Another NZ winter is soon to sadly pass, but of course not without the yearly Export Extremes being held in the amazing Pinnacles venue at Mt Ruapehu, Whakapapa.
Mt Ruapehu and sponsors of the event upped the anti this year by raising the prize money for women snowboard to $2000 for 1st place, comparative to $800 3 years ago this is a definite change for the better. This change proved successful as more women were enticed to take on the venue.
After having an unsuccessful day on the qualifiers day (placing 2nd), the 2nd final day held on Policeman’s venue proved to be more successful. I placed 1st on the finals day but unfortunately points carried over from qualifiers day kept me in 2nd place. BUT – very very stoked for Abby’s first place and even more stoked for Maia Steir’s 3rd place – like I said, a fun competition with a good level of female snowboarders made for a much much better competition overall!! Keep it up Mt Ruapehu it just keeps getting better and better!
Now to soak in the sun with some spring riding at Mt Ruapehu, where the season lasts longer than down south – what more could I ask for!