Press Release
24 March 2024

PR33 – First event of the FWT Finals explode into action in the Austrian Tyrol

Spicy lines and huge tricks dominate the second-to-last event of the 2024 FWT by Peak Performance

·   French rider Victor de Le Rue is crowned World Champion of 2024 FWT by Peak Performance in the Snowboard Men Category

·   Testing conditions for FWT riders after challenging weather in the days leading up to the event

·   Ranking shift in the penultimate FWT event of 2024 before the YETI Xtreme Verbier, with titles remaining open in three categories

FIEBERBRUNN, Austria – March 14, 2024: The first event of the FWT Finals kicked off today on the Wildseeloder while Fieberbrunn celebrates its 20th anniversary of hosting freeride competitions, 15 of those for the FWT. Despite the challenging weather and snow conditions in the days leading up to the event, riders encountered a dense snowpack at the top of the venue and trickier snow with playful features near the bottom. This lead to an unforgettable performance in all categories.

The two-run format added excitement, giving riders two chances to deliver their best run. This led to an memorable show with big lines and huge jumps over the playful features of the face

Victor De Le Rue (FRA) was crowned World Champion today, securing the title one competition ahead the YETI Xtreme Verbier. Victor’s FWT season has been remarkably consistent, winning four events out of four and showcasing his incredible talent, technique and smart riding style. This is Victor’s third title, equaling his older brother and freeride legend Xavier de Le Rue.

Here's what went down today in the Austrian Alps:

Snowboard Men

The games in the Snowboard Men category have ended, with the title assigned one competition early. Victor de Le Rue (FRA) established his clear dominance on the mountain today, becoming a three-time World Champion by winning the first event of the 2024 FWT Finals. Opening up the top section of his second run with a confident 360 with a grab, his controlled tail press over the rocks mid-run followed with a back 360 impressed the judges. He maintained his momentum throughout, securing his fourth win of the season. Liam Rivera (SUI) didn’t put down the first run that he was hoping for but made a solid comeback in the second run with an aggressive yet stylish run that saw him land the second place. Rookie Timm Schröder (GER) secured the third spot on the podium thanks to his improved performance in the second run.

"I am really happy to be World Champion again, and winning 4 competitions out of 4 makes me even prouder. I am extremely satisfied with my runs this season; today, the conditions were difficult, and I didn't perform as I had hoped in my first run. However, I managed to motivate myself again in my second run and clinch the victory.”

-    Victor de Le Rue, 2024 Fieberbrunn Pro winner and 2024 FWT World Champion

Ski Women

Astrid Cheylus (FRA) secured her second win on the FWT, making her the overall leader in the Ski Women’s category rankings and surpassing fellow French competitor, Manon Loschi. In her second run, Cheylus chose powerful route through the Eagle Cliff followed by two consecutive solid backflips,  demonstrating the clean style this young rider brings to the game. Hedvig Wessel (NOR) claimed second podium spot as she raised the stoke levels putting down a great first run, but couldn't replicate her success in her second attempt. Manon Loschi, (FRA) finishing in third place  due to a strong first run. No World Champion was crowned today in this category as the Ski Women’s rankings have been shaken up after today’s impressive performances, building up the excitement for the final event in Verbier.

"I never imagined I could win a FWT Final event on my first year on Tour. I am so happy about it! I totally love competing with such awesome riders in my category, and this motivates me even more for the future and for the Xtreme Verbier.”

Astrid Cheylus, 2024 Fieberbrunn Pro winner

Snowboard Women

Erin Sauve (CAN) stormed her way to her first number one podium spot, kicking off her first ever competition on this face with a huge air, confidently and easily battling the slough, picking off the features lower down to nail a successful and solid run and scoring an impressive 90.33 score. Anna Martinez (FRA) brought the gnar straight out of the gate to take second place. Her consistent performance over the two runs demonstrated why she deserves a spot among the best in her category. Spanish superstar Núria Castán Barón (ESP) who had a shot to the crown today was finally ranked third. Despite a stumble in her second run, she remains the ranking leader. With the YETI Xtreme Verbier ahead, where the title is up for grabs, the top three riders are all close competitors, and anything can happen on the Bec des Rosses.

“I'm super pumped, and super proud of my first run. I can't believe I won here in Fieberbrunn and got to sit in the hotseat. I couldn't be happier than winning this first event of the Finals. I believe that my victory today has given me confidence for Verbier, and I look forward to seeing how far I can push myself.”

-    Erin Sauve, 2024 Fieberbrunn Pro winner

Ski Men

The level in the Ski Men’s category seems to improve competition after competition, with seven riders scoring over 90.00 points for the second consecutive competition. Today Rookie Ben Richards (NZL) went huge and kept the best piece of the podium for himself, taking his first victory on the Pro Tour with the fastest run of the day. His run was full of serious airtime, most notably a 360 on top of the ever-impressive Häusl Cliff in his second attempt of the day.

Current ranking leader Max Hitzig (GER) had an opportunity to clinch the World Champion title but finished in second place with a clean run. This result leaves the title decision open until the final competition. While Max continues to lead the rankings, the competition from behind is closing in.

Marcus Goguen’s (CAN) fresh from an incredible win at the Georgia Pro, secured his spot on the podium once again, finishing third. He started strong with a great first run but was unable to land his promising second run.

“Winning here in Fieberbrunn for the first of the two FWT Finals means a lot to me. I have worked so hard on the FWT Qualifier and Challenger series to get here. To win in this competitive category was beyond my imagination. I'm so happy about it!”

-    Ben Richards, 2024 Fieberbrunn Pro winner

Relive all of today’s action at, and stay tuned to the FWT social media channels to keep pace with the latest news as it drops. Today, the winner of the Men's Snowboard title was crowned, but we saw a big shake up in the rankings across the other categories today in Fieberbrunn, and all eyes now turn to the final event of the season, the legendary YETI Xtreme Verbier, where riders will face off one more time in their quest for the FWT crown. 

About the FWT

FWT Management SA is based in Verbier, Switzerland, and has been organizing premier sports events globally in mountain resorts since 1996. The company founded the Xtreme Verbier, an iconic event in freeride skiing and snowboarding, and turned this single competition into a prestigious series of worldwide events in 2008, the Freeride World Tour (FWT). The company has since grown to include multiple competition series that fall under the FWT brand – including FWT Challenger, FWT Qualifier and FWT Junior – with events across all formats taking place in Europe, North America, South America and Oceania. Since December 2022, FWT is part of the International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS).

About Peak Performance

Born in the Scandinavian mountains out of a love for skiing in remote, untouched terrain, our passion for adventure and nature runs deep. Our purpose is simple: we bring the freeride spirit to the world. As for our products, they all have the same purpose – empower the freedom to be adventurous and follow your own line. Whether it be horizontally or vertically, on skis, by bike, or on foot, they offer a balance of style and performance. Our Scandinavian heritage is ever present and our commitment to doing better things in a better way is our never-ending responsibility. For more information, please visit