Dust settles at the Nendaz freeride

Wed 18 March 09

The third edition of the Nendaz freeride took place last weekend under extraordinary snow conditions and blue sky and was eventually won by Austrian Flo Orley

Dust settles at the Nendaz freeride

Dust settles at the Nendaz freeride ©

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The third edition of the Nendaz freeride took place last weekend under extraordinary snow conditions. The first four riders of each category were to automatically qualify for the Nissan Xtreme of Verbier, which takes place next weekend.

Austrian Flo Orley won the snowboarding event, Swiss André Sommer receives the ticket for the Nissan Xtreme of Verbier as Flo Orley was already qualified ahead of the Nendaz race.

"The face of finale is perfect for the competition, the snow was excellent and allowed me to carry out the exact line (descent) which I had planned. To take part in the Xtreme of Verbier is a dream for all riders, I will do my best to repeat my performance next weekend in Verbier”.

The final spot on the podium was taken by Swiss Gilles Sandoz from Neuchâtel who performed a
superb technical and very fluid run.

British rider Chris Southwell qualified in an agonising 12th place, and just missed out of competing in the finals

Nendaz Freeride 2009 Rider : Gilles Sandoz
Nendaz Freeride 2009 Rider : Gilles Sandoz
©Nendaz Freeride, photographe Jean-Pierre Guillermin

Maria Kuzma the sister of Janina who won and will attend the Xtrem of Verbier. She was followed by Finnish Kaisa Härkönen and American Shannan Yates.

On Sunday afternoon a great and happy smile was on the face of event organizors, Raphaël Lanfranchi, Ruben Jeanbourquin and Cyril Lanfranchi who are entirely satisfied with the competition and very impressed with the way the level and quality of the riders increase each year. They look forward to welcoming you to the fourth edition of the Nendaz Freeride in 2010 !

Nendaz Freeride 2009 Podium
Nendaz Freeride 2009 Podium
©Nendaz Freeride, photographe Jean-Pierre Guillermin

Snowboard women final results

 
Rank
Rider
City
Country
Note
1
Kuzma Maria
Wanaka
NZL
5.6
2
Härkönen Kaisa
Säynätsalo
FIN
5.5
3
Yates Shannan
Salt Kake City
USA
5.1
4
Zenklusen Nathalie
Le Chêne-sur-Bex
SUI
4.2
 

 

Snowboard men final results

 
 
Rank
Rider
City
Country
Note
1
Orley Flo
Innsbruck
AUT
8.2
2
Sommer Andre
Verbier
SUI
7.7
3
Sandoz Gilles
Neuchâtel
SUI
7.4
4
Aeschbach Mike
Verbier
SUI
7.1
5
Van der steen Jonathan
Villette
SUI
7.1
6
Badoux Emilien
Sion
SUI
7.0
7
Watson Dave
Snowmass Village
USA
6.6
8
Bullet Raphael
Nendaz
SUI
6.5
9
Khryachkov Gennady
Terskol
RUS
4.1
10
Sandoz Bastien
Neuchâtel
SUI
3.9
11
Regensburger Daniel
Innsbruck
AUT
3.8
 

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