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FAQ

ABOUT THE SPORT

What is the FWT pyramid?

Freeriding is a sport that has experienced tremendous growth during the last few years and is supported by a “pyramid” of development programs. Under the leadership of the Freeride World Tour, the Freeride World Qualifier and the Freeride Junior Tour are designed to support grassroots growth in the sport. In addition, the FWT Club was implemented in cooperation with ski schools throughout Europe:

// The Freeride World Tour (FWT)

The FWT is the worldwide circuit of freeride snowboarding and skiing with the best riders in the world competing on the most legendary and challenging alpine faces and the most renowned ski resorts across the world.

// The Freeride World Qualifier (FWQ)

The world qualification circuit is designed to develop the talent and skills of up-and-coming athletes. Riders accumulate points via 50 events held around the world (including forty in Europe).

// The Freeride Junior Tour (FJT)

The FJT was founded in 2011 in order to develop a platform for young athletes (boys and girls) aged 14-18 to develop their skills and become future world champions. Beyond the coaching to develop their riding skills, these events teach young athletes how to safely pursue their passion for freeriding by emphasizing prevention, safety, and responsibility in mountain environments.

What is the FWT club?

Since 2012 the FWT has collaborated with ski schools to develop the skills of youth and adult skiers and snowboarders. The FWT Club offers a great variety of FWT certified programs: seasonal, weekly or daily, for kids, teenagers and adults. Lessons will be taught by qualified and certified instructors, with a long experience in Freeriding. Teachers will be supported by pro-riders who will share their experiences and provide valuable technical advice.

How does the FWT qualification system work?

The best 3 ski men and the top 1 ski woman, snowboard man and snowboard woman of each region qualifier for next season’s Freeride World Tour, having a total of 12 athlete’s qualify each year.

What is the Code of Ethics?

All riders have to respect the hosting country’s rules and laws. Although FWT Management is not conducting doping tests, FWT Management expect riders to adopt the IOC rules in regards to doping. Riders who are seen using illegal substances in official areas such as start, finish, inspection area, at prize giving ceremonies and official happenings could face FWT sanctions. All riders are expected to behave accordingly and properly towards our hosting resorts, local organizers, partners, and media.

What is the Pro Freeriders Board (PFB)?

The Pro Freeriders Board (PFB) was founded to ensure the best possible conditions for the growth of freeriding. The PFB is a consultative board with riders from the FWT and they are consulted by FWT for all decisions concerning rules and formats which might affect riders. It is made up of eight of the most prominent riders in the sport of freeride led by a General Secretary. Their task is to voice their opinions and wishes regarding the season calendar, competition format, judging rules and a fair path for newcomers to qualify for the FWT through the FWQ and its ranking system. This approach ensures greater security and riders’ satisfaction.

Who is the FWQ representative?

William Cochet has been elected on the Pro Freeride’s Board (PFB) to represent FWQ riders for region 1 (EUROPE OCEANIA). His role will be to bring up rider’s suggestions about rules, the calendar and the qualification system to the PFB.

If FWQ riders have any questions about their points, memberships, event registrations or similar they need to get in touch with FWT by sending an email to: Contact FWQ or Contact FJT. If riders have a problem in regards to a specific event, they should reach out to the FWT advisor when at the event or to FWQ staff. FWQ riders should only reach out to William when it comes to general FWQ topics that do not include any of the described above: Contact William

What are the Freeride Junior World Championships (FJWC) and how can I qualify?

The FJWC is a one-day event for riders aged 15-18 (respecting each region’s age eligibility dates) and crowns the Junior World Champions. The FJWC will be awarded a 4* points status and the FJWC results will count towards the 52 week seeding list, but will not count towards the junior tour ranking. The FJWC usually takes place every year.

The FJWC is an invitation only event and there is no direct qualification for the FJWC. FWT Management will invite Region 1 riders according to past year’s results, age restrictions and nationality respecting a national representation quota. There is no guarantee for any nation to keep the same number of spots per championship or category from one year to the next and there is no guarantee for a world champion to be re-invited based on the title alone. IFSA will invite Region 2 riders according to past year’s results, age restrictions and a national representation quota.

MEMBERSHIPS

Do I need to become a member in order to compete?

