07/09/2010 | by Tom Copsey
Watch what went down in Snow Park, NZ, last weekend.
10-11 September 2010 saw Billabong throw down the Bro Down in NZ’s Snow Park with $10K up for grabs. As the winter starts winding down in the southern hemi, riders rolled up to a perfect-looking 20m kicker, the threatening weather held off and allowed the guys and gals to step their game up to try to snatch the cash.
The qualifying round was a flurry of 9s and 10s, even some double back Rodeo’s were getting put down in the the Open Mens with 3s, 5s and backside rodeo’s being landed in the Women’s. The top six Men and top three Women advanced to the final in which they were given 3 judged runs with their best counting towards the final score.
In the end it was Local rider Jake Koia (NZ) who took the top spot on the podium with a huge, flawless frontside 1080 melon, following him was Seppe Smits (BEL) with a buttery Cab 9 and rounding out the top 3 in the Open Men’s was Dave Schmidt Rodriguez who was throwing sick front 9s and 10s off the toes. In the Women’s it was standout rider Klaudia Medlova who channelled the spirit of Tara Dakides to take first spot with her huge smooth backside rodeo, Rebecca Torr (NZ) came in at 2nd with a stylish back 3 melon after not quite stomping a cab 5 and Silvia Mittermüller took out 3rd place after not quite putting down her big frontside 7s. All riders also claimed valuable TTR points at this early stage on the TTR World Tour.