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    Freeride World Tour - 2021

    In a world full of 'Rona, face-melting skiing also melts the viiiiirus. Science!

    FWT just dropped their trailer for the 2021 season - time to FIRE IT UP



    Venues are the same as 2018, 2019, and 2020 - Hakuba, Kicking Horse, Vallnord-Arcalis, Fieberbrunn, Verbier.

    But....there is a NEW FORMAT. OMG!!!!!!!!

    1. Athlete qualification will occur at the third stop (instead of the fourth), making the Ordino Arcalís Andorra ‘crunch time’ for the athletes. The same numbers still go through as 2020 (best 2 results out of 3 events counts): 13 ski men, 6 ski women, 6 snowboard men, 4 snowboard women – totalling 29 riders.

    2. Two runs in Austria. After a successful test last year with snowboard men, riders this year will get two runs in Fieberbrunn and keep their single best score.

    3. The FWT Finals in Fieberbrunn and Verbier will be rolled out after the cut, where for the last two events, the points will be weighted 1.5. This means the winner will take 15,000 points, compared to 10,000 for the first three stops.

    4. World Champions will now be crowned for their best three results out of five.
    Looks like Sam "the Ibex" Lee is back. Same with Craig Murray. Sweet!

    I hope Yuuuuuge is back.

    Ari Tricomi and Carl Renvall had a segment in Matchstick's new movie "skiing" the Bec. Cool to see them getting some exposure. Especially the three-peat world champ.

    Dunno about anyone else. FWT's "Riders" page only has Kiwis listed. dafuq?

    2020 thread: https://www.tetongravity.com/forums/...orld-Tour-2020
    2019 thread: https://www.tetongravity.com/forums/...orld-Tour-2019
    2018 thread: https://www.tetongravity.com/forums/...orld-Tour-2018
    2017 thread: https://www.tetongravity.com/forums/...poilers-within
    2016 thread: https://www.tetongravity.com/forums/...ide-World-Tour

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    I like that they're changing it up a bit. I wish they could do two runs at every venue but I also guess that could cause problems with some of them being severely tracked out. Maybe those that are wide enough could designate two starting gates - like they sometimes do already - and you have to do run 1 from gate 1 and run 2 from gate 2. Something like that.

    I believe I read somewhere recently that our favorite Japanese cliff hucker intends to return.

    Hope this all comes together!

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    YUUUUUGE Sasaki!!!

    He needs to put english subtitles on his youtube videos. Ain't nobody got time to learn japanese! Sick skier. I want his food as well.

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    He said he's training hard. His food truck is amazing. Its a task to only stop once a week on the way home from the bike park. Sooo good.

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    Can someone smarter than me explain this new format better? Two runs in Austria... but qualifiers are on stop three. Two days of finals? Best run from Fiberbrunn, combined with Verbier?

    It's super interesting. Whatever I do understand, I'm stoked on how the finals get stretched out and/or that athletes get a throw-away score. That throw-away score kind of brings the tour back to the roots of athletes pushing and not just playing it safe because they can.

    I'm all for athlete safety, and prioritize it, but I am always bummed when an athlete has enough points to basically opt-out of a run. It rewards too highly those who "get lucky" early on.

    Because let's admit it-- luck happens and is a real part of this game, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meter-man View Post
    Dunno about anyone else. FWT's "Riders" page only has Kiwis listed. dafuq?
    So far they're the only country able to travel and compete? ;-)
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    Sad that no Hank Bilous this year, loved his wild energy.

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    maybe we should change it to kiwi freeride worldtour
    LIVE IS NOT A CHAIRLIFT

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    On the NZ note, Jess Hotter said on instagram... "Yes I am intending to compete on the tour this season. Currently, as a kiwi, we haven't been able to find insurance to cover covid related expenses because our country of origin is saying we shouldn't travel. Still working on it!!"

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    Tabke, Tanner and Yuuuuge are back in it. I'm stoked.

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