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Juniors representing at World Snowboard Champs

by Peter Peyper last modified Mar 22, 2012 09:04 PM
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Between the 22nd of March 2012 and the 1st of April, Sierra Nevada in Spain will come alive with the FIS Snowboard Junior World Championships. The small town will host the slopestyle and halfpipe events with competitors from all around the world including South Africa.

 

Between the 22nd of March 2012 and the 1st of April, Sierra Nevada in Spain will come alive with the FIS Snowboard Junior World Championships. The small town will host the slopestyle and halfpipe events with competitors from all around the world including South Africa.

 

The annual event is a very big deal for young up and coming riders, and some may say it is even on par with the Junior Olympics. And with riders competing from all over the world competition is extremely tight. So it is very exciting that two of our very own young riders will be there to ride with the best of the best.

 JUNIOR WORLD CUP SLOPESTYLE COURSE

Our two junior shredders –both 15 –, who will be taking part in the slopestyle competition on 30 March 2012, are 2011 SA Champ Luke Dutton and second runner-up Dean van Greunen in the junior division. This is the first time that South Africa will be sending male snowboarders to a World Championships.

Last year top SA rider Mawa Jekot represented South Africa in the female division at the senior World Championships in La Molina. Mawa placed 16th out of 27

The intrepid Luke has been traveling around Europe training with Iztok Summatic and most recently with Matt Amoretti and has competed in several Europa Cup slopestyle competitions in France, Slovenia and Bosnia as well as the British Snowboard championships in Laax Switzerland.

Luke put down a huge front five melon in the big air final in Laax this week placing 3rd in the junior Big Air and 4th in the junior Half pipe event. Can't wait to see what he'll pull in slopestyle coming up at the end of the week. Matt commented that he is expecting big things at the junior world champs after seeing Luke's bag of tricks grow incredibly over the weeks of training.

 Luke Dutton

Dean has also been hard at work and spent two weeks riding in Verbier Switzerland with his coach, Marco Coramba. He has also been spending much time training on the dry slope at the Avalanche ski deck and on the Jozi X airbag where he is pulling some impressive backside Rodeos and double back flips.

 Dean

So keep an eye on the Snowboarder facebook page for regular updates and results as Dean and Luke fly the SA flag at the upcoming  Junior World Champs. Special thanks to Snow Sports SA, the Snowboarder Club, Marco Carambo and the families of Dean and Luke for their support in making this experience possible.

 

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