Brits Freeski Big Air LAAX 2010

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Brits Freeski Big Air LAAX 2010

The Giro Freeski Big Air took place on the fourth day of the BRITS and an exceptional standard was set by both the guys and the girls; with Andy Matthew taking first place for his massive bio 9, and Katie Summerhayes showing the crowd that she’s a true international contender.

Wind was an issue in the morning session, effecting speed on the in-run and making things pretty sketchy in the air

The weather conditions were tough due to high winds and closed-in weather and the event was brought forward to early morning. The girls were up first but as the wind was getting stronger the judges decided it was to be a one-run showdown for them. Unfazed by the challenge, Katie Summerhayes pulled a spectacular switch 5 off the big kicker. “Big up Katie she’s blatantly going to win Gold at the X-Games in the next few years,” commented judge Jamie Cameron. Taking second place was Molly Summerhayes, who pulled a smooth 720 off the medium kicker. Sissy Herant came third for her 540 off the medium kicker.

Katie Summerhayes switch 5 mute's her way through the stormy conditions and into top spot on the podium (pic: Vanessa Webb)

Katie Summerhayes quoted: “I really enjoyed it today but I’m surprised to hear I’ve won – what with the wind I thought anyone could have claimed it.”

Andy Matthew with a pretty much perfect Bio 9 which he grabbed the whole way and sent deep into the landing

After an anxious two-hour break the wind finally dropped and the judges decided the men’s final could go on. First place went to Andy Matthew for his massive bio 9 mute, in his second run he pulled a flat spin 5 with two grabs – a Japan and a true nose which also impressed the judges but it was the huge bio 9 that clinched it. James Woods won second place for his Switch 10 mute and Murray score bronze for his switch ten tail grab.

James Woods midway through his switch 10. By the second run conditions were pretty interesting...

Andy Matthew quoted: “It’s so good to have won. This is the first time I’ve won and this is my third year – I’ve been fourth every year, just missing out. Practice went well and when my runs came round I wasn’t that stoked on them but obviously the judges were!”

Men
1st – Andy Matthew
2nd – James Woods
3rd – Murray Buchan

Women
1st – Katie Summerhayes
2nd – Molly Summerhayes
3rd – Sissy Herant

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