Fin Melville Ives

Disciplines:   Halfpipe, Big Air & Slopestyle

Home Town:   Wānaka

Career Highlights:  

Gangwon 2024 Youth Olympic Winter Games freeski halfpipe silver medalist, 4th place at the 2024 FIS Freeski Halfpipe World Cup in Calgary, 6th place finishes at both the 2022 Copper Mountain Halfpipe World Cup and the 2023 Calgary Halfpipe World Cup (Fin's World Cup debut season), 9th place at the 2023 Mammoth Mountain World Cup,  learning a triple 1800 at the 2022 Cardrona Spring Camp.


Fin was born in Dunedin, but has lived in Wānaka his whole life. His mum and dad were snowboard instructors at Cardrona Alpine Resort, so Fin and his twin brother Cam learnt to ski when they were just three years old. 

When Fin was four years old he was invited to forerun the NZ Junior Nationals Halfpipe event. The following year when Fin was five years old he competed in his first competition, the NZ Junior Freestyle Nationals. 

With his parents continuing to travel back and forth between winters, Fin has been skiing in the Northern Hemisphere during the New Zealand summer for as long as he can remember. 

Fin joined the HPC Freeski programme at Cardrona, where he looked up to current teammates Luca Harrington and Gustav Legnavsky, as well as local legend Jossi Wells. Watching these skiers hit the terrain park inspired Fin to get into freestyle skiing. 

In 2018, after a few years training with HPC and honing his skills, Fin was talent ID'd for the Snow Sports NZ National Development Programme. 

His skiing has gone from strength to strength and in December 2022 Fin competed in his first World Cup event, finishing in an impressive 6th place and receiving an invite to the 2023 prestigious Winter X Games in Aspen. He backed it up with another 6th place finish at the Calgary Halfpipe World Cup and a 9th place finish at the Mammoth Mountain Halfpipe World Cup. 

Fin represented New Zealand at the Gangwon 2024 Youth Olympic Winter Games, and was part of the Kiwi cohort that made it NZ's most successful Youth Olympic Winter Games ever. He claimed the silver medal in the freeski halfpipe event. 

Fin then went on to achieve his career best World Cup performance with a fourth place result at the stacked Calgary Freeski Halfpipe World Cup. 

When Fin was growing up, his biggest inspiration was Jossi Wells as Jossi is also from Wānaka and it made Fin believe that he could also become a professional freeskier. Fin is also inspired by Nico Porteous for the way he changed the sport and Finn Bilous for his style. Fin also looks up to local athletes Ben and Luca Harrington. 

His aspirations for his career include qualifying for the 2026 Milano Cortina Winter Olympic Games and land the best run he can, continue to get invited to X Games and win a gold medal and compete in more World Cups and regularly podium. 

Ultimately Fin dreams of leaving his mark on the sport of freeskiing, forever changing the sport just like his idol Nico Porteous did.  

Check out more of Fin Melville Ives's results: FIS Results 

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