The Air Attack Ski & Snowboard freestyle series is back for its third encounter at Snowtrax on Saturday 18th May 2013.For further details, please follow this link
The next Southern Freestyle competition is at the Gloucester ski slope on Sunday 19th May 12:00- mid evening. It is a mix of Slopestyle & big air onto a air bag, called Go Big or Go Home. Further details can be found on http://www.my-race.com/news/13/go-big-or-go-home
Gloucester have regular air bag sessions on a Wed in case riders want to practice before going to the competition. Details are on http://www.gloucesterski.com/activities/big-airbag/default.aspx
JNL instructor/freestyle coach, Southern Freestyle Club
The selection criteria for the Snowsport South Freestyle Squad can be found here.
Anyone wanting to take the first step to skiing or boarding for their country by registering for the regional squad should email me by 1st May. We will aim to publish the squad by end of May.
We are hoping to reorganise the freestyle squad training to give a more varied approach involving more slopes. However, the main issue is that there are very few adults picking up the mantle of organising freestyle. I am keen to start a southern forum of reps from each slope. Any willing adults/slope reps should please email me.
Paul Webb (Paul@southernfreestyle.co.uk)
Details of this Ski & Snowboard Slopestyle event on Sunday 26 August can be found here here.
Details of this freestyle competition on 9 June at Bracknell can be found here.
Check out results and write up for AIR ATTACK Freestyle comp http://www.snowtrax.eu/blog/air_attack_results/
On Saturday 28 April, Air Attack will take place at Snowtrax. The poster can be found here.
15.00 - Registration Opens
16.00 - Open Practice Open
17.00 - Registration Closed
17.15 - Open Practice Closed
17.30-20.45 - Competition
Open Jam format for all riders. In addition to 1st & 2nd place, there will be spot prizes throughout the night.
21.00 - Results and Prize Giving
Saturday saw the first ever freestyle competition at Calshot called the Cally Jam. For those who do not know Calshot, it is an indoor snowflex slope and takes about 4 seconds to go down, if you don't rush. It is also undercover, many will remember it as the venue for the Southern Ski Shows.
Every Wednesday night is freestyle night and they have some pretty cool rails and kickers for a small slope.
Saturday night saw 38 riders hitting 9 obstacles on the slope with a change of design half way through. Judges were supplied by Snowtrax, and the event was judged as a full on jam session with no final. The judges' meeting at the start asked for variation and full hit runs, no safety runs. The competitors obliged for a full 3 hours right up to the finish.
It was quite intense as all the riders were basically in one area. But there was some excellent rail work with snowboarders unstrapped back foot, one footed skiers, and so many spins on, off and switch ups it was hard to see, but nevertheless looked amazing.
On the kicker, it was pretty much the same as in full on, with riders pushing themselves to try new tricks amongst each other. So it almost became a joint coaching session with so many pulling tricks and grabs for the first time.
The results were:
|Snowboard Senior Male||Jack Labbat||Dunstam Langrum|
|Snowboard Junior Male||Jake Binnee||James Waterman|
|Snowboard Senior Female||Melissa Brandner||Julia Hareldon|
|Snowboard Junior Female||Cerys Allen|
|Ski Senior Male||George Schmidt||Lewis Moore|
|Ski Junior Male||Tom Saunders||Kyle Wood|
|Ski Senior Female||Millie Scott||Rachel Walsh|
|Ski Junior Female||Jessica Smith|
It's Wednesday nights 7pm till 9.45 pm http://www3.hants.gov.uk/calshot/snowsports.htm Darren
Southern Freestyle Interim Squad Selection
Big air,Competitions,General,Half pipe,Jam,Rankings,Skier cross,Slopestyle,Training Sessions by paul. (We have purchased an airbag for club use, you can check this out on our website, this should help development of the kids and gives us a USP other clubs do not have.)
We have been working on hosting our own squad for the last couple of years now, showing the talent building in the South and with your membership and support we are in a position to look at our own squad selection. To kick this off we are announcing an interim squad which will be in-place until formal selection in May 2012 & every May after that.
