The first slopestyle event, and first event on the Talent ID Pathway, was held yesterday at The Remarkables and couldn't have been on a better day. The weather and snow were perfect and the course was in great shape. A big thanks to The Remarkables for hosting such a fun event!
There was a great turnout for the comp, especially in the 16 and Under boys’ ski. The level of competition was high in the junior category, with the top three runs including off-axis spins on the big jumps. First and second went to current Pathway to Podium participants, Jasper Bloomfield and Luca Harrington.
The turnout wasn't as high in the snowboard division, but was nonetheless full of talent. Zak Baikie, also a P2P athlete, took the top spot, with Rocco Jamieson also impressive to watch. The open division included showdowns in both disciplines and genders and was especially fun to watch. The girls were throwing down on jumps and rails, and the boys were getting after it as well.
Pathway to Podium snowboarders Cool Wakashima and Mitch Davern took out the top spots in their events, and got their seasons off to a promising start. There was plenty of fresh talent as well, and some up and comers from the event will be invited to our first Talent ID Session at the Queenstown Indoor Snow Park this Thursday night, where they will get the opportunity to work with Snow Sports NZ's Head Development coach Mike Hanley. Keep an eye on your emails and phones, as those invited will hear Monday or Tuesday. We are looking forward to shredding with those invited Thursday night, and starting off new athletes on their journey towards Pathway to Podium!