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Freeski Superpipe: New Zealand Winter Games

Cardrona, outside of Wanaka, New Zealand, played host to the Freeski Superpipe event in the 100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games. Gus Kenworthy and Devin Logan took home top honors, and Jossi Wells, Jen Hudak, David Wise, and Maddie Bowman were on the podium as well.

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The Tahoe-based skier's run was a straight air with a mute grab, left 5 safety, right 5, left 5, mute straight air, left 7.

The Tahoe-based skier’s run was a straight air with a mute grab, left 5 safety, right 5, left 5, mute straight air, left 7.

“Everyone was planning on taking it mellow and using this as a training comp rather than going out there to hurt themselves. I was really happy with the way the day went, even with the weather.”

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Logan put down a japan air, 5-tail grab, flare, mute grab, safety, 7 mute. She'll also be competing in slopestyle and big air at the New Zealand…

Logan put down a japan air, 5-tail grab, flare, mute grab, safety, 7 mute. She’ll also be competing in slopestyle and big air at the New Zealand Winter Games, and halfpipe and slope for the New Zealand Open in September.

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Her run was a left side 540 mute, to an ally oop critical, to a straight air, to a tail grab, to a left side 720 tail grab, to a switch 360.

Her run was a left side 540 mute, to an ally oop critical, to a straight air, to a tail grab, to a left side 720 tail grab, to a switch 360.

His winning run included a left 900, to a right side 720, to a switch 720, to an alley oop flatspin 540, finishing with a 1080.  Gus said

His winning run included a left 900, to a right side 720, to a switch 720, to an alley oop flatspin 540, finishing with a 1080. Gus said “I honestly did not expect this at the beginning of the day. We came in and the conditions were pretty horrible—there was a lot of fog, fresh snow, and wind. My mentality was kind of shot down. But, people were really stepping it up and skiing well, and seeing everyone else push their own boundaries really motivated me to ski as best I could. For now, I’ll be ranked first In pipe which I’m pretty stoked about, so hopefully I can keep the momentum going for the rest of the season.”

His run was a cork 540, to a right 900, to a left 900, to an alley oop flat spin 360, finishing with a switch 720. David said

His run was a cork 540, to a right 900, to a left 900, to an alley oop flat spin 360, finishing with a switch 720. David said “We showed up three days ago, and this was my first day skiing since April. I’m happy with the result—could have been better, could have been worse. I was stoked to see everyone come out and put something down. We still had a contest although the weather wasn’t cooperating with us, but that’s kind of the kiwi way—you’ve gotta just go for it. I was happy with the way it worked out.”

Local boy Jossi Wells took home second with a cork 900 tail grab, to a right 900, to a cork 540, to a right side 720, to a switch 720.

Local boy Jossi Wells took home second with a cork 900 tail grab, to a right 900, to a cork 540, to a right side 720, to a switch 720. “I compete all over the world, so it’s cool to come here and have my mum cheering me on and to sleep in my own bed at a competition,” said the Kiwi.