Ralph Backstrom and Shannan Yates Win Snowboarding at the first stop of the 2013 SWATCH Freeride World Tour by The North Face at Revelstoke Mountain Resort, British Columbia, Canada
Topping the field for men’s ski competitors with an outstanding performance throughout the whole venue was The North Face athlete Drew Tabke of Crystal Mountain, Washington, USA with a score of 91.00. This event was the first time Tabke has found himself placed on the top of the podium with a second and third place finish here in the past. “Mac Daddy is the most beautiful mountain we get to ski on the tour and the snow in British Columbia is amazing,” exclaimed an elated Tabke. “Some challenging conditions existed on the venue due to slides, but my line had great snow.” He further noted his season goal is to win the overall 2013 Freeride World Tour title. “The title means more than ever before, but mostly, I want to have fun skiing with all of these incredible athletes from around the world.”
Rounding out the men’s podium in second place was Jeremie Heitz of Les Manecottes, SUI with a score of 79.67 who was one of the few skiers to successfully ski the fall-line high-speed double from the start confidently through exposure. Finishing out the top three male skiers, the always-popular Julien Lopez of France who strongly skied the riders right-hand side potion of the Mac Daddy face which consisted of multiple pillow drops and cliffs which rewarded him a score of 73.00.
Female skiers were faced with the most difficult conditions of the day created by extremely poor visibility and excessive slough movement from all the previous competitors. The 2012 Overall SWATCH Freeride World Tour Women’s Ski Champion, Christine Hargin of Austria once again placed herself on top of the podium with a well balanced polished run throughout the face earning a 65.00.
Nadine Walker of Arlberg, AUT scored 58.00 for a second place finish. And finally, the effervescent Australian Natalie Segal, executed a smooth double pillow drop which was rewarded with a 55.33 score for the third place finish.
“It is difficult to describe what a momentous accomplishment today’s event was for the riders and sport of freeriding,” said FWT Americas Event Director Bryan Barlow. “Today officially marked the unification of the Freeride World Tour. We have set the bar very high here at Revelstoke and I look forward to watching the season unfold.”
The Freeride World Tour is the premier big mountain Freeskiing and snowboarding tour in the world, featuring the sport’s top athletes competing on the biggest mountain resort venues. Riders compete one at a time and receive an overall score from a judging panel based on numerous categories including line difficulty, control, fluidity, technique and style. The event features natural terrain features found on the most exciting format possible. A start gate is positioned at the summit with a finish gate at the bottom. The best complete runs win. The sport is similar in context to big-wave surfing with skiers and snowboarders choosing impossible-looking lines through cornices and cliff-faces and couloirs. Competition runs are enhanced with progressive big jumps and mach-speed turns at an aggressive pace.
The SWATCH Freeride World Tour by The North Face continues its competition schedule inCourmayeur-Mont-Blanc, Italy on January 19th (Men’s Ski and Snowboard), Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France on January 26th (Men’s and Women’s Ski and Snowboard), Kirkwood, California, USA on February 27th (Men’s and Women’s Ski and Snowboard), Fieberbrunn Pillerseetal, Austria on March 9th (Men’s and Women’s Ski and Snowboard), and concludes in Verbier, Switzerland on March 23rd (Men’s and Women’s Ski and Snowboard).
Archive video of the event action is located on FreerideWorldTour.com. Fans may select to view the entire event or just watch their favorite riders’ runs via the Mobile Rider video player.
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FWT Management SA, based in Lutry/Lausanne-Switzerland, is organizing world-class sports events in mountain resorts and regions since 1996. Founder of “Verbier Xtreme” -iconic event in Freeride skiing & snowboarding -, FWT Management SA has taken the stand-alone Verbier Xtreme event to create Freeride World Tour, Freeride World Qualifying Series, Freeride Junior Series, and a Freeride Skiing Team Competition (Swatch Skiers Cup) with events in Europe, North America, South America and Oceania. For further information, please contact: David Carlier, email@example.com
Mountain Sports International
Mountain Sports International (MSI) is a private company, founded in 1997, to develop and produce action/adventure sports events and programming in North America. MSI founded the Freeskiing World Tour, The North Face Masters, The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series, as well as several other properties and concepts. MSI launched MSI Live in 2009, to provide live HD webcast production, content management, encoding, and satellite uplink & delivery. MSI provides event management services, infrastructure and expertise for high-end brands, including The North Face, Burton, Red Bull, Subaru, UFC, and Sierra Nevada. MSI specializes in matching clients with events for brand penetration into target demographics, developing product identification and loyalty. MSI matches brand and culture, company and credibility, to create sought-after events that help to define the action sports culture.