Yes, in order to compete you need to become a member, create your member profile and buy your annual license. Every rider, including wildcards, will have to acquire a license to compete. When competing without a license, a rider cannot claim the points earned at the competition, even when getting the membership after the competition. Make sure that you use your real name without nicknames when signing up, as it is necessary for insurance purposes.                                                                 

With this membership we offer the following services:

  • Automated registration platform for all events

  • Rider’s results in the seeding and ranking list

  • A rider profile on the FWT website

  • Rider assistance

  • A unique number per athlete, avoiding spelling mistakes on starting lists and rankings

What kind of memberships are available?

You can get a one event license if you want to compete only once or a tour license valid for the whole season if you wish to compete at 2 or more events. 

How much is the membership fee?

FREERIDE JUNIOR TOUR:

On the FJT the one event license costs 10 EUR and the tour license is 35 EUR.

FREERIDE WORLD QUALIFIER:

On the FWQ the one event license costs 10 EUR and the tour license is 40 EUR.

If a rider who purchased a one event license wishes to compete in more events, he/she will have to upgrade to a full tour license but will only have to pay the difference.

How can I join?

If you want to become a member, please sign up here:

SIGN UP HERE

If you are already a member you just need to Login with your logon ID and your password to renew your license:

LOGIN HERE

What is my logon ID?

Your Logon ID is assigned to you. It will be your first initial and last name, all capital letters and no spaces. i.e. Joe Smith would be JSMITH

What do I do if I don’t remember my password?

You can retrieve your password with your Logon ID and the email address you signed up with by clicking here:

FORGOT PASSWORD

If you do not remember your Logon ID and/or email address please contact your regional office to request a password reset which will be sent to your registered email address.

CONTACT REGION 1 EUROPE OCEANIA

CONTACT REGION 2 AMERICAS

When does a membership expire?

The membership season runs from June 1 to May 31 every year. As of June 1 you can buy your new membership.

Which region should I register under?

Your nationality determines which region you belong to not your residency.

There are only 2 regions: Region 1 which is EUROPEA OCEANIA also including Africa and Asia and region 2 which covers the AMERICAS.

What are the age requirements to participate on the FJT?

There is no minimum age to purchase a Freeride Junior Tour license in Region 1 Europe Oceania.

However, there will be two age groups: 0 to 14 years old and 14 to 18 years old.

Freeride Junior Tour 14-18:

The minimum age to participate in this category is 14 years of age and anyone can sign up once they turn 14 during the season. Any rider turning 18 on or after June 1 of the current season will remain a junior for the entire season. A rider turning 18 during the season can only move on to the adult tour after he has finished the current season as a junior.

Freeride Junior Tour Under 14:

As of the 2018 season there will be a new category for junior riders from 0-14 years of age. There will be special venues for this age category and all junior riders in the “under 14 year category” must be accompanied by an adult (parent or coach) at all times.

 

 

What are the age requirements to participate on the FWQ?

Anyone turning 18 before June 1 of the current season is eligible to compete on the FWQ. A rider turning 18 during the ongoing season cannot move on to the adult circuit.

I have dual citizenship, can I change my nation?

You can send us a nation change request by providing us with a proof of citizenship. You can only do so once and you cannot change back. Please note that your nation change may trigger a region change. You can request to have your nation changed between May and November only.

If you have selected the wrong region/nation when signing up and ended up buying a membership in the wrong region, please contact us with a proof of citizenship (copy of passport or similar) to have it corrected.

What is the liability waiver?

In order to compete on the Freeride Junior Tour (FJT) the athlete’s legal guardian needs to complete a liability disclaimer for their competing child, even if they are 18 years old and possibly of age in their home country, sign it, include a copy of their valid photo ID and upload it as one single PDF file.

Without uploading the signed waiver it will not be possible to register for competitions. We recommend you do this right away as you risk not being able to sign up for competitions if the waiver is not approved. Please note: An additional liability waiver may have to be completed at each event.

Please see here section for more information: LIABILITY DISCLAIMER

EVENT REGISTRATION

How can I register for competitions?

Once you have a current season membership you are eligible to register for events. Registration will open about 7 weeks prior to each event and will close about 4 weeks before the event. During the registration period you can login and register for the event. When logged in, you can register by clicking on “Event” in the menu and then by clicking on the SKI or SNOWBOARD next to the event you would like to sign up for. Please note that this step only puts you on the waiting list of a competition and you do not know yet if you will be selected to compete.

You need a valid credit card to complete the registration process but as long as you are on the waiting list the registration fee will only be held on your credit card. Registration will close 4 weeks prior to the event, at this time you will receive an invitation email if you were selected for this event. If you do not want to accept the invitation, you must cancel within three days. If you decide to cancel, your spot will be given to the next rider on the waiting list otherwise your participation will be confirmed and your credit card will be charged.

