Wānaka’s own Zoi Sadowski-Synott has made her hometown proud once more after finding huge success at the 37th Annual Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships in slopestyle.
“I can’t even explain how I’m feeling right now,” said Sadowski-Synnott on the day to SnowSports NZ,
“It means so much, it was one of the first contests I watched when I started snowboarding and I’m just so happy to be here. It's been an amazing season and I wanted to finish it on a high and I’m just so happy to do it here at the Open.”
Sadowski-Synnott came into the final as the top qualifier and was the last of the six competitors to drop into the course. Knowing that she would need to bring her A-game in order to secure a podium finish, the Kiwi had focused on raising the technicality of her rail tricks. The plan paid dividends right from the get-go with an 8.7 from a possible 10 on her very first trick, a switch boardslide 270 out on the top rail.
With the wind picking up and snowfall reducing the visibility, competitors struggled to land their second runs. Sadowski-Synnott had her own dramas to contend with when she took a gouge out of her snowboard by clipping one of the rail features and then took a fall on her first jump. Forced to make an equipment change, she faced the unsettling prospect of taking her final run on a new board.
But in the end, the third run would be a victory lap with second-placed rider Julia Marino taking a fall on her third run and unable to improve her score.
The Upper Clutha Community congratulates Synott on a successful season, with three victories from the season to bring home soon.