Tanner Hall Ends Four-Year Competition Hiatus, Wins in Superpipe in New Zealand
Timing is everything. After recovering from severe knee injuries, opting for a while for the freeski lifestyle and a recent shocking shake-up in his sponsors, Tanner Hall decided it was time to return to competition and prove that he’s still one of the best in the ski business.
After a four-year hiatus from competition, the 28-year-old freeski icon showed up at the North Face Freeski Open at Snow Park, New Zealand and wasted little time in exerting his dominance. Though the event was faced with adverse weather conditions, Hall proceeded to steal the show with a smooth run down the pipe, including a big 900 tail, alley-oop 360 Japan, a styled out switch 720 mute, right 900 safety, and finished off with a 1080 tail, earning a score of 85.00 and first place.
“I am so stoked to be back after four years of not competing," said Hall, while wearing his signature Oakley goggles, “and coming back to win the North Face Freeski Open of New Zealand is the best feeling ever.”
Earlier in the week, Hall – who’s a seven-time X Games gold medalist – parted ways with long-time sponsor Red Bull.
Hall also offered a message to his fans via Twitter: “First pipe comp done in 4 years done……called on weather but [qualies] were so fun and we had a one run final. Give thanks to everyone who came out to support! Everyone killed it [in] conditions where it’s almost impossible to kill it in!”