Jake Terry has been a part of the UK snowboard scene since he was a small kid, riding at comps and at indoor domes for more than a decade. A year ago he moved to France with his Dad and has since been riding almost every day, honing his skills on the mountain. Last winter he started entering Freeride comps and on Saturday 23rd January, he won his first one, an important step to hopefully qualifying for the Freeride World Tour…
How does it feel winning your first event?
It felt so great to be back on the podium, Especially 1st. It felt like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders, I was in Verbier, Switzerland two weeks ago for the Swiss Freeride Week Juniors and I was able to get 5th place, but I was pretty bummed out by it, so winning this weekend felt so great.
What was your plan going in to it?
I was really relaxed, actually, I didn’t want to stress about it. I got quite stressed in Verbier, because I only managed one podium last season, so my whole aim for this season was to get top three in all the events I entered. I rode the day before the event with Max Thilding (my coach, haha), We just cruised around Chamonix, Took some photos, hit some drops and had a really great days riding, I felt really comfortable and confident because of that. It helped a lot
What was it like on the day?
At the Rider’s Meeting on Friday Evening, We was told that it was going to snow a lot, and that there would be a lot of cloud cover. Everyone was prepering for bad conditions, but the morning of the event it was a clear blue sky, which made the day go from ‘OK’ to ‘really great’, Everyone was super hyped at the Face Check because it had snowed a few centimetres over night and we had a really great face with lots of possible routes and some really great drops.
How were the snow conditions?
The snow was really great at the top, Wasn’t quite champagne powder but it wasn’t far off, The bottom part of the Face it had been tracked out a lot from people traversing to other faces, so it had all frozen over which made it bulletproof in the morning, Luckily the sun came out a few hours before I dropped, which made it nice and soft. There was a few sections on the face we were not allowed to ride due to lack of snow cover, but other than that it was perfect.
Is there a big mental difference between riding in a Freeride Comp as opposed to a freestyle one?
I find personally slopestyle to be more mental challenge for me, I rode slopestyle for a few years before trying the Freeride Contests. I found the Freeride contests lived up to their name – freeing. You can ride your own line and do what you want. You can choose a line with a two metre drop or you can ride a line with a fifteen metre drop. It depends on how you feel on the day. You dont get to practise in the Freeride events either, so its a bit less to think about. You just have to go. Whereas in slopestyle you can practice for a whole day, change your run up, change your tricks to compare them to you competitors’, I felt like you had to think about your run a lot more in Slopestyle than in Freeride.
My plan for the Freeride Tour is to make it on to the Freeride World Tour FWT, to be able to compete against riders like Sascha Hamm, Ralph Backstrom and Sammy Luebke. That is the big picture, haha. This year is my last year in the Freeride Junior Tour, so sticking with doing the French Freeride Tour and the Dakine Junior Freeride Tour, I would love to go and do some of the other events in Italy, Austria Norway and the USA but haven’t got the funds needed. And then next season when I am 18 – 18? Wow, that’s scary! – I will be riding in the Freeride Qualifier Events which are all over Europe and America, and hopefully I can win enough contests to get me into the Freeride World Tour.