The squad will also be published alongside other regional & national squads on the UK Freestyle website. The selection criteria can be found on www.southernfreestyle.co.uk. If anyone is unsure speak to us at squad sessions and we will be more than happy to explain. The selection is based on riders in regular training & competition.
Intially, we are publishing skiers but will plan to add snowboarders as well.
Previous SFC skiers who have already progressed to National teams include:-
James Webb – England Squad 2007 : GB Squad 2008
Josh Birch – England Squad 2009/2010
Ed Salisbury – England Development Squad 2010 – present
Southernfreestyle ‘A’ Squad
Monty Wright, Madi Rowlands
Southernfreestyle ‘B’ Squad
Archie Coode, James Colclough, Michael Brain, Mike Pestel,
Ethan Prince, Callum Brown, KJ Woledge, Max Hughes, Emily Keen, Lexi Rowlands
All listed squad members will be listed for one month within which they will need to pay the club fees of £15 per annum to confirm their wish to remain in the squad.
If anyone is not listed but interested in being part of the squad please contact us directly.
2011 Southern Series – Series Winners
The series is over, the results from the individual comp’s have been collated and it’s time to announce the overall series winners:
Sam Rogers, Melissa Brandner, Rebecca Richardson
Jack Labbett, Tomski Robinson, Curtis Taylor-Tipton
Madison Rowlands, Servanne Herant, Emily Keen
Tom Coe, Michael Rowlands, Kiran Patel
Well done to all the winners – we will be in touch shortly!
See you at next year’s comp!!!
JUL 20, 2011
Saturday 16th July sees the final freestyle comp at Bracknell Ski Slope (John Nike Way, Bracknell RG12 8TN Tel 01344 789 002). Open to all levels with easy,medium and hard rails & jumps. If anything like last year will be a great event with prizes from Animal, Salomon, Bawbags,Dude Shoes and many more.. Cow and enjoy even if it is your first comp
If you pre-register it will save you time on the day & there is nothing to pay until you arrive. Costs on the day £15 to enter & £10 bib deposit. http://www.freestylesnowsports.co.uk/book/southernseries2011.htm
10:00 am onwards bib registration
11:00 official practice
12:00 start of jam part of the competition
We will try to open the slope as soon as possible for any early birds. Once the kit is out & the signage is up we will turn on the lifts.
Remember as with all dry slopes to pre wax your skis & boards with a hard wax & maybe bring a liquid or rub on to re-apply during the day. If its hot & dry we will water the slope as much as possible.
Regards Darren Schmidt & Paul Webb
Don't forget this Saturday is the first of the Southern Freestyle Series at Swadlincote. To register go to southernfreestyle.co.uk. If anything like last year this is a comp to get to. Enjoy
There is a Grom Camp and Grom Jam comp at Norfolk ski club on Saturday 29th January. There are already a lot of people booked on so it should be a good one. Contact Darren for further details.
Hi This Saturday 12th June sees the final leg of the Southern Freestyle Series at Warmwell Dorset. To enter register at southernfreestyle.co.uk
The selections for Snowsport England have just taken place & we are delighted to announce that SS A squad member 15yr old Eddie Salisbury has been selected for the England Development team for the Halfpipe. This reflects a steady commitment to training & coaching directions giving a steady improvement over 3 years in the Brits halfpipe to the point this year where he made the final & came 8th overall , winning his age group.
Also from the South ( not part of the freestyle squad but I think part of the SS racing scene) Martin Trotter has been moved up to the A team for skiercross showing great improvement this past season. Edward Cozzi based in Sussex is already part of the A team & maintains his place.
Josh Birch after 2 years at B level has been dropped from the England halfpipe team , this is due to their progress rule that if you have not progressed to the next level within 2 years you are dropped, Josh is still skiing at B level & came 9th in the Brits H/pipe this year, if he can make progress to the next level he can apply to join the A team next year, to do this he would need to be getting top 25% places in two snow half pipe events which would equate to a top 6 place at the Brits based on the 2010 entry.
We have no current SS ski members in the British team at this point ( I think some of the British board team may be from the south.. need to check) My James was a British team member in 2008 & represented Britain in 2 World Cup halfpipes in 2007 & 2008 but has not competed in half pipe since.
