3. 2. 2015
At this special 20th anniversary edition, the qualified 2015 FWT riders will be joined at the start by certain prestigious wild card riders such as the triple Xtreme Verbier winner, French rider Aurelien Ducroz. Two other ski stars, best known from the world of alpine racing, will also be taking the start: Former Super G FIS World Champion and runner-up Downhill FIS World Champion – now turned freeskier - Daron Rahlves coming all the way from USA, and the winner of the FIS Slalom World Cup in Kitzbuhel earlier this year, Mattias Hargin of Sweden. Snowboard wildcards include five-time Xtreme Verbier snowboard winner, American rider Steve Klassen and the evergreen, French freeride legend Xavier de le Rue who has won the Xtreme four times. In the women's snowboard category, former Olympic Champion in halfpipe snowboard, Nicola Thost from Germany has also been awarded a wild card. The first possible competition day in Verbier is this coming Saturday the 28th of March, depending on the conditions.
This year will also see a different approach to the Bec des Rosses as another triple Xtreme Verbier winner, Switzerland's Geraldine Fasnacht will be joining the celebrations from the air. She will be flying above the face, dropped from a helicopter in her wing suit. So stay tuned! The finals are just around the corner and it's going to be excited to see who'll determine this year's overall crown! Make sure you follow the finals live on freerideworldtour.com, Saturday March 28th from 9pm.
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