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Wanaka, New Zealand (August 1, 2011) With much of the Northern Hemisphere sweating it out in the summer heat, snow is dumping in New Zealand – just in time for the ninth annual Burton New Zealand Open (BNZO) presented by MINI. Known as the Southern Hemisphere’s premier snowboarding event, the BNZO will go down from August 9-13 at the Cardrona Alpine Resort in Wanaka where top riders will compete in both Halfpipe and Slopestyle.
As the kick-off to the Burton Global Open Series and a 5star event on the TTR World Tour, the BNZO will get underway on Tuesday, August 9th with official training in the morning that leads right into Men’s and Women’s Slopestyle Pre-qualifiers and Qualifiers.
The next day on Wednesday, August 10th, things will heat up in the Halfpipe as Men’s and Women’s Qualifiers take place. The 10 men and 5 women who come out ahead will move forward into the Semi-finals.
On Thursday, August 11th, Slopestyle will once again take center stage with an intense day of Semi-finals where the top 8 women and 16 men will advance to the Finals on Friday August 12th.Be on the lookout for key riders like Mark McMorris and Jamie Anderson to take the Slopestyle competition to new levels.
Next up are the Men’s & Women’s Halfpipe Semi-Finals and Finals where Burton Team riders like Hannah Teter and Danny Davis will be competing for the top spots. Happening the last two days of the event, the Women’s Halfpipe Semi-Finals are set for Friday, August 12th followed by the Finals on Saturday, August 13th. The men will battle it out all in one day with Men’s Halfpipe Semi-Finals and Finals both taking place on Saturday, August 13th.
In addition to the world class snowboarding action taking place all week, Burton is proud to announce a host of BNZO evening activities for both riders and attendees to enjoy. The party continues with the following list of nightly events:
- THE BURTON OPEN APRES BOARD ROOM: Starting Tuesday, the post-competition activities begin as Burton and Lone Star Wanaka present, “The Burton Open Après Board Room”, where attendees can sit back and enjoy some après time from 5pm until 10pm every evening through Friday. Taking place in the upstairs room at the Lone Star Wanaka, the Après Board Room will be the evening hub for all things BNZO including Burton movies, rider signings, SLS presentations and good, local hospitality.
- THE BURTON OPEN ‘AFTER APRES’ PARTY: The nights never end as Opium Wanaka will be hosting, “The Burton Open After Après Party”, taking place Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, from 10pm onwards. Full DJ line-up to be announced soon.
Full BNZO details and updates are available via . The live webcast will be available on and Redbull.tv from August 12th-13th.
THE NORTH FACE ATHLETE JANINA KUZMA, AWARDED SNOWSPORTS ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
The North Face, the world’s premier supplier of authentic, innovative, and technically advanced outdoor apparel, equipment, and footwear, is proud to announce that sponsored athlete Janina Kuzma has been named Snow Sports Athlete of the Year and Freeskier of the Year by Snow Sports New Zealand.
In a year that was filled with success across all of the sports and disciplines that make up Snow Sports, one athlete stood above the others, Janina Kuzma. Kuzma had an outstanding year on the Freeeride World Tour circuit and ended her season ranked third in the world.
Billabong Slopestyle August 4th – 6th
Next month Queenstown welcomes world number 1 women’s snowboarder Jamie Anderson to the Billabong Slopestyle event.
At the tender age of 16, Jamie won her first Gold medal at the Winter X Games in the slopestyle event, kicking Shaun White out of the position as youngest medallist in Winter X Games history. Now, age twenty, Anderson is the TTR World Women’s Champion. Plus she has picked up close to 20 worldwide competitions, with her eyes firmly set on the Winter Olympics in 2014.
A force to be reckoned with, this laid-back lady believes she’s living her dream. To win another title will add yet another notch to her already heavy belt. Jamie will be competing at the Billabong Slope Style at New Zealand’s Snowpark in Wanaka, from the 4-6 Aug. This annual competition showcases the best talent in the slopestyle field; with competition heating up due to the large number of international and local talent who are all aiming to take out the big titles.
