Saturday, March 8, 2008

4th Stop of the Freeride World Tour

The fourth contest of the Freeride World Tour took place today at the freeriding Mecca of Tignes.
After North America's Mammoth Mountain Challenge in California, Nissan Russian Adventure in Sochi and the Swatch O'Neill Big Mountain Pro 2008 (a mobile event in the Alps), the World Tour made a stop on Grande Balme legendary slopes. The world's 45 best freeskiers and snowboarders met again for an edge cutting run counting for World supremacy ranking.
The Nissan Freeride de Tignes 08 started at 09:00. After a 30 minute hike the 45 competing riders reached the summit of the north face of Pramecou at 3080 metres. At this point riders chose between different starting options for the 400 metres long face. At the top of the face there are some steep sections of 50 degrees and then it mellows out a bit to an average of 40 degrees. Judges base their ranks on 5 essential criterias: line choice and execution, fluidity, control, skill and style, and rythm/agressivity. Henrik Windstedt from Sweden and Elyse Saugstad from USA in ski and Xavier De Le Rue and Bérengère Moroc from France in Snowboard were the winners.
The Freeride World Tour: After 13 years organizing the Verbier Xtreme Freeride, this winter, organizers created a Freeride World Tour for professional freeride skiers and snowboarders. The competition comprises five events and boasts the biggest prize money ever in the history of this sport. The best Freeride spots on earth have been selected by the organizers and the Pro Freeriders Board (PFB) to host the 5 main events of the Freeride World Tour (FWT), the 3 qualifying events of the Freeride World Qualifying Series (FWQS) and 2 open events.