Winter Games NZ & One Hit Wonder Australia
14. September 2015
My trip to the southern hemisphere has come to an end. I spent two weeks in New Zealand with the Swiss freeski team followed by another two weeks in Australia. In New Zealand I competed at the Winter Games NZ, which included a FIS slopestyle world cup as well as a AFP platinum big air. The course of the slopestyle world cup at Cardrona ski resort was on point. A varying rail section on top followed by 3 great jumps. The weather was perfect for the qualifications and pretty much every big name in slopestyle skiing was there. I was able to land one of my best slopestyle runs yet, including the right double cork 1260 to switch left double misty 1260 combo. Nevertheless I just barely missed the finals by a couple of points and ended up in 13th place. Anyway, I’m happy with my skiing and to start of the season with a solid result and a good experience.
At the AFP platinum big air at Cardrona I was able to qualify for the finals, which were held a couple of days after the slopestyle competition. The format was 3 jumps, best 2 counted (the 2 jumps had to be different). I did a switch double misty 1260 safety grab and a switch bio 1260 blunt grab. They were both well executed, which got rewarded by the judges. In the end it was enough for 5th place and my best result yet on AFP platinum level.
After that I flew over to Australia, where I caught up with Elias, Woodsy, Noah and Jossi. We had a awesome time skiing the snowpark at Perisher ski resort for a week before we went over to Thredbo ski resort for the last competition of the trip. The One Hit Wonder Down Under AFP Gold Big Air. The built a massive jump there and the weather was good as well. The format for the competition was 2 jumps, best counts. And after I qualified for the finals in second place of my heat, I landed a switch double misty 1440 saftey grab in the finals, which was enough for 6th place.
Overall I am very happy with my first few competitions of the season and I feel really good going into the northern hemisphere winter season.