Vans Dawn of the Shred!

Posted on Tuesday 29th March, 2011 Times Viewed: 3541
Dawn of the Shred came back for its fifth year and from what we see at GONEboarding it keeps getting better! This year the event was held from the 9th to the 12th of April and had a geat turn out!

Words- Kaz Wilmer
Photos- Peter Diender
All your favorite riders were laying down some serious moves and the snow park is always impressive, plus its got the biggest kicker Great Britain has seen. Now its not just for the like of Chris Chatt, Rowan Coultas and Sam Turnball to throw down. The event was open to everyone and there was £1000 to be won!

We put some questions to Vans, Chris Chatt, Rowan Coultas and Jeremy Sladen from the TSA about the upcoming event and had a catch up post event with some of the winners Sam Turnball, Emilia Vanni and Matt McCormick.

GB: What can we look forward to from Dawn of the Shred this year?

Vans: As we saw last year, Scotland's seasons have been getting better and better and snowfall this year has already been very good, so on top of the park being in peak condition the rest of the resort is great to ride. The reason that Vans Dawn Of The Shred is so successful is the atmosphere, it's a grassroots event for everyone to enter and have a laugh doing so, an event where you will see a local lad hitting the same obstacles as a pro. Plans for the park set up are already in place and the team at the Park Crew at Cairngorm have been busy building new obstacles. There is a prize purse of £1000 plus great prizes from our supporting sponsors TSA, Ride and Slide, Dragon and Dalikfodda.

GB:How do you go about setting up an event like this?

Vans: The event has been running for 5 years and we are lucky to have Jonny Barr, a long time Vans snow team member, based up there. Along with Les and Rod Andean from the Cairngorm Snowboard Club they work with the mountain staff to make this event happen every year.
The support of the Cairngorm Snowboard Club started in 2007. After having had a few meetings with the Cairngorm mountain resort and the Cairngorm snowboard club which were initiated by Jonny, Vans decided to Sponsor the park, making it the only British snowpark in the heart of the Highlands of Scotland at the time. The deal was set-up to get the means necessary to build some new obstacles such as c-boxes, battle ship boxes, escalator boxes as well as rails and the development of some kickers. The idea of Vans Dawn of the Shred came fairly quickly after the commitment to the park and the idea behind it is very simple - to offer an open UK Snow competition on UK Soil and showcasing not only the local and regional talent but also invited the top riders that have come out of the UK for a weekend of fun in the Cairngorms.

GB: How long does it take to build the kickers?

Vans: The kickers are set up throughout the season and altered as and when there is more snow or a different shape is required, so they are established by the time the event happens.

GB:How do you go about deciding what features to set up?

Vans:There are two new rails being introduced into the park and the old favourites mentioned above are still there. Last year the park team found an old tyre so decided to include that, it was everyone's favourite obstacle, you can see Aimee Fuller grabbing over it in this years poster. Certain things like the kicker are weather dependent and are included if they can be, but as it can be unpredictable up there the set up needs to be changeable.

GB: DOTS was voted the Best Single Event of 2010 – how do you plan to top that this year?

Vans:It's important to us that Vans Dawn Of The Shred doesn't lose what makes it a special event. So we hope that more people will enter this year building on a great atmosphere, the new obstacles will help to attract people.

GB: Who should we look out for this year?

Vans: All of the Vans UK snow team will be in attendance and I'm told that Jamie Nicholls will be back to defend his title, but we are really looking forward to seeing the local talent that enter, some great riders have come out of Scotland and it's always exciting to see young, fresh talent.

GB: How much has DOTS changed throughout the years?

Vans:Initially the event was a series of dates, but due to the weather conditions it leant itself to holding the event later in the season, and became a one date contest. TSA have always supported the event and we are grateful for the promotion that they have provided us. It's popularity has increased year on year starting with 20 entrants to the 45 in 2010. Particularly with the snow seasons being so much better of late, the addition of bigger kickers and harder rails has elevated the park.

GB: How are you involved in the event.

Jez:We have been involved since the very first Dawn of the Shred event, we had been working with the guys at the Cairngorm Snowboard Club for a while so it was a no brainer for us to get on board with it, it kind of harked back to the pioneering days of the UK scene where Aviemore was the place to be and where the real events took place. I think as a scene we had forgotten that we have real mountains in the UK so to see a major event return back to the spiritual home of UK snowboarding was too good an opportunity to miss out on.

GB: Why do you like getting involved in UK events?

Jez:Events are what drives the scene in the UK, for us creating our own events and supporting other events is fundamental to our business. If we aren’t putting back into the sport then really what is the point. Contrary to what a lot of people seem to think you don’t get involved in snowboarding to get rich, you do it for the love of the sport, if you’re just sat in an office or in a shop and are putting nothing back in then what’s the point, you might as well become a banker and just make money. Events are really one of the most fun parts of the job, I don’t understand why a lot of our competitors can’t be arsed.

GB: Who do you think we should look out for?

