Xavier De Le Rue entered the legend of snowboarding after becoming Freeride World Champion in 2008 and 2009. FWT went to meet up with this laidback, easy going character in his home near Verbier, Switzerland. Xavier is planning to have the craziest season you can think of in 2010, defending his title on the FWT, seeking a Gold medal at the Vancouver Olympics in Boardercross, and then pursuing major filming projects.
The third season of the Freeride World Tour will start on the Russian slopes of Sochi on January 21st followed by the Nissan Freeride de Chamonix-Mont-Blanc on January 30th. The Tour will then journey to the United States to the mythical Tram Face in Squaw Valley on February 27th. Finally, those riders with the top ratings will compete in the Tour's grand final in Verbier on March 20th during the Nissan Xtreme by Swatch which celebrates its 15th year.