Badoux and Yates win Chamonix FWT!

Sun 26 January 14

TODAY THE BEST SKIERS AND SNOWBOARDERS MET FOR THE SECOND STAGE OF THE SWATCH FREERIDE WORLD TOUR BY THE NORTH FACE!

Badoux and Yates win Chamonix FWT!

Badoux and Yates win Chamonix FWT! © Freeride World Tour

The second stop of the 2014 SWATCH FREERIDE WORLD TOUR BY THE NORTH FACE® (FWT) concluded today. Mont Blanc created a picturesque background for the competition at La Flégère ski area on the Aiguille Pourrie face. Aiguille Pourrie is a steep and playful venue providing riders ample opportunity to showcase both their big mountain and freestyle skills. Sunny conditions and fresh powder snow created great conditions for riding, but wind the evening before the competition made the top half of the slope extra challenging. Male and female skiers and snowboarders competed in the event representing sixty-nine of the world’s best freeriders.
 

 
“Today was a bit tough for everybody because the face got some wind overnight. That's why we saw a lot of crashes. It made it a bit easier for the judging but a lot tougher for the riders,” said Head FWT Judge Hugo Harrisson (CAN). “But we saw a lot of good ines. Freestyle made the difference to the judges"
 
The competition began with the men’s snowboard division. Swiss rider Emilien Badoux chose a very creative line including a very challenging triple cliff drop in the steep middle section of the venue. His impressive run earned Badoux first place and a score of 81.00. Jamie Rizzuto of Canada utilized the terrain exceptionally well punctuating his run with 360s and fluid turns. Rizzuto came in second place with a score of 79.25. In the third podium position for men’s snowboarding, Chamonix local and wild card rider Christophe Charlet demonstrated his familiarity with the terrain through a strong line choice earning a score of 78.25.
 

Men's Snowboard Podium Camonix FWT 2014
Men's Snowboard Podium Chamonix FWT 2014
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“This is my first victory! I am so happy. I did the run I planned to do with a lot of speed and several tricks,” Badoux said. “Chamonix is such a nice resort. As I know it is always relaxing here, I have tried to make the most of my time.”
 
This was the first competition of the season for the female riders and started with snowboarding. Few names are synonymous with big mountain snowboarding like Shannan Yates of the United States who swiftly won her division with a very strong and smooth run down the fall line. Yates’ nice inclusion of technical features earned her a score of 70.00.

Women's Snowboard Podium Chamonix FWT 2014
Women's Snowboard Podium Chamonix FWT 2014
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“The snow was really good but I noticed that certain areas had been effected by wind and decided to play it safe,” explained Yates. “I am glad I stuck to that decision and am so excited to have won my first event of the season.”
 
In second place, FWT newcomer Amber Schuecker of Austraila landed several airs with clean heal-side turns throughout her run. Schuecker’s score was 66.50. In third place, Swiss rider Estelle Balet received a score of 64.25 for her fluid run down the fall line.
 
Final results:
Men’s Snowboard:
1. Emilien Badoux (SUI), 81.00
2. Jamie Rizzuto (CAN), 79.25
3. Christophe Charlet (FRA), 78.25
 
Women’s Snowboard:
1. Shannan Yates (USA), 77.00
2. Amber Schuecker  (AUS), 66.50
3. Estelle Balet (SUI), 64.25

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Chamonix, France

Snowboard Guide rating 10 out of 10 “Chamonix offers some truly excellent freeriding and great natural freestyle terrain. It's not great for beginners and can suffer if there's not much snow. It's rough round the edges - but therein lies its charm. If you can, wait until there's fresh snow then jump in your car.”

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