Ski Halfpipe is the only recognised new school freestyle event recognised by the FIS & currently there is a proposal to consider it for the 2014 Olympic games. Last week as Antalya, Turkey at the 100th FIS Congress 118 delegates voted yes, to put forth to the IOC to include SKI HALFPIPE in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi Russia. The IOC will now have the opportunity to accept this suggestion as early as September of this year or as late as July of 2011.
Regards Paul Webb
3 days to go to the start of the Southern freestyle series at Chatham with over £10,000 worth of prizes including laptops. Sign up at southernfreestyle.co.uk or turn up on day.
£10,000 worth of Prizes sorted for start of Snowsports Southern Freestyle Series next Saturday 8th May at Bracknell. Register at southernfreestyle.co.uk
southern freestyle series at Bracknell on 8th May. £1000s prizes & computers. Register now at sothernfreestyle.co.uk
Subject: Reminder that Easter Sunday is a combined Squad & Grom camp at Bracknell We have squad training from 09:00 to 11:00 & then a Pat Sharples Grom camp from 12:00 to 4pm.
Costs Southern Squad training £10 SFC members , £15 non members ( annual memebership £15)
Grom Camp cost £30
Please can I appeal to local John Nike riders to get down early to help Dave & me with the set up, we will be onsite from 08:15.
All the best & Happy Easter
Paul Richard Webb26 March 2010 at 07:06 Subject: brits blog Tues 23rd Halfpipe Early mist clears to leave bright conditions, pipe soft but ok start , biggest pipe in Europe also used for European Open, ramp forward forcing a full 5mt ht drop-in
Southern Squad results Maddie Rowlands7th o/a 5th in KW
Eddie Salisbury 8th o/a 1st YM, made finals Josh Birch 9th o/a 5th JM, made finals Michael Rowlands 15th o/a 4th KM Paul Webb 16th o/a 1st MM
James Webb busy on the hill with sponsor filming
Wed 24th Slopestyle
Sunny , blue sky day , huge Slope style course also used for European Open.
Set-up Rail section Choice of quite steep down street rail or equally steep long box Then uphill to a C box or up box Then a high box or a flat down to a wall ride with option for straight or side hit.
Jump section 2 jump stations close together & a longer run in to the third All the stations had a choice of three jumps, gaps were something like big 60ft, medium 45ft & small 10ft. It was a challenging course.
I was enjoying practice & planning a run of 3 x 360s on the smalls before hitting the mediums for my 2nd run but then looking down from the chair lift saw a crowd of skiers around a body on the landing for the 2nd jump & realised it was James who had landed a bio 9/10 attempt very short & knocked himself out on the knuckle, that ended both his & my competition for the day as I went with James as he was stretchered off the mountain & taken to hospital.
Back at the course the Southern Squad results were :-
Maddie R 5th o/all & 4th in KW & made the finals qualifying 4th.
Josh Birch 4th o/all & 2nd in JM & made finals Eddie 15th o/all & 3rd in YM George Walton 21st o/all & 7th in JM Tom Saunders 24th o/all & 6th in KM Michael R 27th o/all & 7th in KM
James W stayed in hospital until the following afternoon , monitored for brain swelling & treated for severe whiplash.
Thurs 25th Ski Cross
Mostly clear but with some cloud & occasional light snow
Course was straight forward woo-tang at start , followed by banked turns & rollers finishing on a jump.
Southern Squad results were :
Maddie R 3rd in KW
Tom S 1st in KM qualifying 1st winning his semi & final with a fantastic overtake to win on the final jump.
Michael R 4th in KM , coming 2nd in his semi
Eddie for the 3rd year running won his age group , this year in the YM
Paul was 6th in the MM
Today is big air
Tom was also able to take part in a photo shoot for Animal earning himself a nice watch.
