So I have some catching up to do… I have to admit that everytime I think of Blogging I get stuck for words. Well it’s June 2017 and I finally got my words back!
2017 has been crazy eventful so far. I threw myself head first in to my 1st World Cup Ski Cross in Watles- Italy, after 3 surgeries and almost 2 years.
I kicked off the year shredding Montafon- Austria with 2 of the best! Freeride World Tour superstar- Sam Lee and Head Ski Freeride badass boss Zamir. I also got to use my brand new KORE skis. EPIC!
I was so so lucky that the amazing Czech Ski Team took me under their wing after being left on my own for the season when my teamie Liz blew her knee 🙁 HEAL UP FAST DUDE!
Big Love Niky and Safa!
Each World Cup was feeling better each day I was on my skis, I was feeling a little more like myself. Sadly we had really dangerous conditions in Feldberg- Germany, which was tough to accept such huge risk for no reward. The race was just simply, unfair and dangerous for everyone.
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Heading up to beautiful Idre Fjall, Sweden turned out to be my favourite race trip of the winter. Jumping some of the biggest jumps of my life and absolutely loving the challenging, flowing course, I got such good feelings and love for the sport back. Almost forgetting I made such a rookie mistake in qualifying… and ended up dazed and confused, with a hell of a black eye.
In the midst of the competition madness I got to spend a few days in the 3 Valleys, France with an awesome crew. I stayed at the most incredible chalet with Powder N Shine in Reberty. Can’t recommend that place enough. I mean come on, I had a hot tub right outside my bedroom! It was a great few days hosted by Eglove. Loved the trip James, Fran, Steve and the guys, cheers!
Sunny Valley, Russia was the next stop on the tour and that track was wicked. After a pretty gnarly crash in training I was happy to walk away in 1 piece… mostly 😉 Staying with Reina of Team Japan, had loads of fun with these chicks.
The SIGB Ski Test in Kuhtai is one of my favourite trips of the year. Catching up with my so many friends in the British Ski Industry and testing next years skis for the Telegraph Ski and Snowboard Magazine.
PIC- Adrian Myers
After that, coaching on the GBX camp in Torgon, Switzerland was an eye opener for me. I had such a great time with Jakey, Tom and a bunch of rad little rippers, I can’t wait to see how they progress in the future!
World Championships was my last race stop this season in Sierra Nevada, Spain. Unfortunately for us, the weather was so warm. Our conditions on track were bad, and the tour took a big hit with injuries in that one race. Including mine. I left Sierra on crutches, with a suspected ACL tear in my knee. I was heartbroken!
So we spent a couple of days at the beach in Malaga before heading back to reality…
Strapping my knee to the max, I managed one last trip back to Kuhtai, Austria with Ellis Brigham for next years Whitebook photoshoot. Even though my knee was a mess, I had a lot of pain and my skiing was less than pretty, I loved every second. The whole team was a dream to work with and I can’t wait to see what miracles our photographer Nadir worked with the photos! Again guys, thanks for having me.
So then came the end of the season and my time to get surgery on my knee. When I woke up I was beyond happy to hear that my ACL was still intact and my rehab would be significantly shorter. STOKED!
Back in Rotterdam, I’ve missed coaching these guys in the morning Crossfit workouts!
Going to the beach with friends..
And random boat trips…
Spending time with my crazy cats…
And finding awesome new Sponsors! Yahh Rocktape.
I’ve spent time back in Scotland visiting family and hanging with this one…
Oh… and my bro finally proposed to his better half! Family wedding HELLS YES!!
Congrats Scott and Linsey!
Much love and speak soon friends.