NMD Mountain Dew Blaketown Challenge May 20, 2010 by Mountain Dew NZ
Shelly Gotlieb takes Fifth at Burton European Open LAAX, Switzerland January 18, 2010 by Mountain Dew NZ

Laax, SUI Ohakunes Shelly Gotlieb once again proved that shes got what it takes, finishing fifth in Snowboard Slopestyle at the Burton European Open (BEO) and moving her world ranking up to number six.

Gotlieb getting some air at the Burton European Open, Photo Credit: Stef Zeestraten

Gotliebs performance today earned her valuable points towards both the Burton Global Opens Series title (US$ 200,000 prize-money) and the Swatch Ticket To Ride World Championship titles.

She was pleased with her performance commenting, I could have executed a cleaner run, but am very happy with the day overall.

Top Junior Surfers From All Over the World Confirmed to Compete at 2010 WJSC January 18, 2010 by Mountain Dew NZ

With only four days until the start of the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championship, over 20 teams from the five continents have confirmed their involvement in the biggest surfing event in the world for the 18 and under surfers. Held at the wildly scenic Piha Beach in New Zealand, the ISA World Junior Surfing Championship will take place from January 20 – 28, 2010.

All teams are traveling to New Zealand with their country’s elite junior team. Defending champions and previous ISA medalists are going to be looking forward to a repeat performance while aiming to improve their previous feats.

Tyler Wright (AUS), gold medalist of the 2009 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championsihp in Ecuador will try to put her name next to Stephanie Gilmore, who won the event back to back in Tahiti 2004 and USA 2005.

Keanu Asing (HAW) and Tamaroa McComb (TAH), gold medalists in 2009 and 2008 respectively in the Under 16 division, are looking forward to writing their names in history books. Both Asing and McComb will be competing in the Under 18 division in New Zealand. If one of them wins, they will become the first surfers to win both boys divisions in the history of event.

NZ Results from the Breckenridge Dew Tour Stop December 21, 2009 by Mountain Dew NZ

Winter Dew tour Logo Black 70Breckenridge, Colorado (21 December 2009) – New Zealand’s Jossi Wells walked away with a second place in Freeski Superpipe at the first stop of the prestigious Winter Dew Tour in Breckenridge Colorado yesterday, where virtually every big name in the sport competed.
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Above: Wells on Podium with Mike Riddle and Xavier Bertoni

Nelson Downhill Mountain Bike Classic Open Race Report December 18, 2009 by Mountain Dew NZ

After a wet start to the morning the skys cleared up for the inagural running of the Nelson Classic Open Downhill Mountain Bike Race on Fringed Hill in Nelson. With a good turn out of racers the morning practice went by quickly and it was soon onto loading up the trucks to start the race runs.

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U.S. Winter Dew Tour – Snowboard Superpipe OQ’s Kick Off December 18, 2009 by Mountain Dew NZ

Winter Dew tour Logo Black 7001_fredrikaustbo_front10_0Frederik Austbo took the top spot in the Winter Dew Tour’s Open

Qualifier. The Open Qualifier is the only way for athletes not yet qualified for the Dew Tour to get in. Sometimes referred to as a Local Qualifier, this Qualifier had a very strong international presence. The level ranged from world class riders like Peetu Piiroinen to young kids you probably have never heard of yet, but certainly will.

Right: Fredrik Austbo spins through a frontside 10 on his way to the top qualifying position

Out of 42 male competitors only the top 10 got coveted Dew Tour spots. This is the only qualifying stop of the Winter Dew Tour so those that got in are stoked since they are on the Dew Tour for the entire season. On the women’s side, six should be moving on to get Dew Tour qualification.

O’Connor takes out prestigious Auckland Surfing Champion title for 09 December 14, 2009 by Mountain Dew NZ

Surfing NZ logo clear 70In testing 1 to 1.5m waves at Piha, Tim O’Connor (Mnt) methodically worked his way through a stella field to win the open mens final in an enduring 12 hour contest on Saturday (12th December).  Organisers were keen to get the contest finished in one day and while the weather looked ominous to begin with, things improved and there were plenty of waves scored in the excellent range despite the ever changing tidal conditions.

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Tim O’Connor (Right, Image – Lion Rock) saw off his opposing finalists with his clinical backhand snaps in the pocket followed up with some east coast reverse trickery on the inside.  The judges were strict on ASP criteria and O’Connor took the title by being both radical and having variety in his moves.

Fellow Mount surfer, Alex Dive impressed all day with his speed and vertical attack everytime a critical section appeared.  He claimed second in the Open after previously dispensing with all comers in the junior final.  For Alex, it was hopefully a prequel for how he will want to perform at the 2010 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Championship that will also be held at Piha next month.

2009 Auckland Surfing Champs November 25, 2009 by Mountain Dew NZ

It’s the 2009 Auckland Surfing Champs coming up 12th and 13th December…. Update: Maori Bay Boardriders Club have an event on the Saturday of the Auckland Champs so the decision has been made to postpone until the 12th and 13th of December. Click here to download the entry form…

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