08/04/2009 | by Onboard
The Nissan Freeride de Tignes, the third stage of the Freeride World Tour, took place on the impressive Grand Balme face, left untouched for this competition.
Photo: C. Margot
After patiently awaiting the best conditions for the competition, the organizers and those from the Tignes resort provided an amazing playground for the world’s elite to reveal their talent. Following the Nissan Freeride de Tignes, the announcement was made for those qualified for the grand finale of the Freeride World Tour March 21st, the mythical Nissan Xtreme de Verbier.
The French snowboarder Xavier de Le Rue, took his first victory of the season reinforcing his top spot of the Freeride World Ranking. Among the first to head down the slope, the Freeride World Champion 2008 had an exceptional run recognized by the judges and spectators gathered at the foot of the magnificent Grand Balme face. The Austrian Max Zipser took second with a well-thought run after several podiums in Freeride World Qualifier events. Alex Coudray also impressed the media and spectators, thus was given the Media Judges Award.
Max Zisper, Xavier de le Rue, Alex Coudray – photo: J.Hadik
In the women’s snowboard competition, Geraldine Fasnacht (SUI), winner of the Nissan Xtreme de Verbier several times, made her comeback with a great victory. Granted a Wild Card after a knee injury in 2008, this snowboarder from Verbier chose the perfect line. She won ahead of Susan Mol (USA), winner of the Nissan Tram Face that took place just a few days ago in Squaw Valley USA. Geraldine after her win: “The competition in Tignes was a chance for me to get ready for Verbier. I really enjoyed riding the Grand Balme. It was pretty stressful from me coming back to competition after my knee injury, but we got lots of good information from the organizers. This allowed me to define my line and have a good time. I can’t wait to get to Verbier next week. The face got a lot of snow in the past few days, so I think the upcoming competition will be awesome!”
1. Xavier de Le Rue FRA
2. Max Zipser AUT
3. Alex Coudray SUI
1. Géraldine Fasnacht SUI
2. Susan Moll USA
3. Anniina Karvinen FIN
To see the overall ranking click here