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WORLD’S BEST CROWNED AS WORLD CHAMPIONS AT FWT19 XTREME VERBIER!

The world’s best freeriders went huge on Verbier’s mighty Bec des Rosses, leaving nothing on the line.

Three world titles were up for grabs today in Verbier with the familiar combination of nerves and excitement, which are always present on this legendary venue and the world’s best did not disappoint. Under sunny skies the competitors provided a Grand Finale and certainly left us wanting more for FWT20.

SNOWBOARD WOMEN


Marion Haerty (FRA- 1st Place) put down the run of her life including a massive 360 and a technical double drop to add a record fourth win to the season. With the 2019 FWT Title already secured she came here hungry to take home the Verbier crown. What an extraordinary season with an unprecedented ‘perfect’ 4 wins, including victory here at the iconic Bec des Rosses, and adding a second FWT title to her 2017 crown. Anna Orlova (RUS- 2ndPlace) stomped her way down the Bec to secure second place, sending all the cliffs with fluidity and style. Last years world champion Manuela Mandl (AUT- 3rd Place) continued pushing the limits and put down a fast, technical run making the most of all the features. Full Results...
   

SKI WOMEN
Hometown hero Elisabeth Gerritzen(SUI- 1st Place) delivered the goods today showing us her control and style in big, exposed terrain. Fearlessly sending her first cliff deep she managed to hold her line and link it into a huge mandatory air. The excitement didn’t finish there with Elisabeth stomping another huge air and straightlining it home all the way to victory. Arianna Tricomi (ITA- 2nd Place) claimed her second consecutive FWT World Titlewith an exciting second place run on the Bec. Taking a different approach on the face she linked together some technical features with smooth, stylish skiing. Hazel Josie Birnbaum (USA- 3rdPlace) threw down a memorable line for her last run on the FWT. Storming into her line she then sent the compulsory air from higher up and stomped the landing. The veteran will be missed on tour, but what a way to finish her FWT career. Full Results... 
 

SNOWBOARD MEN


Jonathan Penfield (USA- 1st Place) set the category on fire with a dazzling show of big mountain snowboarding. The first rider out of the gates he linked together a series of huge airs including a backside 360. Entering more exposure he calmly sent his way over another cliff and capitalized on his fluidity score. Three time FWT champion Sammy Luebke (USA- 2nd Place) showed us why he is still one of the best freeriders around throwing down a huge line on the Bec. Starting with a massive air in a steep and technical zone he followed it up with a smooth 360 and yet another big air. Victor De Le Rue (FRA- 3rd Place) claimed his maiden FWT victory in his rookie year. Following in the footsteps of his older brother, Xavier, Victor impressed the judges with a mix of big airs and fluid snowboarding including a massive 360. Full Results... 
  

SKI MEN


Wadeck Gorak (FRA- 1stPlace) wowed the judges with an impressive line on his first time on the Bec. Wadeck cruised down the central couloir before hurling himself off the daunting Hollywood cliff. Showing us his control he linked this into another big cliff and a massive backflip to finish and claim his maiden FWT victory. 2017 FWT champion Leo Slemett (FRA- 2nd Place) stomped a huge cliff in a new exposed zone before showing off his freestyle elements by linking a tight 360 and a technical backflip. Leo finishing the season strong, adding this second place to a first at Ordino Arcalís. Kristofer Turdell (SWE- 3rd Place) blazed through the opening section, ignoring the exposure below before launching off Hollywood. He continued his pace with one of the fastest runs of the day, adding two more deep airs at high speed. A true show of critical big mountain skiing. Markus Eder (ITA- 6th Place) took home the 2019 FWT Title in his category, with style, opening up a new creative line with a 360 and huge backflip. Full Results...
   

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