FREERIDE WORLD TOUR GRAND FINALE

Date: April 3, 2018 Author: Jeff Schmuck Categories: news
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Three world championship titles open for the taking on the legendary Swiss freeride venue, Bec des Rosses, set up a dramatic Freeride World Tour (FWT) grand finale in Verbier yesterday, where four new riders were crowned as World Champions. The day also featured an excellent Freeride Junior Tour by Head (FJT) competition, which ran simultaneously.

 

Davey Baird. Photo by Dom Daher / Freeride World Tour

With Kristofer Turdell (Sweden - DNS) having already claimed the FWT title with his result in Austria, the male skiers were charging hard to fill the remaining top two overall podium spots and the Xtreme Verbier win. Mickael Bimboes (France - 1st Place) was the man to beat today with two massive airs and fast big mountain riding, which earned him his first win on the Bec des Rosses and a 3rd place overall finish for the 2018 season. Rookie Craig Murray (New Zealand - 2nd Place) wowed judges and spectators with a very creative and critical line that featured two huge and stylish 360s, landing him in the 2nd podium position. Markus Eder (Italy - 3rd Place) took home his first Xtreme Verbier and FWT overall podiums today, finishing in 2nd place for the season thanks to his trademark committed, fluid and creative style.

 

Mickael Bimboes. Photo by Dom Daher / Freeride World Tour

”Of course it feels really good to take home the title today. What was even better is that I already secured it before the finals, since I got injured. This is something I worked for for three years, and that makes it even more special,” says Kristofer Turdell.

Photo by Jeremy Bernard / Freeride World Tour

Men’s Verbier Results

1) Mickael Bimboes
2) Craig Murray
3) Markus Eder
4) Leo Slemett
5) Yann Rausis
6) Reine Barkered
7) Berkeley Patterson
8) Sam Lee
9) Loic Collomb-Patton
10) Grifen Moller
13) Kristoffer Turdell
13) Logan Pehota
13) Ivan Malakhov 

Photo by Jeremy Bernard / Freeride World Tour

Men’s Overall Results

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

Arianna Tricomi (Italy - 1st Place) took to the air in a decisive big mountain performance to claim the highly contested world title race and the Xtreme Verbier win, both being career firsts for her. The veteran Lorraine Huber (Austria - 2nd Place) charged into a steep and technical line, stomping two big airs to earn a 2nd place podium finish for the day and a 3rd place finish overall. Eva Walkner (Austria - 3rd Place) came up just shy from taking the win from her rival after some trouble cleanly sticking her top air but finished the season with a podium and strong 2nd place overall ranking after stomping the biggest double drop of the day for her category.

 

Arianna Tricomi. Photo by Dom Daher / Freeride World Tour

”I still need some time to realize that I won the whole tour, but winning on the Bec feels even better!” says Arianna Tricomi.

Photo by Jeremy Bernard / Freeride World Tour

Women’s Verbier Results

1) Arianna Tricomi
2) Lorraine Huber
3) Eva Wallner
4) Hedvig Wessel
5) Elisabeth Gerritzen
6) Hazel Birnbaum
7) Rachel Croft

Women’s Overall Results

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

It was another phenomenal FWT season spanning across the globe in five exciting events that featured yet again some of the most groundbreaking big mountain riding ever seen in competition. For more information on this year’s Freeride World Tour, visit freerideworldtour.com.