Freeride fans were finally treated to a phenomenal show today on the explosive first stop of the 2017 Swatch Freeride World Tour at Vallnord-Arcalis, Andorra. Competitors gave it their all as the 52 riders made their way to the Pyrenean freeride capital for an action-packed competition on the feature-dense Serra de Balma venue.
Technical riding defined today’s event on the competition face situated at 2450 metres—known by riders as “Smoothy’s Garden,” in honor of Sam Smoothy’s groundbreaking run in 2015—and located within the Vallnord-Arcalis resort.
The five-hundred vertical-metre venue benefited from a multitude of line options, from powerful straight lines to technical cliff sections, with a gentle yet playful run out zone. Tumultuous weather over the past week deposited fresh snow in the Pyrenees, with brilliant blue skies finally making an appearance for competition day and offering optimal riding conditions for competitors.
The first place position on the podium was reserved for Drew Tabke (USA), who made the venue his easel as he painted a fantastically artistic line down the face, starting with a massive and committing air to an improbably relaxed backflip. Kristofer Turdell (SWE) discovered a bold and powerful double-air, which he capped with an impressive line and riding style, earning him second place. Perhaps the most full-throttle line of the day is credited to Spaniard favourite Aymar Navarro (ESP), as he pulled off a large air at the top of the venue that he transformed into a highly technical double-hit.
Arianna Tricomi (ITA) demonstrated a mastery that no other female skier could match, with a powerful line that integrated more airs than any other skier in the field, earning her first place. Jaclyn Paaso (USA) combined commitment and power into her line, but was not able to clinch the first place position due to some minor technical errors. Opening her line with a demanding air that she then combined with impressive riding, Kylie Sivell (CAN) earned third place.
1) Drew Tabke (USA) | 95.00 pts
2) Kristoffer Turdell (SWE) | 91.33 pts
3) Aymar Navarro (ESP) | 89.00 pts
4) Reine Barkered (SWE) | 88.00 pts
5) Ivan Malakhov (RUS) | 83.00 pts
6) Yann Rausis (SUI) | 80.00 pts
7) Léo Slemett (FRA) | 77.00 pts
8) Sam Lee (NZL) | 74.33 pts
9) Jérémie Heitz (SUI) | 74.00 pts
10) Dennis Risvoll (NOR) | 70.66 pts
11) Loïc Collomb-Patton (FRA) | 68..66 pts
12) Mark Mikos (USA) | 68.00 pts
13) Julien Lopez (FRA) | 66.67 pts
14) Taisuke Kusunoki (JAP) | 66.00 pts
15) Conor Pelton (USA) | 65.00 pts
16) Felix Wiemers (GER) | 62.66 pts
17) Griffin Dunne (USA) | 57.66 pts
18) Ryan Faye (USA) | 54.66 pts
19) Logan Pehota (CAN) | 52.00 pts
20) Benedikt Mayr (GER) | 51.66 pts
21) Samuel Anthamatten (SUI) | 45.00 pts
22) Dani Fornell-Pratt (AND) | 39.33 pts
23) Carl Renvall (SUI) | 31.66 pts
24) Fabio Studer (AUT) | 00.00 pts
24) Stefan Hausl (AUT) | 00.00 pts
1) Arianna Tricomi (ITA) | 76.66 pts
2) Jackie Paaso (USA) | 72.00 pts
3) Kylie Sivell (CAN) | 70.00 pts
4) Evelina Nilsson (SWE) | 67.33 pts
5) Eva Walkner (AUT) | 65.00 pts
6) Lauren Cameron (CAN) | 61.66 pts
7) Nadine Wallner (AUT) | 60.66 pts
8) Elisabeth Gerritzen (SUI) | 56.66 pts
9) Lorraine Huber (AUT) | 54.33 pts
10) Hazel Josie Birnbaum (USA) | 25.00 pts
In case you missed it, you can watch the webcast replay from today above, and for more videos from the event, click here.
Today's competition will be directly followed by the Swatch Freeride World Tour Chamonix-Mont-Blanc staged in Vallnord-Arcalis, Andorra, scheduled to take place tomorrow at 10am Central European Time. Stay tuned to freerideworldtour.com and FWT's social media channels for the most up-to- date event information as conditions evolve heading into tomorrow’s event.