The final leg of the 2022 FIS Snowboard and FIS Freeski Australia New Zealand Cup wrapped up over the weekend in Cardrona Alpine Resort (NZL), with the host Kiwis racking up a slew of excellent results just before everyone turns their attention north of the equator for the start of the World Cup season in less than two weeks.
Despite some adverse weather wiping out two scheduled competition days, the organisers in Cardrona were able to regroup and use weather days to push forward with the full slate of big air, slopestyle and halfpipe competitions for both the snowboarders and freeskiers. Read on for some of the highlights…
New Zealand’s own Luca Harrington walked away from the final FIS competition action of the season in Cardrona as the undisputed king on the men’s side of things, as the 18-year-old took top spot in both the big air and slopestyle competitions. With triple cork 1440s and double cork 1800s in the big air competition and smooth lines throughout his day of slopestyle action, Harrington showed the rest of the field what it takes to establish yourself as a World Cup regular.
“It’s been a really good training year so far,” said Harrington, “I have become really comfortable on the course so taking that same comfortable mindset into a competition is key. It really worked well for me today and the other day in Big Air as well.”
Also impressive on the men’s side was another Cardrona local in Gustav Legnavsky, who claimed top spot in the halfpipe competition. Both Legnavskyh and Harrington would also walk away with the NZL National Championship titles with their victories, while both would also finish atop the ANC standings for the season – Lagnavsky for halfpipe and Harrington for slopestyle & big air.
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