Well done to all those that attended squad training at Bracknell on Sunday. A fantastic turnout. Some great competition training runs in time for the British Championships at Laax Switzerland, the end if this month. But equally impressive was the progression of the development squad learning some new tricks for the first time not only on the rails but also the kickers as well. Next squad training on Sunday 4th April with coaching from Pat Sharples. Then in the afternoon there is a Salomon Grom Camp open to all. For more info go to Salomongromcamps. co . ik
Hi can all those attending training session on Sunday take an extra £15 to become member of Southern Freestyle Club. This is to cover membership and maintenance of equipment Also need to register for "Grom Games" asap and don't forget British Championships this month
Hi Snowsports South will be running a freestyle course at Bracknell JNL Centre on April 10/11
For all those interested please contact me asap only 10 places available.
Course will be run by Par Sharples
All the best Darren Schmidt
Hi Snowsports South will be running a freestyle course at Bracknell JNL Centre on April 10/11
For all those interested please contact me asap only 10 places available.
Course will be run by Par Sharples
All the best Darren Schmidt
Hi Check out below especially grom games and grom camp at Bracknell which is straight after squad training
We hope you’re all having a great winter, whether you’re lucky enough to be skiing in the mountains or just ripping it up at your local slope. It's been a great few weeks for British snowsports as UK athletes have been getting some incredible results in competitions all over the world in major events including the X Games, US Open and the Olympics.
We’re having an awesome winter and recently just returned from a trip to Scotland where they have had some of the best snow conditions in the last 20 years. Anyway, please read our newsletter and find out all the latest gossip in the Freeski world including upcoming Salomon Grom camps.
Manchester Chill factore - 25th FEB, 7pm -9pm
This is our only camp in February and the next one won’t be until April so we have decided that we have to make it an extra special camp! There will be an awesome freestyle set up which will suit all standards of skiers. We try to build a Rookie line of jumps and rails and a Pro line with bigger jumps and more tech rails and boxes. There will be loads of prizes up for grabs at the end of the session as well as free DVDs for everyone who attends. To reserve your place go tohttp://www.salomongromcamps.co.uk/bookings.php (We strongly recommend you book your place in advance due to high demand for this camp)
Bracknell ski centre - 4th APRIL, 12pm – 4pm
This is the first camp we have run at an outdoor centre this year and we’re super excited as we have exclusive use of the whole slope which will be filled with jumps of all sizes and a massive choice of rails and boxes. This will be a great place to work on your freestyle skills for those of you haven’t done freestyle before, as well as for those at pro level. We will also be holding a super relaxed Jam session for the last part of the camp where you can win loads of prizes from the Grom sponsors and everyone can take away free DVDs & stickers. To reserve your place go tohttp://www.salomongromcamps.co.uk/bookings.php
Tamworth Snowdome - 13th APRIL, 7pm - 10pm
We can't wait to get back to Tamworth as they always supply us with an exclusive freestyle arena consisting of some of the best rails and boxes in the UK, including loads of new features for 2010. This camp is for all standards of skiers from first time trying freestyle to pro level and we have loads of prizes to hand out at the end of the camps as well as free DVDs and stickers and we will also be announcing the Grom of the month at this event! To reserve your place go tohttp://www.salomongromcamps.co.uk/bookings.php
Manchester Chill factore - 29th APRIL, 7pm - 9pm
On this camp we will have our very own exclusive freestyle area with loads of features including a few different jumps as well as one big one for the pros! There will be prize giving straight after the camp with prizes for the most improved, hardest working and best tricks. To reserve your place go tohttp://www.salomongromcamps.co.uk/bookings.php (We strongly recommend you book your place well in advance due to high demand for this camp)
Salomon Freeski TV visits Scotland.
Salomon Freeski TV came back to the UK this month but this time they visited the Scottish mountains. What perfect timing as Scotland are having their best winter for over 20 years! The crew travelled to different resorts including Cairngorm, Lecht and Nevis range and met up with loads of the locals. It was super challenging weather but the snow was incredible and the crew got well looked after and had a awesome time. The episode won’t be out until the end of the year but here is a sneaky trailer from GROM TV. Type this YOUTUBE link into your browser -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gC2d3kl-rHM
Woodsy, Becky Hammond, & James Machon at US Open
As some of you may be aware British Big air & slopestyle champ James Woods aka Woodsy and Becky Hammond have been training in the US all winter and they both recently competed in the Aspen US Open. This is one of the biggest freeski events in the world and they both blew all expectations. Woodsy managed to pull out one of his best ever runs in the slopestyle which included his new jump, a switch double cork 1080 and came 5th overall while Becky who has been training pipe all season put down a great run to come 4th overall. Also, a big shout out to James Machon who competed in the halfpipe against some of the biggest names in the world and got a well respected 14th place. These are some of the best results British riders have ever got in such big events and we’re super proud of them!
