Freeskier Miguel Porteous has claimed the first World Cup medal of his career, earning silver at the FIS Freeski Halfpipe World Cup at Copper Mountain, USA.
Porteous qualified second in his heat to book his place in the 10-man final. His first run, which included back-to-back double 1260s, left 1080, and switch right alley oop 540, scored a 93.75, putting him in first place.
Double Olympic gold medallist David Wise (USA) laid down a strong challenge, but a top score of 90.50 put him just behind the Kiwi. Top qualifier Aaron Blunck (USA)’s second run score 96.25 put him ahead of Porteous.
Posteous said he was “pretty over the moon” with how the event went.
“I had a really great training and then managed to put my first run down with a 93 which I was really stoked to be able to do. I can’t wait to add a few more tricks in there and I’m excited for Dew Tour next week.”
New Zealand’s Olympic bronze medallist, and youngest of the Porteous brothers, Nico, finished in fourth place with a top score of 88.00 on his first run, landing the tricks he’d planned - left 10 switch right 9, switch left double 10, right dub 12, left dub 12 - but losing points for a low landing on his switch left dub 10 low.
Beau-James Wells suffered a crash in practice and was unable to start the finals. He is currently undergoing medical assessment.
Nico and Miguel Porteous will next compete at the Dew Tour, from December 13-16, in Breckenridge, Colorado, before travelling to China to compete at the next round of World Cups alongside snowboarders Zoi Sadowski-Synnott, Christy Prior, Tiarn Collins and Carlos Garcia Knight.