Jackson Wells, the youngest of the four Wells brothers (who are all freeskiers), landed the first ever quadruple cork on skis this morning in New Zealand at Cardrona Ski Resort. A cork is a maneuver where the rider is spinning while nearly inverted and is often considered the most dangerous of freeriding tricks. Triple corks were once considered unattainable by many riders but a quadruple? What’s left?
The Wells brothers’ father, Bruce, is an Australian who moved to Wanaka on the rugged South Island to work as a ski patroller at Cardrona in the 1980s so the boys were raised on the mountain. Eldest brother Jossi won gold at this year’s X Games in Aspen.