After a shaky first couple weeks weather-wise, it's been absolutely perfect the last few days, just in time for the first races of the 2014/15 season.
I've been putting a ton of time and effort into my slalom this spring/summer. After switching to Fischer I feel way faster and more consistent and I'm super psyched on it. In the first race of the year I scored my career best slalom result of 10.10, finishing 2nd in the New Zealand Nationals, .04 off of the winner Nolan Kasper. It's definitely always a bit of a bummer losing a close race, but it's a nice way to start the season.
In the second race, which was earlier today, it was a good day for the Kelley family, but not for Robby Kelley. I unfortunately hooked a tip on the second gate of an under gate about halfway down the course. I was extremely happy with how I was skiing, straddles are a part of slalom, I'm just getting mine out of the way early in the season! I managed to hike and score a 503.93 point race; if the season ended today I'd get to average my 10.10 and 503.93 together to have 257.02 points. I'm glad the season doesn't end today. My brother Tim ended up winning the race by over a second ahead of Adam Zampa and Espen Lysdahl, the latter being our housemate/honorary Redneck Racing teammate. Tim won by enough to create a minimum penalty race of 9.00. He skied awesome, it was fun to watch and get to cheer him on.
Here's a few more pictures from the last couple weeks of training/racing. New Zealand is pretty photogenic.
Here's an extra little video of training between race runs yesterday at Coronet.
Tim and I have a few more days of training here in New Zealand then we are off to Australia on the 23rd for some Australia/New Zealand Cup races. It's been a lot of fun so far, first trip as a part of Redneck Racing. We have fun, we go fast, we take selfies.