Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


NZ Freeskiers Through to Finals in Stacked World Cup Field

NZ Freeskiers Beau-James Wells & Nico Porteous Through to Finals in Stacked World Cup Field

Copper Mountain, USA (6 December 2017) – New Zealand freeski halfpipe specialists Beau-James Wells (Wanaka) and Nico Porteous (Christchurch) have successfully qualified for finals within a hard-hitting World Cup field in the USA.

With only two months to go until the Olympic Winter Games, this event serves as an opportunity for the world’s best freeskiers to test their mettle. It is also a key qualifying event for the US team - which includes Sochi gold medallist David Wise and current World Champion Aaron Blunck.

In the first of two heats 16-year-old Porteous – who was named to the NZ Olympic team in October- finished a close second to Wise. Porteous landed an impressive score of 90.60 (from a possible 100) on his second run, increasing his amplitude as he worked his way down the pipe and finishing with back to back double 1260s at the bottom.

“My goal today was to make finals,” said Porteous. “I am super happy with the result and the way I skied. I would really have liked to put in some of the new tricks I’ve learnt but unfortunately I wasn’t able to. It’s really good to be in this position going into finals.”

Beau-James Wells finished in third place in heat two, also making the top four cut-off for finals. Wells returned to competition in August this year following an injury break and is now tracking well towards qualifying for PyeongChang 2018.

Wells landed a high scoring run on his first attempt, rewarded for consistent amplitude and good trick variety, also including both-ways double 1260s in his run. The heat’s top score went to the USA’s Torin Yater-Wallace.

NZ’s Miguel Porteous and Byron Wells, who have both gained selection to the NZ Olympic team, did not progress to finals, Porteous, crashing on both of his competition runs and Wells opting to use the event purely for training purposes.

In the women’s field, Janina Kuzma, also selected to the NZ Olympic team, put down a strong first run but needed to up the ante to hold on to her place in the top four and progress to finals. She came unstuck on her second hit and finished sixth in her heat. Teammate Britt Hawes finished 13th. Chinese athlete Kexin Zhang was the top scorer in the heat with the strong US contingent of Devin Logan, Brita Sigourney and Annalisa Drew close behind.

Freeski halfpipe finals are scheduled for 8 December (Saturday 9 December NZT). New Zealand athletes will be back in action again tomorrow with snowboarders Rakai Tait, Freeman Andrews and Dakota Craig taking their turn in the halfpipe at Copper Mountain.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Preview: Your Heart Looks Like A Vagina By Dominic Hoey

Dominic Hoey’s one-man show Your Heart Looks Like a Vagina, is a dark comedy about the joys of living with autoimmune disease. This one man show will bring together Dominic Hoey’s long career as a performance poet and writer and the experimental theatre experience of Director Nisha Madhan.. More>>

Let The Games Begin: PM Sends Best Wishes To Athletes

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has sent her warm wishes to the New Zealand athletes preparing for the opening of the Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast... More>>


Scoop Review of Books: Martin Edmonds' The Expatriates

This book is an extension of, and tribute to, the life’s work of James McNeish. Without sacrificing any degree of authorial independence, the result is gracefully written, handsomely produced, and likely to propagate many further works of its kind. More>>

Max Rashbrooke Review: The King's Singers and Voices New Zealand

To be good at one thing is impressive; to be so versatile across a range of genres is truly exceptional. More>>

Joe Cederwall Review: WOMAD 2018 - Harmony of Difference (part 1)

A friend described WOMAD as his “favourite white middle class celebration of diversity.” There is certainly an echo of truth to this as the crowd is still largely white and middle class, but this WOMAD for me represented that a better world is possible ... More>>

Harmony of Difference (part 2)

Top international world music artists seldom make it down to this neck of the woods, so for those of us into this sort of thing WOMAD is certainly a welcome addition to the cultural calendar. Now it is a case of waiting and looking forward to seeing what they manage to conjure up for next year. More>>

Howard Davis Review: A Bigger Splash - Te Papa Celebrates Twenty Years

Considering the available resources, this is a decidedly hit-and-miss affair, mainly due to some highly questionable curatorial decisions. In their overweening wish to "push boundaries," Charlotte Davy and Megan Tamati-Quennell have made a number of serious miscalculations by ignoring a basic rule - keep it simple. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland