The New Zealand Forum Youngblood Snowboarding contest welcomed up-and-coming riders from around the globe to compete at Coronet Peak this weekend.

The Forum Youngblood Series is the world's top amateur competition for 20-and-under male and female snowboarders. This year, native New Zealander Michaell O'Keefe from Queenstown won the 15 and under snowboarding category, with Chance Jenson of Canada taking top honours in the 20 and under age group.

The contest attracted competitors aged from 12 years old from as far afield as Canada, with the top five in the slopestyle competition now moving on to compete in the Forum Youngblood Series finals at The Remarkables on Saturday 16th September.

Winners of the 2006 New Zealand Series finals will have the opportunity to compete in the Forum Youngblood World Finals at Tahoe California, where they can showcase their skills against winners from around the world, ride with the Forum team, and possibly earn a spot on the Forum Youngblood crew.

“The kids were going hard, ripping up the wall ride, rails, boxes and table tops. I was stoked with the day," said Josh Clark, Youth Action Sports Co-ordinator at The Remarkables.


15 years and under division

1st: Michaell O’keefe, age 12, Queenstown

2nd: Mahi Mains, age 14, Queenstown

16 years and over division (with an age limit of 20)

1st: Chance Jenson, age 19, Canada

2nd: Adam Percasky, age 19, Queenstown

3rd: John Laker, age 18, Queenstown