Spain World Cup and The Brits

The last World Cup of the season took place in Sierra Nevada in Spain from the 21st- 26th of March. I head out there with the rest of the GB Pipe Team and coach Jamie Mathew. Landing in Malaga airport it felt more like we were on our way to a summer holiday than a ski comp but when we arrived at the resort, the weather was pretty bad, with high winds and thick clouds making for bad visibility. After some chilling and hanging around, we managed to get a good day of practice before the comp kicked off and I was feeling really confident after my performance in Norway

Sierra Nevada valley When the weather was good

The weather improved a lot for Comp day but unfortunately on my first run I dropped in and crashed really hard on a trick that I hadn't fallen on all season. Check out the video below... it was the worst fall of the season by far and I was lucky to walk away from it...

Peter Speight Halfpipe crash at Sierra Nevada World Cup 2013 from peter speight on Vimeo.

I got up and did my 2nd run but was abit shaken after my fall so ended up sketching out on one of my other tricks. I was bitterly disappointed as practice had gone so well and I knew this comp was a good chance to get one of the top 20s I need for Olympic qualification. After a few consolation beers I left for Tignes the next day for The Brits...

The Brits this year was a really good laugh in Tignes and was good to catch up with so many familiar faces after a long season. Going into the Half pipe competition on Thursday my confidence and body were a bit shaken from Spain but I knew I would have to ride my very best to have a chance at taking the top spot

Cork 9 in practice. Photographer: Nick Atkins.

With bad weather I put down a solid, simple first run to ensure podium. I then really wanted to put down my World Cup run in the comp to show everyone the level I had got to this season so on my second run, dropping last and with the crowd hyped up, I decided to go all out. I landed my back to back 9s but then lost speed going into my 3rd hit. I just had fun for the rest of the run and popped a big straight air out the bottom of the pipe for the spectators.

It ended up being a really fun comp and I was happy to come away with 2nd behind Murray Buchan who put down a really good run despite the slow conditions and to end the season with a podium for the second year running. I was also really happy for my mate Rob whose skiing over the years finally payed off with 3rd place!

Lads on the podium. Shout out to James Webb for MCing all week. Photographer: Nick Atkins.

I was hoping to head to Austria after the Brits but unfortunately my knee took a further knock
in Spain so it is time to head home and rest up in time for the summer, during which I plan to go to Whistler and then New Zealand! Thanks for reading and stay tuned!