The Snow Sports NZ Junior Freestyle Nationals wrapped up at Cardrona Alpine Resort on October 4 2019, with skiers and snowboarders throwing down in the 22ft Olympic halfpipe. For some junior nationals competitors, the day began early with an Australia New Zealand Cup halfpipe event which proved to be a good warm-up. Freeskier Ruby Andrews finished second and went on to win the Junior Nationals U16 women’s halfpipe. Snowboarder Campbell Melville Ives also used the event as an opportunity to try out a new trick. “It gave me a bit more confidence, especially with my Haakon flip. The Haakon flip has been a goal for the year and I finally got it today for the first time in the competition” explained Campbell. It was also another good day of competition for Finley Melville Ives, who won the U14 Freeski men’s event, dropping into the pipe and boosting a huge left 900 on his first hit. In U16 women’s Freeski it was also the technicality of her tricks, as well as the amplitude gained out of the pipe, that put Ruby Andrews into the top spot. U16 men’s Freeski saw a close finish between NZ’s Harper Souness and Australia’s Angus Falconer. “My first run was a little messy, so I was trying to get it a bit better, I ended up doing a trick I hadn’t planned, the right 540 down the pipe” commented Harper. Flairs were the flavour of the day for men’s U18 Freeski category, Connor Addis earning the win with a big mute grab to Japan grab and signing out with the left flair. Zephyr Lovelock secured his third win for the 2019 Junior Nationals, landing a huge front 900 and an unbeatable score of 91.33. “It’s been a lot of fun, competing with my friends and I’m pleased to get some decent results” said Zephyr. The 2019 Junior Freestyle Champions were recognised at a prize-giving ceremony held on Saturday at the Lake Wānaka Centre.
Prize-giving ceremony for the 2019 Junior Freestyle Champion
Ruby Andrews into the top spot