Girl power: Wanaka's Kalani Muirhead in action during last month's first Mons Royale Future Ground Progression Camp in Queenstown. PICTURE: MONS ROYALE/NEIL KERR


Little did Queenstown’s Louise Ferguson know video footage of her landing her first back flip to mulch at an evening session at Fernhill’s Wynyard Jump Park would lead to a new  initiative in the resort, aimed at fostering female freeriders.

The inaugural Mons Royale Future Ground Progression Camp’s underway in Queenstown this week, where 10 riders from across the country are spending four days with some of New Zealand’s best coaches and mentors.

Riders include Queenstown’s Vinny Armstrong, who’s won the Crankworx ‘whip-off’ three times and scored herself an invite to Red Bull Formation, a women’s freeride camp founded by Katie Holden.

Holden’s been a key part of the conception of the new camp and says ‘‘representation is key’’.

‘‘Red Bull Formation has shown the world that by giving women freeriders more opportunities to grow, they flourish.

“Bring on 2021 … I’m amped to see what comes out of the Mons Royale Future Ground.’’

The revamped Wynyard Jump Park’s the biking base for the camp, while riders are also using facilities at SITE trampoline.