The Jossi Wells Invitational at Cardrona went OFF on Saturday! A perfect bluebird day with little wind delivered incredible conditions for both the athletes to throw down their best, & the hundreds of spectators who lined the Skyline Ridge.
The Cardrona Big Air jump was dubbed the “best jump in the world” by the athletes attending the inaugural competition - we couldn't be more stoked that they loved hitting it!!
A field of 20 skiers & snowboarders from around the world took 5 jumps to show the large crowd of spectators their best tricks at the Jossi Wells Invitational.
The signature event was a celebration of 2016 X Games gold medallist Jossi Wells at his home resort, Cardrona. The competition is set to become an annual event for the world’s best skiers & snowboarders.
“I’m very humbled and honoured to have the opportunity to throw this event for all the riders & the spectators,” said Jossi. “It all went off without a hitch – perfect day, perfect jump, & the riders all threw down.”
The men’s ski competition was taken out by Great Britain’s James “Woodsy” Woods, with Kiwi Jackson Wells in 2nd, & Canada’s Noah Morrison in 3rd place.
The first ever Jossi Wells Invitational couldn’t have gone off in better conditionsHead Judge, Tori Beattie
“The judges were seriously impressed by the local New Zealand talent – but the day belonged to James Woods.”
The men’s snowboard podium was dominated by local snowboarders with 17yr-old Tiarn Collins & Wanaka’s Stef Zeestraten in 2nd & 3rd place respectively. The top spot was claimed by heavy-hitting Australian youngster Matty Cox.
The women’s side of the event was represented by 17yr-old Kiwi skier Margaux Hackett, & Canadian X Games gold medalist, snowboarder Spencer O’Brien.
“We were blown away by both Spencer [O’Brien] & Margaux [Hackett] spinning 720s on that jump. It’s so good to see girls throwing down, & we hope to see more of that in the future,” said Beattie.
The 85+ft Big Air was built by our very own Tom Campbell, who was also the first one to test the jump. He received a resounding cheer from the crowd at prizegiving to recognise his work, building what Woodsy described as “the best jump in the world – the best jump I’ve ever hit.”
Naming sponsors Monster Energy provided the US$20,000 cash purse for the men’s side of the event, with Dragon Alliance supporting the women’s competition. The athletes also attended a series of adventure activities in Queenstown & Wanaka at AJ Hackett Bungy & Nevis Swing, The Oxbow Adventure Company & Skydive Wanaka.
We're already super excited for next year's Jossi Wells Invitational & welcoming even more of the world's best to our winter playground!