Freeride Elite United for the Freeride World Tour

A unique mix of the world’s foremost freeride snowboarders have all confirmed their participation in the Freeride World Tour 2010, with the prize purse of no less than $206 200. The athletes will see a new event on the 2010 Tour calendar, the Nissan Freeride de Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, with scheduled competition day on January 30.

Professional athletes with a serious commitment to the sport and with different backgrounds such as freestyle, boarder cross, or filming for important film productions, is pushing the sport of freeriding to even higher levels, promising an eventful season for the Freeride World Tour 2010. A good example is Xavier de Le Rue (FRA) – two-time Freeride World Champion (2009, 2008), and four time World Champion in boarder cross (2001-2003, 2007), competing for France at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, parallel to defending his World Champion title in freeride: “Freeride and boarder cross are really complementary; boarder cross develops technicality, speed and stability, which has meant a lot for my freeriding career, and in freeriding the depth of one’s mental capacity is probably one of the most exceptional aspects, the mind’s total focus when riding a difficult face. ”

Confirmed Riders – Men (10)

1. Xavier De Le Rue FRA
2. Max Zipser AUT
3. Matt Annetts USA
4. Mitch Toelderer AUT
5. Flo Orley AUT
6. Will Brommelsiek USA
WC. Eric Themel AUT
WC. Cyril Neri SUI
WC. Niklas Hollsten FIN
WC. Egor Druzhinin RUS

Confirmed Riders – Women

1. Susan Mol USA
2. Aline Bock GER
WC. Vivian Aasen NOR
WC. Maria Kuzma NZL
*The first stage of the FWT10 for male riders is Nissan Russian Adventure by Swatch in Sochi, Russia, 21 January.
The first stage of the FWT10 for female riders is Nissan Freeride de Chamonix in France, 30 January

17 Freeride World Qualifier Events World Wide

For the 2010 ranking, there are 17 independently organised Freeride World Qualifier events (FWQ) around the globe, all certified by the Pro Freeriders Board, using the same judging and points system as the Freeride World Tour events. The FWQ events allow younger talent and new nationalities to progress in the sport and eventually earn one of the desired slots of the World Tour.

31 Mar – 05 Apr 2009: Jasna Adrenalin (SVK)
22-26 Apr 2009: Röldal Freeride Challenge (NOR)
Aug – Sep  2009: Three events in New Zealand, where the overall result counts as one in the FWQ Ranking: The North Face Big Mountain At The Volkl New Zealand Freeski Open, The Remarkables & Treble Cone (NZL), K2 Big Mountain Chill Series, Craigieburn & Mt Olympus (NZL), Export 33 Xtreme, Whakapapa, Mt Ruapehu (NZL)
23-26 Jan 2010: The North Face Masters of Snowboarding, Snowbird, Utah (USA)
5-9 Feb 2010: Freeride de Flaine (FRA)
8-11 Feb 2010: Stimorol Engadinsnow, Silvaplana/St Moritz (SUI)
9-12 Feb 2010: The North Face Masters of Snowboarding, Crystal Mt, Washington (USA)
11-18 Feb 2010: Scott Big Mountain Fieberbrunn (AUT)
*Counts as FWT event for female FWT riders
19-23 Feb 2010: Nissan Eldorado Freeride, Vallnord (AND/ESP)
18-22 Feb 2010: Nissan Mystic Freeride, Alagna (ITA)
25-28 Feb 2010: The North Face Masters of Snowboarding Kirkwood, CA (USA)
4-7 Mar 2010: Freeride Battle Slovenia, Kanin (SI)
10-13 Mar 2010: Salomon Extreme Freeride Championship, Taos, New Mexico (USA)
12-17 Mar 2010: Nendaz Freeride (SUI)
16-21 Mar 2010: Giro Jasna Adrenalin, Jasna (SVK)

  1. Alex Gratter

    Why is Maria Kuzma only down as a Wildcard?

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