“I am so excited to be in beautiful New Zealand! It is one of my favorite places in the whole World, and i always look forward to spending time there. I will be competing in the Billabong “Bro Down” event, the New Zealand open, and then i’ll have some free time to enjoy the Country! maybe go to the coast, sky-dive, Heli-board, i want to do it all!” - Jamie Anderson
It’s hoped 250 skiers can make their way down from Mt Lyford today.
They’ve spent the night in the skifield cafeteria after the risk of avalanches on the road was deemed too high for them to come down yesterday afternoon.
The mountain is 2km from Waiau and 60km from Hanmer Springs.
Skifield owner Doug Simpson says he and other staff will go up the mountain as soon as there’s visibility.
He says they’ll assess the avalanche risk and deal to it with explosives.
“Then make sure everyone’s comfortable, make sure everyone’s got food, make sure we’ve got plenty of food up there and then we’ll clear the roads, which shouldn’t take too long,” he says.
Mr Simpson expects to be able to get people out of the cafeteria by about 9am, where he says everyone’s being fed and kept warm.
Mr Simpson and other staff will hit the hill as soon as they can see what’s happening.
“We’ve got two snow groomers we’ve got down the hill so we’ll load them up with supplies, head on out, assess the avalanche risk and deal to that with explosives on the way out,” he says.
Mr Simpson’s wife and his son’s fiancee are among those who spent the night on the mountain.
Go Large with Billabong at Snow Park
With large dumpings of snow and more on its way Billabong’s Slope Style is shaping up to be big.
To be held on August 5-6, the Billabong Slope Style presented by SONY is a two-day, 4 Star TTR (Ticket To Ride) Slope Style contest.
On its 10th Anniversary and treated as a warm up to the TTR North American season, the Slopestyle has beefed up its rating to 4 Star and is already attracting a swagger of international stars eager to claim early TTR rating points. Big names already confirmed for the 2011 event include Antti Autti, Jamie Anderson, Zack Stone, Roope Tonteri, Risto Matilla and Marius Otterstad.
Planning to open with a bang, Billabong has pulled in Aussie super group Van She (), to play a live set at the Revolver Bar, Queenstown on 4th August. The warm-up to the event kicks off on the 5th August with registration and practice. Friday the 5th will see the event in full swing with the qualifying rounds that include Open Men’s, Open Women’s and Juniors divisions.
Things step up another level on August 6th with the riders going large, prize giving and then New Zealand’s own, David Dallas () cranking the beats while everyone gets happy with Jagermeister.
BILLABONG SLOPESTYLE DIARY
August 7th Additional weather day / chill day
BUSES FROM WANAKA
Billabong is putting on free buses running on both competition days, Friday and Saturday from Wanaka up the hill to Snowpark. Buses leave from Good Sports in Wanaka at 7am and 8am, returning from Snowpark at 5pm on Friday 5th. Same deal for Saturday 6th with more buses leaving after the Woolshed party at 11pm and 12am.
The Billabong Slope Style pres. by SONY is also supported by Monster, VonZipper, Sony Ericsson, Dakine and Snow Park
ACTION SPORT PHOTOGRAPHER & CREATOR OF THE WORLD HELI CHALLENGE, TONY HARRINGTON, OFFERS A WORKSHOP TO NZ’S CREATIVE COMMUNITY
New Zealand, 11th July 2011 – Legend Tony Harrington teams up with YOOBEE to share tips on shooting the most extreme elements of the surf and snow lifestyle.
Tony ‘Harrow’ Harrington has shot some of the most adventurous and extreme elements of surf, snow and its lifestyle around theworld for more than 25 years. More than a photographer, Harro creates and produces major adventure projects that have featured in media around the globe. As testament to his skill, dedication and passion he has garnered more than 150 covers and numerous global awards.
While in New Zealand for the World Heli Challenge, which he founded, Tony has joined forces with Apple and YOOBEE to bring the creativecommunity a workshop on digital photography. In the workshop he will focus on how to capture the moment and the impact mobile and social technologies have made on the photography scene.
“New Zealand is home to my major project, the World Heli Challenge, and to the Pro Photo and Pro Filmer shootout that plays a part in the capture of this epic festival. I am excited to be able to share some of my experiences with other people who are as passionate about this as I am,” said Harrington.
