Summer Heat Railbattle: UK Freeski Scene reaches new Heights

James Woods starts the new season with a spectacular win at The Summer Heat Railbattle last Saturday. Katy Summerhayes, Britains most hopeful female freeskier collected the girls first place in a competitive fields which saw 40 athletes congregate from around the UK at SNO!zone indoor slope in Castleford, Yorkshire.

Summer heat Railbattle.  Foto: OrganizersThe UK Freeski scene is launching forward at a phenomenal speed. The riders showed skills not seen by park rats who have grown up around snowparks and real mountains. Kicking off the show was Joe Tomlinson, who during the first heat span his first of many 450 japans onto the down box. This opened the gates for everyone else to show their new learnt tricks.

The Menʼs category showed what the UK has to offer freeskiing. With five great contenders, one of whom upgraded from the kids category for the better prizes (Harry Hancock) the battle was close. Josh Fawcett took third place sticking some switch 630s, second place was 15 year old Harry Hancock with smooth style and technical tricks throughout the course.

However, the highlight of the day was James ʻWoodsyʼ Woods. Technical tricks on every obstacle were performed with faultless style. With the innovative jam format, where over all impression is what counts, Woodsy raised the bar at the end of the night with a flatspin 450 onto the down box, a trick which would look at home among the largest competition in Europe.

Summer heat Railbattle.  Foto: OrganizersThe Womenʼs category was dominated by Katy Summerhayes who showed impressive runs with 720s on the kicker and front 450s out of the 10m rail. Second place was Kelly OʼDonnell, who tried tricks many of the men were unable to perform.

The Kids category saw Britainʼs best 11-16 year olds showing their skills on this set-up. It was 11 year old Tyler Harding who took the title showing abilities much above his age level. Switch backflips and technical rail tricks took him above Joe Hides and Ryan Harris. After such a successful first year for the event organisers talks of next years event have already begun.

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