Cardrona Team

Team Ambassadors

 

Jossi Wells

rsz_jossi_wells_big_airJossi, the oldest of the Well’s brothers, is without a doubt not only the most successful freestyle skier to come out of New Zealand, but also an international freeskiing style icon. No stranger to the biggest stages in the sport including the X Games & Winter Olympics, Jossi brings his trademark smooth style to everything he does. Jossi is the only Kiwi to ever win a Winter X Games Gold Medal (Slopestyle 2016), but is more well known across the globe for his innovative, game-changing style. Whether it’s launching switch from the Big Air, spinning out of the pipe, swapping his skis for a snowboard, riding his Harley or shredding the local skate parks, Jossi is all class.

Hometown: Wanaka
Instagram: @jossiwells
Facebook: Jossi Wells

Byron Wells

Cardrona NZ Byron Wells 2Byron is the 2nd oldest heavy hitter from the Wells clan with a stellar competitive resume. Flying the Kiwi flag at massive international events like the X Games & the Dew Tour, Byron is known to go very large in the pipe with an assorted bag of highly technical tricks. Byron suffered an ACL injury in 2011 but made an epic comeback, beginning the 2012-2013 Northern Hemi season with some impressive results. When he’s not sending it on his skis, Byron can be found flying helicopters, shooting guns, surfing waves or riding motorbikes… quite the jack of all trades!

Hometown: Wanaka
Instagram: @byronwells
Facebook: Byron Wells

Beau-James Wells

rsz_tom_3478Beau-James is an extremely cool lad. Representing the Wells name with style, this guy is definitely one to keep an eye on. With an already stacked list of achievements under his belt at a young age, Beau’s future is looking as big as his double corks (that he seems to be able to pull out anywhere). Armed with a smooth jib game that’s refined far beyond his years, Beau throws down with the big dogs of the industry on the regular & is always a contender for the podium. When Beau isn’t pleasing the crowds on his skis you’ll find him ripping round skate parks, breaking girls’ hearts & chasing waves.

Hometown: Wanaka
Instagram: @beaujameswells
Facebook: Beau-James Wells

Adam Hall

Mens Standing Adam HallAdam Hall is nothing short of an absolute legend in the realm of adaptive snow sports. A member of the New Zealand Disabled Ski Team since 2005, Adam has represented New Zealand 3 times at the Paralympics in Italy, Canada & Russia, taking the gold medal in standing slalom at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Since then he’s continued to dominate the world of Paralympic skiing, becoming an inspiration to all New Zealand athletes. Diagnosed at birth with spina bifida – a disability that typically requires a wheelchair – Adam says he’s lucky because he is mobile & able to walk. Adam began skiing at age 6 & switched to snowboarding at age 9. He admits to being a snowboarder at heart (he shreds the pipe!), but switched back to skiing in order to compete in the Paralympics in 2006.

Hometown: Dunedin
Facebook: Adam J Hall

Will Jackways

will jackways‘Will J’ is a core shredder who is a well-known name throughout the NZ snowboarding community & abroad. He’s a special talent who can tackle any discipline you throw out him; whether it’s gunning down big mountain lines, hitting backcountry kickers, lapping through the parks or boosting out of the pipe. Snowboarding has taken Will J to some of the world’s most epic riding destinations around the world, from Alaska, Europe & North America all the way back to the best spots in New Zealand. When Will J is not chasing powder, he’s hanging with his wife Abby & young daughter Lilian, on the golf course or enjoying some chilly waves down south.

Hometown: Wanaka
Instagram: @willjackways

Janina Kuzma

rsz_tom_1681Janina is one of the most accomplished female big mountain skiers in the history of the sport. She has won the NZ Freeski Open Big Mountain event 6 times, is a 2-time Canadian Freeski Champion & a 2-time World Heli Challenge Champion. What’s amazing about Janina, is that she oozes natural talent & has a freakishly determined drive to succeed in whatever she puts her mind towards. In 2012, Janina made the call to transfer her skills into the pipe & set her sights on the Winter Olympics. After only 2yrs in the pipe Janina was selected to represent New Zealand at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. She placed 5th in the Freeeski Halfpipe, the most successful result of the games from a Kiwi female athlete. Janina is also a key member of the Shades of Winter crew, which includes some of the world’s best female skiers whose adventures are documented in feature films around the world.

