Kiwi Tiarn Collins has won the latest round of the men's slopestyle Snowboard World Cup in Calgary, Canada.

The 21-year-old has won with a score of 80.50 points, beating Japan's Ruki Tobita into second.

Compatriot Carlos Garcia Knight finished 33rd.

Collins sustained a shoulder injury just days before he was due to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics and has been battling to make it back to top form ever since.

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"It feels good to be back competing and a win is insane. I can't believe it," he said today.

The heavy field of 50 riders featured some of the world's best riders including X Games Aspen gold and silver medallists Darcy Sharpe of Canada and Norway's Mons Roisland.

Collins opted for a brand-new competition run for finals after qualifying in fourth.

Opening with a new trick, a switch-back 270 onto forward, Collins put down a tidy rail line but it was on the jumps that he earned top marks despite a near-miss on the cab 1440 nosegrab on the very last jump.

"I almost over-rotated, I had to fight to hold on to it and was literally holding my breath right to the end," he said.