What is included in the registration fee?

Check the event website to see what is included in the registration fee – depending on the event the fee may or may not include a ski pass, goodies, bib, lunch bag etc.

How does the selection process for competitions work?

For all 2*, 3* and 4* events, riders will be accepted based on their seeding list rank at the time registration closes. Only in the case where the event is not full, all riders on the waiting list will be accepted.

All 1* events will be open for any riders and the selection will be made on first-come, first-served basis. This way rookies can start collecting points on the tour that will help get into higher level events later on.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not make any flight or accomodation arrangements until you have received the invitation email as you will not know if you are accepted until you receive that email.

I received an email when I registered for an event, am I confirmed?

No, the email you get only confirms that the registration was received which puts you on the waiting list (unless it is a 1* event). Registrations are confirmed only after the closing date when you will receive an email if selected. Always check the event entry list and your emails or memberpro account after the closing date to see if you are confirmed or on the waiting list only.

How do I know if I am accepted for a competition?

When you sign up for a competition you will receive an email stating that you are on the waiting list for the competition. One day after registration closes we will send an invitation email to all selected athletes. Selected athletes then have 3 days to decide if they want to compete. If they do not want to compete they can just login and cancel the registration. If they do want to compete they do not have to do anything and will receive an email confirming that they are on the start list 3 days later. With the confirmation email the credit card will then be charged.

However, if you do not receive an invitation you are still placed on the waiting list and chances are that you will be invited later on as invited/confirmed riders may cancel their participation.

What does it mean when I see WAIT after my name?

All entries will have WAIT after their name before the registration closing date. After the closing date the event is seeded, meaning those riders who will be selected will be invited to compete. As long as you see WAIT after your name in the entry list of the event you are not confirmed to compete at the event.

I am still on the waiting list, is there a chance to get invited later on?

If a rider cancels his or her registration, the next rider on the waiting list will receive an email that he/she is invited to compete. So if you are on top of the waiting list chances are that you will be invited if another rider in your category cancels. The same process will be repeated until the event is full.

What happens if the event is not full after the registration period?

If the event is not full once the normal registration period ends, all registered riders will be invited and registrations will be re-opened. Riders inscribing during the second registration period will then be accepted based on a first-come, first-served basis and will be confirmed right away with their credit cards being charged immediately. The seeding list no longer applies. Once the event is full registration will close without warning as spots might fill up quickly.

I forgot to register during the normal registration period of 3 weeks, what can I do?

If you forgot to register on time and the event is already full, you will not be able to sign up for the event anymore.

How many spots are available per event, category and gender?

Depending on the total number of spots available per event, a certain percentage of riders who registered will be confirmed for the event. The number of riders accepted per category and gender reflects the number of riders that signed up per category and gender.

If however a category has hardly enough registrations to have the minimum number of riders at the start to make it a competition, a higher percentage of riders from this category will be accepted and a lower percentage within the other categories.

That means a number of spots per category will not be determined until registration will close and there is no way to tell prior to the registration closing date how many riders will be invited per category and gender.

What is the minimum number of registrations to validate a category?

FREERIDE JUNIOR TOUR

If a category doesn’t reach a minimum of 3 registrations, the category is cancelled and the starting spots will be redistributed to the other categories. If less than three riders registered in one category, for example snowboard women, the category is therefore cancelled but the few riders who registered could still compete with the snowboard men if they wish to do so. They would then be judged as men and score the points of their ranking position in the men’s category. If on the other hand the category is confirmed due to reaching the minimum number of participants but at the event less than the minimum number show up, the category will still be validated.

FREERIDE WORLD QUALIFIER

If a category doesn’t reach a minimum of 4 registrations, the category is cancelled and the starting spots will be redistributed to the other categories. If less than four riders registered in one category, for example snowboard women, the category is therefore cancelled but the few riders who registered could still compete with the snowboard men if they wish to do so. They would then be judged as men and score the points of their ranking position in the men’s category. If on the other hand the category is confirmed due to reaching the minimum number of participants but at the event less than the minimum number show up, the category will still be validated.

Can I cancel my registration?

As long as a rider is on the waiting list they can cancel the registration anytime and at no costs by logging into their account. One day after registration closes, selected riders will receive an email invitation and they then have 3 days to cancel their registration if they do not wish to compete. On the fourth day past the registration closing date the rider will be confirmed, receiving a confirmation email and the credit card will be charged. From then on it is not possible to cancel anymore except for medical reasons providing us with a doctor’s note.

