Thursday, April 9, 2009

Nendaz Freeride

Nendaz hosted one of the 11 Freeride World Qualifier events (FWQ). The Freeride World Qualifier (FWQ) are independent competitions, 11 this winter, that took place in Europe and in the United States, that are validated by the Pro Freeriders Board that represents the athletes. These qualifying stages completed the 4 Freeride World Tour (FWT) events for which the world’s best athletes are selected by their ranking (like in ATP tennis). The ‘Qualifiers’ allow riders from around the globe to be ranked in the Freeride World Ranking (FWR). With this point system, winning a FWQ is like placing 7th of a FWT event, so even riders qualified for the FWT come to earn points at FWQ events!. These events are a true opportunity for young talented riders to qualify for the Freeride World Tour thus competing against the world’s best!
After 2 years, the Nendaz Freeride, initially organized for amateur riders, has grown rapidly and welcomes riders from all around the world. The competition took place on March 14 and 15 in the Plan du Fou sector, easily accessible from Nendaz, Siviez or Verbier. The 100 selected riders meet, and then performed 2 qualifying runs. 40 lucky riders were qualified for the 1 run finale to win the competition and a spot for the Xtreme - Verbier.