Richard Webb, CEO of YOOBEE, said: “The impact that mobile and social technologies have made on the world of photography has been game-changing. At YOOBEE we understand that technology is a means to a creative end and it is great to be able to partner with someone as esteemed in his field as Tony. The members of our YOOBEE Community are passionate about what they do and appreciate the opportunity to learn from someone of his caliber.”
Adventure & extreme sports photography workshop:
Date: Tuesday 19 July
Time: 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Venue: YOOBEE Newmarket, 123 Broadway Newmarket, Auckland
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Snow level soars past 2010 season at Mt Ruapehu
Latest snow dump good news for school holiday makers
Snowy conditions at Mt Ruapehu in the past week have caused the snow base at Whakapapa Ski Area to soar past July 2010 levels.
Snow at Knoll Ridge, Whakapapa has now reached greater levels than during the entire month of July last year.
As of today, the snow base at both Turoa and Whakapapa Ski Areas has cracked the 1m mark and is expected to climb with the snow storm forecast through to Thursday.
Dave Mazey, general manager for Mt Ruapehu is delighted the snow dump has come just in time for the school holidays.
“Mt Ruapehu has seen a superb kick off to July with a huge amount of fresh snow setting us up for an even better season than last year. Best of all, the weather is predicted to clear later in the week and we expect a beautiful start to the school holidays.
Once the dense weather settles, Mr Mazey says weather trends are on track to match the winter of 2008, the best snow season in a decade.
“I would encourage families and snow lovers to make the most of the new snow now that it’s arrived. Along with Mt Ruapehu’s world class facilities, we have fun new Disney Club Penguin activities in place to keep the kids occupied during the holidays.”
LAKE WANAKA, New Zealand (July 7, 2011) – All eyes will be on 100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games for the first FIS freeski and snowboard slopestyle events since the IOC’s announcement the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics will include slopestyle.
100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games will feature some of the world’s top freeskiers and snowboarders who now have the added incentive of starting their campaign for the 2014 Olympics. These include New Zealand athletes, Wanaka freeskier Jossi Wells who was the 2010 overall World Champion and Ohakune’s Shelly Gotlieb who was on the podium at the 2011 World Championships and is ranked amongst the top five in the world in snowboard slopestyle. Byron Wells, Jossi’s younger brother, is ranked in the top 10 in the world.
New Zealand played a key role in ensuring a positive outcome for the addition of slopestyle. Snow Sports NZ, in conjunction with Winter Games NZ, staged the first-ever FIS ski slopestyle competition during the FIS Snowboard & Freestyle Junior World Championships. It was this event that played a major part in gaining IOC approval for slopestyle.
“We are absolutely thrilled with the news,” said Arthur Klap, CEO of Winter Games NZ. “New Zealand is very strong in these disciplines and we can expect to see the best in the world joining our athletes here in New Zealand for these groundbreaking slopestyle events.”
100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games’ link to the Olympics is further strengthened with two key officials from Sochi attending the event. Aleksandra Savilov (Sochi snowboard and freeski venue manager) and Alexander Adamyants (Sochi sports manager – snowboard) will use Winter Games NZ to gain additional experience in their roles.
Both Winter Games NZ slopestyle events take place at Snow Park NZ, near Lake Wanaka, with freeski slopestyle taking place on 15 August and snowboard slopestyle taking place on 21 August.
Slopestyle is a judged sport in which athletes perform acrobatic tricks while making their way down a mountain course with a variety of features that include jumps, straight or rainbow-shaped rails and boxes or platforms. Its inclusion in the Olympics will provide an opportunity for the sport and its athletes to be showcased to a massive global audience, along with freeski halfpipe which is also included as an Olympic sport for the first time in 2014.
Off the Edge is director Michael Firth’s ode to the exhilaration of adventuring on the spine of NZ’s Southern Alps. Something of a snowy Endless Summer, Firth follows an American and a Canadian as they ski, hang-glide, walk, climb and delve beneath glaciers, over nine months in the Aoraki-Mt Cook area. Thrilling footage amidst requisite spectacular scenery was shot over 45 days, where extreme weather and geography meant few chances for second takes. The film was nominated for an Oscar (best documentary, 1977); the LA Times called it, “beautiful and awesome”.