The 2024 Freeride World Tour (FWT) by Peak Performance season went into overdrive today, with the first FWT Pro event in Georgia completed in picture-perfect conditions. It was the last stop before the FWT Finals, meaning titles—and careers—were on the line.

Sybille Blanjean. Photo by Jeremy Bernard / Freeride World Tour

Khakhiani—or კახიანი in Georgian—was the chosen venue, which was caked in dry, fluffy snow from the top to the finish line, offering up pristine conditions for the world’s best freeriders. With bountiful creative options—mixed with a complex web of features—athletes were enticed to go big… which they did.

Marcus Goguen. Photo by Jeremy Bernard / Freeride World Tour

Here’s what went down today in the Georgian Caucasus Mountains...

Snowboard Men
Victor de Le Rue (FRA) was the first rider out of the gates and threw down the gauntlet for the rest of the field, sending a huge double drop followed by four 360s and buttering the bottom section to take his third win in a row. FWT veteran Jonathan Penfield (USA) showed us why he has been one of the best riders for years with a solid run to finish second, ahead of Liam Rivera (SUI) in third.

“I am super happy. The traveling was stressful, but I was stoked to ride my line in good snow. I am in a good position in the rankings; I want to continue having fun and try even more in the remaining competitions.” —Victor de Le Rue, 2024 Georgia Pro Winner

Photo by Dom Daher / Freeride World Tour

Snowboard Women
Núria Castán Barón (ESP) wowed the judges with a fast and fluid line to take her second win of the season. Her run included two big hits out of the starting gates before linking multiple clean features with an aggressive freeride approach. Erin Sauve (CAN) showed total commitment on the entire face to finish second, while rookie Anna Martinez (FRA) locked in her third FWT podium from as many starts.

“I was nervous, but I think that actually helped me. I am proud of my line; I made some changes that worked out and am happy with my second win. It’s a dream to be leading the category, especially after finishing last at Kicking Horse. I have been competing on the tour for four years now, and my goal is to be the FWT World Champion.” —Núria Castán Barón, 2024 Georgia Pro Winner

Photo by Dom Daher / Freeride World Tour

Ski Women
Sybille Blanjean (SUI) needed something special today to make The Cut, and she delivered a colossal performance. Blanjean took no time to get into her line, sending a massive air into the face before going into cruise control, linking a bunch of smooth drops ahead of another huge send at the bottom. Hedvig Wessel (NOR) went full throttle on the Khakhiani face, showing impeccable style in the air to take second place, just in front of Lily Bradley (USA) in third.

“I am super happy to put down that run, especially with how nervous I was at the top. There were a lot of questions in my mind, so I am happy that it paid off. Thank you, Georgia! It means so much to make the Cut and have my ticket to compete at home in Verbier.” —Sybille Blanjean, 2024 Georgia Pro Winner

Photo by Dom Daher / Freeride World Tour

Ski Men
The new generation shone today, signalling a changing of the old guard in the Ski Men’s category. Marcus Goguen (CAN) put down an absolute mind-blowing run and earned a near-perfect score of 98 from the judges. He exploded into his line with a smooth 360 into the guts of the face and then didn’t deviate from the fall line, combining a huge backflip with a corked-720 before endlessly sailing over a transfer to bring home the win. Young Swiss rider Martin Bender (SUI) finished in second, leapfrogging up the rankings and securing an FWT Final berth with a fluid line that included a 720, backflip and a 360. Max Hitzig (GER) backed up his pair of wins this season with a solid third-place finish, combining multiple gravity-defying backflips with an equally deep 360.

“It’s a dream come true—I’ve been working towards this for basically my entire life. I’m still in shock and can’t believe I landed that run. I made it up after the 720 as I had way more speed than expected, so I’m glad it worked out. Stoked to have scored the equal highest score with my buddy Logan Pehota. My objective is to keep it going; keep skiing lines I want to and keep having fun—that’s what it is all about.” —Marcus Goguen, 2024 Georgia Pro Winner

Photo by Dom Daher / Freeride World Tour

This was the final event before The Cut, pushing riders to go even bigger. In the Snowboard Women’s category, Anna Martinez (FRA) qualified in her rookie year and Núria Castán Barón (ESP) continued her amazing season, while FWT 2022 World Champion Tiphanie Perrotin (FRA) didn't make it through The Cut. Victor de Le Rue (FRA) made it an incredible three wins from three in the Snowboard Men’s category, while Liam Rivera (SUI) made a big move today with his podium finish, making The Cut and progressing to the FWT Finals. Among the big excluded from the Finals there is FWT 2023 World Champion Ludovic Guillot-Diat (FRA) and Cody Bramwell (GBP). The young guns are really pushing the sport in the ski categories, putting down incredible runs. Manon Loschi (FRA)—in her rookie year—kept the lead in the Ski Women’s category, and Astrid Cheylus (FRA) also qualified. Sybille Blanjean put down an amazing run and qualified for the FWT Finals, where she returns to competing in front of her home crowd, where she has already tasted success. Molly Armanino (USA) had a solid choice of line, but unfortunately crashed and missed her spot in the Finals as well as Addison Rafford (USA) and Megane Betend (FRA). In Ski Men, Max Hitzig kept the lead and Marcus Goguen jumped from an 8th to a solid 2nd position. The highly anticipated rookie Martin Bender finally put down a solid run and qualified for the Finals with an amazing podium, as did Maxime Chabloz (SUI). Jackson Bathgate (CAN), Max Palm (SWE) and FWT legend Andrew Pollard (USA) all missed out on The Cut, and will head to the Challengers.

Photo by Dom Daher / Freeride World Tour

The much-anticipated Georgia Pro went off with a bang, with riders delivering solid freeride performances and unleashing their deep bags of tricks. The FWT by Peak Performance season now heads into the two-stop FWT Finals, increasing the pressure on the riders who have made The Cut. Relive all of today’s action at, stay tuned to the FWT’s social media channels (@freerideworldtour), and subscribe to the FWT newsletter to keep pace with the latest news as it drops.

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