The FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup season got underway under glorious conditions last weekend in Cerro Catedral (ARG). At the same time, the halfpipe riders had their first FIS World Cup events as part of the Audi Quattro Winter Games in Cardrona (NZL).
Double World Champion Alex Pullin (AUS) was dominant in the two Snowboard Cross World Cups. In the first competition, he charged out of the gate to dominate the final race from start to finish over Emanuel Perathoner (ITA) and Jonathan Cheever (USA). A day later, Pullin repeated the performance and took his second win ahead of Alessandro Haemmerle (AUT) and Mick Dierdorff (USA).
In the ladies’ events, Chloe Trespeuch (FRA) picked up her second career World Cup victory, edging Lindsey Jacobellis (USA) in a photo finish. Nelly Moenne Loccoz (FRA) rounded out the podium in third position.
A day later, five time World Champion Jacobellis struck back by taking the win in a photo finish ahead of Olympic Champion Eva Samkova (CZE) and Trespeuch.
The FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup tour now resumes in the Northern Hemisphere on 12th December 2017 for the season’s next events in the traditional first European winter location of Val Thorens (FRA).
Kim and Totsuka win Halfpipe World Cup opener in Cardrona
In New Zealand, the finals of the Snowboard halfpipe provided an exciting finish to the Audi Quattro Winter Games FIS World Cup schedule at Cardrona Alpine Resort. 16 men and six ladies dropped into the 22-foot high superpipe.
In the ladies’ event, 17-year old Chloe Kim (USA) led a podium sweep for the United States, with Kelly Clark in second and top qualifier Maddie Mastro in third place.
In the men’s field, it was a tight finish between the Japanese riders with Yuto Totsuka taking the win just one point ahead of countryman and Olympic silver medallist Ayumu Hirano. Patrick Burgener of Switzerland took third place.
The next FIS Snowboard Freestyle World Cup tour will take place on 4th November 2017 with the season’s first big air event in an exciting event featuring both Freestyle Ski and Snowboard competitions in the capital city of Denmark Copenhagen, which will host the FIS World Cup for the first time in any FIS discipline.