Jez:I think the stand out rider will probably be Jamie Nicholls, hot off his widely publicised international season this is going to be a great opportunity to see him on home soil. Other than that there are some sick riders coming out of Aviemore, look out for Jamie Trinder and Andrew Forwood, they should be pretty special, local knowledge etc. Also keep an eye out for the crews from Glasgow and Edinburgh. It’ll also be great to see Greg.

GB: How much have you seen the UK snowboard scene change throughout the years?

Jez:The scene has changed massively over the years, it started to take itself a little too seriously, I think a lot of people and a lot of brands put everything into the competitive side of the sport and somewhere along the line seemed to forget that the main reason people snowboard is that it’s fun. This bought in the annoying curse of the competitive parent. However over the last year it seems that the fun, almost punk rock attitude of snowboarding seems to be gaining a bit of momentum, with the likes of the Helgasons pushing the boundaries of competition riding, the Yes guys killing it on freeriding. It looks like we could be heading towards the golden years of snowboarding where the boundaries are going to get pushed to another level but the fun rebellious element of snowboarding is going to make a come-back. Hallelujah.

GB: What can we look out for from TSA next season?

Jez:I think next season is going to be amazing, on the hardware front it seems like everyone has truly stepped it up a level next year, we had to fully adjust our buying plans this year as some of the new stuff was truly amazing. The real stand outs have to be both Signal and Yes, those guys have truly gone to a new place next season. As for what’s going on we are going to try and get out and about a lot more. The Big Bang Snowboard Show tour looks like being a stunner next year, we have some of the biggest named riders in the world lined up for the coaching session on top of everything else going on during the day. We are also going to be pushing a really comprehensive events programme throughout autumn and the winter months. I think 11-12 is going to be the most exciting season yet. It’s going to be a ride.

We put a few questions to Chris Chatt and Rowan about the upcoming event!

Chris Chatt

GB:Where’ve you been riding this season?
CC:Mayrhofen, Austria!

GB:What’s been your best moment so far?
CC:Just being back from injury shredding again with all my best friends and having tones of fun!

GB:What do you like best about riding UK events?
CC:The boozy bit afterwards

GB:What are you most looking forward to about Dawn of the Shred?
CC:Riding that park in Aviemore, its been so good the last few winters but i have been unable to ride it, So looking forward to shredding the scottish slush with my team mates and of course going to see Hellz Bellz the AC/DC tribute act afterwards!!!!

GB:What tricks are you looking to pull off?
CC:Handplants, Backflips and Methods!

GB:What tips do you have for riders trying to get into the UK riding scene?
CC:Have as much fun as you possible can!

GB:How do you think riding UK events differ from events in mainland Europe/North America?
CC:They dont have as much pressure as the higher level contests which intern make them way more fun and enjoyable and then again that gets everyone going and stoked so the level gets pushed up pretty high!!!

Rowan Coultas

GB:Where have you been riding this season?
RC:I have been riding Mayrhofen all season.

GB:Whats been your best moment so far?
RC:Landing a backside 900

GB:What do you like best about UK events?
RC:Seeing my friends

GB:What are looking forward to about Dawn of the Shred?
RC:Having a good breakfast!!!

GB:What tricks are looking to pull off?
RC:Not sure yet.

GB:What tips do you have for riders to get into the UK riding scene?
RC:Just have fun!

GB:How do you think riding UK events differ from events in mainland Europe/North America?
RC:Most UK events are held indoor so the weather doesn't matter!

Here were the result of the event

Men Cash Open - 1. Sam Turnball 2. Angus Leith 3. Stewert Gairns

Girls Cash Open - 1. Emilia Vanni 2. Rebecca Cullum 3. Faye Young

Senior Men - 1. Ed Greig 2. Gordon Adams 3. Collin Andrews

Senior Girls – 1. Orla Doolin 2. Natalie Riley 3. Kate Jachacy

Junior Men - 1. Jamie Trinder 2. Danny McCormick 3. Adam Gairns

Youth Men - 1. Matt McMornick 2. Rowan Coultas 3. Matt Corry

Mini Men - 1. Jacob Sellars 2. Fin Bremner 3. Cameron McLelland

So we had a catch up with some of the winners-

Sam Turnball

GB:Did you enjoy yourself at DOTS?
ST:Yeah, The Vans dawn of the shred was so much fun, really enjoyed myself and the atmosphere was amazing. also the standard of riding was really high which was great to see.

GB:What do you like about riding UK comps?
ST:I like the fact that UK comps are so chilled and are not really serious, its all about having fun and riding with friends.

GB:How do you think it compares to comps in mainland Europe?
ST:Dawn of the shred is such a good comp, i reckon you can defiantly compare it to some european comps. especially with that kicker which was huge.

GB:DOTS is one of the UK's top comps. Do you think comps like this in the UK could help to encourage more talent to come out of Britain?
ST:Yeah for sure, i think comps like "Vans Dawn of the shred" are great for younger riders to go to and have the chance to shred with some of the top riders in the uk and its great for people to watch.Ii reckon more comps like this will definitely encourage more people to give snowboarding a go.

