Monday, August 24, 2009

New Zealand Winter Games Snowboard Slopestyle

Great weather conditions prevailed for day two of the 100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games at The Remarkables. The Snowboard-Slopestyle qualifications kicked off with New Zealanders making up over half of the 30 strong qualifying field, six of whom made it through to the final 12. Head Slopestyle Judge, Ola Sundequist said the number of New Zealanders in the field reflected the depth of New Zealand’s snowboarding talent.
New Zealander Stef Zeestraten finished first in the men’s competition followed by Queenstown local Nick Hyne in second place. Gjermund Braaten from Norway, the World Rookie Champion of 2008, finished third. Stef Zeestraten said, "It was pretty cool to be home and do so well. Not only are all the New Zealanders killing it today but it’s awesome to see New Zealand put on a cool event".
Fellow kiwi, Shelly Gotlieb, followed suit by taking out first place in the women’s event. Shelly, who originally hails from Ohakune, recently came fifth in the 2009 US Burton Open but thinks today’s win was more special due to it being at home. Second place went to recent Burton NZ Open winner Jamie Anderson from the USA and third place to Aimee Fuller of Great Britain.