Last year, the Freeride World Tour had one of the most exciting years with wildcards such as snowboard legend Gigi Ruef joining, and Logan Pehota winning over the hometown crowd at Kicking Horse and taking home the win. This year, the FWT has taken things a step further. Check out our rundown of what’s going on to get hyped for a new season of competition.-ML
New (Old) Faces On The Snowboard Scene
If you follow the snowboard scene outside of the Freeride World Tour, you will certainly recognize a few heavy hitters joining the crowded competition. This year we will all be blessed by the presence of Victor De La Rue (big mountain legend Xavier De La Rue’s younger brother) for the entire season. Victor’s style and unique ability to combine big mountain riding with trickery will no doubt be exciting to watch. Here’s a little sample of what Victor brings to the table:
In addition to Victor joining the party, the one and only Travis Rice was announced as a wild card for the Hakuba event, along with local Taisuke Kusunoki. Speaking of Hakuba….
The First Stop Is Just Three Days Away!
In just three days the weather window will open up for the Hakuba event, with the window running from January 19-26th. We are especially excited for this event, as it was cancelled last winter due to inclement weather. With the terrain being some of the most interesting and challenging terrain in the world, this is no doubt one of the most exciting stops on tour as there has never been an FWT event held here.
With a stacked roster of riders like Travis Rice, Gigi Ruef, Sammy Leubke, and Victor De La Rue, this event is going to deliver some serious fireworks. Not to mention Tanner Hall’s first stop on tour.
The Skiing Will Most Definitely Be Good, Too.
When the FWT announced Tanner Hall would be competing all season, everyone in the freeskiing world turned their heads. Tanner, commonly known as one of the most influential and simultaneously controversial freeskiers of all time, will undoubtedly leave his mark on the tour whether it be with his words, skiing, or both. It will be fascinating to see how his style, originating in the park, then moving to the backcountry, will translate on to the challenging faces of the tour which as we know are often skiied without perfect snow conditions. We can only pray he makes it to the finals so we can see him on the Bec De Rosses.
Along with Tanner Hall’s arrival, the tour recently announced that Logan Pehota would be back to defend his title at Kicking Horse, where he blew everyones mind with a first place run last year. The stop was his lone win, but extra special being he did it on his home turf in Canada. While Logan has decided to take the winter off to focus on freeskiing, it will be great to see him defend his title in the second year of the Kicking Horse stop, which takes place in early February. Check out the video below to see his run from last year:
There you have it. There is plenty to get excited about this season on the Freeride World Tour, and stay tuned—we will be updating you and feeding highlights from every step along the way. It’s gonna be a good one.-ML