Wanaka, New Zealand (August 19th, 2009) The Sport of Freeskiing was taken to a new level today, highlighted by the style and technical riding of USAÃ¢ÂÂs Bobby Brown who took first place in the MenÃ¢ÂÂs Slopestyle competition at the Volkl NZ Freeski Open 2009, at Cardrona Alpine Resort. Ã¢ÂÂNever before in competition have I seen so many riders successfully landing the newest and most difficult tricks youÃ¢ÂÂll see anywhere,Ã¢ÂÂ said Nick Draxl, Chief of Competition. Ã¢ÂÂIÃ¢ÂÂve never seen a stronger field in any competition.Ã¢ÂÂ
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Brown, 18 and a number of other riders were performing breathtaking double corks, which are some of the latest innovations performed by only the worldÃ¢ÂÂs most talented freeskiers, but it was BrownÃ¢ÂÂs style with his double corked 1080ÃÂ which separated him on the judging sheet. Ã¢ÂÂThe slopestyle course was awesome. I loved it,Ã¢ÂÂ said Brown. Ã¢ÂÂIt was the best competition IÃ¢ÂÂve been in for a long time, the event had a great feel and there were a lot of people around.Ã¢ÂÂ Brown shared the podium with Tom Wallish, of USA and Henrik Harlaut, of Sweden, who placed third.
Photo: Camilla Stoddart