Date: March 6, 2018 Author: Jeff Schmuck Categories: news

With crucial points on the line in the Freeride World Tour (FWT) title race, riders threw down yesterday on the "Basser Negre" venue in a stellar competition at Vallnord-Arcalis, Andorra, the first of three European stops of the 2018 Tour.

Kristofer Turdell. Photo by Dom Daher / Freeride World Tour

Arianna Tricomi (Italy - 1st Place) made FWT history for her category today with a beautifully floated 360 and perfect landing to cap-off a stellar run, which put her on the top of the podium and maintained her number one overall ranking. Two times FWT Champion, Eva Walkner (Austria - 2nd Place) stuck a big mandatory air in the central couloir with ease, which she followed-up with more air time in a hard-charging run to earn her the number two spot. Elisabeth Gerritzen (Switzerland - 3rd Place) landed multiple big airs on her fast and fluid run culminating with her standing proudly on the podium.

“I’m stoked that I ended up on the podium!” says Tricomi. 

Eva Walkner (2nd), Arianna Tricomi (1st), Elisabeth Gerritzen (3rd).
Photo by Dom Daher / Freeride World Tour

Results - Ski Women

1) Arianna Tricomi
2) Eva Walkner
3) Elisabeth Gerritzen
4) Hazel Birnbaum
5) Lorraine Huber
6) Rachel Croft
7) Kylie Sivell
8) Jaclyn Paaso

It was a day of massive performances and big scores for the Ski Men Category. Kristofer Turdell (Sweden - 1st Place) was the man to beat thanks to a critically stomped straight line to air in the central couloir, followed by a huge and perfectly landed backflip and a stylish 360 to put his stamp on the winning run. Rookie, Craig Murray (New Zealand - 2nd Place) stood on the FWT podium for his first time in his career after executing a textbook run with style written all over it, including a rarely seen and cleanly stomped flatspin. Two-time FWT Champion, Loic Collomb-Patton (France - 3rd Place) had yet another solid performance in Andorra with big floaty airs and a very fluid run earning him a well-deserved spot on the podium.

“I feel unbelievably good, just sitting here all the comp, watching all the other guys sending it so much! I can’t believe I end up on the top of the podium,” says Kristofer Turdell.

Craig Murray (2nd), Kristofer Turdell (1st), Loic Collomb-Patton (3rd).
Photo by Dom Daher / Freeride World Tour

Results - Ski Men

1) Kristofer Turdell
2) Craig Murray
3) Loic Collomb-Patton
4) Berkeley Patterson
5) Markus Eder
6) Yann Rausis
7) Sam Lee
8) Mickael Bimboes
9) Grifen Moller
10) Conor Pelton
11) Taisuke Kusunoki
12) Aymar Navarro
13) Ryan Faye
14) Felix Wiemers
15) Leo Slemett
16) Trace Cooke
17) Stefan Hausi
18) George Rodney
19) Reine Barkered
22) Fabio Studer
22) Drew Take
22) Logan Pehota
24) Ivan Malakhov
24) Carl Regner Eriksson

It was an epic day in Vallnord-Arcalls, Andorra with world class riding to kick off the European leg of the 2018 FWT. With only two stops left, “Crunch Time” in Fieberbrunn, Austria is next for the last chance to qualify for the finals at the Xtreme Verbier. Be sure to follow the latest competition updates and rider news at and on FWT’s social media channels as we quickly approach Fieberbrunn on March 9-15.