However, in case there is a waiting list in place and the spot can be replaced with another rider in the same category, a cancellation and refund is possible.

What happens if an event is postponed?

If an event is postponed to a date outside of the weather window, all confirmed riders will be informed by email and can choose to either compete on the new date or cancel their participation. FWT will will refund the registration fee to any rider who decides to cancel due to an event being postponed no matter the reason.

If an event is postponed, the remaining spots taking all cancellations into account, will be filled from the waiting list. If the event is still not full, registration will re-open. If the event gets postponed for a second time, the confirmed riders will have another chance to cancel and to be refunded.

In case an event is postponed more than once, riders who were confirmed for the first time but canceled for the second date will be asked first if they can make the third date. Current seeding list ranking will determine the priority order.

 

Can I give away my confirmed spot to my friend?

No, this is not an option. If a rider would like to cancel his/her registration, all requests have to go through Freeride World Tour, it is not possible to trade off a competition spot to another rider. If a rider cancels, the next rider on the waiting list in the same category will be invited, not a friend or anyone who just shows up.

What happens if an event is cancelled?

If an event is canceled, all riders who were confirmed will score the following minimum points to get at least some points for the 52 week seeding list:

  • SKI MEN: rank 50
  • SKI WOMEN & SNOWBOARD MEN: rank 25
  • SNOWBOARD WOMEN: rank 20

COMPETITIONS

Are there different event formats?

Depending on the local organizer there could be various types of event formats, events in one day, events over two days with a qualification day and a final day with a new score for the final day or events over two days combining scores of both days with or without a cut after day 1.

Are there different age categories at FJT competitions?

Yes, in Region 1 Europe Oceana there will be two age groups: 0 to 14 years old and 14 to 18 years old at selected events.

Freeride Junior Tour 14-18:

The minimum age to participate in this category is 14 years of age and anyone can sign up once they turn 14 during the season. Any rider turning 18 on or after June 1 of the current season will remain a junior for the entire season. A rider turning 18 during the season can only move on to the adult tour after he has finished the current season as a junior.

Freeride Junior Tour Under 14:

As of the 2018 season there will be a new category for junior riders from 0-14 years of age. There will be special venues for this age category and all junior riders in the “under 14 year category” must be accompanied by an adult (parent or coach) at all times.

When do I have to arrive at an event?

Prior to every competition there will be a mandatory riders meeting. The riders meeting will take place on the day before the competition or in the morning before the competition depending on the event organizer’s schedule.

Can I ride the face prior to the competition?

The competition venue(s) are closed 30 days prior to the event or latest after the last snowfall. If competitors are seen riding the competition venue(s) which is clearly marked or communicated, the organizer has the right to disqualify these riders and they could face FWT sanctions. Riding the competition venue(s) before they are officially closed is permitted.

What is the riders meeting?

Riders meetings are held prior to the competition and are mandatory for all riders for safety reasons. During these meetings points such as snow conditions, potentially closed areas on the face, access routes to the start, event schedules or potentially additional mandatory safety gear (harness) will be discussed. Riders who cannot attend the riders meeting for valid reasons must announce themselves to the organizer to get their safety speech and BIB number at another time. Failure to do so might result in an exclusion from the competition.

What if I cannot make it to the riders meeting?

If you cannot make it for a valid reason you have to get in touch with your organizer and to make sure you get the safety speech and your BIB number at another time. If a rider fails to get in touch with the organizer prior to the riders meeting, the organizer has the right to exclude the rider from the competition.

What if I cannot make it to the prize giving?

Riders who made it on the podium have to be present at the prize giving ceremony in order to receive their prize. A rider who cannot be present for a valid reason has to inform the organizer ahead of time if they cannot make it to the ceremony otherwise an organizer may decide to retain the prizes.

However, the organizer will announce at the riders meeting if any other customs for the prize giving apply and has the right to retain prizes if a podium rider cannot make it to the prize giving.

Is drone filming allowed on the competition venue?

As with riding the competition venue, it is forbidden to use personal drones to film the face 30 days prior to the competition.

Only drone footage / pictures shot by the event organizer could be provided to all competitors, if available.

What is the mandatory equipment in order to compete?