Hometown: Wanaka
Instagram: @janinakuzma
Facebook: Janina Kuzma

Christy Prior

Vanessa AndrieuxThere’s no doubt that Christy is considered one of the best female slopestyle riders in the world right now. Since taking up snowboarding in her late teens, Christy has blasted her way to the top, taking on the world’s best female snowboarders & claiming podium finishes at elite level international events. Christy is an X Games & Dew Tour medallist, claimed first place at the Burton European Open & represented NZ in slopestyle at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. When Christy’s not shredding on snowboard you’ll find her doing the same on a skateboard or surfboard, with some good yoga sessions in between. With style for days on jib features & a master of spinning off her toes, Christy is sure to keep dropping the jaws of spectators around the world for years to come.

Home town: Kaukapakapa
Instagram: @christyprior
Facebook: Christy Prior

Mitch Brown

rsz_mitch_brown_pipe_1Mitch Brown is a name that will live forever in the history books of New Zealand snowboarding. One of the nation’s super groms, Mitch was an early achiever who would charge on to compete in some of the largest halfpipe events in the world, taking down some of the world’s best in the process. A double Olympian, competing at the Torino & Vancouver Winter Olympics, Mitchy is arguably the best halfpipe snowboarder that New Zealand has ever produced. His talent & drive runs in the family – Mitch’s sister Kendall also a Kiwi halfpipe legend, although you’d be wrong to label them pipe jocks. Mitch is definitely at home in the backcountry, launching off kickers & tearing up the parks. No one has ever beaten Mitch at Cardrona’s minipipe champs… fair to say NZ’s young up & coming riders (that he now coaches) have some big shoes to fill!

Hometown: Mt Maunganui/Wanaka
Instagram: @mitchbr0wn

Stef Zeestraten

rsz__dsc3724stefzeestratenStef (aka ‘Dutchy’) is an absolute charger who made a name for himself in the ‘Golden Years’ of NZ Snowboarding. Stef has had his fair share of time on the slopestyle podiums, taking Billabong Bro Down & Winter Games top honours. With his competition days behind him, Stef is now a regular stand-out in feature magazines that cover his backcountry expeditions. Calling Stef a powder chaser is an understatement… the man finds any way to score fresh lines & launch off cliffs, never shying away from a lengthy hike. When Stef’s not on his backcountry adventures you can find him sending it in the parks… no kicker is too large for the Dutchman! Stef is also a very handy surfer from his early years growing up in Kaikoura & when he’s not frothing in the outdoors you’ll find him on his family’s Lavender Farm in Wanaka.

Hometown: Kaikoura/Wanaka
Instagram: @stefzeestraten

Jackson 'Wacko' Wells

rsz_jackson_wells_profileThe youngest of the Wells lads, Jackson (Wacko) is one stylish young individual who’s all about having the best time possible. At only 18 years old, Wacko’s style & talent is well beyond his years & is a clear display of how fun skiing can be. Active in the competitive freeskiing scene, Wacko is a perfectionist of his craft, only throwing tricks for the judges that he knows are both technically sound & look good. Wacko has already featured in many well-received edits, landed triples, & stood on the podium at large events such as the ‘One Hit Wonder’. Easy to spot around the mountain from his unique steeze & massive smile, Wacko is one to watch for the future. When he’s not frothing on his skis you can find him tearing up local skate parks or surfing up a storm.

