Late-season snow event a ripper
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.
Fast and skilled: Beau James Wells Photo: Wanaka TV