GB:Where have you been riding this season?
ST:This season i have mainly been riding around europe going to places like Laax, Mayrhofen, Hintertux, Chamonix etc but to start my season off i few out the states to ride breckenridge & keystone for a few weeks which was so much fun. also i went out to chamonix with DC uk Team to ride some powder for the first time, that was so much fun.

GB:Are you going to come back to DOTS next year?
ST:Yes.

GB:What are your plans for the summer?
ST:partying, surfing & chilling with friends . snowboarding wise i'm planning on heading out to New Zealand to get some riding done, working on style and going bigger. Maybe head out to kaprun and hintertux aswell.

GB:And do you have plans for next winter already?
ST:Hopefully do some bigger comps and travel more thats the plan but to be honest i think i'm just going to go with the flow and see what happens really.

GB:What tricks are you looking to nail next year?
ST:Well i was planning on learning back double 10s next year but for some reason i ended up learning them this year ha! So now i guess i'm looking to learn new and bigger tricks like double rodeo's, Fs 10's and cab 12's.

Emilia Vanni

GB:Did you enjoy yourself at DOTS?
EV:I had absolutely wicked time riding with so many of our mates! I was well impressed by the efforts that folk made to come up all the way from down south. The riders were throwing down sick tricks regardless of the conditions; it was like everyone was determined to make it an epic day no matter what since they were given a chance to shred hard on a mountain on their homeland!

GB:What do you like about riding UK comps?
EV:They are really amazing because of the chill atmosphere. Everyone is there just to have a really good sesh rather than being fixated on results. At least that's the way I feel it is in Scotland, the riders are just full of banter! Also, the level of riding is very impressive.

GB:How do you think it compares to comps in mainland Europe?
EV:I think the comps in the mainland are maybe a bit more challenging because one might feel more pressure of riding well to justify all the travel. DOTS has the perfect platform for people to have a great time and concentrate on the shred. Not to mention the kicker... I think that size of a booter is not too shabby compared to ones on the mainland!

GB:DOTS is one of the UK's top comps. Do you think comps like this in the UK could help to encourage more talent to come out of Britain?
EV:Absolutely, especially for some of the young lads that might not have the opportunity to travel further. It's amazing to see the groms throwing down big spins on a massive kicker.

GB:Where have you been riding this season?
EV:Most of my season has actually been spent in the Braehead dome avoiding goggle tan! We've made trips up to the Scottish hills every weekend weather permitting. We mostly rode in Glenshee this winter as they got an amazing set of brand new rails. I also had a couple of good weeks in Laax at the Brits.

GB:Are you going to come back to DOTS next year?
EV:If it's up to me at that point, then definitely YES! It really is a competition I want to attend and will try my best to make it. This year I even had to cancel a trip to Tignes to shred at DOTS!

GB:What are your plans for the summer?
EV:After all the snow is gone from the hills, I'm quite keen to go back to my summer hobbies including skydiving. I’m also determined to learn to skate to improve my pop. There have been talks about going for a wee summer season in the Alps, but we'll see if my mates have enough interest...and dough!

GB:And do you have plans for next winter already?
EV:SHRED really hard, no matter where it is! I'm just finishing uni and looking forward to deciding which mountain to make my new home...

GB:What tricks are you looking to nail next year?
EV:Big spins of big kickers! It's definitely the consistency that I want to work on and be able to pull some boned out double-handed grabs.


Matt McCormick

GB:Did you enjoy yourself at DOTS?
MM:Yeh it was so much fun. I got to meet up with Rowan Coultas who I haven't seen much since he moved to Austria so it was really good fun to get to ride with him again.

GB:What do you like about riding UK comps?
MM:I think the atmosphere seems much better since British snowboarding is quite small so everyone knows each other more that in other countries.

GB:How do you think it compares to comps in mainland Europe?
MM:I think it felt more fun than European comps so it didn't feel like a comp as much it just felt fun.

GB:DOTS is one of the UK's top comps. Do you think comps like this in the UK could help to encourage more talent to come out of Britain?
MM:Definitely! Especially for guys who are about 16 as they are able to hit the bigger kicker and it is sometimes the only chance they get all season to hit them so I think they will progress super fast at it.

GB:Where have you been riding this season?
MM:I was in Laax for two weeks which was amazing! I was also up north in Glencoe a few times and I was in Cairngorm the week before DOTS for the Highlander Comp. I also rode Bearsden dryslope and Sno!zone Braehead alot.

GB:Are you going to come back to DOTS next year?
MM:I hope so. If I can persuade my Dad to drive me up again I will definitely be there.

GB:What are your plans for the summer?
MM:I think I might be going to Les Deux Alps for a week with One Snowboarding but I'm not sure yet and hopefully I will also go out to Hintertux to stay with Rowan for a week which would be rad!!!

GB:And do you have plans for next winter already?
MM:Not really, maybe the Brits again in Laax but I'm not sure yet.

GB:What tricks are you looking to nail next year?
MM:I want to get all 7s on lock at Bearsden and hit some bigger kickers.

Big up to Vans for a rad event and congratulations to the winners and everyone who made it happen!

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