The third European Winter X Games in Tignes has just drawn to a close and once again proved itself to be every bit as exciting an event as its North American progenitor. The UK had its best ever representation with three of our world class riders competing in the finals.
Veteran X Games competitor Jenny Jones came 7th overall in the Women’s Slopestyle with rising star Aimee Fuller coming just behind her in 9th. Our main man Jamie Nicholls put down his best ever run to take 8th place in the Men’s Slopestyle which is a seriously good result considering he was competing against snowboarding legends/ the likes of Shaun White and Mark McMorris.
If the X Games has got you in the mood to hit the park, you’re going to want to get yourself a freestyle board. Whether you fancy yourself as the next Jamie Nicholls or just want to jib around in the beginners park, a freestyle specific board will make it easier and more enjoyable.
Freestyle boards tend to be shorter and softer than all-mountain and freeride boards, and have a true twin shape which makes riding switch much easier. They also tend to have a reverse camber (rocker) profile which is perfect for jibbing. However, some riders favour stiffer boards with a flatter profile for big jumps and the pipe.
There are loads of freestyle boards on the market and choosing the right one can be costly and confusing. However, we’ve managed to find some of the boards favoured by Jamie, Jenny and Aimee, and at a bargain price…!
The Salomon Lily is Jenny Jones’ board of choice and is actually a great all-mountain board as well as being awesome in the park. It has a flat base making it super stable for take offs and landings, and its aspen core makes it really light and responsive. Jenny also worked with artist Lucy McLaughlin to develop the awesome graphic. We’ve found the Salomon Lily reduced from £300 to just £224.96 at Boardwise, or Snow+Rock have the 2011 model reduced from £300 to an incredible £150!
Jamie Nicholls is also sponsored by Salomon and always rides one of their boards. There’s a great range of men’s Salomon boards but the Salomon Drift is a consistently highly rated freestyle stick, with a rocker profile and Equalizer sidecut for extra grip. What’s even better is that we’ve found it reduced from £280 to £168 at Snow+Rock!
Aimee Fuller is part of team Roxy who are killing it in women’s snowboarding at the moment. They also have an awesome range of women’s boards which are made by Mervin Manufacturing who produce Lib Tech boards. The Roxy Ollie Pop is an excellent freestyle board which incorporates Mervin’s trademark banana technology, and magnetraction for added grip. We’ve managed to find the 2011 Roxy Ollie Pop reduced from £389.95 to just £292.46 at Boardwise. And we actually think the 2011 graphic beats the 2012 one too!
Have you ridden any of these boards? Or can you recommend any other sweet freestyle boards? Leave a comment below and share the love!X-rated boards for an x-cellent price!,