The Brits had an amazing time of it at this weekend’s Pleasure Jam, with Aimee Fuller winning the women’s competition for the second year in a row and Jamie Nicholls stomping a sick run to take third in the men’s. The comp, which takes place on the Dachstein Glacier, traditionally opens up the Northern Hemisphere TTR (or World Snowboard Tour as it is now) season. The lack of any other major slopestyle contests in November means it always attracts the great and the good of European snowboarding, despite being only a four-star event. O’Neill took over the title sponsorship this year from Horsefeathers and car company Opel also got on board for the first time, meaning the comp attracted more attention than usual. Windy conditions all weekend meant the exposed glacier slopestyle course was really tricky to ride. So it’s even more impressive that Jamie and Aimee came out on top.
Fuller’s finals run left her three points clear of second place Isabel Derungs and nearly six points ahead of Urska Pribosic in third. Further down the field were a whole host of big-names including Cheryl Maas, Silka Sadar and Sarka Pancochova and Silvia Mittermuller. If you needed any further proof after last year’s result that Aimee is one of the best slopestyle riders in Europe, this was it.
Jamie meanwhile had a great weekend of it and although he couldn’t quite match the American Eric Beauchemin or the Austrian local Werni Stock who claimed first and second, his third place was well deserved. Further down the field there was more good news for the Brits, with young Rowan Coultas finishing in 14th – an incredible result that put him ahead of the likes of Marc Swoboda and Tor Lundstrom. Not bad given he’s only 15!
We’ll be posting the edit of the finals runs as soon as it emerges, but in the meantime, let’s all just bask in a bit of reflected glory and celebrate this stonking start to the season for the Brits. WHo knows what the rest of winter will bring?