Jonathan Charlet and George Rodney are top of the Freeride World Tour 2015 rankings after winning the rescheduled second round in Andorra.
Round 2 of the Tour was postponed due to heavy snowfall and avalanche danger in Fieberbrunn, Austria and restaged in Andorra – just days after Grandvalira hosted round 3.
The two men will lead the field, trimmed down to only the top riders after three events, as they travel to Haines for the first ever leg of the tour in Alaska.
Rodney confirmed his place on the plane with a brilliant run after finishing just off the podium at the weekend.
The American posted a score of 88.67 and admitted his gnarly line came after Sam Smoothy went big earlier in the week.
“After seeing Sam’s run last week I was inspired to go into some no-fall zones,” he said.
Wille Lindberg and Felix Wiemers completed the podium but finished some way behind the tour leader with scores of 78.67 and 77.33 respectively.
In the men’s snowboard event Charlet made it two wins in a row on the face, after his victory in the previous round, to take the overall lead ahead of Flo Orley and Ralph Backstrom.
The Frenchman scored 86.67 to narrowly beat Colin Boyd to the top spot, with Backstrom finishing third with a score of 85.00.
Elsewhere, the women’s snowboard event was also rescheduled and Estelle Ballet extended her lead in the overall standings with victory.
She heads to Alaska with almost a 1000-point lead over Elodie Mouthon and Shannan Yates.
The top 7 women skiers qualified for Hanies, Alaska are: 1. Eva Walkner (AUT) 6900.00 2. Silvia Moser (ITA) 5230.00 3. Hazel Josie Birnbaum (USA) 5020.00 4. Lotten Rapp (SWE) 4930.00 5. Jaclyn Paaso (USA) 4545.00 6. Francesca Ace Pavillard-Cain (USA) 4500.00 7. Lorraine Huber (AUT) 4055.00
The top 5 women snowboarders qualified for Haines, Alaska are: 1. Balet, Estelle SUI 6800.00 2. Mouthon, Elodie FRA 5980.00 3. Yates, Shannan USA 5935.00 4. Marxer, Anne-Flore SUI 5290.00 5. Mouthon, Anouck FRA 4890.00
The top 8 men snowboarders qualified for Haines, Alaska are: 1. Charlet, Jonathan FRA 5840.00 2. Orley, Flo AUT 5635.00 3. Backstrom, Ralph USA 5250.00 4 Luebke, Sammy USA 4965.00 5. Boyd, Colin USA 4720.00 6. Rizzuto, Jamie CAN 4265.00 7. Galvin, Christopher USA 4040.00 8. Hamm, Sascha GBR 3715.00 -
The top 16 men skiers qualified for Haines, Alaska are:
1. Rodney, George USA 4690.00 2. Anthamatten, Samuel SUI 4630.00 3. Barkered, Reine SWE 4590.00 4. Heitz, Jérémie SUI 4515.00 5. Pelton, Conor USA 4460.00 6. Bergada, Juan ARG 4420.00 7. Collomb-Patton, Loic FRA 4175.00 8. Tabke, Drew USA 3920.00 9. Lindberg, Wille SWE 3770.00 10. Smoothy, Sam NZL 3730.00 11. Wiemers, Felix GER 3130.00 12. Slemett, Leo FRA 3105.00 13. Lyons, Charlie NZL 2790.00 14. Hausl, Stefan AUT 2665.00 15. Altmann, Garrett USA 2535.00 16. Guri, Kevin FRA 2360.00
All photographs by D.Carlier