THE GROM GAMES - Freeski & snowboard competition 17th APRIL, 3pm - 10.30pm
Don't get this event mixed up with a Grom camp; the Oakley Grom Games is a new Freeski & Snowboard competition for all ages of riders who want to show off their skills to the judges and be in with a chance of winning some of the biggest prizes ever to be given away at a UK snowsports event! Salomon Freeski & Salomon Snowboards are also supporting this event and we have a 50" Panasonic TV to give away to the winner plus loads more.
There will be jam sessions throughout the day followed by an evening invitational knockout comp which will feature some of the biggest name pro riders. Those already confirmed include Best of Brits champion Mr Paddy Graham, British big air champion James Woods (aka Woodsy) and London ride champion Murray Buchan. Pro snowboarders Sparrow Knox and Jamie Nicholls have also been invited plus many more big names but it’s all about who does well on the day and there will be some incredible prizes up for grabs in all age groups.
To book your spot and for more info please visitwww.gromgames.co.uk (We strongly recommend you book your spot now as there are limited spaces and are already booking up fast)
British Freeski camps 2010 in Saas Fee
Before you know it, summer will be here and we’re heading back out to the best summer hangout spot in the world: Saas Fee, Switzerland for the British Freeski camps 2010. We can already confirm coaches Pat Sharples, Woodsy, Andy Bennett, Paddy Graham and Dave Young. For all the latest info and booking visitwww.britishfreeskicamps.com
The BRITS 2010
The biggest event of the year for British Freeskiers will be taking place in Laax, Switzerland from the 21st - 28th March.
Already it looks like it’s going to be another amazing week of Freeski action and parties. To find out more about the Brits visithttp://www.britishsnowtour.com/brits/championships/
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE THE NEW NEWSLETTER WITH PICTURES ETC. PLEASE JUST VISITWWW.SALOMONGROMCAMPS.CO.UK/CLUB.PHP AND FILL IN THE SHORT FORM TO JOIN THE GROM CAMP
All the best Darren Schmidt Chairman
Southern Freestyle Squad meeting mins 4th Feb 2010
Minutes from teleconf 4th Feb 2010 - draft require approval from distribution.
Present:- Dave Saunders , Darren Schmidt & Paul Webb
1) Prep for squad training Sun Feb 7th May be a smallish session , Darren & Paul doubtful through work commitments, session has not been advertised. Paul is ensuring that Josh Birch will be there as an elite performer & supervised coach. Dave & Kathryn are committed , John will be there but injured so will not be on the hill. Aim this Sunday is to assess where the Bromley attendees & other 1st timers from the Hemel session fit in to the squad based on performance seen at Hemel & on Sunday & to see how the others have progressed.
Note Paul proposes squad selection & publication one per quarter based on training sessions , commitment & competition results. But this was not discussed.
2) Squad & SSE membership Dave to send Darren SFC constitution & officials names & list of members so the Southern Freestyle Club can formally join SSE. Rules for squad training are that after first few sessions ( 4?) attendees are expected to be a member of SSE as individuals or as member of recognised SSE club.
To be named in the Southern Squad they should be members of Southern Freestyle Club ( £15pa inc SSE insurance) - will consider reduction if the are already members of a SSE. Squad publication will be on the Southern Region & UK Freestyle websites.
3) Southern Region Freestyle Comps - 8th May Bracknell , 22nd May Chatham & 12th June Warmwell - discussed effect that Southern Grom camps to be held on 1st Sundays of some months will also hold comps, will this distract - hopefully not - different audience & aim. More discussion on comp advertising , format , judging , prizes, financing held over to next meeting.
Written by Paul Webb 4th feb 2010.