The following equpiment is mandatory at all events:

  • Avalanche transceiver (switched on and with full batteries)
  • Helmet
  • Back protection
  • Backpack with probe and shovel
  • RECCO reflector

All riders must take a harness to the competition as well but it will only be mandatory if the organizers announces it prior or during the riders meeting. It is the sole responsibility of the athlete to have a harness handy and the organizer will not be responsible to provide one.

A RECCO reflector will be mandatory but it will be provided at every event if the rider does not have one already. A RECCO reflector check along with a transceiver check will be done prior to the competition. An avalanche airbag is not mandatory unless specified otherwise.

The equipment will be checked prior to the competition and any rider missing any of the mandatory equipment will not be allowed to start and will get a DNS (did not start).

Do I have to bring a harness?

All riders must take a harness to the competition but it will only be mandatory if the organizers announces it prior or during the riders meeting. It is the sole responsibility of the athlete to have a harness handy and the organizer will not be responsible to provide one.

Does a junior rider have to come with an adult to a competition?

All junior riders in the “under 14 year category” must be accompanied by an adult (parent or coach).

Each accompanying person (parent or coach) can take care of several junior riders.

0 to 14 years old riders will not be allowed to:

  • ski alone
  • go to the competition area
  • go to the start of the venue
  • ski out of the competition area alone

They MUST be accompanied by an adult at all times.

This doesn’t apply to the 14 to 18 years old FJT category given they have signed all applicable waivers already.

REFUNDS

Do I get a refund if an event is cancelled?

If the organizer has to cancel the event prior to arrival of the riders due to lack of snow, the event organizer will refund 100% of the insurance fee and 100% of the registration fee.

If on the other hand the organizer has to cancel the event because it could not be held during the weather window due to bad weather / too much wind / heavy snowfall / etc. there will be no insurance nor registration fee refund.

Do I get a refund if I am injured or sick?

If a rider is sick or injured and has to cancel his or her participation he or she will be refunded the full amount of the registration fee after providing a valid medical certificate to FWT Management SA.

The rider shall announce it to FWT Management SA as soon as possible in order to allow a waiting list rider to take his spot. The medical certificate must be sent at the latest 3 days after the event in order to be eligible for a refund.

INSURANCE

Is there a rider insurance?

The insurance fee will be included in the registration fee for all events where the organizer is using the FWT rider evacuation insurance (All European events except France and Norway). This mandatory evacuation insurance also covers some medical costs, but each has to ensure that they have a personal medical insurance valid in all countries where they are competing and that they are covered in case of participation in an extreme freeride contest (should they need extensive local medical treatment in case they can’t be transported back home). In the disclaimer that each rider will have to sign when entering a contest, it will be mentioned that they have checked the above.

What does the insurance cover?

How much is the insurance?

FREERIDE JUNIOR TOUR

The evacuation insurance for juniors is 20 EUR per rider per event

FREERIDE WORLD QUALIFIER

The evacuation insurance on the FWQ is 28 EUR per rider per event.

Do I still need a personal insurance?

Yes each rider has to make sure that they have a personal medical insurance valid in all countries where they are competing and that they are covered in case of participation in an extreme freeride contest (should they need extensive local medical treatment in case they can’t be transported back home) since the tour insurance has a limited coverage. In the disclaimer that each rider will have to sign when entering a contest, it will be mentioned that they have checked the above.

How do I file a claim?

If you got hurt on the day of the competition make sure that you announce the injury to the event organizer or FWT Management immediately. It is crucial that the insurance process is launched within 24 hours after the accident happened. In case of minor injuries the event organizer might not be aware of the incident if you do not announce it.

AND RANKINGS AND SEEDING LIST

Can you collect points anywhere in the world no matter the region?

FREERIDE JUNIOR TOUR

No. Riders can compete anywhere in the world regardless if the competition takes place in region 1 or region 2 but can only collect points in their region.

FREERIDE WORLD QUALIFIER        

Yes. Riders can compete and collect points anywhere in the world regardless if the competition takes place in region 1 or region 2.

How does the tour ranking work?

At the end of the season the FWQ and FJT tour champion is crowned based on the best 3 results during the season.

In case of a tie for the title, the following tie-breaker will be applied:

a. best 4th result, point-wise

b. comparing the number of 1st, 2nd and 3rd place

c. direct competition, who beat who at events where both riders entered.

Please note that in the 0 to 14 age category there will be no overall champions, only national champions.

What is the Seeding List?

