Leon Drynan wins the British Indoor Snowboard Champs 2017

Back in November 2016 we posted an article about Arbor UK team rider Leon Drynan as “One to Watch”. Over the past 12 months Leon has gone from strength to strength and even though still only 14 years old he can now add the title of ‘Brits Indoor Snowboard Open Champion 2017’ to his ever growing reputation.

We caught up with Leon to find out how about the competition and what he’s got planned for the up coming 2017/18 winter season.

Hey Leon, congratulations on your recent win at the British Indoor Championships. How was the event for you? Can you tell us how it all went down?

“It went really well. We drove down to Manchester on the Friday so I could get some practice in and get a feel for the park on the Friday night. Saturday was the main competition which took on a jam format. This consisted of having to do a number of runs in order to qualify through to the next zone. After each zone (4 in total) the judges cut the athlete field down (until the finalists were placed at the end of Zone 4).

I got through each round with a mixture of tricks like Cab 2 450 out, Switch front blunt 450, Front 1, switchback 3, Cab 1 and Back 3. The kicker tricks worked well although the conditions were really icy. I threw some Cork Back 7 Stalefish; Cab 7 Underflip’s, Rodeo 5's and what I thnk was the winner in the last round - a Back 9 Stalefish! I went straight from the main jam into the U16's competetion which was judged on two runs per rider, with the best run counting.

The presentation was later in the afternoon where I won Silver in the U16's, but took the overall Gold earning me the British Indoor Freestyle Champion title!"

How was the day overall? How did you feel defore the competition and did you expect to place in one of the top few positions overall?

"The competion was really well organised as usual and the timings (throughout the day) were pretty spot on. It was a good weekend, pretty fun and I landed some solid runs. I felt fine before it, (I was)quite confident. I always get a little nervous right before the first run but I try and use that to my advantage.

I go into any competiton to do my best and always aim to do better the competition before. When I landed my 900 a few people commented that it should be a winning run, but you just never know, (so I was) pretty stoked to have won as the competition was fierce."

So whats next for the end of 2017 and winter 2018?

"I'm off to Stubai (Austria) at the beginning of November for a week's training which I'm really looking forward to. Hopefully I can get another trip abroad in the New Year and then off to Laax for The Brits 2018!"


Rider: Leon Drynan   Photos: Bluebird Photography

Post Author: Edd Duerden
Category: In: SNOW |

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