Words and Photos: FWT
Switzerland – March 23, 2010 – After the men's final competition was postponed Saturday, due to bad visibility, the world's best freeride skiers and snowboarders once again took on the mythical 600 metre North face of the Bec des Rosses. In perfect conditions the 24 male riders put on the most spectacular show with the fastest and most committed edition of the 15 years of the "Xtreme". Several first descents were opened on the face.
With this high level, the battle for first was extremely tight. The breathtaking performances of Swede Kaj Zackrisson, and Frenchman Xavier de Le Rue, took them to the first step of the podium.
French freestyle legend Candide Thovex can now claim to be part freeriding history. For his first season on the Freeride World Tour he has proved to be a consistent freeride competitor (3 podiums) with committed and influential skiing. Thovex's impressive third place on his premiere run on the Bec des Rosses put him on top of the men's ski ranking 2010. Swedes Kaj Zackrisson (2nd) and Henrik Windstedt (3rd) completed the podium.
The two male Freeride World Champions were awarded with a Nissan Qashqai, and the winners today went home with $ 10,000 each from the total prize purse of $206,200 for the Freeride World Tour 2010.
Results Nissan Xtreme by Swatch, Verbier
1. Kaj Zackrisson (SWE)
2. Aurlien Ducroz (FRA)
3. Candide Thovex (FRA)/ Henrik Windstedt (SWE)
1. Ane Enderud (NOR)
2. Jess McMIllan (USA)
3. Julia Mancuso (USA)
The Freeride World Tour Ranking 2010
1. Candide Thovex (FRA)
2. Kaj Zackrisson (SWE)
3. Henrik Windstedt (SWE)
1. Ane Enderud (NOR)
2. Jess McMillan (USA)
3. Jaclyn Paaso (USA)
Candide Thovex (FRA) – Freeride World Champion 2010 Ski / 3rd Nissan Xtreme by Swatch
"Every one says I am the rookie, but I'm not! I have always been freeriding, since I was a kid. I am a skier. Freestyle, freeride, I ski whatever I enjoy. I have been inspecting the Bec des Rosses face really thoroughly. I was quite nervous and impressed by this big, committed face. It was really impressive at the top. Xavier de Le Rue gave me a lot of advice at the start – he was so confident and I was pretty nervous. I chose an easier jump in the end as my legs were so tired. I wanted to do the Freeride World Tour because it is just great to ski with riders like Aulien Ducroz, Kaj Zackrisson, Henrik Windstedt and Julien Lopez. I am astounded to be surrounded by such amazing athletes."