I have to say, it felt a bit strange receiving an award right before flying out of the country with new goals ahead of me. But still, it was a great night at the AIS awards and very thankful and honored to be awarded Performance of the Year. I was really happy to have my girlfriend Ellidy with me on the night, as well as catch up with everyone from the OWIA. I was presented the award by Michael Johnson, which was unreal and also got to catch up with Layne Beachley and Mark Beretta on stage. Thanks to everyone who helped make this year so much fun and successful, I hope to bring home more success in the very near future.
The past few months have been busy. Training, media and moving into my new place. But I’ve been able to fit a couple of trips away with friends prior to the next big on snow camp in NZ. We did score some fun waves, but it was pretty rare that someone would want to film while it was pumping. Anyway, for something a bit different, here is episode 43. Thanks for watching.
my little sister Emma just landed one of her drawings on the cover of waves mag. she drew a cool portrait of Dane Reynolds. so stoked for her! check out her website with heaps of other artsy creations >> HERE <<
Here’s some rad shots from the World Champs earlier this year posted by Suzuki Life. For a full interview, click this link – SUZUKI LIFE -
Last week I was down in Melbourne for a few days. We had the AOC Olympic shadow team assembly, as well as the OWIA induction. They were stacked days of getting uniforms fitted for Sochi, media and catching up with the whole team. After the Induction wrapped up on Thursday, we suited up and headed in for the Suzuki SSA Awards. It was cool to have mum and dad along for the night. With it being Australia’s most successful season at World Cup ever, there was plenty to celebrate and everyone was really happy.
I was really stoked on receiving a big cheque from XTM for podium intensives, plus winning “The Athlete of The Year” Award. It was such a good feeling to have the chance to share it all with my family, coach, team mates and a lot of people who have supported me along the way all together on the night. Coach also won “Coach of the Year” which was of course well deserved and I was stoked for him. It was such a fun season for me and I look forward to the future with a lot of excitement. Thanks for all the support and kind messages coming in over the past few days, I really do appreciate it all.
It’s been a massive season. With one event left on the tour, it’s in some way amazing to be at this point of the season already. In another way, every event of this season has been so huge and required every bit of energy I have had in the tank. I have locked away another Crystal Globe for the World Cup tour overall, on top of my second World Championship title earlier this season. It’s everything I could have asked for results wise from this tour, but more importantly to me my riding has been challenged and has held up in many different conditions. I really love what I do so much, I enjoy every single run I make in every course throughout the season. The racing I have experienced this season has been the best so far and each one has taught me so much. I sit here now, in Switzerland with a big smile and a lot to look forward to. I’m so excited by this sport and the level of which I have reached to allow me to enjoy it in the best possible way. I’m ever thankful to my Mum and Dad, my Coach Ben, Viktor my board tech and all my supporters. I never for one second take this opportunity I have for granted.
From here, it’s onto Spain for the last World Cup of the season. I look forward to finishing off well and then return home for a bit of a break.
Thank you for all your support!
I’m really liking the World Champs course up here in Quebec, Canada. Its fast and flowing. I had a good run for Qualifying yesterday and squeezed in front of Markus by .01 of a second for 1st place. I’m having fun and realy looking forward to racing the finals tommorrow.
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Back into winter after a real fun time at home over Christmas and New Years. I met up with Coach and Cam at Prince George and we headed up to Powder King for a 10 day training camp with the Canadians. Cam and I scored fun tree lines for the first 2 days, best way to get back into the swing of things. We then charged the SBX course for a solid 8 days. It was a lot of fun to race with the Canadian boys, we had so many close heats and kept the motivation up each day.
We are now on our way to the Snowboard World Champs in Quebec. I couldn’t be feeling better coming into this event. I love the course in Stoneham and as its been a bit of time since our last race, I’m well and truly ready to get back in the start gate. For now, here are a few shots from PK. Thanks to Ivan for the BX shots.
Its been a massive few weeks on the World SBX Tour. With a perfect run of fun snowboarding for a week or so in the lead in to Montafon, I was feeling ready to start the tour with a strong result. With a huge variety of conditions each day of the contest, it was a real test judgements and saw a few come badly unstuck. I was happy to lay down a solid qualifying run and go into finals ready for anything. I had strong starts in all the rounds right through to the final, winning all my heats from the hole shot and let my boards run to a solid lead each time. Unfortunately, gate choice forced me to the outside gates and I feel I may have made a poor choice at this point. My final start was a shocker from the inside right gate and with the thought of an entire season in mind, sat in 4th waiting for an error by the leading riders. No such luck and it was 4th for the first event. Happy with my early rounds, coming away with a final in tough conditions and feeling really positive about the season ahead.
