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.

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS -

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.

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