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Snowboard World Freeride Championships 2015 Announced

Snowboard World Freeride Championships 2015 Announced

For Immediate Release – November 13th, 2014 – Tailgate Alaska proudly announces the dates for the highly anticipated Snowboard World Freeride Championship 2015 in Valdez, Alaska.

The contest is scheduled for the 4th of April 2015 during the infamous 10-day World Freeride Festival: Tailgate Alaska (April 3–12, 2015) which brings together more than 500 freeriders from around the world to Thompson Pass just outside Valdez.

Mark Sullivan, the founder of the event, explains, “This year we are going back to basics. Ever since 2010 when Travis Rice won the contest, the format has evolved — both  judging and venues — by delivering a new experience and pushing the boundaries of freeride contests. One thing has not changed — people always want to know who is the best.

With some of the best terrain and conditions in the world, Alaska is considered the Holy Grail by the global freeride community. We provide the canvas and the riders will draw their lines – with one standing out from all the rest.

As Contest Director Rasmus Ostergaard emphasizes, “Anyone who believes they have the skills should be able to step up and face off with the best riders and terrain. The aim is to run a safe contest in a very challenging environment — trusting riders’ judgement of their own ability.  Who doesn’t love seeing new talent making a bold impression in the exceptional conditions Alaska has to offer.”

‘Back to basics’ means all riders get two runs to impress the judges — focusing on line selection, control, fluidity and freestyle trick implementation. The World Freeride Championship welcomes all riders from around the globe for a chance to take the sword and a share of the $10,000 prize.

Entry for the contest begins December 1st, 2014. 

Online rider registration begins December, 1 2014 at All riders must register online before March 15, 2015. (The field is limited to 60 riders.)

All entries must be present for the Riders Meeting on April 3, 2015 ~ 6pm at the Tailgate Alaska Basecamp.
Weather days are April 5-6, 2015.

Practical info:
Dates: April 5-6, 2015
Location: Thompson Pass ~ Valdez, Alaska
Prize Money: 10.000 USD*
Riders Meeting: April 3, 2015 ~ 6PM @Tailgate Alaska
Prize ceremony: April 6, 2015 ~ 9PM Location TBA
Contest is snowboard only! Sorry, no skiing.
Contest is open to men and women aged 18 and over.
Riders must wear backpack with probe and shovel.
Beacon is mandatory.

Rider registration fee is 500 USD per person and covers: snow safety rescue team, transport from Tailgate Alaska camp to venue, lunch on contest day, “welcome” drink at prize ceremony.
All riders must show proof of personal insurance.
All riders must be present for Riders Meeting the 3rd of April 2015 at 6pm in the Tailgate Alaska basecamp.


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