Top board riders go for the Burton
New Zealand snowboarder Christy Prior is in town to compete in the Burton High Fives slopestyle event this week. Mirror reporter CHE BAKER reports.
The thrills and spills of top international snowboarding athletes are set to dominate the slopes this week as 60 of the world’s best hit Cardrona Alpine Resort for the third Burton High Fives competition.
New Zealand’s own Christy Prior will be putting her top slopestyle tricks to the test, chasing a top spot for the New Zealand side who were hand selected for the event.
After competing at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Prior said things have not slowed down.
‘‘It’s always go, go, go. I like it like that.’’
Returning last week from Australia, where she competed in the Mile High snowboarding event and placed second, Prior was looking forward to taking part in the star-studded New Zealand event.
‘‘As always my goal is to not put too much pressure on myself. Try to enjoy it and try to put a run down that will make me stoked.
‘‘International riders usually come down to New Zealand to ride in the Southern hemisphere but it always feels good to compete on home soil,’’ she said.
The event, which will be televised across the world, has attracted 60 of the sport’s best riders and will be held on Friday and Saturday.
Events include men and women’s halfpipe and slopestyle contests.
The invitational event will mark the first of the multistop Burton Global Event Series.
The competition format will be best of three runs. Riders are competing for a $94,000 purse.
Launched: New Zealand snowboarder Christy Prior competing in The Mile High at Perisher ski resort in Australia last month.
He’s back: Burton High Five’s 2013 slopestyle winner Stale Sandbech, of Norway.