Hi all On Sunday 7th Feb is the Winter Series race at Aldershot. Unfortunately it is also the Freesyle training session for Snowsports South Freestyle Squad. Please note this is the only calender clash of the 2010 season. Also Squad freestyle sessions held at Bracknell will be on the first Sunday of every month. We are still in talks with The Snow Center for the next snow session. Darren Chairman Snowsports South
Lets put the south back on the map with the start of the Southern Freestyle Series this coming spring. loads of prizes and fun for all in this Jam Session format. None of that waiting about as in slope style just do as much or as little as you want, take it easy or push the limits. Starting at Bracknell on the 8th May, then moving onto Chatham on the 22nd May and finishing at Warmwell on the 12th June. So put the dates in your diary. There will be overall winners for the whole series, as well as prizes at each venue. Posters and info to follow
Chairman Snowsports South
The next freestyle session and squad training will be at Bracknell on the 7th feb Sunday morning. All squad session after that will be the first Sunday of each month. With Grom camps starting from the first Sunday in April. So put a note in your diary. Those that wanted T shirts can buy on day for £10 and jackets can be ordered if required.
One thing that cheered my up this morning was some recent good publicy for James so please excuse a father's indulgence if I share that with you in case you are interested.
I opened February's copy of Falline ski magazine ( available at WH Smiths....) to find James featured in more than 4 pages.
He has a full page advert for Animal along with "Animal bunny girls" - it was a tough shoot but someone had to do it ! He has a full page picture with his short guide to European ski comps.
He has a double page spread on "how to do a superman front flip" ansd he is mentioned in the Brits article & has his usual line in the Atomic Ski advert "PUNX the only ski good enough for Jossi Wells & James Webb"
Also released yesterday was the latest SNOWFIX TV pod cast, number 85 which features James & the Morzine gang along with Murray Buchan riding powder & being launched onto a street rail by a 4 wheel drive.
See http://www.snowfix.tv/ & vote for his section "the Kids" v the "Westbeach" is you like it.
Cheers Paul Webb
MILTON KEYNES XSCAPE - Sunday 31st January (10am - 12pm)
The Grom camps are super excited to be coming to Milton Keynes Xscape for the first time! MK has a great rep for its freestyle scene and our exclusive park will be the perfect place for all levels of skiers to brush up their tricks. As this is our first camp at MK, we will have some very special prizes up for grabs.
To reserve your spot visit http://www.salomongromcamps.co.uk/bookings.php
BRITISH FREESKI NEWS & GOSSIP
Pro Grom camps For 2010 we will be starting limited Pro Grom camps for advanced freestylers, which will be a great opportunity if you are preparing for the competition season, such as the British Championships in March. The format will be a training session followed by a knockout big air or rail competition.
At these events, prizes will include Salomon hardware and clothing, Oakley eyewear, and electronic equipment! The first Pro Camp will be at Rossendale ski centre - date TBC, keep checking the website -www.salomongromcamps.co.uk.
The Brits 2010 The 21st-28th March will see the return of the British Freeski & Snowboard Championships in Laax, Switzerland. As usual, there will be Big Air, Slopestyle, Halfpipe and Skiercross events as well as loads of evening antics to look forward to. For more info and also to watch some of the highlights from 2009 visit http://www.britishsnowtour.com/brits/
Well done to all 52 freestylers and coaches for a fantastic night at The Snow Centre on Saturday. Everyone performed well with some crazy stunts as well. Feed back already has been excellent. Watch this space for the next squad training session. Darren
Don't forget £35 on Saturday includes your lift pass,
4 hours slope time and coaching from some of the Souths top coaches
Hi Check out Squad list on freestyle page, if you are interested let us know onm Saturday. If not come along and join in anyway.
Dont forget any parents driving their kids up can join in and ski at same price.
£35 7pm - 11pm This Saturday 5th December 2010.
For full details please see PDF.