Hometown: Wanaka
Instagram: @lordprettywacko

Corey Peters

11014906_660124530782511_8828795799528070201_nCorey is an unbelievable talent who snuck in & took the Adaptive Snow Sports world by storm. At Corey’s first ever Paralympic Games at Sochi in 2014, Corey brought home NZ’s only medal – a silver in the Men’s Seated Giant Slalom. Corey is an absolute force to be reckoned with on the competitive circuits with a long list of impressive achievements, including a 2016 IPC World Cup Crystal Globe in Super-G. Corey’s results are insane considering he only took up sit-skiing in 2011. The former Taranaki rugby representative sustained a crushed spinal cord at a motocross event in September 2009, leaving him paralysed. 2 years after the accident, he was introduced to the sport of sit skiing & in the same year won gold in the men’s adaptive sit-ski event at the Para-Snowboard Winter Games at Cardrona. Corey is one of the fastest & most fearless lads you’ll see ripping down Cardrona & is one to keep an eye on… if you can keep up with him!

Hometown: New Plymouth
Instagram: @corey_peters
Facebook: Corey Peters

Carlos Garcia-Knight

rsz_carlos_garcia_knight_big_airCarlos is experiencing a meteoric rise up the international ranks & it’s not surprising! His sensational talent across several disciplines (slopestyle, pipe & big air) & his ever-increasing trick bag has seen Carlos become an internationally recognised, elite snowboarder from a young age. His ability to keep his cool under pressure is clear – winning a silver medal in slopestyle at the FIS Snowboard Junior World Championships & claiming 4th place in slopestyle at the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ at Cardrona. Carlos really turned heads in 2016 when he just missed the slopestyle podium at the US Burton Open behind Seb Toots, finishing in 4th place. When Carlos isn’t killing it on his snowboard it’s likely you’ll find him skating or surfing. Look out for his online series ‘Kickers & Cream’ to keep up with this lad’s rise to the big time!

Hometown: Christchurch
Instagram: @carlosgk
Facebook: Carlos Garcia-Knight

Abby Jackways

Abby JackwaysAbby has a long history of being a boss on her board, particularly in the back country. She’s won the World Heli Challenge 3 times (including defending her title) & is the other half of NZ’s snowboarding power couple – The Jackways’. A pure ‘snowboard for the love of it’ legend, Abby continues to chase deep pow lines overseas in the States & Japan, even since the new arrival of her wee daughter. When Abby’s not shredding she is an absolute jack of all trades, dabbling in interior decorating, yoga, mountain biking, running, horse riding, cooking, gardening, skateboarding, crafting, sewing, knitting, drawing & painting (she likes to do most things!). It’s fair to say her daughter Lilian has a pretty rad mum to look up to!

Hometown: Wanaka
Instagram: @abbyjackways

Junior Team

 

Miguel Porteous

rsz_miguel_porteous_big_airMiguel leads by example as the oldest of the Porteous brothers. There is nothing he can’t slay, whether it’s the big air, the pipe, rails, backcountry hits, big mountain lines… the man is a true talent. Getting into his late teens has meant Miguel is now being asked to compete on some of the largest snowsports events across the world including the X Games. In the pipe or stomping slopestyle runs, Miguel is always a force to be reckoned with when he chucks a bib on.

A positive, determined & carefree attitude has seen Miguel already achieve outstanding results competitively, making him a definite freeskiing prospect. Never one to pass up an opportunity, Miguel is constantly looking to film edits or take photos in between training & competing which are always a good watch! When he’s not being a boss on his skis, you can find Miguel chasing waves, skating, trampolining or taking some sweet photos.

JJ Rayward

 

Nico Porteous

Finn Bilous

Zoi Sadowski Synnott

zoiZoi’s natural talent on a snowboard is almost as large as her outstanding work ethic… which is gigantic! This girl is definitely one to watch out for as she makes her break onto the larger stages of competitive snowboarding. Starting riding at the age of 8yrs, the size of Zoi’s trick bag is accelerating at an outstanding pace under the coaching of Team Ambassador Mitch Brown. Zoi is always the first to finish her warm ups & always motivated to make every day in the parks count towards achieving impressive results.

