Get involved in the growing Freestyle community in Wales!
Have you been inspired by the 2014 Winter Olympics? Youre not the only one!
Freestyle Snowboarding in the UK has boomed since the successes of Jenny Jones, Billy Morgan and Jamie Nicholls in Sochi 2014. With freestyle nights now popping up around Wales, this is the perfect time for you to get involved and have a go!
Freestyle snowboarding is any snowboarding that includes tricks, where the rider utilizes natural and man-made features such as rails, jumps, boxes, logs, rocks, and innumerable others to creatively ride down the mountain. It is a very popular aspect of the sport since it is exciting, challenging and always progressive. Freestyle snowboarders usually use shorter, softer twin tip Snowboards and softer Snowboard Boots to reduce the weight, making it easier for them to maneuver in the air.
There are four main disciplines in Snowboarding: Boarder Cross, Halfpipe, Slopestyle and Big Air.
Boarder Cross is competitive head to head, adrenaline fueled racing. There are bumps, jumps and banked turns to hande as well as up to 6 competitors on course to contend with.
Snowsport Cymru Wales is now part of a GB wide initiative to identify talent, select to national squads and provide athlete development opportunities.
For details of trial dates, selection policies and training opportunities go to the GBX Website
Halfpipe is a competition in which the competitors start individually at the top of a halfpipe and perform tricks while in the air above the sides of the slope as they go from one side to the other. The run is then given an overall score based on the execution, variety and difficulty of tricks, the amplitude out of the pipe and the use of the pipe itself.
Slopestyle is a mixture of aerial tricks (e.g. spins, flips, grabs etc.) and jibbing tricks (slides, grinds and spins) over a variety of obstacles including rails and jumps in a terrain park. Points are scored for originality and style, difficulty, amplitude and quality of tricks.
Big Air is an aerial event over large man made jumps to perform acrobatic tricks with creativity and style. The competitors are marked on the height and distance of the jump, as well as the difficulty and execution of the trick performed.
We don't have a freestyle team right now, however as part of the snowboard development programme we are seeking to establish a training and development programme.
If you are competing in National or International events and interested in forming a Welsh Snowboard Team please let us know.
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