LAKE WANAKA, New Zealand – 100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games announced today one of the strongest snowboarding halfpipe field seen in New Zealand and there are still boarders signing-up. This year’s LG Snowboard FIS World Cup Halfpipe will have the world’s top riders fighting for valuable FIS points as well as podium glory at the first FIS World Cup event of the 2011/2012 season.
The LG Snowboard FIS World Cup Halfpipe will run as part of 100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games at Cardrona Alpine Resort. The qualifying heats will take place Saturday, August 27 with the semi-finals and finals from 9.00am – 1.00pm on Sunday, August 28.
Leading the men’s and women’s fields are current world number ones, Nathan Johnstone (AUS) and Cai Xuetong (CHI) both of whom finished the 2011 season at pole position on the FIS rankings. Xuetong does have strong competition in the women’s field already featuring eight out of the top 10 riders in the world. Such talented riders includes two-time Olympic medallist Hannah Teter (USA) who recently won a silver medal in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and is currently ranked number two on TTR.
Some other top lady riders include: Holly Crawford (AUS) ranked world number two in the FIS rankings, Mirabelle Thovex (FRA) at fifth, Zhifeng Sun (CHN) currently ranked six in the world, Queralt Castellet (SPA) ranked seventh and Cilka Sadar (SLO) who is ranked ninth.
In the men’s field, the top six ranked halfpipe riders in the world are getting ready. They are: Johnstone, Ryo Aono (JPN) also ranked number one on TTR, Yiewei Zhang (CHN), Iouri Podladtchikov (SUI), Taku Hiraoka (JPN) and Tore-V Holvik (NOR).