Monster Energy congratulates its team of snowboard and freeski
athletes on claiming major awards across categories at the
grassroots 2022 Jossi Wells Invitational competition at Cardrona
Alpine Resort in New Zealand.
WANAKA, New Zealand, Sept. 25,
2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The Jossi Wells
Invitational is back bigger and better than ever! Monster Energy
congratulates its team of snowboard and freeski athletes on
claiming major awards across categories at the grassroots 2022
Jossi Wells Invitational competition at Cardrona Alpine Resort in
Presented by Monster Energy, 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.
From September 12-17, 2022, the
event attracted the world elite of competitive freeski and
snowboard riders to a grassroots contest judged by the riders
themselves in an all-out progression session. The event hosted 98
riders from 18 countries. Some athletes 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 event is
everything I have ever wanted to be a part of. An event that brings
together my friends from the ski world and from the snowboard
world, together in one place for a week to enjoy each other's
company and progress each other's riding. I want to play my part in
keeping the spirit & essence of these counterculture sports
thriving as we push forward into the future," said Wells.
This year, the Jossi Wells
Invitational 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!
When the snow action wrapped up, and it became time to crown the
winners, the Rider of the Week Award in Ski Men went to Monster
Energy's Edouard Therriault. Hailing
from Lorraine, Québec, the 19-year-old took the trophy in the
peer-judged competition by sending it on all terrains.
Therriault was joined by a fellow Canadian and Monster Energy
team rider Megan Oldham who clinched
the Rider of the Week Award in Ski Women for unstoppable airs and
rail tricks all week long. The 21-year-old X Games medalist from
Parry Sound, Canada, put her
creativity and board control on full display and walked away with
the well-earned trophy.
Speaking of well-earned, 19-year-old snowboard prodigy medalist
Dusty Henricksen from Mammoth
Lake, California, claimed Rider of
the Week honors in the Snowboard Men category. Known for riding in
just a t-shirt on frosty days and always bringing the heat, the
multiple X Games gold medalist stoked his fellow snowboarders at
the Jossi Wells Invitational throughout the entire contest. That's
also why Henricksen earned the Tom Campbell Style Master of the
Week Award in the Snowboard category by unanimous vote. He just has
it like that! About the award: Tom
Campbell was a close friend of the snow community in Wanaka
and built the first JWI Big Air jump. The community lost him in a
car accident in 2017, and he is forever remembered for his style on
skis and unique personality.
Rounding out the strong showing for team Monster Energy,
21-year-old Zoi Sadowski-Synnott
from Wanaka, New Zealand,
continued her win streak by taking Rider of the Week - Snowboard
One more thing: Wells handed out the Director's Choice Award and
explained: "The Director's Choice Award was my own desire to
acknowledge some of the riders who made a great impression on me
throughout the entire event. On hill and off hill, these athletes
embody the essence of skiing and uplift those around them."
When all was said and done, this year's Director's Choice Award
honors went to no other than the ripping squad of Tom Wallisch, Henrik Harlaut, Rene Rinnekangas,
and Noah Albaladejo. On that note,
make sure to catch the footage from the 2022 Jossi Wells
Invitational and get hyped: snow season is almost here!
"The Jossi Wells Invitational is always such a fun time! This
season shredding together again for the first time in more than two
years was epic. I had so much fun skiing with everyone… boarders,
skiers, rising stars, and veterans alike. Shredding Treble Cone for
the first time and sessioning a frosty jump with 100 of the world's
best was all time," said Tom
For more on Zoi Sadowski-Synnott,
Dusty Henricksen, Edouard Therriault, Megan Oldham, Tom
Wallisch, Henrik Harlaut, Rene Rinnekangas, Noah Albaladejo, and the Monster Energy
snowboard and freeski teams, visit http://www.monsterenergy.com.
Follow Monster Energy on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and
TikTok for exclusive updates as the snow season continues.
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