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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.

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