NATIONAL N.Z. SNOWBOARD CHAMPIONS DECIDED

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New Zealand's snowboard champions were decided today (1 September) in the final day of the Boost Mobile New Zealand Snowboard Nationals at The Remarkables. The Groovestar Slopestyle was the deciding event with a full field of juniors and seniors battling it out in the XL Terrain Park for the ultimate title.

The men's slopestyle was as close as it gets with Aaron Jamieson (Queenstown) and Logan Holt (Queenstown) tying for first place on their best run. Jamieson came out top with a better score on his second run despite Holt scoring the highest run of the day with an outstanding 29.8 out of 30 in the qualifying heats.

Jake Koia (Queenstown) led the junior men's field all the way, scoring the highest qualifying run and taking first place in the final. Stef Zeestraten (Christchurch) took second with Wanaka's Andy Clark in third.

Divinia Birdsall (Wanaka) earned first place in the junior women's with her consistently well executed runs. Crista Woerlee (Queenstown) took second ahead of sister Laura who was unable to ride in the final due to injury. She
was, however the second highest qualifier and took third by default.

Hana Sullivan (Queenstown) took out the senior women's event an impressive 4.5 points ahead of her nearest rival Haidee Mayen (Wanaka). Abby Lockhart (Wanaka) was third.

Head judge, Ste'en Webster, was impressed both by the performance of the riders and the course.

"It is by far the best slopestyle course New Zealand has ever seen, it's suited to both riders and running events. The riding today was inspirational. As throughout the nationals, the level of the junior's has been phenomenal. For example Jacob Koia's (men's junior) qualifying score of 28.8 out of a possible 30 would have earned him a place in the senior men's
final. Both senior and junior girls ripped as well, going inverted and riding all the rails."

The national titles were also decided today with Glenn Howe (Auckland) taking the title of men's national snowboard champion. Juliane Bray (Wanaka) took the women's. Two nzski.com Freeride Team members, Joel Webb and Christa
Woerlee, took the junior titles.

BOOST MOBILE NEW ZEALAND SNOWBOARD NATIONALS SLOPESTYLE RESULTS

Junior Women's
1 Divinia Birdsall (Wanaka) 20.5
2 Christa Woerlee (Queenstown) 18.5
3 Laura Woerlee (Queenstown) DNS

Senior Women's
1 Hana Sullivan (Queenstown) 25.0
2 Haidee Mayen (Wanaka) 20.5
3 Abby Lockhart (Wanaka) 20.3

Junior Men's
1 Jake Koia (Queenstown) 25.6
2 Stef Zeestraten (Christchurch) 23.4
3 Andy Clark (Wanaka) 20.5

Senior Men's
1 Aaron Jamieson (Queenstown) 28.0
2 Logan Holt (Queenstown) 28.0
3 Kristian Phillips (Wanaka) 26.2


Men's New Zealand National Champion Glenn Howe (Auckland)
Women's New Zealand National Champion Juliane Bray (Wanaka)
Junior Men's New Zealand National Champion Joel Webb (Queenstown)
Junior Women's New Zealand National Champion Christa Woerlee (Queenstown)


Captions

Aran Jamiesoin flies high over the XL Terrain Park rails in the Boost Mobile
New Zealand Snowboard Nationals at The Remarkables he went on to win first
place

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