Jossi Wells Victorious at NZ Freeski Open Halfpipe

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on August 21, 2009 10:47 am

The hometown hero did the locals proud.  Wanaka’s Jossi Wells capped off a banner day for Kiwi nationals, winning the halfpipe at the Volkl NZ Freeski Open.  Fellow Wanaka local Janina Kuzma traded in her big-mountain planks and busted out her pipe skis to win the Women’s Halfpipe.

Cardrona Alpine Resort’s John Melville gets big props for the pristine condition of the 22-foot pipe.  The walls were smooth and riders smoother.

“I was really happy to take it out. I didn’t have high expectations today as I haven’t skied much pipe this season,” said Wells.  “I laid down a pretty good run and walked away with a win.”

American Taylor Seaton took second and Finland’s AJ Kemppainen rounded out the podium in third place.

“This is the fourth year I have competed here, but my first time on the podium,” said Seaton. “The comp was run for the riders, which is like it should be. I loved the good vibes, the reggae music and the overall running of the event.”

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