After flying from China straight to Austria for Spring Battle
I was chuffed to put down a run which secured me 3rd place. Absolut Park was on fire, best park of the season. Enjoy my run below!
China was quite the experience I have to say. I landed and had 1 day in the Mecca that is Beijing. When it comes to being a foreigner, I definitely felt like one here, with the language barrier and the lack of English speakers! I linked up with Seppe Smits and his coach JV and we managed to mission on over to the Great Wall of China. It was amazing to explore the magnificent man made structure up close and personal!
Beijing itself is CRAZY, when it comes to road rules, there are Zero! Cars, bikes, electric bikes you name it, they send it…
From Beijing it was a 2 hour flight straight to Harbin, a 3.5 hour drive through rural Chinese farmland to the mountainous northeastern province of Heilongjiang. We arrived in Yabuli, via Police escort from the airport in a brigade of coaches. In total it took 5.5 hours!
First day it was freezing, we had been warned that temperatures could change drastically due to it's location on the boarder of Siberia. Luckily it was only the first day we got hit with snow and freezing temperatures, however I have never been to such a windy place in my life. Every day gale force winds swept through the Slopestyle course, it was like a funnel, constantly changing direction but always blowing straight through the course. This instantly made things challenging! However the wind meant, no clouds so it was SUNNY!
Slopestyle went well for me to start. In the gale force winds… no joke haha, I managed to put down a Solid run that qualified me through in 8th place out of the 24 riders to the Semi-Finals.
Round 2 however didn’t go so well for me, I went for my step up run, which included Back Rodeo to start, first run I stomped it and then on the 2nd kicker a gust took me which blew me back 1 Meter short to the knuckle. Luckily I bounced and only ended up a little bruised. To be honest I was gutted at the result as I really wanted to lay down the marker with my run…
China is definitely different..from the toilets, lack of soap, and zero toilet paper in public toilets it was a culture shock. I did however like the theory of the squatting toilet haha. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the local cuisine , the guys tried fried Scorpion and Tarantula. I stuck more to the fruit, which was amazing. I love Dragon Fruit!
Yabuli itself is a crazy resort, imagine Disney Land, with Ice Sculptures, bright lights and Chinese symbols flashing. As far as snowboarding goes, It's the largest resort in China with the largest ski jumping facilities in the country... yep, that's what we used as the big air landing ;) The runs very steep, but with the wind and icy conditions It wouldn’t be my go to holiday recommendation ha.
Right now I am sat on board en route back to the UK for one night, before heading onto the European Alps. I have another contest coming up at Absolut Park over the next 2 days. I can’t wait to get back there and enjoy some Spring riding.
That’s a wrap of China for you… Over and out :)
After Korea, I got a phone call from X Games, to come over to Oslo to ride as 1st alternate! I had never ridden scaffolding before and thought it would be a great opportunity to ride a beast of a jump. With a super tight and strong field of only 6 invited riders, I was number 7. I really enjoyed the experience of riding with the ladies, unfortunately I didn’t get to compete, but bring it on, next year! Thought you might like to see my prospective from the jump ;) Enjoy the ride! It was BIG and fast haha.
ALSO massive congrats to my Red Bull UK Team mate for taking home 3rd place in the MENS. BILLY MORGAN = BOSS...
Now I am heading to China! I am really excited, to experience another new country. It’s the World Snowboard Championships. I will be there competing in both Big Air and Slopestyle so it should be good. First off I head to Beijing to spend a night there, acclimatise before flying on up to Harbin! It definitely sounds a bit different. Ive been advised to bring toilet roll and “western comforts” yes for me that’s my Wyldsson butter haha… apparently they don’t supply toilet paper in the public toilets haha! It should be a laugh. Bring it ON!
ALSO HAPPY MOTHER's DAY to all the Mummies out there. LOVE YOU MuMMA xx
South Korea! I arrived over a week ago now for the Pre Olympic Test event, with no real expectations, from the minute we landed we were greeted by smiling faces and friendly people. The Koreans are excited to be hosting in 2018 that's for sure. We headed up to PyeongChang county and rode the resort of Bokwang Phoenix Park "보광 휘닉스 파크"
The World Cup went down on Friday, with 28 girls competing. It was a strong field, with riders from all over excited to scope the location for the Olympics in 2 years time. The course... is definitely unique and gave the riders a really good opportunity to express creativity, with so many rail options, side hits, and banked take off's! I did like all the options, it's definitely different and challenging but fun to ride. The features aren't huge, they are all just very close together and it's fast, a lot to think about, riding from one feature into the next.
Qualis went down on Friday. The conditions were ruff, it was like a snow dome type sluff! However I enjoyed the challenge and managed to put down a run, I landed my first run, which sat me in 7th place overall. So a decent start for the first World Cup warm up! But it's just made me super hungry, I wasn't happy with the result and really wanted to make the top 6. It's just a motivator, and I'll be back in 2 years to ride the finals ;)
I was surprised at how popular snow sports are over here, at the weekends the resort was buzzing, with 5 chairlifts and surprisingly a large amount of terrain! On Saturday I got to explore the mountain range. It's a good place to ride! The locals love CARVING and the mini shred park is on point. Here is our new local shred buddy, Choi Hyeonpil, he gave us a tour of his home resort!
I also got the opportunity to spend a night in Seoul - THE CAPITAL CITY. We got the tourist hats on and missioned hard. We got to visit 2 of the markets and a Temple! Enjoy the photos :)
Namdaemun Market - the oldest and largest in Korea! Jamie Nicholls and I got involved with some cooking, in a box?! haha
Gwangjang Market - definitely one for the locals! Not sure I was too into the food, but hey I gave it a try.
Gyeongbokgung The largest palace of 5, pretty impressive, and it's been there since 1395! ha.
THANKS for having me South Korea! I hope to be back in 2018!