Laid-back local snowboarder Jono Budd isn’t letting the pressure of tomorrow night’s downtown invitational rail jam get to him.
Sharing the rail with well-known riders Robert Hollis and Nick Hyne plus freeski superstars Jossi and Byron Wells, Budd is more focused on having a good time doing what he loves with his mates.
“I’m not going there to win, I’m going there to have fun,” the 19-year-old says.
Budd first entered the Winter Festival rail competition last year, which was held at Coronet Peak.
This year it’s at Earnslaw Park – snow is being trucked in from The Remarkables to build the 14-metre-long rail set-up.
Organisers expect a crowd of about 5000 people to watch 35 skiers and riders compete for $5000 cash.
“There’ll be more pressure this year with a lot more viewers and all that exposure,” Budd says.
“But I’m just going to keep it real mellow and chill out with my friends.”
He’ll be throwing down tricks with Hyne, Jamin Beattie and Mahe Mains – buddies from the webcast series Diaries Down Under.
The boys spend as much time as possible at The Remarkables, filming and perfecting their moves.
“It’s great up there – they keep the park real nice and conditions are always good,” Budd says.