The Freeride World Tour’s first stop just went off in Ordino-Arcalis, Andorra, and wow was it a show. Sunny skies and spring-like conditions welcomed the competition, with athletes in all categories holding nothing back to secure the season’s coveted first points. Competition went down on the Port del Rat face, which proved the perfect playground for athletes to unleash their tricks.
Here’s what happened:
Hedvig Wessel’s enormous and flawless backflip off a cliff put her on top of the podium, holding out in a close battle with Juliette Willman’s second-place run made up of masterful linking of various airs, and Maude Besse’s third place run that was nothing but speed and powerful turns through exposure.
The Ski Men’s category was all about the rookies. After numerous massive crashes on the first few men’s runs, Ross Tester was able to stomp his first ever FWT run to his feet to take the top spot with a spin and a backflip. Second place went to Maël Ollivier for a massive 360, followed up by Blake Marshall’s 360 and textbook finish to take third.
Marion Haerty, fresh off Natural Selection in Jackson Hole, proved she is hungry for a fourth world title with an action-packed run to lock in the top spot. A big air out of the gates set the tone before launching multiple airs with pure class. Erika Vikander started with some seriously steep turns before linking together a fluid run, including multiple airs and grabs for second place. Third place went to Katie Anderson, who found some fresh snow and used it to link some big mountain turns and put down a clean run, navigating some rugged terrain down the bottom and finishing with a clean air to exit.
Again, the rookies were out in full force today. Cody Bramwell clinched victory in his first FWT competition, stomping a massive backflip above some serious exposure before pre-ollying a huge cliff down the bottom, tweaking out a double shifty mid-air. Blake Moller came out with guns blazing with a creative line, including a huge backflip up top then an insane critical triple drop to earn his podium finish. Nils Mindnich, also fresh from Natural Selection in Jackson Hole, completed a fluid line including two floaty 360s to stake his claim for another world title.
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