Red Bull Homerun Arrives in Queenstown
A mass send from the top of the mountain to the bottom...with plenty of epicness in between. The craziest race in the world stamped its mark on The Remarkables.
Hundreds of enthusiastic skiers and boarders gathered on a wintery day amid testing conditions for the inaugural Red Bull Homerun event at The Remarkables in Queenstown, New Zealand.
Credit: Miles Holden
Based on the traditional Chinese Downhill race, made famous in the 80’s ski movie ‘Hot Dog’. Red Bull Homerun was first held in Laax, Switzerland in 2010, and has been hosted in eight other countries since. Traditionally held on the last run of the day; the race was an en-masse descent back to the pub.
A brisk morning, ten centimeters of fresh powder, limited visibility and a line-up of eager racers saw the beginning of New Zealand's first Red Bull Homerun event. Local hero and Olympic Bronze medallist Nico Porteous was on hand to share a few valuable tips and tricks with the racers before the start. A Le Mans-style mass start race, competitors ran 100 meters in their boots, before making a mad dash to clip into their skis and boards, then racing down the mountain as fast as possible, around a pre-set course to be the first to the finish line.
With some amazing prizes up for grabs, including a Burton Name Dropper snowboard, Faction Ski’s, GoPro Hero 7 blacks, Sony portable speakers and iLabb jackets, the race was hotly contested from the start.
In the ski race, Joss Englert (GBR) took the win, flying under the finish arch in a flash of fluro onsie. In the board race, Sam Klomp (NED) came from behind to take the lead in the final meters and claim the win.
1st - Sam Klomp (NED)
2nd - Tom Foley (AUS)
3rd - Alexander Hed (SWE)
1st - Joss Englert (GBR)
2nd - Andreas Abildgaard (DEN)
3rd - Mark Russell (USA)