Luebke wins First Stop of Freeride World Tour!

Thu 23 January 14

The first stop of the 2014 SWATCH FREERIDE WORLD TOUR BY THE NORTH FACE® (FWT), concluded today on Cresta Youla.

Luebke wins First Stop of Freeride World Tour!

Luebke wins First Stop of Freeride World Tour! © J Bernard Freeride World Tour

Although challenging visibility prevented the attempt last Friday from being successful, an exciting competition thrilled fans and athletes today at Courmayeur Mont Blanc. The international field of competitors was extremely eager to begin the season and start the quest to become the next FWT champions. Courmayeur Mont Blanc is the only stop on the FWT, which is exclusively a men’s competition.
 
Conditions in the Alps have been very difficult in the first part of the winter with high avalanche risks and thin snow in many places. Despite the tricky conditions, the FWT organizers together with the local guides found a face for the first stop of the competition season. Sunny skies and soft snow conditions provide the competition date was well worth the wait.
 
“We are certainly facing very tricky snow conditions in the Alps early this season,” said FWT General Manager Europe Nicolas Hale-Woods. “On top of the safety aspect which is our priority number one, we also have to deal with what the weather has to offer in order to launch an event. We had a small window last Friday and tried to complete the competition without success. So we all waited in Courmayeur Mont Blanc for a better chance to compete and finally ran the event today in great conditions on the sunny side of the Monte Bianco."
 
The competition began with men's snowboarding. American rider Sammy Luebke worked his way to the top of the men's snowboard podium with a super fast start and a playful run ending with a solid front side 360. Luebke's run earned the top score of 80.50.
 
“I identified my line right away on the first day,” said Men’s Snowboard Winner Sammy Luebke. “I considered other lines the last few days but am very glad I stuck with my original choice. The snow was really good with face shots throughout the venue.”
 
In second place, Sascha Hamm of Great Britain earned a 72.5 with a high velocity run featuring a well-executed high-speed double cliff-drop. Rounding out the snowboard podium in third place, Ludo Guilllot-Diat of France executed a hard charging style, which earned him a score of 70.25.
 
"I am glad that I got to take my run before the skiers. The snow conditions were amazing! I had a blast doging rocks, and riding fluffy snow. I ended up taking a completely different line then I had planned, and everything went well until a light slam at the finish line. At the next event I will concentrate more on the finish line."
 
The women will join the men for the second event in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc on January 25. The SWATCH FREERIDE WORLD TOUR BY THE NORTH FACE® then continues its competition schedule with Fieberbrunn Kitzbüheler Alpen on February 1, Kirkwood, California on March 1 Revelstoke, Canada March 10, and will conclude in Verbier, Switzerland on March 22. The remainder of the schedule includes both men’s and women’s ski and snowboard competition.
 
For more information on the SWATCH FREERIDE WORLD TOUR BY THE NORTH FACE® and Freeride World Qualifier events, please visit www.freerideworldtour.com.

Next Story

Shuan White Pulls out of the X Games!

Shuan White Pulls out of the X Games!

Thu 23 January 14, Aspen, USA

After a week of back-and-forth, Shaun White has confirmed he will not be competing in either Snowboard SuperPipe or Snowboard Slopestyle this week at X Games Aspen in order to focus on preparations for the Sochi Olympics next month in Russia.

Aline Bock Drops Alska Edit!

Aline Bock Drops Alska Edit!

Thu 23 January 14

Last season, a life-long dream came true for Aline Bock. After the former Freeride World Tour Champion had been riding early season powder in Arlberg and backcountry at her home mountains in Tyrol, Aline made it to the podium of the Freeride World Tourstop in Chamonix.

UK BOARDER CLAIMS 2 WORLD RECORDS IN 1 DAY!

UK BOARDER CLAIMS 2 WORLD RECORDS IN 1 DAY!

Fri 24 January 14, St Moritz, Switzerland

On the 22nd January 2014 Jamie Barrow, Britain’s fastest snowboarder, claimed two world records in one day for the fastest speed on a snowboard while being propelled by electric jet engines and the fastest speed for a snowboard towed by a vehicle.

Freeride World Tour Live From Chamonix!

Freeride World Tour Live From Chamonix!

Sat 25 January 14

Coming direct from Chamonix watch stop two of the FWT tour live now!

Results from X Games Aspen Big Air Finals

Sat 25 January 14, Aspen, USA

The X Games Big Air Finals went down in Aspen yesterday and you can check out the results below!

Courmayeur, Italy

Snowboard Guide rating 7 out of 10 “Not a bad place, with some good carving but basic freeriding. Great for beginners apart from overcrowded novice slopes. Good local services. ”

Advertisement