Three new events have now been certified as Freeride World Qualifiers (FWQ), in Chamonix (FRA), Taos, (USA) and Squaw Valley USA. These events join eight other competitions previously announced making the total number of qualifier events 11 for the Freeride World Tour 2009 in Europe and in the United States.
The Freeride de Chamonix (FRA), 15-19 February, will take place in the amazing ‘Pentes de l’Hôtel’ in the Brevent ski area facing the spectacular Mont Blanc. Chamonix is returning to their tradition of major freeride competitions which allows for a FWQ in the French Alps! INFO
The Tram Face Golden Ticket in Squaw Valley USA, 20-22 February, sister event to the Nissan Tram Face – Squaw Valley USA will take place on “the Light Tower Face". Following this new Freeride World Qualifier event, the American stage of the Freeride World Tour will take place a few days later (27 February-5 March) on the Tram Face, a mythical face that has never been open for freeride until now. The Tram Face Golden Ticket will allow young talented Americans to go for their spot to compete against the world’s best since the top three in each category will automatically qualify for the Nissan Tram Face!
The Salomon Extreme Freeride Championships in Taos, New Mexico (USA), 4-7 March, completes this great series of events selected in the US as a Freeride World Qualifier, allowing the best to qualify for the Freeride World Tour 2010 without coming to compete in Europe. INFO
Wildcards and confirmed riders for Nissan Russian Adventure in Sochi 20-26 January
Joining the snowboarders already qualified to take on the Caucase mountains at the end of January, the ‘Wild Cards’ are given to exceptional athletes for each of the Freeride World Tour events. These riders, considered part of the world’s elite, are selected by the organizers of each event. Often, they are athletes coming back after an injury or those that have not been able to participate in enough events to score enough points in the Freeride World Ranking to be qualified. Particularly important to note is the presence of exceptional riders such as Steve Klassen (USA) in snowboard, victory record holder of the Nissan Xtreme – Verbier, Richard Permin (FRA), freestyler above all, yet wants to reveal his freeride talent, as well as Sverre Liliequist (SWE), extremely motivated to return to top level competition at the FWT 09.
Henrik Windstedt, World Champion 2008 in ski and member of the Pro Freeriders Board 2009 "It is great to see the evolution of the Freeride World Tour after a successful first season. All the top riders appreciate this new circuit and are coming back for a second year so the level of performance will be even higher and more impressive than last year. The Freeride World Tour, by offering truly professional events and numerous qualifiers, is the future of our sport."
Full riders list
Men 1. DE LE RUE Xavier FRA 2. COUDRAY Alex SUI 3. ORLEY Flo AUT 4. NERI Cyril SUI 5. EMERY Jonas SUI 6. FALCO Julien SUI 7. TOELDERER Mitch AUT 8. MAGNUSSON David NOR 9. SOMMER André SUI 10. KHRYACHKOV Gennady RUS 11. BULLET Raphael SUI 12. BROMMELSIEK Will USA 13. REGENSBURGER Daniel AUT 14. WATSON Dave USA 15. TOFTE Torolf NOR WC1 KLASSEN Steve USA WC2 ZIPSER Max AUT WC3 LVOV Pavel RUS WC4 DRUZHININ Egor RUS WC5 THEMEL Eric AUT WC6 CARRON José SUI
Women 1. LEISIBACH Ruth SUI 2. HÄRKÖNEN Kaisa FIN 3. KARVINEN Anniina FIN 4. ZENKLUSEN Nathalie SUI 5. HAGEN Charlotte NOR WC1 PAHL Elizabeth RUS WC2 PEKAREK Bibi AUT WC3 BOCK Aline GER