Billy Morgan and India Stephenson were crowned of the King and Queen of the British Big Air this year, throwing down some extremely impressive snowboarding shapes on the Laax park, in what judge Will Hughes described as the “highest standard of British Snowboarding” he has EVER seen. Crikey.
Contestants were stomping double-corked backside 10’s, an array of switch backside 9’s and that was all before the Reason’s twitterfeed was well and truly throttled with the unconfirmed reports that somebody had landed a triple backie. The excitement of the Brits was all a bit too much for us and The Reasonmobile broke down in the middle of the continent whilst enroute to the contest and thus were towed back to the UK. Oh the glamour..
This year each rider had three runs to throw down their best shapes, with repeated tricks rendered null and void to whittle out any one trick ponies. It was this that pushed Billy to bag gold with the trick of the day – a double-corked backside 10 and cab 10 earning him 76 points. “I didn’t know how it was going to go, but I guess the judges must have liked it. I’m stoked to have regained my title.” UK Burton team rider Chris Kightly picked up silver with a super tidy frontside 10 and a switch back 9, and in third place was Sam Turnball with a double-corked backside 10 and a backside rodeo 720.
The ladies gave it what for with newcomer India Stephenson taking gold with a backside 360 tail grab and method off the large kicker, scoring an impressive 41.5 points. Last year’s champ Katie Blundell from Devon picked up silver with a backside 360 and Becky Menday took the final spot on the podium after landing a frontside 180, a method and only just failing to finish off her frontside 360.
India Stephenson quoted: “Today was a great day, the jumps were nice, it was sunny and it was so good to win.”
To confirm, Jason Molyneux landed a double backflip and VERY nearly landed a triple backie, so big props to the lad. No doubt he’ll have this wrapped up sooner rather than later. Can’t wait to see it when it happens.