17/09/2010 | by Anna Langer
Once again the best freeriders to date will come together and compete against each other in the third round of the Freeride World Tour. The fight over $250,000 USD prize purse will be battle out on locations such as the Mont Blanc, St. Moritz, Kirkwood, Sochi, Fieberbrunn and last but not least the famous finals in Verbier.
3times Freeride World Tour Champion Xavier de Le Rue from France will not only have to try to defend his title against a strong field of competitors including Mitch Tölderer (AUT), Matt Annetts (USA) or Douds Charlet (FRA), but also against wild card holders Flo Örley (AUT), Martin Cernik (CZE), James Stentiford (UK) and Andy Finch (USA). But loving new challenges Xavier just says bring it on: “Every year since the beginning I’ve been impressed by the way the tour has continually improved year after year. Where will it go this year? Can’t wait to find out!”
In women’s snowboard, the new schedule including six main events will now open the race for the final overall title to a wider group of riders. Women’s Snowboarding Freeride World Tour 2010 Champion Aline Bock from Germany states, “I’ve competed in the last two seasons in the Freeride World Tour and I am more than happy to have finished the 2010 season as Freeride World Champion. Of course, I will try to defend the title in 2011 again. The level of women’s freeriding has risen over the past few seasons and I would really like to push it as far as it goes in the FWT 2011 competitions.” But also Susan Mol (USA), Nathalie Zenklusen (SUI) and Vivian Aasen (NOR), who qualified from the FWQ Ranking 2010, will try their best to put the Freeride crown on their own heads come March 2011.
1. Nissan Freeride de Chamonix-Mont-Blanc 2011 by Swatch (FRA)
22 January 2011
2. Nissan Freeride Engadin St. Moritz 2011 by Swatch (SUI)
29 January 2011 – Men only
3. North Face Masters Kirkwood 2011 by Swatch (USA)
5 March 2011
4. Nissan Russian Adventure Sochi 2011 (RUS)
5 March 2011 – Men only
5. Big Mountain Fieberbrunn 2011 by Nissan (AUT)
12 March 2011 – Men only
6. Nissan Xtreme Verbier 2011 by Swatch (SUI)
Date: 19 March 2011 (Finals)