Russ Henshaw and Emilia Wint top slopestyle podium at The North Face Freeski Open of New Zealand

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L-R: Jesper Tjäder, Russ Henshaw, Jules Bonnaire. p: Nick Johnson

No one could catch Australian Russ Henshaw as he took the top spot, despite an international field of top freeskiers at The North Face Freeski Open slopestyle at Snow Park. The Aussie nudged out Swedish youngster Jesper Tjäder and Frenchman Jules Bonnaire, who ended up in second and third, respectively. Finland’s Antti Ollila narrowly missed the podium by a mere three points.

“I am super stoked to be able to compete at The North Face Freeski Open of New Zealand this year, after missing out through injury last year,” said Henshaw. “Getting

first here in New Zealand is just the best feeling I have had in a long time.”

On the women’s side of things, US Freeskiing athlete Emilia Wint took home the big win, with Canadian Dara Howell and Kiwi Rose Battersby rounding out the podium. “I am so happy to get third again,” exclaimed Battersby. “This third place is way more rewarding than last year, as the field was far more competitive this year.”

Emilia Wint amidst a winning run. p: Nick Johnson 

Other notables from the field include the AFP Overall World Champ Gus Kenworthy, who finished fifth, while competing with a broken wrist. Beau James Wells was the only male New Zealander to make the finals, ending up in eighth. This slopestyle was an AFP gold level event, so be sure to check out the AFP’s website to see how the early season race is shaping up.

Next on the docket at The North Face Freeski Open of New Zealand is the superpipe competition at Snow Park, followed by the big mountain event at The Remarkables resort. Visit nzfreeskiopen.com for more information on the event.

Men’s Final Results:
1_ Russ Henshaw
2_ Jesper Tjäder
3_ Jules Bonnaire
4_ Antti Ollila
5_ Gus Kenworthy
6_ Nick Goepper
7_ Oystein Bråten
8_ Beau Wells
9_ Lauri Kivari
10_ Noah Morrison
11_ Mikkel Joraandstad
12_ AJ Kemppainen
Women’s Final Results:
1_ Emilia Wint
2_ Dara Howell
3_ Rose Battersby
4_ Tiril Christiansen
5_ Emma Whitman
6_ Maude Raymond
DNS_ Jamie Crane-Mauzy
DNA_ Emma Dahlström
L-R: Dara Howell, Emilia Wint, Rose Battersby. p: Nick Johnson

Related Story: Tanner Hall and Tiril Christiansen take the win at The North Face Freeski Open Superpipe


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