Nico Porteous has finished in second place on the 2018-2019 Freeski Halfpipe World Cup tour rankings following the final competition of the season held on Saturday at Mammoth Mountain in the USA.
Canadian Simon d’Artois’ second place finish in Mammoth gave him enough points to take the overall title while double Olympic Champion David Wise (USA) rounded out the 2018/19 halfpipe men’s podium in third.
Initially scheduled for Friday, the Halfpipe competition had been moved to Saturday following a long series of weather and scheduling-related problems. And while Saturday brought a major improvement in weather conditions, unfortunately the bluebird skies didn’t hold for long, with dense clouds and wind gusts came into play as soon as the first riders started dropping in for their training runs.
Porteous. a former Methven grommet ended the season in second, after struggling to put a run down at Mammoth and finishing in 16th place in the finals. Knowing that D’Artois and Wise would be pushing hard for the overall win, Porteous went for the no-holds-barred approach, gaining huge amplitude out of the pipe in order to spin his biggest tricks but came unstuck and couldn’t get the points on the board.
His second place finish is the best result for an NZ male in the FIS rankings. Jossi Wells finished fourth overall in Freeski Slopestyle in 2014 and Janina Kuzma also achieved a second place finish in ladies’ Halfpipe in 2014.