2013, 2012, 2011
Nothing shapes a better skier than time spent on skis. This can easily be seen from the increasing amount of world-class freeskiers coming from New Zealand.
Raised on the shores of Lake Wanaka, the centre of the kiwi freeriding scene, 27 year old Sam Smoothy has been on two planks ever since he could stand on two feet, and since finishing high school, Sam has spent back-to-back seasons north and south of the equator.
Sam is also the perfect example that one can be a real ripper with a laid-back attitude. Although he did the race scene as a kid, he was always more interested in the fun side of skiing like jumping kickers or shredding some pow. Thus he developed his trademark skiing style that goes so well with his name. That doesn?t mean that the surf enthusiast has no determination. With many respectable results in freeride comps across the globe.
Sam took out the World Heli Challenge overall title in 2011, followed by a third place last year. Will he be back on top again this year?
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