To start the day, riders warmed up and got the feel for conditions down under. Frank Wells and the Snowpark crew closed down the pipe at about 2 p.m. to give it a fresh cut. After which everyone agreed that it was the best pipe they’ve ever ridden. When 4 p.m. rolled around, the photographers already had their angles and flashes set up. We shot well through the sunset and into the night. With the first day going better than planned, we can’t wait for the rest of the week. Be sure to check out the photos and vote for your favorite team!
Vote on the Homepage now! Left hand side, about halfway down.
About The Hemisphere Challenge:
Two hemispheres, two photographers, and six snowboarders—the numerical breakdown for the innagural Hemisphere Challenge. This will be the first contest of it’s kind taking place in New Zealand at Snowpark Resort, and the surrounding backcountry. The riders and photographers are split between two teams based on the hemispherical locations of their birth—three riders to the northern hemi, three to the southern hemi, and one photographer for each team to document the riding to the best of their ability. The Challenge is based as much on the photography as it is on the riding, and the beauty lies in the judging—this is where you come in.
Each day, the teams will jointly session one given feature—one day will be the halfpipe, one the quarterpipe, one the hip, one day the backcountry, and so on. While not on location to witness the riding first-hand, a group of photos will be submitted each day from each team, for you, the readers to judge. Along with each group of photos, a daily poll will be posted here on TWSNOW.com. Vote each day, the scores will be tallied, and in the end one Hemisphere will stand supreme. Leaving biases by the wayside, all participants of the contest—riders and photographers—will remain anonymous until the winners have been revealed.