Incredible riding despite challenging conditions at Nendaz Freeride 4*
THE NENDAZ FREERIDE 4* TOOK PLACE ON SATURDAY IN BLUEBIRD CONDITIONS ON THE MYTHICAL FACE OF MONT-GOND
Despite having no new snow for the last two weeks, the idyllic face still had a few pockets of powder for the sixty or so athletes involved, including the best of the circuit. Riders put on an epic show for the judges and online audience who followed the live event from their screens, since the competition was held behind closed doors due to the pandemic.
Relive the live of the Nendaz Freeride 2021
The French and the Swiss shone on the 4*
The Nendaz Freeride 4* was dominated by French athletes who, among others, took first places in each category. However, the Swiss freeriders also stood out with a total of three podiums. The competition was streamed by thousands of people online across YouTube and Facebook thanks to Nendaz Freeride Association and the Freeride World Tour. A big thank you to the whole live team orchestrated by Switch Production for the very successful broadcast.
Maxime Chabloz (SUI), 2nd place in the men's ski category (photo: Lévy Loye)
The overall level in the men’s ski category was sky high, with outstanding scores for the top trio. Frenchman Victor Lourdel carved out a victory run, giving the audience a masterclass in freeriding with a solid descent and plenty impressive airs. Maxime Chabloz from Vaud (19 years old) showed zero hesitation in the face of more experienced riders. He is a regular on the podium with one Junior Freeride World Champion title and four Junior World Champion titles in kiteboarding. He adds a second place in the Freeride World Qualifier to his list of honours with an impressive run that, after several tricks, ended with a huge blackflip. The Austrian Valentin Rainer showed great control and followed 360° with big drops for third place.
Photo by Lévy Loye
The men's snowboarders who opened the competition delivered a great show, taking big risks which paid off. Frenchman Ludovic Guillot-Diat took first place after a run that was both controlled and fast, with a perfect backflip. After taking second place in the previous 3* competition, he stepped up his game for the 4,* taking gold for the third time out of 8 competitions. Germany's Timm Schröder took second place with a backflip from the start and a fast and fluid run. The third went to Enzo Nilo who showed amazing commitment with a perfect 360° and then stomped a huge drop.
The victory in the women's ski category goes to Megane Betend, standing out for her original line, high speed and the sequence of airs. Swiss riders Martina Müller and Sybille Blanjean also delivered awesome lines, with Martina taking second place in the ranking with a textbook 360° on her first jump. She had won her wildcard for this 4* competition thanks to her victory at the Nendaz Freeride 3* a few days earlier. Sybille Blanjean, rising star of the Swiss freeride, showed she’s a force to be reckoned with by landing third place with a solid, fast run with great control.
In women's snowboarding, Frenchwoman Tiphanie Perrotin, who took second place in 2018, took first place in 2021 with well-controlled jumps and a line choice which impressed the judges. Finnish rider Mikaela Hollsten took second place following a victory in the 3* competition a few days ago. And some excellent airs put Frenchwoman, Estelle Rizzolio, on the third step of the podium for women’s snowboarding.
Photo by Lévy Loye
Well done to all riders involved who managed to stack points counting towards next year's Freeride World Tour qualification. Next up on the Qualifier circuit in Region 1 is Engadinsnow by Dakine 4*! Stay tuned on freerideworldtour.com and the FWQ social media channels for updates and rider news.