event went down a treat being judged on ingenuity and fun by MC, Dan Ashton and Sue from Westbeach. Team Old Skool broke out into some kind of 70ʼs style dancing, there were superman front flips, Michael Jackson moves in the air by the lasses and other random inventive stuff! It was a close call but Rub a dub took first place followed by Sheffield and then Stoke Skiers.
All in all the first stop of the series went down treat; the rain came when we needed it, there was plenty of booty to give out to the riders and skiers and only one or two injuries (one being a fat lip when judge JPʼs dog Mr Beefy head butted Col Mytton!). Roll on Bearsden.
Keep you eye out for some cheeky podcasts in the next couple of days, which will be posted exclusively at whitelines.com.
The next stop of the Series is Bearsden up in bonny Scotland on the 22nd of August. Get it in your diary and pre register through the website (www.westbeach.com/snowflexseries) to secure your place!
3rd Rub a dub 2nd Sheffield 1st Stoke Skiers
Endeavor Best unsponsored (trip to the final leg in Noeux Les Mines, France) Joni Fountain
Whitelines Subscriptions (most consistent riding throughout the day)
Liz Osbourne Pete Meadows
Document Snowboard Best Unsponsored (profile column in the magazine) Joni Fountain
Under 16 Girls Snowboard
2nd Sophie Nicholls 1st Katie Ormerod
3rd Leah Sill 2nd Kat Miller 1st Liz Osbourne
Under 16 Boys Snowboard
3rd Jake Terry 2nd Pete Meadows 1st Matt McCormick
3rd Andy Nudds 2nd Danny McCormick 1st Jamie Nicholls
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