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New Zealand Style: The Jossi Wells Invitational Is Back

By: Ethan Stone September 15, 2018

Words: Victoria Beattie

Last week the Jossi Wells Invitational returned to the slushy spring park mecca of Cardrona, New Zealand.
Now in its third year, the event attracted a heavy-hitting and eclectic mix of skiers and snowboarders. With a new three-day format including a rail jam, a 75ft big air jump and a custom modified mini-pipe, this year’s event was rider judged with an emphasis on overall performance.

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@monsterenergy #JWInvitational Day 1 ruled! 🎥: @dannywarley // @cardronanz @dragonalliance @atomicski @lakewanakanz

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Session in full swing #JWinvitational 🙏 //🎥: @dannywarley

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“I’ve always been a big fan of riding everything,” said a fired-up Jossi as he watched over the crew hiking rails on the first day. “Whether it’s park, or rails, or halfpipe. The whole thing is to be able to come and just rip everything, and at the end of the week there will be overall places for each division, and then a King of the Mountain kinda thing.”

The man himself, Jossi Wells leads the way into the JWI 2018. Photo: Edwin Poulston

“I think by the riders list you can kind of see what this event is all about. There’s a lot of guys here that don’t compete anymore, there’s guys who have never competed, you’ve got Olympic gold medalists here, X-Games gold medalists—it’s a really eclectic group of guys and girls. All the people who are here I have admired their riding over the years, so to have all these guys from overseas come down here and support this event, I feel really honoured and blessed to have that support from the whole crew.”

Jossi Wells Invitational 2018 Big Air livestream

Jossi Wells Invitational 2018 Riders List

Ski Men:

Jackson Wells
Beau-James Wells
Henrik Harlaut
James Woods
Joss Christiansen
Noah Morrison
Torin Yater-Wallace
TJ Schiller
Peter Olenick
Finn Bilous
Ryan Stevenson
Peter Raich  
Kangbok Lee
Jake Carney
Dane Kirk
Hamish McDougall
Alec Savery
Nico Porteous
Miguel Porteous
Jossi Wells

Ski Women:

Margaux Hacket
Maggie Little

Snowboard Men:

Kyle Mack
Sage Kotsenburg
Red Gerard
Zak Hale
Sam Taxwood
Harrison Gordan
Sven Thorgren
Stale Sandbech
Nik Baden
Spencer Schubert
Yuki Kadono
Sebbe De Buck
Carlos Garcia-Knight
Gabe Ferguson
JJ Raywood
Matt Cox
Ryo Aizawa
Cody Warble
Scott Blum
Yutaro Miyazawa
Liam Whiley

Snowboard Women:

Zoi Sadowski-Synnott
Christy Prior
Klaudia Medlova
Maddie Mastro