Late-sea­son snow event a rip­per

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By GRANT BRYANT

Young skiers and snow­board­ers in ‘‘rug­gie, grom­met, rip­per and shred­der’’ cat­e­gories are show­ing their class on slopes in the Freeski and Snow­board Ju­nior Na­tion­als at Cardrona. The event is host­ing a wealth of tal­ent rep­re­sent­ing the snows­ports strongholds of Queen­stown and Wanaka pit­ted against top skiers and board­ers from Auck­land and Aus­tralia. A snow­board slopestyle event kicked off the com­pe­ti­tion, with Wanaka’s Camp­bell Melville Ives tak­ing out the boys Rug­gies (born 2006-2007) di­vi­sion ti­tle. Queen­stown’s Cool Wakushima was the only girl in the Rip­pers (born 2002-2003) di­vi­sion, but judges were quick to praise her tricks as ‘‘more tech­ni­cal than many of the boys’’. Zoi Sad­owski-Synott from Wanaka came from be­hind to take out the girl’s Shred­ders (born 2000-2001) di­vi­sion, while Lucy Hayes, also of Wanaka,

Lake Hawea’s Luca Har­ring­ton com­pet­ing at the Freeski and Snow­board Ju­nior Na­tion­als at Cardrona on Mon­day. took out the girl’s Youth (born 1998-1999) di­vi­sion. Queen­stown’s Alice Robin­son won the girl’s Shred­ders (born 2000-2001) di­vi­sion. The Shred­ders ski gi­ant slalom was won by Queen­stown’s Alice Robin­son (girls’ di­vi­sion) and Wanaka’s Maxwell Watt. Ski cross rac­ers in­clud­ing Wanaka’s Fin­ley Mel­lville Ives, Gus­tav Leg­navsky, Il­lume Sad­owski Synott, Julius Staufen­berg and Jack­son Wells all took ti­tles, along with Queen­stown’s Tully Robin­son. To­day ski half-pipe and snow­board freeride com­pe­ti­tions take place and the event ends with snow­board half-pipe and big moun­tain ski com­pe­ti­tions on Thurs­day.

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Fast and skilled: Beau James Wells Photo: Wanaka TV

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