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An Interview with The Wonder from Down Under

New Zealand skiing prodigy, Jossi Wells, is just 19 years old and taking the freeskiing world by storm. What's next for the Kiwi?
posted: 01/08/2009
by Beth Jahnigen Pappas

SkiNet: Your ski career has really blown up in the last year. How does that feel?

Jossi Wells: Last competition was pretty good for me. I just went from competition to competition and just skied my best and it worked out pretty well.

SN: What are you looking forward to this year?

JW: Definitely competing. I love the highs and lows and pressures of competing and I haven’t been able to do it since last season because I was injured. I broke my wrist and re-injured some ribs in my back that I broke a couple years ago. Also, I have apparently had a broken ankle for the past two year. But I’m good to go now.

SN: What do you think about the DEW Tour’s entry into winter sports?

JW: I have been watching the Summer DEW Tour for a few years because I like the street skating segment. When I heard the DEW Tour was doing a winter tour I was really stoked. It gives us all the opportunity to show the world what we’re all about.

SN: What do you think about the format?

JW: It makes it about your overall performance for the season and is going to set apart the consistent riders from the one-hitters. It should be pretty interesting.

SN: How does it feel to have your skiing peers list you a top contender for this year’s competition season?

JW: Its pretty cool. Last year, I was kind of the underdog. This year I think there is a little more expectation for me, almost a little bit of pressure. But I try to put that aside and concentrate on my skiing. I am a pretty competitive person and I don’t really get too nervous. When I do, I just use it as motivation to ski better.

SN: What do you think about the newly formed Association of Professional Freeskiers (APF)?

JW: I think it’s a step in the right direction. My dad was born in Australia and grew up surfing and is always telling me how skiers need an association to legitimize the sports like surfers did back in the day.

SN: Is there anything you are really into at the moment?

JW: Facebook. I think its pretty much like “crack book.” I am addicted to it.

SN: If you could only eat one food for the rest of your lift, what would it be?

JW: Does it have to be nutritional?

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