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On Saturday 14th May shredders flocked in their droves to the mecca of snowboarding that is The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead for the SCUK Spring Bash. There were fully grown shreds and groms alike tearing up the awesome all-day park setup that Hemel’s shaping team, the DWA (Diggers with Attitude), had built especially for the event.

During the day discounted coaching sessions were available for those that wanted to work on their freestyle skills, these were provided by the ever skilled Maverix and Definition coaches who worked tirelessly from 8am all the way through to the end… now that’s commitment! The sessions ranged from those geared towards riders taking their very first steps into the freestyle world, to those that were aimed at the more experienced shredder trying to get their spins on lock. As always these were extremely well received and very useful!

The park setup was a progressive array of boxes, rails, jibs, bonks, stalls, with some kickers thrown in to boot! There really was something for everyone; from beginner ride-on boxes to a formidable barrel tap and the notorious Hemel rainbow rail.

After the day’s open session was over it was time for the evening’s activities to begin, so with the tunes pumping and the SCUK boys out on the slope, the open jam began! Features were picked at random for riders to show off their newly found skills on and bucket loads of on-the-spot prizes were given out to reward the best tricks, biggest smiles, and for general entertainment value (to the dude who tried to frontflip off the mini kicker – I salute you). This combined with the awesome setup and a strict ‘no snaking’ rule fostered a great atmosphere with everyone encouraging each other to try new tricks and progress their own riding. Having worked as a snowboard instructor at Hemel in the past it was great to see such a large group of riders turning out for the event and being rewarded for their efforts too!

Events like the SCUK Spring Jam, in this writer’s opinion, are what the UK scene (and snowboarding in general) needs to see more of. Riders were encouraged, whatever their level, to come down and shred, to learn something new, and have fun… which is what it’s all about when it comes down to it.

Thanks SCUK!