Mia Brookes got the 2023/24 season off to a flying start with a superb third place at the World Cup opener
Amid poor weather conditions in Chur, Mia Brookes returned to the site of her World Cup debut last season to deliver the first World Cup Big Air podium of her career.
Forming part of a two-person British Freestyle Snowboard contingent, alongside fellow 16-year-old Charlie Lane, Brookes showed the strength of her Big Air repertoire, qualifying for Finals in first place. Her first run in the Final delivered the highest-scoring jump of the competition, with a score of 93.25 putting her in a commanding position.
Up against two multiple Big Air World Cup winners in Japan’s Kokomo Murase and Reira Iwabuchi, and an incredibly strong wider field, Brookes’ efforts were enough to secure third place, and a British Freestyle Snowboard Big Air podium since Katie Ormerod’s second place in Cardrona in 2019.
Lane, on his second ever World Cup appearance, banked really valuable experience on his first season as a full member of the World Cup squad, almost landing the FS triple 1440 in the midst of poor weather conditions during the men’s qualification session.
Header Image: Mia Brookes at Big Air Chur 2023. STADLERPHOTO.COM / FIS