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¢Â€Â™s Bobby Brown who took first place in the MenÃ¢Â€Â™s Slopestyle competition at the Volkl NZ Freeski Open 2009, at Cardrona Alpine Resort. Ã¢Â€ÂœNever before in competition have I seen so many riders successfully landing the newest and most difficult tricks youÃ¢Â€Â™ll see anywhere,Ã¢Â€Â said Nick Draxl, Chief of Competition. Ã¢Â€ÂœIÃ¢Â€Â™ve never seen a stronger field in any competition.Ã¢Â€Â
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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¢Â€Â™s most talented freeskiers, but it was BrownÃ¢Â€Â™s style with his double corked 1080Ã‚Â which separated him on the judging sheet. Ã¢Â€ÂœThe slopestyle course was awesome. I loved it,Ã¢Â€Â said Brown. Ã¢Â€ÂœIt was the best competition IÃ¢Â€Â™ve been in for a long time, the event had a great feel and there were a lot of people around.Ã¢Â€Â Brown shared the podium with Tom Wallish, of USA and Henrik Harlaut, of Sweden, who placed third.
Photo: Camilla Stoddart