Australia claimed their best result in Snowboard Cross World Cup history ©FIS

Australia claimed their best result in International Ski Federation (FIS) Snowboard Cross World Cup history as Alex Pullin led home team-mate Jarryd Hughes in Feldberg.

Pullin, a two-time world champion, triumphed in the big final in Germany in a race which went right to the final turn.

Victory for the Australians was ensured when Austria's Alessandro Haemmerle and American Hagen Kearney were involved in a crash.

After a 21st-place finish yesterday Pullin was delighted with his upturn in fortunes.

"Yesterday was terrible, but I learned a lot of yesterday's qualifiers," he said.

"It's been perfect and a really great turnaround for me because yesterday was pretty crappy although wining and losing is part of the sport. 

"I'm really stoked."

Two Australians have never stood on the same podium before at the World Cup, while Haemmerle recovered for bronze.

The Austrian has gone top of the overall World Cup standings with 3,100 points, as Italy's former leader Omar Visintin failed to reach the big final for the first time this season.

Eva Samkova won the women's race in Feldberg ©FIS
Eva Samkova won the women's race in Feldberg ©FIS

He came eighth after finishing last in the small final, and now boasts 2,970 points.

Olympic champion Pierre Vaultier of France, yesterday's winner, is third on 2,450 points after coming home 15th today.

In the women's competition, Olympic champion Eva Samkova of the Czech Republic took top honours.

She won the big final with American Lindsey Jacobellis second and Chloé Trespeuch of France third.

Belle Brockhoff of Australia missed the podium in the big final, finishing fourth.

She still leads the overall standings, however, with 3,700 points in front of Samkova who has 3,570.

Yesterday's winner, Michela Moioli of Italy, who was sixth today, is third overall on 2,890.

The Snowboard Cross World Cup season will resume in Spain, with competition in La Molina on March 5.