On March 11-18, 2006, a record number of competitors descended upon Laax, Switzerland for the Orange British Snowboard Championships. The UK ThirtyTwo team was there to represent, bringing home no less than four medals.
Monday was Boardercross day, and a record number of 94 riders took on the challenging course. A4's very own ThirtyTwo sales rep Dale Taylor decided to join the Masters race and took home the second fastest qualification time, joining Matt Burt of Ride snowboards and Olly Lambourne from Burton head-to-head in the Finals.
Already in the first turn, Dale took 2nd place behind Matt, which he held throughout the race. Ex-pro Matt said afterward that he did a speed check going over the second jump and found Dale right behind him almost clipping his head. With such a threat (we all know Dale is scary!), Matt had to step up his race to take the title. Well done, Dale! Even more respect is due to him, as he represented in Slopestyle, too!
A perfect bluebird day welcomed the competitors for Tuesday's Halfpipe comp, or as it is also known, the Dan & Dom Show! Dan Wakeham was first and started off with the day's highest rotation. He then continued super smoothly into a massive frontside 900, a backside tailgrab to a frontside 720 and finished with a Haakonflip. Everyone thought that was enough for him to rob Dom Harrington of his title, but Dom would not give it up that easily.
After DJing at the ThirtyTwo party the night before, Dom launched into a faultless technical run, opening up with a frontside 720 to a Haakonflip, then pleased the crowd with the biggest straight air of the competition and finished with a backside 540. That was enough to retain his title and represent on the podium, with Dan at his side taking the silver. Angus Leith also finished 4th in the Junior category.
The fine weather continued as the action turned to the Big Air comp on Wednesday. The Men's Final was one of the best the Brits have ever seen, with a super high standard. Representing the best boots in the world was Mr. Danny Wheeler, who took home the bronze medal with his big, boned backside 900. Taking the gold was Brit newcomer Nate Kern, who performed a cab 1080…the first in Brit history! Congrats to all of our riders for ripping.