It’snowheaven – Shredding on Scottish Powder – By Jess Softley

After a storming week in Tignes for the British Championships, riders then fled to the mountains of Aviemor, Scotland as the Vans Hi Standard series came to Cairngorm Mountain for the last leg of the new Big Air competition.

As promised, this competition allowed pros and amateurs to ride side by side, showcasing their style and individuality. Each rider was judged on how well they carried out their run; the more style the bigger the prize purse.

With brilliant weather and a week’s worth of fresh snow, the Vans Hi Standard Big Air competition had the perfect backdrop and with the UK’s biggest ever freestyle terrain park, easily enough to match any European resort, riders were ready to start shredding. A total of 50 riders battled it out, and with the youngest competitor standing at the ripe age of eight, Scotland got a glimpse into the future of British snowboarding.

The competition kicked off with riders from all over the UK tackling the big booster kicker and with locals Jamie Trinder and the McCormick brothers Danny and Chris killing on the course, the heat was on to take home the cash prize.

After watching boarders pull off some insane runs off the big booster kicker, it was on to the rail jam for a ‘jibbing session’ where Yorkshire bred, rider Ian Ashmore pulled off some gap to front boards on the down-flat-down rail. After exploding onto the scene, showcasing his amazing talents in the Brits the other week, 10 year old Will Gilmore shocked spectators with his style along with Trinder and Danny McCormick.

As the day began to come to a close, Vans announced the winners of the day with Paul Edwards taking best slam, Danny McCormick taking best backside 180 and best over 16, with Jacob Roberson taking best under 16.

After a competitive day, riders and spectators headed back into town for a well-earned drink to celebrate a successful day. Well if they party as hard as they ride, watch out Aviemor!

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