London Freeze got under way in awesome fashion yesterday, firstly with the Battle of Britain contest and then the Style Mix showdown. Not only was there some pretty sick skiing to be seen, but there was also some pretty tasty Music on offer too, with Pendulum and Orbital being pick of the crop..this might be why we didn’t get this update online last night…but you can rest assured that we had a good time!
In the Best of Britain competition, fifteen of the nation’s finest went head to head in order to try and claim the title and it ended up being an amazing showcase for UK freeskiing. Riders had two hits against eachother which eventually left the best eight to go head to head again, and then the last four who were all judged together. An extra twist was that the first and second placed riders would make up the final two places in the Style Mix with the leading internationals later in the evening.
Paddy Graham was on fire, and seemed pretty much unstoppable after he stomped his double cork 1080 twice. This secured him first place and entry into the Style Mix. Second place went to James Woods with his double lincoln variation, and James Webb took third with his switch rodeo 9 mute. Other stand out performances came from the brothers Jamie and Andy Matthew, James Machon and Joe Tomlinson to name but a few.
A couple of hours after the Brits had had their moment, the crowds started congregating for the Style Mix session which included six top international riders (Casabon,Schiller,Harlaut(Oscar), Margets,Osada,Brown) and the two UK winners Paddy and Woodsy.
In the Semis, the home favorite Paddy Graham met Phil Casabon, but he decided on the crowd pleasing backflip to leave Casabon versus Bobby Brow in the final who had beaten Oscar Harlaut in his Semi. Bobby Brown eventually took the title with a faultless double cork 1080 mute.
Later on Today sees a rail jam event for the skiers, and the main event is scheduled for Sunday. We’re stoked with what we’ve seen so far and can’t wait for more action!
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Battle of Britain results
Style Mix Results
Text and Pictures:Pally Learmond