Morphsuits and Moustaches Hit BUDS

Nov 15 2011

BUDS 2011 (Hillend, Edinburgh)

The longest dry-slope in Europe was the setting for the biggest gathering of students Snowsports enthusiasts in the UK. Over 2000 attended for a weekend of freestyle, racing and the infamous après that is synonymous with all BUSC (British University Snowsports Council) events.

We arrived with Pammy (sporting a fetching re-spray) at 7am on Friday and set up for an intense day of competition with many of the Universities coming away with Outgoing this year competing hard to get on the podium.

Outgoing even provided Morph Suits as to cut down on wind resistance, the SHU Snow guys looked very fetching but wind resistance was the last thing on their mind!

SHU Snow Team

With students from nearly every University in the country competing in Giant Slalom, Slalom, Dual Slalom, Big Air, Slope style and the inter-University banter reaching new levels of intensity, the whole of Hillend was rocking to the sound of the Red Bull Pizgauer blasting out tunes to keep the masses entertained.

Friday night was held at the Ocean Terminal shopping centre where the organisers had turned a normal shopping centre in to a club for one night only!  With Jaymo and Andy George on the decks (warming up for their appearance at Snowbombing next April no doubt!) they kept the crowd pumped until gone 3 am.  This probably explained the bloodshot eyes and horrific hangovers on display by many of the students ready to race at 9am the following morning!

The standard of freestyle skiers and boarders in the UK has exploded in the past couple of years and for the first time in BUD’s history a double front flip was landed. The crowd went nuts.  This was followed by two skiers then dropping switch rodeo 900’s as if they were doing it in their sleep.  The pros in attendance couldn’t believe their eyes.   Neither could we!

The legendary Saturday night ball was as daft as can be with the BUDS attendees finally getting their cheesecake after waiting for a year (the 2010 ball was well… you will have to ask the details of this  from those who attended!).  Urban Knights laid down a jaw-dropping audio visual set and lifted the roof off Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange.

So as we are driving home this Sunday afternoon, Pammy in tow and the memories of another successful BUDS still fresh in the mind- spare a thought for our very own Plymouth Snowriders who have a lovely 12 hour journey back home…

Thanks BUSC for a great weekend and see you next year! And also thanks to Syndicate Clothing and Stevie McKenna for the fantastic images from over the weekend.

Check out the BUDS 2011 video below.




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