It was the first World Cup Big Air of the European season with both snowboard and ski finals over the weekend in Modena, Italy.
The McCormick brothers were flying the flag for Great Britain with Matt snowboarding and Chris skiing.
Under the floodlights the world’s best were battling it out to win the first freestyle competition of the season. First off was the snowboard World Cup Big Air with a big crowd turning out, despite the freezing cold conditions. World Cup Big Air events have two heats of qualifying with only ten riders get to qualifying for the main final.
British rider Matt McCormick was ranked 43rd for the event and scored a 48.00 in qualifying after two jump scores. This wasn’t enough to qualify for the final unfortunately, but Matt McCormick managed to finish a respectable 33rd place. He will be slightly disappointed with the result though after scoring a few top 20 results in the past two seasons.
The snowboard final was won by Japan’s Takeru Otsuka, who had a spectacular second jump with a massive frontside 1440 which was impeccably executed and landed. USA’s Chris Corning finished 1.75 points behind Otsuka, with Finland’s Kalle Jarvilehto rounding out the podium.