The only way is up


Snowboarding pro Jordan Rehrer (pictured) makes light work of the up bar in The Remarkables’ terrain park as he performs a backside 180.

Rehrer, 25, from the United States, is one of the big-name snowboarders who’ll hit the Rail Jam at Coronet Peak on Sunday – part of the last day of Winter Festival.

Kiwi snowboarding legend and New Zealand Snowboarding Union national team rider Nick Brown is rumoured to be a surprise entrant.

Rehrer will compete against Kiwi rider and 2005 NZ Burton Open slopestyle winner Nick Hyne, 24, who was best man at his recent wedding.

“Last year Nick took overall best and I got best trick. But I was like, doesn’t best trick usually get the highest score, too?

“That was early season last year [after a two-year break from snowboarding] so now I’ve got a whole solid year under my belt.”

Rehrer, originally from Utah, hopes to better his 2008 efforts, where he pulled a cab 270.

“It depends on what the rail feature’s set up like but hopefully I’ll do some back 270s or some switchback 270s.

If there’s a gap feature, maybe even a 450 or something like that.

“The key thing is doing something different to everybody else.”

Sunday’s Rail Jam is open to skiers and riders, and most enter on the day. Qualifying rounds are from 1-3pm and the finals run from 3.30-4.30pm.

With live music and an aerial parapente display, “it’s going to be amazing”, says organiser Josh Clark. “It’s the final night of Winter Festival, so bring it on.”