A silver medal at the FIS Freeski Halfpipe World Cup in Calgary on February 16 has put Wanaka’s Nico Porteous to the top of the World Cup Tour leaderboard. Porteous went into the competition just 10 points behind Canada’s Simon D’Artois whose seventh-place finish meant that he would relinquish the yellow bib.
Porteous said he was “super stoked” and is excited for the season’s finals.
“It was super challenging conditions, really strong winds and quite a bit of snow at the bottom but I’m more than happy to come away from this comp in second place after battling these tough conditions. But the thing I’m most happy with is having the yellow bib over my shoulders,” Porteous said.
Two-time Olympic gold medallist David Wise (USA) put down the best performance, scoring 90.00 on his first run of three, while Porteous also earned his best score on his first attempt, landing two double 1260s and scoring 87.75. On his second run, Porteous pushed hard to up his score, landing a double 1440 safety grab for the first time in competition, but the execution wasn’t clean enough to take the win. Noah Bowman (USA) took the bronze medal spot, with a score of 85.50 points.
The season’s finals are scheduled to take place at Mammoth Mountain, USA from March 6-8.