Bil­l­abong to return to Wanaka

Central Otago Mirror - - CLASSIFIEDS - MAR­JORIE COOK

Snow­board­ers Stef Zeestraten, of Wanaka, and Nel­son’s Adele Walker were the vic­tors at Cardrona Alpine Re­sort’s firstever Bil­l­abong Banked Slalom on Satur­day.

More than 140 snow­board­ers from around the world turned up to race against the clock down the pur­pose-built grav­ity cross course un­der McDougall’s Quad.

Wanaka’s Tim Her­bert was sec­ond in the men’s open event and Richie John­ston, of Wanaka, was third.

Cardrona in­struc­tors Barbora Bob­ulova and El­lie Saulter were sec­ond and third in the women’s open event.

Fastest time (48.351) went to men’s masters snow­boarder Deni Bevin, of Queen­stown, while the women’s masters di­vi­sion was led by Wanaka’s Alex Brady.

The un­der-18 men’s cat­e­gory was topped by Cardrona high per­for­mance cen­tre ath­lete Lachie Black­more (14).

Makayl Kel­logg was the only un­der-18 woman com­peti­tor, as many ju­nior girls chose to com­pete in the open cat­e­gory.

High pro­file skiers Nico Por­te­ous and Jossi Wells switched codes for the day to com­plete in the un­der-19 and open cat­e­gory, re­spec­tively.

Shapeshifter’s P Digsss com­peted in the masters di­vi­sion.

Bil­l­abong or­gan­iser Keone Camp­bell said the turnout was ‘‘in­cred­i­ble’’ and there were plans to make the event an an­nual fix­ture on Cardrona’s cal­en­dar.

Cardrona is now plan­ning Gay Ski Week events on the moun­tain on Au­gust 28 and 31 and Septem­ber 3.

JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

South Is­land un­der-17 squash cham­pion Caleb Mad­den would like to be se­lected for the NZ World Tal­ent Squad.

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