Fourth place for Jossi Wells at Air + Style
Wanaka freeskier Jossi Wells has continued his comeback from last year’s neck injury with a fourth place in the big air event at the Air+Style competition in Los Angeles, US. The rain-affected two-day action competition was held last week and for the first time in its 21-year history was open to freeskiers as well as snowboarders. There were 32 competitors using the 16-storey jump, with competition reduced because of bad weather. Gus Kenworthy (USA) won, Alex Bellemare (Canada) was second, and Vincent Gagnier (Canada) was third.
Janina Kuzma leading competition
Wanaka freeskier Janina Kuzma (right) has claimed the overall Sprint US Grand Prix series title for women’s halfpipe, following a third place finish in Park City last week. The result also sees her tied for a World Cup globe with one event left to run in Tignes, France, next week. Five women contested the three-run final, with Ayana Onozuka, of Japan (centre), winning with her second run score of 83.60. Sabrina Cakmakli, of Germany (left), was second. The freeskiing event is sanctioned as a World Cup by the International Ski Federation (FIS) and Platinum level events by the Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP).
Meanwhile, snowboarder Christy Prior (Kaukapakapa) finished fifth in the women’s snowboard slopestyle finals. Jossi Wells (Wanaka) finished seventh in qualifying rounds for the men’s freeski slopestyle last Thursday, missing out on the finals.
Challenge Wanaka entries open
The 10th anniversary of Challenge Wanaka will be held on Sunday, February 21, 2016. The race date was announced last weekend, with prices ranging from $660 (a team in the 226km triathlon) to $250 (an individual entry in the Lake Wanaka Half 113km triathlon). Early bird specials close on March 9 and prices increase incrementally throughout the year.