Since competition spots are limited, the seeding list is used to determine which athletes among all the registered athletes are invited to a competition. The seeding list is formulated by a rider’s best 3 results over the past 52 weeks. Riders who have not competed before or who are ranked low on the seeding list might not get into 3* and 4* events and will have to start collecting points on lower level events (1* and 2*) to move up on the seeding list.

What are national rankings?

Nations with a minimum of 3 events in their country will have a national ranking. National rankings will cumulate points scored by national riders only thus only riders from the nation where the event takes place will be ranked. In the Pyrenees there will be a Pyrenean ranking including Andorran and Spanish riders and events.

Riders can compete in as many events as they want but only the best three results count for the national championship. In case of podium raking ties, the tie-breaker rule applies.

What happens with my FJT points when I am moving on to the adult tour?

When moving from the junior to the adult circuit, a rider’s current FJT seeding list points from the juniors will become his or her new FWQ seeding list points. This way a junior will be ranked according to his former FJT points on the FWQ seeding list and will be able to register for FWQ events.

I am injured, how do I freeze my points?

The Frozen Points Protocol allows an injured rider to retain his/her seeding rights during the period of injury and for a period of time after he/she has recovered from the injury. To achieve this a riders points on the seeding list will be “frozen” as of the week when the injury occurred.

To freeze your points on the seeding list please submit a valid medical certificate to FWT Management SA as soon as possible after the injury occurred.

For how long are my points frozen?

The injury period of a rider shall last a maximum of 52 weeks from the date that the injury occurred. During this time, the rider’s status will be “injured”. If a rider does not resume competing within 52 weeks, his/her frozen status will be automatically changed from “injured“ to "recovered".

                                                        

If a rider does resume competing or declares himself/herself as recovered within the first 52 weeks since the injury was reported, his/her status will be changed from "Injured" to "Recovered" and the rider’s ranking prefix will be changed from " * " to " + ". The rider will continue to be ranked based on his/her frozen points until one of the following conditions applies:

  • 52 weeks have passed since the riders status was changed to “recovered”. In this case the rider’s status will be changed to normal (removal of prefix), all frozen points will be dropped and the rider will be ranked based on his/her current points (which will be zero at this point because the rider has no more results)

  • The rider has competed in a maximum of five events since he/she recovered. In this case, the rider’s frozen points will be dropped and the rider will be ranked on the seeding list based on his/her current FWQ points (removal of prefix).

  • The rider’s current points for the respective FWQ are higher than the frozen points recorded on injury.

During a rider’s period of injury the rider will appear on the seeding list as injured indicated by the prefix " * ". During the period of recovery, the rider will appear on the seeding list as “recovered”, indicated by the prefix " + ".

JUDGING

What is the judging about?

When it comes to freeriding there are different terrains and different ways to express oneself within a terrain. The goal of our judging system is to allow any style of riding to win on any given day. Whether a rider’s strength is steep terrain, big airs, technical tricks or speed, each style should be able to win if on that day, the rider simply showed the most impressive run utilizing his own strengths. Riders shouldn’t have to adapt their riding to a system; the system should be adapted to freeriding. Our judging system evolves over time and changes to accommodate the development of the sport and the riders.

What are the judging criteria?

The five judging criteria are:

  • Line
  • Air&Style
  • Fluidity
  • Control
  • Technique

Those are the 5 criteria and “the overall impression” will determine the riders’ final score.

To evaluate the run, judges use a point system of a hundred increments from 0 to 100. The goal of this rider-approved system is to have a unified judging system for all FWT, FWQ and FJT competitions that allows every style of riding the possibility to win. If a competitor is riding in a part of the face that cannot be seen by judges, what he does (good or bad) will not be scored unless judges have live video feed showing the action.

Where do I find the full judging rules?

What if I am not happy with the judging?

Judges are fully certified and supervised by a head judge. They are using an evolving method and there will always be a human factor left which could lead to different interpretations of the run. This is part of freeriding as a sport and has to be accepted by riders as well as judges.

A final score can only be changed if:

  • If the scores have been entered wrong on the computer/web by accident

  • If a rider was penalized for riding into a closed area but judges were wrong about the limits of the closed area

  • If a rider was not penalized for riding into a closed area

  • If a rider falls after the end-of-judging line but still got penalized for it

Riders can only complain about scores on the day of the competition by talking to the head judge if they are convinced that their score is not correct based on the description above. After the competition day no complaints will be accepted.

How can I become a judge myself?

If you want to become a judge please ask for the judging files by contacting us and by completing them while watching the judging video here.

Or get in touch with us to see where the next judging clinic will take place!

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