Former Nelson snowboarder Hamish Ferrier in action Photo Supplied.

Local snowboarder on podium in Japan

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Nelson’s Hamish Ferrier has made the most of an opportunity to finish second in the prestigious Hakuba 47 Boarder Cross – Snowboard racing championship event in Hakuba, Japan.

Competing for the first time in this format he finished 2nd in a field of 24 including several Japanese Factory Team racers – and he has his girlfriend to thank for it.

“My girlfriend competes at pro level, so she brought me to the race as she wanted me to compete as well. Hamish, who worked at Rainbow Ski field in 2009 and 2010, lives and trains at Mt Hutt by Methven, but has been based in Hakuba, Japan since January.

“I started snowboarding when I was seven at Mt Hutt, then when we moved to Nelson I started riding at Rainbow and worked there for a season after I left school.”

Hamish says he was surprised at how well he went in the event, given it was his first go in that discipline of snowboarding.

“The level is quiet high in Japan as there are a lot of regular riders who compete most weekends in a pro or open class.”

Hamish has spent time creating and designing courses for these types of event in New Zealand. “With second I was pretty happy, as it was my first race and I normally do freestyle and not racing.”