Yes, you read that right: Katie Ormerod, a 16-year-old girl from Yorkshire, England, has just made snowboard history – and it's all captured beautifully in this short clip.
First off, what is a double cork 1080, and why is it a big deal?
A 'cork' describes a jump where the rider rotates through the air on two different axes – the horizontal axis (spin) and vertical axis (flip) – in the same motion as a corkscrew. So a double cork 1080 describes two full flips and one full spin, which equals 3 x 360 = 1,080 degrees.
And it's a HUGE deal because...
...until recently, double corks were only done by the top male riders in the world. In fact, they're so hard, requiring so much strength to initiate and control the rotation, that just a few years ago many people doubted women would ever be able to perform them.
But that obviously wasn't the case. Pioneers like Cheryl Maas, Anna Gasser and Aimee Fuller have all landed variations of the switch double Underflip 900 in the past couple of years. However, with only 180 degrees of spin rotation, these were all mostly 'flips' and not 'corks'.
What Katie does here is add a full backside 360° rotation DURING the double frontflip, making it a true cork rotation – a much more difficult trick to execute.
So just who is Katie Ormerod, anyway?
Well, she's one of the brightest talents to emerge from the UK's thriving dryslope and indoor scene, following in the footsteps of top British riders Jenny Jones and Aimee Fuller.
Last year she joined the Double Club at the age of 15, and based on what we're seeing today, we think you'll be seeing a lot more of this smiling Yorkshire lass!
Below you find the inside story on Katie and how she managed to learn and pull off her back dub 10…
Plus Katie's Double Backflip to watch.
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