The FIS Snowboard World Cup Big Air takes place on the dedicated massive big air jump at Cardrona. Athletes will perform a variety of tricks, aiming to get the highest scores. Ingenuity, execution and air time are rewarded so expected to see some wildly creative moves as the athletes fly through the sky.
The FIS ANC Halfpipe competition takes place in a half-cylinder-shaped course dug deep into the hill. Using speed gained by travelling quickly down one side of the halfpipe and then up the other, snowboarders come up over the lip of the pipe and perform acrobatic aerial tricks – the bigger and more difficult the better!
In the FIS ANC Slopestyle competition athletes perform tricks while descending the course moving around, over, across or down obstacles of varying technical difficulty including boxes, rails, jumps and jibs. The more variety the athlete can create with different directions of rotation and different ways of grabbing their snowboards, the higher they are likely to score.
Make sure you head up to Cardrona Alpine Resort to get your daily dose of adrenaline!
Entries for the FIS Snowboard World Cup Big Air are now open on the FIS Online Registration and Entry System at www.fis-ski.com.
Entry Deadline for FIS Snowboard World Cup Big Air – 14 August 2019
Entries for the FIS Freeski & Snowboard Australia New Zealand Cup Halfpipe and Slopestyle events are now open and can be made by filling out the FIS Entry Form and sending it to Winter Games NZ Freeski & Snowboard Manager Ritchie Date at email@example.com.
FIS Snowboard ANC Halfpipe – 15 August 2019
FIS Snowboard ANC Slopestyle – 19 August 2019
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Zoi is the current World Champion in women’s Snowboard Slopestyle, an Olympic bronze medallist in Snowboard Big Air, an X Games gold medallist in Snowboard Slopestyle and an X Games silver medallist in Snowboard Big Air. She competed at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang where, at just 16 years old, she claimed NZ’s first Olympic medal in 26 years.
Christchurch-born athlete Carlos Garcia Knight began snowboarding at the age of 11. 2015 was a standout year for Carlos who emerged onto the international competition stage by winning a silver medal in slopestyle at the FIS Snowboard Junior World Championships and claiming fourth place at the slopestyle World Cup at the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ. He won his first World Cup medal, with a bronze at the 2017 Winter Games NZ. Carlos was named to the NZ team to compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang where he finished 5th in Slopestyle and 11th in Big Air.
Tiarn Collins began his successful international career as a junior rider, finishing fourth in slopestyle and fifth in halfpipe at the 2016 Youth Olympic Winter Games and claiming a bronze medal in slopestyle at the 2017 Junior World Champs. He then moved on to the World Cup Tour and won medals in Big Air and Slopestyle. Tiarn was selected to represent NZ at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games but a training accident in Pyeongchang just before the Games kept him from competing.