On the men’s side, like most of his competitors, Kenworthy struggled against the weather. Fortunately, his highly technical run netted him 85 points, which was more than enough to best New Zealand’s Jossi Wells’ score of 78.25. Rounding out the top three was David Wise, who almost trailed both Kenworthy and Wells with a score of 75.25 points.
“The biggest competition today was the weather,” said Kenworthy. “I saw that the competition was big with Jossi Wells and David Wise pulling some big amplitude and tricks during practice so knew I had to give it my all and I did.”
As for the women, it was a clean sweep for the Americans. Devin Logan, 18, easily walked away with first place. Americans Jen Hudak and new-comer Maddie Bowman came in second and third place, respectively.
Logan was pleased with her performance, “This was my first competition in a while and it was nice to get a good one under the belt. The weather was a bit rough so rather than putting it all out there I stuck to a safe run. It’s great to have the opportunity to come down to New Zealand to get some extra training in and I’m stoked with today’s result.”
100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games continues Thursday with Ski Slopestyle at Snow Park and WSF Para-Snowboard World Cup at Cardrona Alpine Resort.