FJT by Dakine Chamonix 3* Recap
Shout out to all you freeride passionates from Chamonix, France where we kicked off the Freeride Junior Tour 3* series by Dakine 2016.
This year‘s competition was held at Brévent which was a great pick for a venue. Composed of many natural rocky features on a fun and playful terrain with a vertical drop of 300 meters giving riders the possibility to show-off their personal skills and styles.
It was an early morning down at the Brévent Station for the 90 riders hyped for the amazing comp to come. With a beautiful sunrise and great snow conditions after recent snowfall made the riders step their game up and put down quite a show for the judges and spectators today on the grandiause face of „Les Pentes de L‘Hôtel“ in the heart of the French Alps.
The performance of the boys today was exceptional and taking it home with the win all the way from New Zealand was Craig Murray (NZL), who impressed the judges with his fast run and stomping some very stylish airs, followed closely by the Swiss Paul Dentan (SUI) who showed some exceptional hard riding with a very creative middle section. Raphaël Huber (SUI) stomed two nice airs and his aggressive skiing putting him in third place.
Once again we found three very talented girls on the podium. On top we have, Clusienne, Illona Carlod (FRA), who put down some nice airs and solid skiing. Followed by the two Swissesses Emeline Moohrhead (SUI) making great use of the whole face and Eva Battolla (SUI) with a nice top air and a dynamic bottom part.
In the snowboard category Swiss-man Loïc Aubert (SUI) showed the judges some skillful snowboarding putting him into first place. Mexicano Liam Rivera (MEX) put down some high class level snowboarding with his second spot on the podium followed by Thomas Schlichting (SUI) showing some nice powerful slashy turns.
With so much talent and skill on this year‘s Junior Tour I suggest you stay tuned to see these young guns evolve throughout the season and don‘t miss the next FJT 3* event by Dakine in Fieberbrunn from the 5th to the 6th of March.
- Christopher Francis