News: Freeride World Tour Announces Qualified Riders, Adds Two Additional Women's Stops

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October 14, 2010

Verbier, Switzerland – The best freeriders on the planet are already gearing up for their shot at the prestigious Freeride World Tour 2011 title and more than $250,000 USD in prize money on the new six-stop international tour.

Reigning World Champions Candide Thovex, FRA (men’s ski), Ane Enderud, NOR (women’s ski), Xavier de Le Rue, FRA (men’s snowboard), and Aline Bock GER (women’s snowboard) will be back on the 2011 tour to defend their title against an international field of skiers and snowboarders that are all hungry for the world’s ultimate freeride title.

Freeride World Tour 2011 Teaser

Men’s Ski

The Freeride World Tour 2010 was one of the most exciting editions of FWT history with the final crown being won in a close competition by French skiing icon Candide Thovex in his rookie year on the tour. The 2011 Tour will be even more competitive with 2008 World Champion and 2010 third-place finisher Henrik Windstedt (SWE), more committed than ever, and 2009 winner Aurélien Ducroz, from Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, in France, hungry to regain his title, starting off the season in his home town. In addition there is a particularly electric group of wild cards for 2011 including Norwegian upstart Torgrim Vole, Swiss chargers Jérémie Heitz and Samuel Anthammaten, and the legendary US skier JT Holmes, who will be putting it all on the line for their chance to claim the highly-coveted Freeride World Tour Champion title.

"2010 was a trial year for me on the Freeride World Tour. Competing with the best riders in the world we created a truly positive and permanent evolution of the sport. My objective in 2011 is to defend my World Freeride Champion title. I’ll be under a lot of pressure but more than anything else I’ll be competing on the FWT for my own pleasure. That’s how I improve. The two new events on the schedule are two more chances for us to express ourselves and throw down tricks during a run with less pressure." Candide Thovex, Freeride World Tour 2010 Champion.

Men’s Snowboard

Will 3-time Freeride World Tour Champion Xavier de Le Rue from France continue to dominate or will this year’s remarkable lineup of wild cards Flo Orley (AUS), Martin Cernik (CZE), James Stentiford (UK) and Andy Finch (USA) be able to knock him off his throne? The man who many believe is unbeatable, Xavier de Le Rue, 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!”

Women’s Ski

The women’s events have been expanded to include three Freeride World Tour events; Chamonix, Kirkwood and Verbier, and three 4-star Freeride World Qualifier events. This new format will open the competition to many more of the growing number of outstanding women freeriders and will result in increased media focus, spotlighting what is sure to be a very exciting women’s tour.

The importance of the women’s title is explained by Women’s Freeride World Champion 2010, Ane Enderud from Norway, “Winning the Freeride World Tour for both years that I have competed on it has changed my life for sure. Going into my third season on the tour and wanting to defend my title is definitely a challenge but challenge can be fun! My main mission is to be physically and mentally strong, to be healthy and enjoy life. If I’m healthy and focused I believe I can do whatever I want and that includes winning the tour again.”

Women’s Snowboard

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.”

Candide Thovex's Winning Run at the 2010 Freeride World Tour in Chamonix

Qualified Men / Ski

12 riders qualified from FWT Ranking 2010:

Candide Thovex (FRA)
Henrik Windstedt (SWE)
Aurélien Ducroz (FRA)
Julien Lopez (FRA)
Tim Dutton (USA)
Reine Barkered (SWE)
Sverre Liliequist (SWE)
Adrien Coirier (FRA)
Sebastian Hannemann (GER)
Stefan Hausl (AUT)
Seb Michaud (FRA)
Matthias Haunholder (AUT)

3 riders qualified from FWQ Ranking 2010:

Jérémy Prevost (FRA)
Mathieu Imbert (FRA)
Sam Smoothy (NZL)

Wild Cards – all season:

Jérémie Heitz (SUI)
Samuel Anthammaten (SUI)
JT Holmes (USA)
Torgrim Vole (NOR)

Event wild cards for the Nissan Freeride de Chamonix-Mont-Blanc 2011 by Swatch:

TBA

Qualified Men / Snowboard

6 riders qualified from FWT Ranking 2010:

Xavier de Le Rue (FRA)
Mitch Toelderer (AUT)
Matt Annetts (USA)
Douds Charlet (FRA)
Gennady Khryachkov (RUS)
Aurélien Routens (FRA)

2 riders qualified from FWQ Ranking 2010:

Max Zipser (AUT)
Raphael Bullet (SUI)

Wild Cards – all season:

Martin Cernik (CZE)
Andy Finch (USA)
James Stentiford (UK)
Flo Örley (AUT)

Event wild cards for the Nissan Freeride de Chamonix-Mont-Blanc 2011 by Swatch:

TBA

Ane Enderud's 2nd Place Nissan Tram Face 2010 Run

Qualified Women / Ski

5 riders qualified from FWT Ranking 2010:

Ane Enderud (NOR)
Jess McMillan (USA)
Jaclyn Paaso (USA)
Eva Walkner (AUT)
Janina Kuzma (NZL)

2 riders qualified from FWQ Ranking 2010:

Pia Widmesser (GER)
Janette Hargin (SWE)

Wild Card – all season:

Marja Persson (SWE)

Event wild cards for the Nissan Freeride de Chamonix-Mont-Blanc 2011 by Swatch:

1st , 2nd and 3rd place of La Clusaz Radikal Mountain 2011 (FRA)

Qualified Women / Snowboard

3 riders qualified from FWT Ranking 10:

Aline Bock (GER)
Susan Mol (USA)
Nathalie Zenklusen (SUI)

1 rider qualified from FWQ Ranking 10:

Vivian Aasen (NOR)

Event wild cards for the Nissan Freeride de Chamonix-Mont-Blanc 2011 by Swatch:

1st , 2nd and 3rd place of La Clusaz Radikal Mountain 2011 (FRA)

The Freeride World Tour's 2011 Stages:

1. Nissan Freeride de Chamonix-Mont-Blanc 2011 by Swatch (FRA)

Date: 22 January 2011 - Men / Women - Ski / Snowboard

2. Nissan Freeride Engadin St. Moritz 2011 by Swatch (SUI)

Date: 29 January 2011 - Men - Ski / Snowboard

3. North American Championships Kirkwood 2011 by Swatch (USA)

Date: 26 February 2011 - Men / Women - Ski

North Face Masters Kirkwood 2011 by Swatch (USA)

Date: 5 March 2011 - Women - Snowboard

4. Nissan Russian Adventure Sochi 2011 (RUS)

Date: 5 March 2011 - Men - Ski / Snowboard

5. Big Mountain Fieberbrunn 2011 by Nissan (AUT)

Date: 12 March 2011 - Men - Ski / Snowboard

6. Nissan Xtreme Verbier 2011 by Swatch (SUI)

Date: 19 March 2011 (Finals) - Men / Women - Ski / Snowboard

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