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