|Honours:||2009 – British Big Air Champion, British Slopestyle Champion, 2nd at European Open Rail Jam, Laax
2010, British Big Air Champion, British Slopestyle Champion, 1st Place for Women Grom Game
We managed to catch up with this year’s Grom Games champion Katie Summerhayes for a quick chat, and to discuss how budding young skiers can get into the Skiing and Freestyle Skiing from a young age.
Hi Katie, thanks for speaking to us today. So, how long have you been Skiing for now?
Hey, no worries! I’ve been skiing for around 8 years now.
What exactly is Freestyle Skiing?
Well, Freestyle is a type of skiing that involves skiing off jumps, rails and on half pipes – performing as many ticks as possible! Skiing on rails and kickers takes good balance and a lot of practice, but is well worth it when you perfect a trick!
|Honours:||(2001) European Champion Pro Men, 3rd IWSF Worlds Pro Men
(2002) UK National Champion
(2003) Wakestock Champion, UK National Champion
(2004) Wakestock Champion, UK National Champion, 3rd European Championships
(2005) 3rd World Cup Stop Singapore, 5th Overall World Cup
(2006) Wakestock Champion, 3rd European Championships, 4th US Masters (Callaway Gardens – Only European male ever invited)
(2008) European Champion France, Wakestock Oxford Champion UK, 2nd European Masters Ukraine, 3rd IWSF Worlds Qatar, Spanish Open Champion Vigo, 3rd UK Nationals, 1st South American Championships Paraguay, 5th Overall World Cup Tour
(2009) European Champion Portugal, 3rd Wakestock Abersoch UK, 3rd UK Nationals, 2nd South American Championships Paraguay, 5th Overall World Cup
Hi Dan, thanks for taking the time to talk to us today. So, what have you been up to this year?
At the beginning of 2010 I headed out to Argentina for the off-season as I have done for the last 4 years. It’s great to get out there as it is their summer during our winter. My girlfriend (also a pro rider) is Argentinean, so I stay out there with her and ride with all the locals on their boats.
Cool, sounds like fun! So what will the rest of 2010 hold for you?
Well it’s going to be a busy one for me. There are a lot of contests this year, including the rebirth of the UK tour which I am really looking forward to. My next contest is the FISE (Federazione Italiana Sport Equestri) in May, which is a rail-only event and is always fun. I will also be traveling around the world quite a bit, going to Spain, Russia, Sweden, Korea, China and many more countries hopefully!
|Occupation:||Dirt Norco Team – Downhill Mountain Biking|
Hi Dan, thanks for talking to us today. So how long have you been Mountain Biking for?
I have been riding bikes of some sort ever since I can remember really, and not just downhill. I started riding cross country and now I also like to ride road bikes, motocross, BMX – you name it, if it has 2 wheels then it works for me! But right now Downhill is my favourite and the one I have chosen to focus on and compete in.
What honours and achievements have you got under your belt?
In terms of titles and results, I have had a fair share of regional, national and international podium finishes and a few race wins dropped into the mix. However, the bottom line is that last year my best finish at a World Cup round was 13th place, so this year my goal is to better that.
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