Thursday, 26 August 2010

The 2010 Racers Edge-Volkl Big Air

LAKE WANAKA, New Zealand -- A high-calibre field of skiers and snowboarders turned out for the Racers Edge-Volkl Big Air on Saturday, to take on the 40ft big air jump in the Saddle Basin of Treble Cone.

Hundreds of spectators were treated to a multitude of fancy tricks, flips and big air as competitors gave it their all during the two hour jam session. The judges were impressed with the Rodeo 5s, 1080s and corked spins performed by the talented skiers and snowboarders.

The men's ski competition was dominated by Wanaka locals with Hamish McDougall topping the podium, brother Fraser McDougall in second and Finn Bilous third.

In the men's snowboard section Jim Dabbadrie (France) claimed the men's title with Linus Kron (Sweden) and Hadley Boyle (Wanaka) second and third respectively.

Daniela Darilova from Slovakia gained first place in the women's snowboard competition.

Stand-out performances by three Wanaka grommets Manu Bernard (9), Hank Bilous (12) and Finn Bilous (10) were commended by the panel of judges, with ten year old Finn achieving third and Hank fourth overall in the men's ski competition.

Spectators and quad chairlift passengers also had a fun day with plenty of giveaways for the crowd, music by Wanaka Beats, entertaining MCs and a free sausage sizzle.

The second Racers Edge-Volkl Big Air is set for Saturday 4th September. This will be run as a separate competition as well as a linked series event with a grand prize from Icebreaker up for grabs.

The prize pool included goodies from Racers Edge, Volkl, Icebreaker, Mother, Sessions and Smith.

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