Porteous on the podium on Dew Tour

Nico Porteous (right) took third place in the Freeski Superpipe.

Nico Porteous gained third place in the men’s Freeski Superpipe at the Dew Tour in the Copper Mountain, USA. The Wānaka athlete said, “I’m really happy with the way I skied and the final result. It's a good way to end my competitive season. Obviously it would have been nice to do a little better, but that just keeps me hungry for the next one”. 

Porteous competed on February 9 in a twn-men final, athletes were allowed three runs each through the one-of-a kind ‘modified superpipe’ course. Porteous’s first run initially had him sitting in first place, with highlights his double 1440 on the shark fin feature followed by back-to-back 1260s. 

Pushing to hold on to the top spot, Porteous couldn’t stick the landings on his second and third runs. “I started off the event with a run plan in mind and to actually be able to pull that off was unreal. I never really have result-based goals as where you finish is out of your control,” said Porteous. 

The competition was severely influenced by a problematic weather throughout the four-day event, with huge snowfalls over the weekend, the courses were running slow this morning. It didn’t seem to be a big issue for Porteous: “The weather didn’t really affect me yesterday. I thought it would when I first showed up, but with the help of my wax tech Chris Rogers we were able to make my skis nice and fast allowing me to ski to my full potential,” he said. 

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