Olympic champion Jamie Anderson began her quest for a third consecutive overall International Ski Federation Snowboard Slopestyle World Cup title in fine style by recording victory at the opening leg of the season in New Zealand.
The 26-year-old American, the Sochi 2014 gold medallist, was the top qualifier at the Cardrona Alpine Resort yesterday and is hoping to add to her World Cup wins from the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 seasons.
She scored 85.78 to top the standings today and looks in ominous form in the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic campaign.
Japan's Miyabi Onitsuka, who won the World Championship title in 2015 in Kreischberg in Austria, clinched the silver medal on a score of 79.96.
New Zealand also had something to cheer on home snow as Zoi Sadowski-Synnott won a surprise bronze.
The 16-year-old tallied 74.76 to claim the last spot on the podium.
American Hailey Langland, who was the second best qualifier yesterday, could not maintain that form and had to settle for last place in the final on 24.41.
In the men's competition, Norway's Marcus Kleveland won gold.
The 18-year-old won the Winter X Games slopestyle title in Aspen in the United States this year and triumphed with a score of 85.58.
Canada's Darcy Sharpe topped qualification yesterday but ended in silver medal position on 85.33.
New Zealand won another home bronze as Carlos Garcia Knight scored 84.58.
That denied defending Cardrona champion Chris Corning of the US a medal, as he finished fourth on 81.91.
The event is part of the Audi Quattro Winter Games.
A World Cup in snowboard halfpipe will begin in Cardrona on Friday (September 8).