Olympic bronze medallist Nico Porteous topped halfpipe qualification on home snow as the International Ski Federation Junior Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships continued in New Zealand.
The 16-year-old freestyle skier, who claimed a memorable third-place finish in this event at Pyeongchang 2018 in February, made the most of familiar conditions as he scored 95.60 points at the Cardrona Mountain Resort.
"I'm feeling good," said Porteous.
"I was just making sure I'm safe.
"I like to qualify in the top spot just in case we don't get a finals."
Twelve skiers advanced to the final in all, with Norway's Birk Ruud second today on 91.00.
Dylan Ladd of United States qualified in third place with 88.80.
The women's freestyle skiing halfpipe qualification is scheduled for tomorrow before both finals on September 4.
Both qualification sessions were held in the snowboard halfpipe today.
American Toby Miller led 12 qualifiers in the men's event, scoring 95.60.
South Korea's Joon-sik Lee was second on 88.60 with Elias Allenspach of Switzerland third on 86.40.
China's Lulu Jia topped qualifying for the women with eight making the final.
Elizabeth Hosking of Canada tallied 80.40 to qualify in second with Tessa Maud of the US third, on 78.00.
Both finals will be on September 4.