The one and only Andrew Gayda, aka Hot Laps Official, headed south this summer to check out the Jossi Wells Invitational at Cardrona, New Zealand. His JWI recap with Monster Energy is a nonstop series of bangers from the Wells brothers Beau-James and Jackson, Edouard Therriault, Ferdinand Dahl, Alex Hall and Colby Stevenson. Watch on to learn something about the fine arts of followcamming and stomping tricks with mucho finesse.
From YouTube: The 2022 Jossi Wells Invitational marks the return of the invite-only snow sports competition after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. Tourism opened in New Zealand on August 1, 2022, for the first time since Covid lockdowns were implemented in March 2020.
The event attracted 98 ski and snowboard athletes from 18 countries to the grassroots competitions. Some traveled over 70 hours to get to New Zealand.
The event started in 2016 in honor of iconic New Zealand freeskier and X Games gold medalist Jossi Wells. This year, the JWI featured three competition disciplines across two mountains: Starting with a rail jam at Cardrona, followed by the TC Shoot-Out at Treble Cone on natural halfpipes and terrain, plus a mini pipe and the final Big Air throwdown at Cardrona. All contests aired on live stream in front of global audiences – and the level of riding was once again off the charts.
Filmed & Edited by Hotlaps aka Andrew Gayda
Featuring the skiing of: Beau-James Wells, Jackson Wells, Alex Hall, Colby Stevenson, Ferdinand Dahl, and Edouard Therriault.