Snowboard Big Air winners crowned at Cardrona Alpine Resort

Posted By: The Ski Channel on August 23, 2011 10:36 pm

100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games 2011 reports:

The world’s best snowboarders hit the Big Air at Cardrona Alpine Resort with Canada’s Maxence Parrot and Germany’s Silvia Mittermueller taking the gold.

In his first season of competing at an international level, Parrot is making his mark.  Today’s backside double cork 1080 and 1260 mute grab were executed well and the difficulty was at the highest level.  “Max showed a lot of style today.  If he keeps training hard he will go far,” said head judge, Iztok Sumatic. This is Parrot’s second Winter Games podium having taken bronze in the slopestyle on Sunday.

Parrot who is in New Zealand for his first time was grinning ear to ear.  “It’s fantastic to be here,” he said.  “New Zealand is a super country and not at all like the area I come from in Canada where the tallest things are the buildings, not the mountains. I’ll definitely be back next year.”

Second place went to Canada’s Antoine Truchon with a frontside 1080 tailgrab and a switch backside double cork 1080 mute grab.  “While he touched on his landing, the trick was technical enough to earn him a spot on the podium,” said Sumatic.