Thursday Feb 19, 2015

Elias Ambühl wins SFR Freestyle Tour in Vars

Elias Ambühl won the second round of the SFR Freestyle Tour in perfect conditions in Vars on Thursday.

The Swiss rider is a Big Air specialist, having picked up bronze at X Games and winning the Frostgun Invitational last week.

But he proved he can also cut it on a slopestyle course by posting a score of 91.75 on his first run in the finals that would eventually prove unbeatable.

His countryman Andri Ragettli was close behind but his final run score of 91.00 just not enough to put the 16-year-old on top while defending champion of the Vars course, American McRae Williams, rounded off the podium.

And after a packed contest schedule including a couple of big wins Ambühl is looking forward to a well-earned rest.

“I’m stoked that I landed my first run and that I could give the crowd a show. It’s nice to have so many people up here,” he said.

Watch the highlights from the SFR Freestyle Tour in Vars

“I’m going home to rest for a couple of days. I’ve had around four competitions in ten days and it was pretty tough so I’m stoked to go back home.”

He won’t have much time to put his feet up however with the third round of the SFR Tour coming up on March 1st – the AFP World Tour Platinum event in La Clusaz.

And the race for the overall SFR Freestyle Tour title is also wide open now with the top two finishers at the first stop, Fabian Bosch and Oscar Wester, missing the contest in Vars – the former picked up an injury in practice.

Williams looked like he would be the man to beat in the finals after winning both the qualifying round and the semi-final heat but Ragettli was always right on his tail.

However, Ambühl put pressure on the rest of the field by laying down a huge run on his first attempt and crashes in the final round cost some of the major contenders as they tried to catch up.

In the women's competition Kelly Sildaru made it two wins out of two in the SFR Tour this season while Isaac Simhon topped the podium in the kids event.

Williams couldn't defend his title after winning in Vars last season

But Swiss rider Ragettli, at just 16, is one to watch after narrowly finishing second

There were great crowds in Vars on a perfect day for freestyle skiing

Kelly Sildaru topped the women's podium with Silvia Bertagna (2nd) and Giulia Tanno (3rd)

Check back on Extreme.com for all the highlights from Vars or watch the FULL REPLAY here.

And don’t forget to return for the live webcast from La Clusaz when the SFR Freestyle Tour returns in March.

Channels: SFR Freestyle Tour 2015, Extreme.com, Freeski