The Road To FWT 2020
The road to FREERIDE WORLD TOUR (FWT) is a challenging yet rewarding path, that many FREERIDE WORLD QUALIFIER (FWQ) athletes around the world engage themselves on each year to reach the ultimate summit: a spot on the FWT.
The circuit of FWQ 4* events (the most points-rewarding events) is where the magic happens, where the competition is real and the level high. Only the top 3 ski men, top 1 ski women, top 1 snowboard men and top 1 snowboard women per region (Region 1- Europe Oceania Asia and Region 2 - Americas) based on the overall FWQ rankings will make it to FWT 2020!
Who's in the lead?
REGION 1 - EUROPE OCEANIA ASIA
Current leader and ex FWT rider Carl Renvall (SUI) from Verbier is already qualified for FWT20, with New Zealander Blake Marshall in a good position to make FWT, as well. The 3rd spot is still wide open, currently held by Tao Kreibich from Montafon, Austria.
Winning run Carl Renval, 2019 Open Faces Montafon 4*
Winning run Jess Hotter, 2019 Nendaz Freeride 4*
In the snowboard category Cody Bramwell from Sweden is back strong again, finishing second last year and almost qualifying for the FWT and already taking 2 wins this year with Timm Schröder (GER) and Ludovic Guillot-Diat (FRA) in second and third place who still have a chance to challenge him at the final 4* event.
In the snowboard women category Michaela Davis-Meehan (AUS) took a big step towards FWT 2020 with her recent win in Nendaz, with a final showdown between her, Nuria Castán Barón (ESP) and Linda Schmitter (SUI) at the last 4* event in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl.
Winning Run Michaela Davis-Meehan, 2019 Nendaz Freeride 4*
REGION 2 - AMERICAS
Two pairs of siblings are currently leading the Ski Men rankings: Kevin Nichols from USA is already qualified after a strong season while his brother Jack and the twins Cooper and Jackson Bathgate (CAN) from Whistler are currently all in in a good position to make FWT 2020 after the latest Kicking Horse 4* competition.
Emma Patterson (USA) dominated the season with 1 win and 2 podium finishes at 4* events this season which already makes her qualified for FWT 2020!
All eyes on Brian Stenerson (USA) from Tahoe and Blake Moller, brother of FWT19 athlete Grifen Moller who will battle it out for a spot on FWT in Kirkood, while Holden Samuels (USA) needs a win for a chance to make FWT.
Highlights 2019 Kicking Horse 4* where Brian Stenerson finished in first place in snowboard men
Highlights 2019 Revelstoke 4* where Katie Anderson took the win in snowboard women
What happened so far?
With eight out of eleven 4* events of the season already in the books, let's look at the this season's results:
Follow LIVE ON WWW.FREERIDEWORLDTOUR.COM this Saturday from 9:30 CET when the final 4* event of the season goes down at the OPEN FACES OBERGURGL-HOCHGURGL in Austria, while the KIRKWOOD 4* happens about the same time in USA!
Stay tuned on www.freerideworldtour.com for updates on the Freeride World Qualifer events and results!