Hi Just a reminder that we are holding our next freestyle session at The Snow Center Hemel Hempstead on the 5th December 7pm -11pm. For skiers and snowboarders from all levels, beginners to expert plus regional squad training. Anyone coming can also pay to ski normally if they wish. Look forward to seeing you all there. Cheers Darren Chairman
Sunday saw the first ever freestyle session open to all. The weather held off and the set up of rails and jumps was amazing. Coaching and squad selection was carried out at all levels from beginners to experts. At the end we all played a game of PIG which saw all pushing themselves harder than ever. If you could not come but would like to try out for squad email me with your details. If not just turn up at next regional freestyle session at Hemel Hempstead on 5th Dec 7-11 £35. Again this is open to all levels and we are encouraging those that have never had a go but want to. Darren SRSA Chairnan
Just a quick update on the SRSA Freestyle session next Sunday at !0am. The ski slope have cut the cost of the session for the region from £23 to £10. See you there.
Dont forget the SRSA AGM at JNL Bracknell on Thursday 12th November at 7.30pm. Dont forget it is your region so come and have your say and see just what we are doing on your behalf.
Cheers Darren Schmidt SRSA Chairman
Southern Region Snowsport Association
Freestyle session for all levels and Squad selection
Aim is to bring together like minded ski & snowboard freestylers in regular training sessions and to name a squad of the best & developing competition performers who will be assisted in making their goals.
1st meet – Bracknell 15th November. Cost £23 pounds payable on the day * , check or cash to Southern Freestyle Club Please indicate attendance by RSVP to email to PaulRWebb@btconnect.com * JNL slope employees & Alpine members contact Paul Webb for discounts.
09:30 arrive to ride at 10:00 12:00 Lunch 12:45 Meeting 13:30 Finish
Day details:- 10:00 2hrs riding on a range of kickers, boxes & kickers with coaches for BEGINNER AND EXPERT alike. We will also be looking at general sliding techniques including switch riding.
This is open to skiers & boarders alike & any standard, provided they have good solid intermediate sliding skills; slope rules are that helmets are worn for all freestyle activities as well as the normal recommendation for gloves & long sleeves to protect skin from grazes.
We do have a small range of club owned freestyle skis, helmets, back protectors available for session hire at £5 for skis, £2.50 protection per item. Sorry no boards available & no John Nike hire boards or skis can be used for freestyle. The hire kit will be allocated on a first come first served basis – it you need to hire please let us know your requirements in advance so we can try to reserve something suitable.
The slope is quite abrasive so we advise skis to be pre-waxed, we can offer a limited amount of on site waxing at £2 per pair of skis.
We will also have small sticks of rub on/iron wax to buy at £1.50 per stick.
There are green mats around the slope that are coated in silicon which helps protect skis and boards too.
12:00 Lunch, voucher will be issued to be exchanged in site café for burger/hotdog & a drink.
12:45 Meeting to explain how the Southern Region Squad will be formed , its purpose, how to be selected , club membership , insurance , pathway to success.
Paul Webb Mobile 077 66 339 803
Hi Just confirmed today regional freestyle training at the Snowcenter Hemel Hempstead on Saturday 5th Dec from 7 to 11. Rails and kickers with top coaches all for £35.00. Put a note in your diary. Darren Chairman
Hi. Had a new taster of moguls at the SSE Conference. Is anyone interested in attending a camp next year locally. If you are email me and let me know. Cheers Darren
Just to let you know that our first Regional freestyle training session will be on 15th November at JNL Bracknell in the afternoon.
Pencil in the date and please forward to all members.
Times, prices etc to follow.
This will be open to all, hardcore free stylers and those that have never done it but just want to have a go.
Please click here for the Grom camp poster for the Bracknell Camp on the 7th June.
Also well done to Martin Trotter for winning the youth Britsh Skier x Championship and to his Dad Steve Trotter for winning the Masters. Both regular racers on the SRSA Summer League Circuit. So look out this season for Steve Trotter not only in the masters but also in the overall after spending the whole season on snow with intense Austrian coaching and no time at work, obvuiuosly been taken under the wing of Mr Leon Sadler. Darren
Well done from all the SRSA on achieving 2nd place in the British Skier X Championships in Laax to Nick Robinson (Aldershot) and Daniella Freeze (Bromley) both racers on the SRSA circuit.
Well done to James Webb from Bracknell,a paid up member and coach for Southern Freestlye Club for coming second in the slopestyle British Championship for more info and to see footage of comps go to bits09.co.uk. For those of you who do not remember James he was an extremely good racer on the SRSA circuit a few years back, always in the top 10. Well done James from us all and good luck in the Big Air Comp at the end of the week.
