This year, our friends over at Peak Performance are sponsoring the Swatch Freeride World Tour! The prestigious tour is an annual series of events where the World’s top freeskiers and snowboard freeriders come to test themselves in the backcountry on steep, dangerous, big mountain terrain. Judged on an increment of 0-100 for five criteria; the Line, the Air&Style, the Fluidity, the Control, and the Technique, the athletes compete for individual event wins as well as overall World Champion titles in their disciplines.
So far, competitors have battled it out at 2 of the 5 event locations on their route to the finals in Verbier, Switzerland; Vallnord-Arcalis, Andorra, and Chamonix Mont-Blanc, France, showing some outstanding riding and providing us with some real edge-of-your-seat viewing. If you missed the first couple of stops on the tour, here’s a quick recap on events so far…
1st - Kirstoffer Turdell – SWE (90.50) (pictured)
2nd - Jérémie Heitz – SUI (87.50)
3rd - Ivan Malahkov – RUS (86.62)
1st - Sascha Hamm – GBR (81.75)
2nd - Christoffer Granbom – SWE (80.00)
3rd - Camille Armand – FRA (78.25)
London’s own Sascha Hamm stormed the competition with a series of big airs from the summit to take the top spot, whilst Swede Christoffer Granbom took second place with a powerful run that showcased his ability to master the difficult conditions. 22 year old Camille Armand seized third with a smooth backflip in an impressive run.
1st - Estelle Balet – SUI (70.00)
2nd - Marion Haetry – FRA (65.00)
3rd - Mikaela Hollsten – FIN (53.25)
Proving her creative riding ability once again, reigning champion Estelle Balet stayed on top, whilst Marion Haetry was pushed into second place after her impressive line ended with some loose riding towards the finish line. Former Olympian Kjerski Buaas (NOR) was topped off the podium by Nikaela Hollsten claiming third place after a strong run.
1st - Loïc Collomb-Patton – FRA (89.33)
2nd - Logan Pehota – CAN (86.66)
3rd - Fabio Studer – AUT (85.00)
With top riders such as Jérémie Heitz (SUI) and George Rodney (USA) taking big crashes on airs, the field opened up and Peak Performance sponsored rider Loïc Collomb-Patton took home his third victory in Chamonix with a strong line and an impressive backflip. Logan Pehota also stomped a clean line with some big tricks, podiuming second. Bringing his new-school style, Fabio Studer impressed spectators with stylish spins and big airs, taking third place.
1st - Eva Walkner – AUT (83.00)
2nd - Silvia Moser – ITA (80.00)
3rd - Matilda Rappaport – SWE (76.66)
Former World champion Eva Walkner brought home another victory at Chamonix at this stop of the tour, again showcasing her powerful, technical skiing ability. Talented Silvia Moser demonstrated her style with two massive airs, earning her second place, whilst Peak Performance rider Matilda Rappaport podiumed in third confirming her skill, riding with authority and smooth, experienced style.