Competition Snowboarding

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Competitive Snowboarding

Get involved in the growing Freestyle community in Wales!

The Home Nations - which includes Snowsport Cymru Wales - are responsible for their own grass roots programmes. At the moment they are in their infancy and are fragmented around the country. There are competitions across the slopes in the UK and training sessions.


Much of the further development takes place on snow in the alps - there are a number of private training groups in operation. Contact us if you want to know more. If you want any information about snowboard pathways, opportunities for training or selection please email us for the latest information.


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Freestyle Boarding

Freestyle Snowboarding in the UK has boomed since the Olympic successes of Jenny Jones in 2014, and Billy Morgan 2018. With freestyle nights now popping up all 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. 



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There are four main disciplines in Snowboarding: Boarder Cross, Halfpipe, Slopestyle and Big Air.

 

Boarder Cross is competitive head to head, adrenaline fuelled racing.  There are bumps, jumps and banked turns to handle as well as up to 6 competitors on course to contend with.

 


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. 


 

Freestyle Snowboarding Team

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. We also have a new Snowboard Discipline Director, Kate Potter, please email her on (kshp49@gmail.com) if you'd like to get involved with snowboarding in Wales.

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Use our online membership page to join Snowsport Cymru Wales online as a competitor, coach, instructor, leader or as an official

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