Good luck to all the Skiers and Snowboarders going of to the British Championships in Laax, Switzerland. Let us know how you get on.
The British Championships this year are on from the 28th March to 4th April in Laax, Switzerland. The four ski and snowboard catergories are Half-pipe, Slopestyle,Skier-X and finally theBig Air.The SRSA have members competing but is open to all. Go to www.britishsnowtour.com for more info and accommodation packages.
SRSA FREESTYLE SQUAD
I have been mulling over the idea of squads at both regional & national level (as I am also now the England Park & Pipe rep on the SSE Freestyle committee). I was also fortunate enough to be able to witness the training & preparation of the GB team at the Contamines Half pipe world cup in January.
Here are my thoughts so far, let me know what you think.
So bottom line what are squads for?
It seems to me that currently the only purpose of the squads in Freestyle is:-
To recognition that an individual is on a path that might lead to representing GB at FIS W/Cup/Olympic level in the Half pipe, Moguls, Aerials or Skier cross, currently there are few if any formal inter regional or national level competitions held. Unfortunately the most popular Slope Style & Big Air events are only supported by commercial competition and are not FIS recognised, this creates a strange divide in the sport which is a challenge to bridge.
For squads to be worth doing we need to make it a bit more than just a name on a web site, it needs to something skiers want to aspire to & help to shape their ambition.
It will only suit those who are truly interested in FIS style comps however at a
Regional level we can be more open to the bigger range of Freestyle areas. Slope style / big performance is a good indicator that a performer may have potential to go on to some of the FIS areas.
Some skiers will be just happy to enjoy the popular slope style & big air at club region level that should still be fostered & supported, that is the sport that most want to enjoy we are here to serve the skier & no the other way around. The squads are for people who want to move from a fun competitive hobby to a more disciplined sport.
So we need at both regional & national level:-
1) Annual selection, recognition by discipline, on web site with clothing, badge
or vest. 2) Links to coaching support 3) Advice on training, progress & support 3) Progress tracking (communication with the skier is key) 4) Squad training 5) Competition (& with that better / official judging) 6) Commercial support (England team gets discount on Ripcurl clothing for example).
At the England level I am clearly going to be focused on Half Pipe (other people have responsibility for Moguls, Aerials, and Skier- cross)
But at the regional level I would see there being 3 levels of squad covering all areas.
A - Performers who are showing an interest & ability to move up to the National level in one of the FIS disciplines B - Performers who are getting good showing in national recognised commercial comps & have expressed an interest in specialising. Development - Fairly open area of performers who seem to have great potential but as yet due to age, inexperience, have not really had a chance to show true ability or desire.
Next is the question of how we select & what numbers & age range. I think it is important that the various regions use similar criteria & similarly sized squads. I think the lead as been taken by Yorkshire & we need to review & follow their example which I think is what Kathryn has done with her selection criteria for Lon & South East & we should also do in the SRSA. We will need to pick a selection committee & appoint a squad lead/coordinator/coach.
Small steps at first, year 1 (2009) 1) Southern Freestyle Club to join SSE by end Feb. 2) Selection committee/ criteria in place by say end of March (3 to 5 people), with requests for squad applicants to SRSA clubs. 3) Initial Squad selection announcement in early April together with a squad training day/wend announcement. 4) Plan for a bi regional (LSERA & SRSA) training /friendly comp in N Les Mines in May - should include all disciplines that slope can offer, Moguls, Half pipe as well as some slope style. 5) Promote Judges training & continue coach training & registration 6) Seek commercial support.
In 2010 - Squad to be supported with coaching staff at key events such as the Brits Squad to get opportunities to go to dedicated snow training, possible linked with other squads including the England & GB squads.
Daren & Dave - if you are happy with this approach I will try to bring a teleconference together with a few interested parties from the region to set the ground rules later this month.
Cheers Paul Webb SRSA Freestyle rep
Watch this space, coming soon a regional freestyle squad with selection from A Team down to first timers as part of the up and coming development squad.