The travel to Telluride was hell trip like no other!.. We woke early and boarded our flight in Zurich. Made our connecting flight in Frankfurt to take us to the states. Along with many other athletes and coaches on that plane, we were stuck on the plane at the gate for a whole 6 hrs going nowhere, no food and surrounded by a lot of angry people. When time an out, we were told to leave the plane due to snow storms. It was here Ben and I teamed up with Seth Wescott to organise hotel and flights for the next day. Long story short, our bags we meant to make our flights with us, but when we finally arrived in Grand Junction Seth and I were both missing board bags as well as my gear bag. I had a feeling it was going to be sometime before I saw it all again.
Ben made the call that Seth and I should end up 1,2 on the podium in whatever order to turn the whole situation around. We laughed at the time, but I think we both had it in mind. My boards arrived, prior to training, but boots, bindings, body armor and wax was nowhere to be seen. Ben worked tirelessly to keep people searching for it. I used borrowed boots and bindings for the training session, which threw my routine out a bit. First run, my back binding strap popped in the first straight, leaving me with little confidence that my foot wouldn’t just lift out of the entire binding for the rest of the run. Behind time, i didnt risk missing a run and rode it too the bottom. I changed to another set of bindings thanks to Johnie who lent me his for the rest of training. The following morning, Ben and I went shopping and bought some new gear to get me through. It wasn’t perfect, but at least I could trust it wouldn’t break on me. I put down a solid qualifying run to put me into 12th for finals. Relieved that part was over, I was ready to give it everything in finals no matter what I was riding on.
2.30 am and the phone goes off in my room. Gear bag arrived and I was back on my custom setup, which I have to say felt pretty good after those first few days. Went through early rounds well, with the hole shot and good speed winning both heats. I met Seth in the 2nd round and so began some of the best racing I have ever had. In the Semi final, 3 World Champions stood in the gate, with Markus Schairer, Seth and myself looking to make the day ours. The snow was falling pretty heavy, making the track a bit slower. I missed the start a little bit and Seth pulled into the lead. I moved into his draft but let too much room down the straight and Markus made a killer move on the inside of turn 2 and 3 passing both myself and Seth. It was nose to tail for the rest of the run. I remained patient waiting for the opportunity, until I had no banks left and the final straight. I tucked into Seth’s draft and made a move from 3rd to 1st in the final 50m of the track. Photo finish number one of the day and so happy my patience paid off! Seth and I were already laughing and saying how much fun we were having as we did the post heat TV shots. I felt bad for Markus who rode really strong that whole run, but I have seen both sides of that situation before also and was happy to come out on top.
The final saw Seth and myself line up once again, along with the tall Norwegian Stian Sivertzen and Canadian Chris Robanske. It was a good vibe in the start gate as the snow started falling heavier. Stian called out, “lets go get some pow guys” as the camera panned through our gates. I was just having such a good time and wanted to enjoy another whole run of it. Gate dropped and I missed the first few features, leaving me in 4th around bank 1. Not too worried as I could feel the draft paying off down the straight, I executed one of my best moves of my career so far, threading a tight line through Chris and Stain over the triple and then carrying speed to pass Seth out of turn 3. Into the lead for 2 banks and exactly where I expected Seth’s toe side came into play, he passed me on the inside of bank 6. I went into draft mode once again looking to make the same move as I made in the semi final on the last straight. Came so close and with a photo finish ended the day in 2nd behind Seth. Chris went on to take 3rd and Stian in 4th.
It was all smiles in the finish area!! Man hugs going down everywhere. I was so full of excitement and couldn’t of had more respect for the guys I got to race with that day. Seth and me jumped up on the podium and laughed about Ben’s call of going 1,2. It was such perfect, tight and tactical racing. I think that even though it was a 2nd place for me, I had just had another experience in this sport which makes me realise why I love it so much.
This result also moved me up into #2 in the World Ranking and I look forward to more great racing in the new year starting with World Champs in late January. I want to thank Ben and Viktor for working so hard with me to keep me fast, Mum & Dad for the endless love and support, JM for the strength and fitness that allows me to ride aggressive, to all the team at the OWIA, Suzuki, Red Bull, Bolle, Apex Snowboards, The North Face, 2Xu, Globe, Burton Australia and XTM. Also to all the support I’ve had via facebook, twitter, instagram and texts, thank you all so much! It really is special to feel that support. Its been a huge few weeks and I’m looking forward to rest of the tour in the new year. Time now to get back home for Christmas on the beach with family and friends. And if you made it this far with reading this short novel, congrats! Hope it was worth your time.
ride on – Chumpy