A big congratulations to Kiwi Jossi Wells for reminding us how awesome he is by earning the 2010 AFP Superpipe title. “It feels great [to win]! My main goal for the season was taking the overall so being pipe champ is a nice little bonus,” explains Wells. In the race for halfpipe points, Kevin Rolland was right on Jossi’s heels. He earned gold medals at the X Games and was just 358 points shy of Wells. “For sure I was aware that Kevin could knock me off the top spot,” said Jossi. “He won both the X Games this year which are our biggest comps, so he got some good points for those.”
“My whole program this year was just to land my runs,” he continued. “I knew some of the athletes had the potential to have really good runs, so I didn’t worry about what they were going to do and just did my own thing. It worked out really well for me and it also makes for a far less stressful comp.”
Behind Jossi the top five on the 2009-2010 AFP Superpipe rankings were as follows: Kevin Rolland (FRA) in 2nd, Simon Dumont (USA) in 3rd. Xavier Bertoni (FRA) in 4th and Mike Riddle (CAN) in 5th.
Now that the superpipe crowns have been handed out, many are wondering whether or not Superpipe skiing will be showcased in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. “I really hope it does,” says Wells. “I think it will be such a cool opertunity for us all. I mean look what it has done for snowboarding. I think it’s going to be really positive for freeskiing.”