Remarks icy plunge


Donald Trump, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle and a Minion were among some of the 60 competitors who took part in the annual Red Bull Jump and Freeze event at Queenstown’s The Remarkables.

Snowsports lovers dressed in whacky costumes to pull off their best trick into an ice-cold pool on Saturday, competing for a $1000 cash prize.

To mark the start of spring and the impending end of the ski season, snowboarders, skiers and even a kayaker made their way down the slope on to a ramp, before being flung into the water.

First place was awarded to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Shane Mulvey, of Queenstown, who took home the grand in cash, a season ski pass at The Remarkables, and a Sony bluetooth speaker.

“I’m absolutely stoked, I had no idea I was going to win this today, but I could do with the extra grand, so I’m delighted,” Mulvey says.

“I went to Look Sharp this morning and got a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costume and thought, I’ve got to go green for the Irish and just send it.”

Points were awarded for entertainment value, best tricks, costume design and distance travelled across the pool.

Last year’s champion Patrick Halgren returned to win third place and brand-new pair of skis.

Takamine Kato managed to land an impressive cork 720 and won the title for creativity and technique.

Rachelle Rollerstone, of Timaru, took the title for longest jump.

Best dressed went to Josh Stephens for his impressive “gangsta” stance as he flew over the jump.

The panel of judges included hip-hop artist King Kapisi, Olympic medallist and pro-fessional snowboarder Zoi Sadowski-Synnott and NZ Ski general manager Paul And-erson.