Younger Wells brother shines at Junior World Champs


Wanaka’s superstar skiing family has another wonderkid on the conveyor belt. 

Fourteen-year-old Beau James Wells (pictured) yesterday showed he’s from the same mould as his famous older brothers, finishing seventh in the freestyle ski halfpipe at the Junior World Champs. 

The youngest rider in the event, Beau James placed higher than his halfpipe specialist brother Byron Wells, 18, who didn’t land his first hit and came last in the 15-strong field. 

The family’s eldest ski ace, the world’s No.1 freeskier Jossi, 20, wasn’t in the halfpipe starting line-up. Jackson Wells, 12, is also a snow nut.

A heavy snow dump on Saturday night and fog yesterday played havoc with Cardrona’s halfpipe event, with contenders ranked after one run rather than two. 

Canadian Noah Bowman threw down the slickest first run of the day, with a huge left 5 mute into a right 7 tail, into a switch left 7 mute, right 5 reverse mute, left 9 tail – earning him the world championship title. 

American Walter Wood took second, with Canada’s Kristopher Atkinson third. 

North Americans also dominated the women’s podium, with Britta Sigourney from the United States nailing a left 5, alleyoop, straight tail mute, alleyoop 5 finishing with a straight 7 to win. 

She was followed by fellow Americans Hannah Haupt and third place-getter Devin Logan. 

The US claimed the Nations Trophy as the most successful country in the freestyle ski arena. 

The Junior World Champs wrap up with the snowboard big air at Cardrona on Tuesday.