AUSTRALIAN Snowboarder Scotty James has just completed one of the most successful seasons of any competitive pro snowboarder in history. This northern winter season he has absolutely dominated the elite level halfpipe events across the globe, leaving the world’s best in his wake.
James has been on the podium in nearly every event he has entered this season, his competition runs are impressive to watch and are proving unbeatable. He has it all.
His amplitude is as big as anyone in the competitions and his repertoire of tricks are technical, his style flawless.
Many critics are saying he has the best back double cork 1260 in the pipe world. This manoeuvre alone has been one of the major factors for his impressive winning streak. The past two Winter Olympic champions both performed this trick.
Results speak for themselves and this season James’ list of achievements and results are impressive to say the least. At the Olympic test event in Korea he won in what could be a precursor to February 2018 at PyeongChang. He won the World Championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain becoming the first rider in history to grab consecutive World Championships.
While he did slip up slightly at the US Open, only placing second, he certainly had us on the edge of our seats.
Finally he won gold at Winter X Games in Aspen, backing up last year’s bronze at the same event. X Games are recognised by riders as the pinnacle event in snowboarding, and with back to back podiums all eyes are squarely on James as one of the emerging stars of our sport. Or has he already arrived this season.
Snowboarding has two tours, the FIS tour who host World Cup events, World Championships and the Olympicss every four years, and the World Snowboardoard Federation where most of the top riders compete outside of Olympic years. s. James is in the top position in both, currentlyrently leading the World Snowboard tour r points list. He has also just secured his secondecond crystal globe for winning the overallrall FIS tour for the 2016/2017 season.
What does this mean? If you are talking about the best men to drop into a halfpipe James will be on that list. He has beaten the last two Olympic Gold medallists numerous times and has Shaun White, regardedrded as the best in history re-thinking his strategy and upping his training regime leadingading into Korea.
James has just jointly won best Australian athlete of the year and at present has some serious momentum leading into thehe Winter Olympic year in 2018. He is the perfecterfect representative for Australia, consistent,istent, always smiling, a nice guy and at the moment always on the podium.
PHOTO: Jeff Brockmeyer/ Red Bull Content Pool ◆ HUGE: Scotty James launches out of the halfpipe at the US Open. ◆ CHAMP: Scotty James all smiles after winning the 2017 FIS World Championship halfpipe.