Rowan Coultas might have one final season left of being a junior but the slopestyle snowboarder insists that won’t stop him from stamping his mark on the seniors next year.
Despite being just 17 years old Coultas has already made himself known to the world of snowboarding after a stellar season last time around that saw him win the Austrian National Championships and finish second in March’s Junior World Championships in Italy.
And these results have only served to make Coultas hungrier for more ahead of his season opener at the O’Neill Pleasure Jam on November 14.
This season also marks the last one that will see Coultas ranked as a junior, although he is determined to stamp his authority on his senior rivals with thoughts of Pyeongchang 2018 already entering his mind.
“I’m excited for the new season,” he said. “I’ve been out in Austria already snowboarding. It was just training with some of the guys from the team.
“Highlights last season were second at the World Junior Championships, just top tens around the board and I learnt new tricks as well.
“It’s my last year in the juniors now so I’ve still got another year at that but I’m definitely going to step it up and try and go to the World Championships and try and do well there.
“I need to learn all the tricks that the bigger guys are doing now, things like the triples and try and get them as good as I can.
“I’m definitely thinking about Pyeongchang, it’s there at the back of my mind. I try not to think about it too much though, I just want to progress as much as I can and then two years down the line when all the World Cups come along for the qualification, that’s when I will start thinking about it a lot more.”