Wells opens sea­son with fourth place

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Wanaka skier Jossi Wells has fin­ished fourth over­all at the Dew Tour in the United States and sec­ond in slopestyle.

In a new for­mat for 2016 the slopestyle event was spread across two days with the jump and rail (jib) sections split into two com­pe­ti­tions with sep­a­rate scor­ing. In the new two-part for­mat, the jib sec­tion scores were added to the jump sec­tion scores to de­ter­mine an over­all slopestyle win­ner.

Wells fin­ished in 11th place in Sun­day’s jump sec­tion which, due to early sea­son con­di­tions, ended up as be­ing a one jump course.

‘‘Jump day I took it kind of cruisey and just wanted to land on my feet. To­day I went out guns blaz­ing and man­aged to jump from 11th to fourth with the sec­ond high­est score for the rails,’’ he said.

Snowy weather in Breck­en­ridge didn’t stop com­peti­tors from bring­ing the heat on the sec­ond day of com­pe­ti­tion as the world-class field took to Dew Tour’s reimag­ined Slopestyle Jib sec­tion.

The Slopestyle Jib sec­tion fea­tured four jib sections, com­plete with a mix of rails, boxes and an up rail, gap to fence jib Toy­ota fea­ture, en­abling com­peti­tors to show­case their cre­ativ­ity and style. Ath­letes had three runs.

Swedish skier Hen­rik Har­laut kept his mo­men­tum with his top scor­ing day yes­ter­day in the jump sec­tion and first ever dou­ble cork bio 1260 in com­pe­ti­tion, se­cur­ing his first Dew Tour slopestyle podium in four years. His sec­ond jibs run score of 81.33 made his to­tal 162.65 - enough for the win.

Wells set the bar high on his first at­tempt with a run com­pris­ing switch right 270 on, 270 off, wall­ride redi­rect stall, right 270 on. Left 270 on, 270 out, switch 450 on, 270 out.

He went for a step up run on his sec­ond at­tempt, adding a switch 6 at the bot­tom, but the slightly sketchy ex­e­cu­tion meant he couldn’t im­prove his score.

He was still hold­ing on to the top spot un­til run three when Alex Beaulieu-Marc­hand laid down a su­per techy run which got the nod from the judges and a score of 87.00 bump­ing Wells down to sec­ond in the jib scores and off the over­all podium.

Wells’s over­all feel­ing of the com­pe­ti­tion was that ‘‘it went pretty well. It was a bum­mer to miss the podium but I’m feel­ing great on my skis and ex­cited to start the sea­son off’’.

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Slopestyle Wanaka skier Jossie Wells com­petes in the Dew Tour in the United States in snowy con­di­tions.

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