This slopestyle specialist’s hard work is paying off, claiming top spot at both the FIS Continental Cup & the USASA Open Women’s Slopestyle. Look out for Zoi ripping up the parks this season if you want to be impressed! When she’s not killing it on her snowboard, Zoi gets after it on her skateboard, surfboard & the trampolines.

Maggie Little

Grom Team

 

Ben Harrington

To say Ben comes from a keen skiing family is an understatement. His Dad, Greg, who is a former moguls skier & a Cardrona Park Squad coach, had Ben skiing between his legs before he was two. These days as a teenager he still spends time skiing with his family, but also lapping Big Bucks Park with the top dogs, constantly looking to step his game up.

Ben has been a consistent performer at the Cardrona Junior Nationals & various competitions in New Zealand and abroad. He is now competing in FIS events & you can be sure to see him pop up on the starting list of many high profile competitions in the near future.
Ben not only loves free-skiing but also roller blading, hockey & trampolining.

Luca Harrington

Luca ‘Huck’ Harrington is definitely one of the most stoked groms on the mountain! He always skis like he’s having the most fun out there & even at a ripe age, he’s willing to help & encourage the younger groms to do the same.

While you’ll usually find Luca doing laps in the Cardrona Parks, he’s not just a park rat. A talented all-rounder, Luca has taken top honours for his age group in the NZ Cardrona Junior Nationals.

Luca is definitely one to watch, not only on his skis but whatever he does. . Whether it’s dirt biking, playing football, trampolining or playing live music…this kid kills it.

Fin Melville-Ives

That fact that Fin is the only skier in a family of snowboarders proves he’s quite the determined grom! At a very ripe age Fin has had countless season’s on his skis & it clearly shows.

You can see Fin riding ten different ways on any given day. Whether it’s riding pow, dropping rocks, park laps, hitting the pipe… he’s even been known to race gates skiing switch. He’s had his fair share of podium results, his best to date being overall champion of his division in the 2013 NZ Cardrona Junior Nationals.

When Fin’s not chasing winters with his family, you’ll find him swimming, skating, playing football or tearing around on his mountain bike.

Campbell Melville-Ives

Don’t let his small stature fool you, this kid is a charger! Cam’s been hitting Cardrona with his twin brother Fin since the age of three & is a dedicated snowboarder.

One of his favourite places at Cardrona is the Olympic pipe & he can often be spotted hiking up there before the mountain opens. His commitment to his board paid off in 2013 when he claimed the overall top spot in his division at the Cardrona NZ Junior Nationals.

When he’s not busting out methods in Antler’s Alley, or charging through the trees in Whistler, Cam can be found sessioning his skate ramp, trampolining, mountain biking or playing at the lake.

Rocco Jamieson

With the legendary AJ (Aaron Jamieson) as his dad, Rocco has snowboarding in his blood & is stacked with style beyond his years & natural talent. He started shredding at just two years old, being towed around by a dog lead attached to a snowskate.

Like his Dad, this grom’s got some serious pop in his legs & can bust big moves in the park & pipe for a little man. On powder days you can usually find him sessioning a back country kicker, testing his signature back flip method, or unleashing some outstanding pow turns. With countless seasons under his belt, Roc’s racked up some impressive results including top honours at the Cardrona NZ Junior Nationals for his division.

Rocco is a pure ‘ride for the love of it’ shredder. Off the snow, this mellow cat can be found breakdancing, skating, wakeboarding, surfing or playing footy.

Max McDonald

This keen young skier been shredding since he could walk & he’s been going hard every winter (& sometimes summer) since then! Max is a true all rounder, taking podiums in both ski racing & freestyle events. Max has an extensive trick book that seems to get larger every time he hits the park & is definitely one to look out for on the national competitive circuits!

His discipline to skiing has paid off with a string of impressive results in both racing & freeskiing, including various first place finishes in the Cardrona NZ Junior Nationals.

It’s hard to find him off snow, but when he’s not in the Northern Hemisphere for summer, he’ll be charging downhill, hitting kickers on his mountain bike or scoring goals on the soccer pitch.