Day 2: The weather was great when we woke up. Took our time getting ready, and eating breakfast. The snow park crew was still working on the hip when we finished eating, so we took free runs for a bit, then decided to shoot some mini shred. A group of riders messed around on a fence ollie for a bit. Once everyone was over it and ready for the hip the weather moved in, of course. It seems like in New Zealand every time the camera comes out the clouds move in. Frank put the finishing touches on the hip, and the riders tested it out. They did what they could with the hip during the rain, snow, and wind. About 45 minutes into the session the weather broke and it was on. Check out the action yourself in the photos and video. Don’t forget to vote!

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Hemisphere Challenge Day 2: Video

Hemisphere Challenge Day 2: Team 1 Photos

Hemisphere Challenge Day 2: Team 2 Photos

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.