Sunday, August 23, 2009

New Zealand Winter Games Freeski Slopestyle

The inaugural 100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games began yesterday with the Men’s and Women's Freeski Slopestyle event at The Remarkables. The world class slopestyle course was treated to clear weather conditions providing the athletes with a great start to the Games.
First place in the Men’s Final went to Thomas Wallisch from USA , second place went to New Zealander, Jossi Wells, and third place to USA’s Bobby Brown.
Australian, Anna Segal took out first place in the women’s event, Second place went to Rosalind Groenewoud and third place went to Dania Assaly, both of Canada.
Head Slopestyle Judge, Phil Larose enjoyed the originality of The Remarkables course. "The course was pretty interesting, it was fun to see different stuff rather just the usual jumps and rails. The barrel bonk jump was really original and while the riders weren’t used to it they found a way to do tricks on it anyway".
The stand out trick of the day belonged to Matthew Margetts from Canada who did a handplant cork three on the barrel bonk jump. "It was the sickest move of the day", said Phil Larose.
Situated high in The Remarkables mountain range and surrounded by craggy peaks, The Remarkables Alpine Park provides a spectacular, true alpine environment. Extending over 700 hectares of reserve land, there's 220 skiable hectares accessed by three quad chairs within threesunny, wide open bowls.