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NZ Freeskier Finn Bilous eighth at Font Romeu World Cup

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Following three days of waiting for the wind to calm down, mother nature finally decided to cooperate with the organisers at the Pyrenees resort, bringing sun and mild temperatures as a background for what was a fully packed and extremely exciting day at the second slopestyle World Cup event of the 2018/2019 season.

The day started with the men’s qualifiers rounds, and sixty of the world’s best gunning for a spot in the 16-man final. Bilous put the week’s weather challenges behind him to earn the fourth highest score in his heat and his ticket to the final.

"With only one sub-par day of practice, I hadn’t landed my competition run the entire training, so it was a real relief to ride away clean and get rewarded with a high score in the qualifying," reported Bilous.

He continued: "Going in to finals I still had a couple of tricks to help improve my score. I was able to land both my runs, with my first being slightly better scoring."

His run - comprising a right double cork 1260 safety grab, switch double cork 1260 mute grab to Japan grab, left double cork 1260 mute grab, switch left lip slide on and front 630 safety grab out of the cannon rail, switch right 270 on and back 450 out of the down flat rail - earned him a score of 80.88 and eighth place, matching his result at the first World Cup of the season held in Stubai, Austria in November.

Going into finals I still had a couple tricks to improve my score. I was able to land both my runs in finals, with my first being slightly better scoring. I landed a carving right double cork 1260 safety grab on jump 1, a switch double cork 1260 mute to Japan grab on jump 2 followed by a left double cork 1260 mute grab on the final jump. I then hit the cannon rail as the first rail feature and did a switch left lip slide on, front 630 safety grab out. To cap off the run I did a switch right 270 on back 450 out of the down flat rail.

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