Big mountain legend and Quiksilver snowboarder James Stentiford killed it on the Freeride World Tour last year, with podium finishes and a 6th place overall. This year Stentiford is back and stronger than ever, with hopes of glory and a hunger for the title:
‘I know I can win one if I get a good line and with a bit of luck on the day.’
The iconic 40-year old, a legend on the U.K. scene, finds his place amongst the top freerider’s in the world and is the only Brit to qualify. He faces tough competition from other international big mountain legends, such as Xavier de la Rue, but with experience rivalling the best of them and the support of the British crowd, James is definitely ready for the challenge:
‘Hopefully I can surprise a few people, I don’t really feel under pressure like some of the younger riders so hopefully that will be an advantage.’
As good friends and snowboard buddies of Stenti’s, here at Mint we will be supporting him all the way when things kick off on the 21st of January in Chamonix. It’s the first stop of the Swatch Freeride World Tour and what better way to start than on his training ground!
You can follow James’ progress on the Quiksilver blog: www.quiksilver.co.uk/england/news with up to date news on all the team. For more information and details on all the tour stops check out: www.freerideworldtour.com.
We’ve had an epic start to the season out here in Morzine… after almost two weeks of non-stop snow, the sun is finally out today, 23rd December. This made for fun times on the December Snowboard camps.
Snow conditions were unquestionably fantastic, with everyday being a powder day, although the weather was certainly challenging at times. Strong winds and the huge quantities of snow caused some lift closures, but the team battled on with rosy windswept faces showing huge smiles at the end of run after run of epic powder. The one day that the lifts did shut completely, we were the only ones in town to battle against the elements, turning a potential down-day into a fun day up the mountain building a couple of backcountry kickers as well as doing some transceiver training.
Other than fantastic snow conditions, other highlights of the week included an exclusive showing of the much acclaimed Art of Flight at the Morzine cinema with after party in the Cavern and a great day tearing around the Avoriaz Stash park with James Stentiford, Jamie Trinder & Henry Shackleton of the Quiksilver UK team. Progression in everyones riding was impressive within the 4 coaching groups each headed by one of top qualified instructors from Mint Snowboard School.
Check out some photos from the week:
We have several more snowboard camp dates coming up in 2012:
21th – 28th January 2012 : Performance Lab
28th January – 4th February 2012 : ACME Off Piste Snowboard Camp
3rd March – 10th March 2012 : Freestyle Camp
31st March – 7th April 2012 : Just 4 Girls Snowboard Camp
Check out http://mintsnowboarding.com/camps-courses/ for more info.
UK Quiksilver Team Manager and 39 year old British Snowboard Legend scored third place in the final and most intimidating leg of the Nissan World Freeride Tour – the Bec des Rosses – making him ranked 6th over all with 4,700 points. As a close friend, we are super stoked for him here at Mint Snowboarding.
After scoring impressive results from a wild card invitation at the 2010 World Freeride Tour, James Stentiford was invited again to compete against the World’s toughest freeride snowboarders across all legs of the Nissan World Freeride Tour 2011.
The World Freeride Tour kicked off in Stentiford’s home resort – Chamonix – where his unfortunate run scored him in at just 9th place. This didn’t phase him though as 2 events later he scored podium results coming in at 3rd in both Fiebberbrunn (AUS) and Bec des Rosses (Verbier) proving that he is amongst the World’s strongest freeride snowboarders.
His WFT results are as follows:
- 9th Chamonix
- 5th St Moritz
- 4th Russia
- 3rd Fiebberbrunn
- 3rd Verbier
As Britain’s toughest freeride snowboarder, James Stentiford has become an icon for those that have grown up with him, as well as young snowboarders coming into the scene. It has been a proud few months to see him compete in such intimidating conditions against the world’s best, and especially to see him score that podium in Verbier. At 39 years old, Stentiford was happily on the road to retirement but as we’ve all seen – there’s a hell of a lot more to come out of the old man yet. Don’t put those slippers on too soon stenti..Here’s a few words from James Stentiford after Bec des Rosses:
“The Bec Des Rosse is an intimidating mountain, and when you add to that a helicopter buzzing in front of your face and countless camera’s, it becomes an incredibly challenging experience. The emotions run higher at the start & finish gates at this event in particular as all the riders know that the consequences are that much higher. Standing at the top, I went through every emotion from fear to excitement as the adrenaline started to kick in. I tried to calm my nerves with some breathing exercises before I set off, but as soon as I was out of the gate, focus set in and I couldn’t even hear the Heli buzzing above my head.
The Bec has so much freeriding history that I think I built it up to be this big monster that wanted to kill me, but once I stood on top for the first time I realized that as much as it’s intimidating it’s also a beautiful mountain with some great lines.
The relief when I got to the finish was unbelievable. I was just glad to be down in one piece and to get on the podium is an absolute dream. As I stood in the leaders position for live TV and riders kept coming down and not knocking me off I just thought “well at least I didn’t come last… at least I made 5th place!” At the time, I wasn’t that happy with my run as I made a few mistakes, so you can imagine to come 3rd was an absolute bonus.
I was convinced I was going to retire after Verbier but now I’m not so sure, maybe one more year just to see if I can win an event!”
CONGRATULATIONS STENTI! Look forward to riding with you soon…
Check out some great coverage on James Stentiford on the Telegraph and BBC Sports site:
UK freeride legend and experienced big mountain rider, James Stentiford, gears up for this seasons Freeride World Tour, with his eye on the podium.
After last years wild card invite and surprise third place finish at the Nissan Freeride de Chamonix, Stentiford has been invited to attend the full tour this season. An invitation he can’t refuse:
‘To get on the podium is pretty exhilarating for a UK snowboarder and that sort of spurred me on a little bit. I thought why not have a crack at it? I’m not getting any younger. I thought before I turn 40 I should give it a go. That’s why I’m here.’
The 39-year old snowboarder finds his place amongst the top freerider’s in the world and faces tough competition from other international big mountain legends such as Xavier de la Rue. But with experience rivaling the best of them and Chamonix as his training ground (a freerider’s dream) he is determined for success:
‘I’d like to win one to be perfectly honest and on the right day if I get the right line I think I can win, so that’s my motivation. And also I want to get to Verbier. Every freerider’s dream is to ride that mountain in perfect conditions so that’s my motivation behind it.’
The invitation makes James the only British rider on the roster and is good news for the UK scene. Some of you Mint students out there may even have had the privilege of riding with James who frequently joins us for a day or two on the Just Snowboard Camps.
The Freeride Tour is 100% natural, 100% clean. The event is all about celebrating the god-given terrain features found on any mountainside in the most exciting and elemental format possible. There‘s a start gate at the summit and a finish gate at the bottom. That’s it. Best run down wins. With contests all over the world during the 2011 season, the first stop is the Nissan Freeride de Chamonix which is due to take place on the 22nd of January.
Good luck James!!!