On October 31, 2008 by Administrator
Battersea Power Station has stood idle on the banks of the River Thames since 1983 when the Government deemed it too dated to provide power to Greater London.
The thick black smoke that had become a peculiarity of the London skyline disappeared overnight, ending almost forty-five years of electricity generation and resigning the building to over two decades of decay.
The Grade II listed building has been the subject of a number of partial renovations, seen the worst of countless owners, and has served as a location for several films including Children of Men, Monty Python’s Meaning of Life, and Heath Ledger’s swansong, The Dark Knight.
The first London Freeze event – an eclectic mix of winter sports, music, and nightlife – will begin at Battersea power station on the 23rd of October, injecting a new lease of life into the building and introducing the capital to some of the biggest names in snowboarding.
The event lasts for four days and features a specially constructed high street complete with aprés ski bars, skiing and snowboarding shops, and a smattering of food courts and cafés.
The FIS Snowboarding World Cup will spend a day of its world tour in Battersea on Oct 25th and pits British hopefuls Dan Wakeman, Ben Kilner, Dom Harrington, and Sam Cullum against some of the best snowboarders in the world.
The appropriately titled Big Air event is centred on the biggest real snow ramp ever constructed in Britain and provides the only entrance route to the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010.
Ben Kilner achieved one of the highest ever scores by a British snowboarder during a qualification round in New Zealand and will be hopeful of building on his recent successes when the London Freeze begins on Thursday.
A three day music festival will accompany the snow sports on offer and a variety of live acts will be playing throughout the day. Popular mainstream acts such as Cypress Hill, the Automatic, and Reverend and the Makers will accompany a handful of up-and-coming bands on two separate stages.
A special guest appearance by X-Games supremo, Shaun White, is also on the cards and avid gamers will be given the chance to try out his new snowboarding video game before it is released next month (November 16th).
The London Freeski and the LG Airbag events will also grace UK soil for the first time on the 24th October. The latter is an odd combination of huge jumps and giant inflatable airbags designed to encourage extreme stunts and dangerous tricks without the risk of lengthy hospital treatment or public humiliation. The LG Airbag event is free for everybody to enter and free gifts will be handed out to everybody who takes part.
Tickets for the London Freeze event start at £9.99 and can be bought at the official website. Fans of the LG Airbag Tour can enter at a number of venues around the country and more information is available online.
The first half-pipe event of the World Cup season begins on the 31st of October when the tournament moves on to Saas-Fee in Switzerland.
On October 28, 2008 by Administrator
I just discovered this blog, I find it funny and give and insight into what the guys in a snowboard shop really get up to, very interesting
On September 19, 2008 by Administrator
The Great Britain snowboarding team made a good start to their 2010 Winter Olympic campaign with respectable World Cup results in both the cross race in Argentina and the half-pipe event in New Zealand. Riders Zoe Gillings and Ben Kilner were in action last weekend, with the latter achieving his highest scoring run to date.
Despite taking a tumble in the final, Gillings pulled out all the stops and secured a fourth-place finish in the snowboard cross event. The youngster is currently ranked sixth in the world, but made no joke about how difficult the course was: “It’s been a really tough race. I have suffered several minor injuries but in true English style I battled through and ended with a good result."
A number of athletes were also rescued from the mountain by air ambulance, highlighting just how treacherous the course was.
In New Zealand, Zoe’s teammate Ben Kilner achieved a fifteenth place finish in the half-pipe event. This result may seem modest at first glance, but Kilner’s score of 38.5 out of a maximum of 50 in the qualifying event marks a personal best for the Scotsman, while his final score vaults him into the highest echelons of British snowboarders past and present.
The cross race was won by current champion Lindsey Jacobellis, while Kohhei Kudoh of Japan claimed first place in the half-pipe. It is reassuring to see that in a sport dominated by youngsters, Britain’s Olympic hopefuls are already making their presence felt.
The 21st Winter Olympic Games will be held from 12th – 28th February 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.
Written by Chris Illingworth
On May 29, 2008 by Administrator
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