Tuesday Mar 23, 2010

The Freeride World Champions Crowned at the Nissan Xtreme by Swatch, Verbier

After the men’s final competition was postponed on Saturday due to bad visibility, the world’s best freeride skiers and snowboarders took on the mythical 600 metre North face of the Bec des Rosses. In perfect conditions the 24 male riders put on the most spectacular show with the fastest and most committed edition of the 15 years of the “Xtreme”. Several first descents were opened on the face and with such high levels of riding, the battle for first was extremely tight. The breathtaking performances of Swede Kaj Zackrisson, ski, and Frenchman Xavier de Le Rue, snowboard, took them to the first step of the podium.

The win in Verbier gave enough points for Xavier de Le Rue to score top position in the men’s snowboard ranking 2010. For the third executive year, the unbeatable Frenchman was crowned World Champion. Austrian Mitch Toelderer was runner Freeride World Champion 2010, and Matt Annetts (USA) took the third step of the podium.

French freestyle legend Candide Thovex can now claim to be part freeriding history. For his first season on the Freeride World Tour he has proved to be a consistent freeride competitor (3 podiums) with committed and influential skiing. Thovex’s impressive third place on his premiere run on the Bec des Rosses put him on top of the men’s ski ranking 2010. Swedes Kaj Zackrisson (2nd) and Henrik Windstedt (3rd) completed the podium.

The two male Freeride World Champions were awarded with a Nissan Qashqai, and the winners today went home with $10,000 each from the total prize purse of $206,200 for the Freeride World Tour 2010.

The Freeride World Tour Ranking 2010 

1. Candide Thovex (FRA)
2. Kaj Zackrisson (SWE)
3. Henrik Windstedt (SWE)

1. Ane Enderud (NOR)
2. Jess McMillan (USA)
3. Julia Mancuso (USA)

1. Xavier de Le Rue (FRA)
2. Mitch Toelderer (AUT)
3. Matt Annetts (USA)

1. ShannanYates (USA)
2. Aline Bock (GER)
3. Geraldine Fasnacht (SUI)

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