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 USAâ¬Ä¬ôs Bobby Brown who took first place in the Menâ¬Ä¬ôs Slopestyle competition at the Volkl NZ Freeski Open 2009, at Cardrona Alpine Resort. â¬Ä¬úNever before in competition have I seen so many riders successfully landing the newest and most difficult tricks youâ¬Ä¬ôll see anywhere,â¬Ä¬Ě said Nick Draxl, Chief of Competition. â¬Ä¬úIâ¬Ä¬ôve never seen a stronger field in any competition.â¬Ä¬Ě
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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 worldâ¬Ä¬ôs most talented freeskiers, but it was Brownâ¬Ä¬ôs style with his double corked 1080Â which separated him on the judging sheet. â¬Ä¬úThe slopestyle course was awesome. I loved it,â¬Ä¬Ě said Brown. â¬Ä¬úIt was the best competition Iâ¬Ä¬ôve been in for a long time, the event had a great feel and there were a lot of people around.â¬Ä¬Ě Brown shared the podium with Tom Wallish, of USA and Henrik Harlaut, of Sweden, who placed third.
Photo: Camilla Stoddart