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Internationals v locals at banked slalom

Pictured: US Olympian Chris Corning at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Photo: Supplied

Olympian Chris Corning is lining up to take on a field of kiwi snowboarders in the 2018 Treble Cone Banked Slalom this weekend.

Chris has made a name for himself in both slopestyle and big air with two World Championships and World Cup titles under his belt.

Earlier this year he finished fourth in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Big Air competition. 

The event is part of the World Snowboarding Federation Banked Slalom World Tour, and its open entry status attracts outstanding local talent, riders from around New Zealand and international professionals.

Freeride World Tour boarder Amber Schuecker, pro Norwegian Terje Haakonsen and former Olympian Scotty Lago have previously entered the competition, with local freeskier Jossi Wells even strapping on his snowboard to take on the course in the past.

Local snowboarder Deni Bevin, 42, is looking to reclaim his Master’s title and is excited to be competing against top athletes from the world circuit.

“I love giving the young guys a good run for their money,” Deni said.

“Banked slalom is competitive by nature, but it really brings the whole snowboarding community together. It’s a great opportunity to compete against some of the best in the game. Winning the event a few years ago was a serious springboard and sent me to Mt Baker in the US to compete in one of the largest banked slalom competitions in the world.”

Competitors race against the clock in the Saddle Basin, which is renowned for its twisting fall line, banks and natural airs.

There’s cash on offer for the winners in Open and Masters male and female categories and other prizes including Never Summer snowboards and the chance to compete in the Mt Baker Banked Slalom.

The Treble Cone Banked Slalom takes place on Saturday, August 11, with races starting at 11am.

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