After an extremely busy season of competing and filming, I managed to rank 59th in the world, earning me my first trip to AFP slopestyle skiing world championships in Whistler, British Columbia. Â Skiing in World Champs has been a goal of mine for a couple seasons, so I was anticipating this contest all season. Â I love visiting Whistler because there are so many great people there. Â I got to stay with my good buddy Danny Arnold and hang out with my Team Wake-up compatriots Dean Bercovitch, Emma Whitman, and Bauston Wilde. Â So even without the competition aspect the trip, it was a blast.
On the skiing side, the course that the Blackcomb park crew put together in the Nintendo Black Park was one of the smoothest Slopestyle courses I have ever skied. Â The first two rails were big enough to allow for technicality without being gigantic and dangerous. Â And the third rail feature was my favorite feature of the course. Â Set on a big table, there was a huge up tube to flat tube as the left option and a big tap feature as the right. Â I was addicted to the tap feature from the first day of practice and had more fun on it than any other feature I have ever skied in a Slopestyle Course. Â The jump section was similar in scale to the rail features. Â Big enough to allow a high degree of difficulty, but not too big to be overly dangerous. Â Overall the course was extremely enjoyable to ski.
My goal for the weekend was to have a blast skiing, put together a run that reflected my personal skiing style, and stay healthy. Â I am glad to say I accomplished all three. Â Skiing around such insane skiers is a huge factor for me. Â I get so pumped when everyone is throwing down super hard. Â The Qualifying day was probably the most intense for me because only ten men went through out of a 60-man field of top skiers. Â Only five skiers from each heat of thirty moved on so there was a huge amount of pressure. Â I decided I was just going to have fun and not worry about the end result. Â With so many talented skiers throwing down, I knew it was going to be tough to get through to the next round.
My run was as follows: Natural Lip 270 onto the first disaster down rail, Unnatural 270 on frontside 270 out on the second down rail, Switch cork/rodeo 720 nosetap on the bonk feature, Switch unnatural rodeo 720 octo grab, switch natural misty 900 truckdriver grab, natural double misty 1080 safety. Â I managed to land my first run and was in 1st place in my heat going into run 2. Â I was worried some people would beat my score since there was such deep talent in both heats, so I went for it on my second run and stomped it even better than my first and upped my score by a point. Â I came out with the highest score in my heat and the third highest in the qualifier behind Brenden Reid and Jossi Wells.