Freestyle skier Justin Taylor-Tipton defied the odds to claim top spot at the Air Attack competition in Dorset – despite competing at the event using a pair of damaged skis.
A daredevil group of talented freestyle skiers and snowboarders arrived at the Christchurch dry slope in Dorset, all looking to land some tricks for the chance to place top in their age category.
But Justin, who trains at The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead, had his heart set on winning the U16 category – with more incentive than most to lift the trophy.
Having previously broken his own skis, Justin was aware that triumphing at Air Attack would win him a brand new pair of Salomon Threats; however this would mean completing daring tricks on his existing damaged skis.
With around 80 competitors taking part, Justin performed a number of big tricks such as a switch back flip, 1080 degree spins and more on the jumps, including a 1260 spin attempt that he didn’t quite make.
He also went all out on the rails with and delivered a switch 270 pretzel and back 360 swap.
Winning the skis means I can continue with my love of the sport and follow my heart’s dream.Justin Taylor-Tipton
Wowing onlookers including Team GB’s Slopestyle Olympian Billy Morgan, Justin shared the podium and took first place to win the skis he so desperately needed.
Justin said: “I want to say thanks to The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead for letting me represent them; it’s a great centre to represent!
“Winning the Salomon Threat Skis couldn’t have come at a better time – mine fell to pieces and I finished the competition on broken skis.
“I really needed to win a pair of skis as mine were starting to die, and now they have gone to ski heaven!
“I have been skiing on broken skis for a while now and I will be honest, I couldn’t afford to buy a pair. So winning the skis means I can continue with my love of the sport and follow my heart’s dream.”