Andy Finch Replaced on Rip Curl Himalaya Search

Five days before the due departure date, Andy Finch has had to be replaced by Darius Heristchian on
the Himalaya expedition due to injury.

Himalaya Search

It’s official. The American, Andy Finch will not participate in the Rip
Curl Himalaya Search that will take place from the 10th to 26th of
February. Unfortunately, Finch was forced to abandon his hopes of joining
the expedition after injuring his wrist while training for the latest
edition of the X-Games in Aspen, Colorado, USA. After numerous tests, the diagnosis
was pronounced, and confirmed that Andy would need an operation as soon as
possible to allow for a quick recovery and a swift return to his career in
snowboarding.

“Words alone can’t describe how disappointed I feel,” said Finch. “I’m really sad that
I can’t take part in this unique adventure that Rip Curl made possible for
me. I don’t really know what to say!”

Finch will be replaced by a last minute recruit from the stable of Rip Curl
riders; Darius Heristchian. The snowboarder from Geneva, Switzerland, has
a long and illustrious list of carreer highlights, including a main part in
‘Thermos’, one of the most succesful action videos of the season. The
first alternate on the team, Darius has been an integral part of the
project from the beginning. Having taken part in all the physical and
psychological training sessions, the altitude acclimatation, and the
vaccinations, Darius is ready to take up the challenge that awaits him, to
walk on the top of the world and to ride the highest kicker on the planet
while he’s up there!

Darius

Swiss rider Darius is one of the major snowboarders in Europe. He began
riding at 9, and rides as often as he can. He managed to both go to school
and ride until highschool graduation. Then he decided to spend all his time
riding and practicing, and became one of the best riders of his generation.
He’s on all the most prestigious contests of the tour. In 2001, he was
second of the Air and Style, and second of the Nissan X-trail in Japan.

Over the last 10 years, he’s been regurlarly featuring in more and
more of the best videos, and you can recognize him thanks to his unique
style. Darius is one of these riders who like twicking their tricks as most
as they can. He can ride anything: backcountry kickers, slopestyle, pipe
and big air. In 2004 with some friends, he started the Thermos video
project. They travelled for two years on the best european spots in order
to show what really is snowboard in Europe. The first film screening took
place on december 7th in Geneva. The 300 viewers so much liked the movie, that there was a ten minutes
standing ovation.

Find all the adventures on: www.ripcurl.com/himalaya

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