Rookie Sensation: Young Oakley Ski Smasher Kai Mahler Claims Big Air Silver, Jossi Wells Grabs Bronze


Kai Mahler is a mere 16 years old.

But Oakley’s Swiss Ski shred master proved that he wasn’t just there to play with the big boys. He was there to beat them.

The young phenom dazzled the crowd with technical grabs and a switch double misty 1440 to claim the event’s silver medal.

“A dream came true for me,” Kai said in his Oakley snow goggles and gear. “I’m super stoked right now. I can’t believe that I got the podium.”

Coming off a head-turning showing last fall in the European City Big-Air contests, he’s considered by many as a top contender for the 2014 Olympic slopestyle gold medal.

But he wasn’t the only Oakley ripper to grace the podium this year.

Jossi Wells threw down a huge tweaked switch double rodeo 1440 mute – in addition to a switch double cork 1080 with a tweaked safety grab for an 83.00 – to snatch the Bronze.