South Pacific Chill: Young Freeskier Joss Christensen Claims Big Air Victory at New Zealand Winter Games in O Sweep, Jossi Wells Grabs Silver in Pipe/Slope


It’s still the tail end of summer in the Northern Hemisphere.

But in New Zealand, it’s still dumping powder. Just ask Oakley’s young ski star Joss Christensen, who claimed a resounding Big Air victory at the New Zealand Winter Games.

Throwing down a massive array of tricks – he plowed through to the final to face off against fellow 15-year-old Swiss Oakley rider Kai Mahler – eventually topping him for the Gold.

’’I’m really stoked,” Joss said, rocking his Oakley goggles. “I was really beat up after the slopestyle competition (on Thursday). I’m surprised I landed all my jumps.”

But the two weren’t the only O rippers to make his way to the podium. New Zealand native star Jossi Wells, who claimed second in the Halfpipe and Slopestyle contests earlier in the week, charged into the semifinals but was topped by Kai, sending him into the small final to fight for the final podium spot. His solid riding clipped PC Fosse for the Bronze.

Rewind to the Halfpipe contest, and Jossi was definitely in form. A solid 78.25 on his run with a left side cork nine tail to right side cork nine safety to a left flair tail grab to a right side seven tail grab – topped off with a switch seven mute shifty – was enough to land him the Silver.

A day before, his 83.00 score grabbed the Slopestyle Silver – starting off what would be a solid week for Jossi, Joss and the rest of the O Team.

Congratulations to all Oakley Team Riders for a strong showing in New Zealand!


Andrew De Lara


August 23, 2011

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