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2011 Kia Snowcup2011 KIA Snowcup Rail Jam WON by Sunshine World Pro Team Member, Mikey McKernan in Bialka Tatrzanska, Poland!

What an amazing couple of days for the Sunshine World Instructor Training Academy and 3Ryde Pro Team. The last two days have seen 3Ryde Pro Team and Sunshine World Instructor Academy Members: TJ Alty, Mikey McKernan, Ben Pocklington, Greg Calcutt, Ben Tricarico, Alan Garcia, Matty Alder, Graham Blakeley, Joe Marples, Charlie Swan, Rienk Alting and Adam Ward entering the KIA 2011 Snowcup in Bialka Tatrzanska. Day 1 was the Rail Jam and some awesome moves were thrown down by more than 30 competitors on skis and snowboards. Our own man Mikey McKernan won the day ahead of his fellow team mates and all the other competitors with some extremely ballsy, yet highly consistent moves displaying great skills both regular and switch and for front side and backside boardslides.

Mikey McKernan, a homegrown Sunshine World Academy turned Pro Team Member, in action with one of his winning grinds in the 2011 KIA Snowcup.
Photo above: Mikey McKernan, a homegrown Sunshine World Academy turned Pro Team Member, in action with one of his winning grinds in the 2011 KIA Snowcup. Congratulations on bringing home 1st Place for Sunshine World and for Scotland :)

Mikey McKernan, Winner of the 2011 KIA Snowcup Rail Jam in Bialka Tatrzanska on 12.02.2011
Photo Above: Mikey McKernan, Winner of the 2011 KIA Snowcup Rail Jam in Bialka Tatrzanska on 12.02.2011

TJ, another Sunshine World Pro Team member who busted out some sick moves in the Rail Jam.
Photo Above: TJ, another Sunshine World Pro Team member who busted out some sick moves in the Rail Jam.

One of Mikey's winning grinds was a 180 on to switch 50/50 grind to 180 on the transition to 50/50 grind to 180 off! All stomped to perfection!
Photo Above: One of Mikey's winning grinds was a 180 on to switch 50/50 grind to 180 on the transition to 50/50 grind to 180 off! All stomped to perfection!

Mikey McKernan brings home 1st Place in the Rail Jam for Sunshine World!
Photo Above: Mikey McKernan brings home 1st Place in the Rail Jam for Sunshine World! Massive congratulations to Mikey from Aberdeen, Scotland who trained through the Sunshine World Snowboard Instructor Academy last season and is now a fully qualified CASI snowboard Instructor on our Pro Team: www.cheapsnowboardinstructortraining.com


Photo Above: Sunshine World Managing Director Sponsored by 3Ryde took part in both the KIA Rail Jam and Big Air Competitions on both his snowboard AND skis - he was the only competitor to attempt the competition in both disciplines and landed numerous grinds including frontside and backside railslides, 50/50 to 180 off on snowboard and disaster slides to regular and switch on both the box and the rail on skis. He also landed front and backflips on his board and backwards barrel roll a 720 and a 540 on the Big Air bag on his board and backflips and a switch backflip on skis- all with a leg which he broke in April 2010 in Andorra and had two major operations on over the summer :)

<< Watch this space for our video of all the action coming very soon! >>

Photo Gallery of Sunshine World at the KIA Snow Cup hereDay two saw the final of the Big Air competition. Huge flips, spins, grabs and airs were performed by the Sunshine World Academy Members and 3Ryde Pro Team alike. Snowboard Academy member, Ben Tricarico, was going huge attempting double corked front and backflips and even managing to get some solid grabs in too! 3Ryde Pro Team Sponsored skier, Greg Calcutt, nailed about 8 backflips over the two days! Our Managing Director, Al, threw caution to the wind after injuring his back in the Rail Jam the previous day and landed a huge Switch Backflip and a solid regular backflip with crossed skis- all with a broken leg! What awesome training on the Big Air bag and loads of new friends from around the world- especially from Poland of course. HUGE thanks to the organisers of the KIA Snowcup- the KIA Pro Team members and the Snowcup staff. Shout out to the AWESOME DJ who seamlessly blasted out endless sick D&B tunes all day!

Big love to everyone who was involved! And best of all we all managed to walk away without any serious injuries- BOOM!