I recently competed in the US Freestyle team trials in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, to try for a spot on the junior freestyle team that will represent the USA this summer in Ottawa, Canada, on the wave they call Garborator. This was my first year that I was old enough to make the team, so I was really excited to finally be able to compete! It was on a wave this year, which i was definitely not used to, but luckily, I was able to figure out some moves before the competition.
I was able to train on the Glenwood feature before the GoPro Mountain Games for a few days, but the water was rising quickly, so when I came back to work on my rides, the feature was completely different and had changed from a wave hole to a green wave. Luckily, I was able to figure out how to do helixes, blunts, and back blunts in the two days that I had left to train.
The day of the comp was on Monday and I was feeling fired up and ready to go! I wasn’t able to get my blunts on my semi’s rides, so I was going into finals in second with Darby McAdams from Montana in first. It was an intense finals with Darby and I going back and fourth for first and second. On my last ride though, I was able to get a 216 and slide into first!
I am very excited to represent the USA in my first Freestyle Worlds. Thank you City of Glenwood, Peter Benedict and all the volunteers who helped organize this event. Great job to all of the other competitors, I had a blast!