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Over the weekend our girl Kjersti Buaas won 2nd place in the slopestyle event and 6th place in the halfpipe at the first stop of the Global Open series in New Zealand. This contest marks the beginning of the new 2011/12 winter competition season, so Kjersti is off to a great start! Here’s a few words from Kjersti about the event:
“My best run in the slopestyle event consisted of: 360 tap, 50-50 to backside boardslide, 50-50 to bs. 180 off the pole jam, cab 540 indy, fs. 720 mute and a fs 360 stalefish. The course and weather stayed perfect, actually the best conditions I have ever ridden here.
The next morning in the halfpipe event I tried some good old air-to-fakies in practice, but I was mainly focusing on pacing my energy, since I was running on fumes. The finals started and the first contest run that went down made everybody on the top go; wooohhhh! Spanish rider Queralt Castellet dropped in and did the biggest bs. 900 I have ever seen from a girl and set the standard for the rest of the day.
I was inspired by the American mafia, Kelly, Gretchen, Elena and Hannah, that did not disappoint! fs and bs 900′s, cab 720 and huge airs went down left and right. I aso surprised myself and landed a good run, witch earned me 6th place out of 8th riders in the finals. I also won the creative use of space award, for my air-to-fakie on the first hit, something that I feel very honored to win.
Big thanks to my sponsors, Roxy, Monster, DNB Nor and KAB for the amazing support. Special thanks to “coach of the week”, One Life team captain Chanelle Sladics for holding it down! -KJ”
To hear more about Kjersti’s trip to New Zealand hop over to her blog.