Savery nutcracker stuns crowds at rail jam (with video)


OUCH! This eye-watering manoeuvre earned Queenstown teen Alec Savery one of the biggest cheers of the night at the Parklife Invitational Rail Jam. 

The 14-year-old Wakatipu High student crash-landed astride a rail during the open men’s event last Friday – denting more than just his pride. 

“I was trying a trick where I spin before getting on to the rail and I must have caught my ski,” Alec says. 

“My legs ended up on either side of the rail and I landed on my balls really.” 

The incident may have entertained the crowd at Earnslaw Park – but it was no laughing matter for the youngster. 

After the event, Alec was treated at Lakes District Hospital in Frankton before being checked the next day at hospital in Invercargill. 

“Everything just swelled up and the whole thing was the size of a pineapple, dude,” he says. 

“It was pretty sore but luckily all I have is bad bruising.” 

On the bright side, have-a-go Alec lifted a $300 prize for Best Crash of the night and hopes to have recovered enough to hit the slopes this weekend. 

Queenstown snowboarders Nick Hyne and Joseph Mackenzie were jointly named best male boarder for their efforts. 

Stefi Luxton from Wanaka was the top female boarder. 

American freestyler Gus Kenworthy won best male skier, while The Remarkables ski instructor Kate Kuncova took out best female skier. 

The Remarkables ski area manager Ross Lawrence says the eighth annual event was another success with locals skiers and boarders again proving their talent.