The Freeride World Tour kicks off in Sochi and the world’s best riders, the organizers, the partners and a team of certified judges are ready for the action.
The Nissan Russian Adventure will take place at the ski resort Krasnaya Polyana in the Western Caucasus. Krasnaya Polyana will be the host of the Alpine and Nordic ski events for the 2014 Winter Olympics, with Sochi as host city. The contest is organized by renowned Russian extreme skier Nikolay Veselovskiy. The first qualifying run will take place at one of the resort venues and will be very accessible for the public. The final run should be held on a higher peak only accessible by helicopter. The exact peak will be determined depending on where the best snow conditions can be found. The lastest snow report confirmed more than 2m of fresh snow at the top and great skiing conditions for the Freeride World Tour launch! The lastest snow report confirmed more than 2m of fresh snow at the top and great skiing conditions for the Freeride World Tour launch! Latest updates on nissanrussianadventure.com
Takuji Fujii, Managing Director, Nissan Motor Russia says: “Nissan is excited that Sochi is hosting the Freeride World Tour in Russia for the second consecutive year and to be raising the profile of this sport in our country. As professional athletes travel from all around the world to join the event, we look forward to seeing more and more local talent competing."
Meanwhile, the snowboarding stars are preparing themselves for a big season. Xavier de Le Rue (1st FWT 08) proved he is already back with a recent victory in boardercross. Swiss riders Ruth Leisibach (1st FWT 08) and Cyril Neri (4th FWT 08) are already showing great promise in the Valais Mountain range and are preparing themselves for the legendary Bec des Rosses - the Nissan Xtreme Verbier face and the location for the final of the Freeride World Tour.
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The judging method and academy, developed this summer by the head judges, the organizers and the Pro Freeriders Board take the Freeride Evolution in the right direction. The Freeride World Tour judging system has been fine-tuned recently and now uses a unique score called the Overall Impression instead of the former 5-score system. Together, organiser, riders and head judges have worked for hours to create and agree on a system that does “not force the rider to adapt his style to please a system but a new judging system open enough for every style to win" as confirmed by head snowboard judge, Berti Dernervaud. Due to the evolution of the Judging Method, only certified judges will be allowed to judge both FWT and FWQ events. Jon Orarback, head ski judge, explains that “this system encourages creativity and will really make it possible for the sport to develop!"