Words by Steele Spence
Like most weeks this winter, the past seven days saw many events go down around the world on the 2013 AFP World Tour. Here is a break down of who earned the big points as international riders climb the rankings, all in pursuit of claiming the coveted title of AFP World Champion!
The Frostgun Invitational is the only stand alone Platinum Level Big Air on the 2013 AFP World Tour Calendar. This year’s Frostgun brought out the big gun competitors, and as always, one of the best big air jumps of the year! With huge AFP Points on the line, Alex Bellmare wins the night, earning 925 points towards his 2013 Men’s AFP Big Air World Ranking!
BVG RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX
A late addition to the 2013 AFP World Tour, the BVG Russian Grand Prix is a city big air competition in the heart of Moscow. The emerging freeskiing scene in Russia had a chance to strut their stuff in front of a massive crowd and compete for Bronze Level AFP Points.
SFR TOUR – TIGNES
SFR Tour is a five stop pipe, slope and big air tour at various resorts around France. This year, the second stop of the tour, Tignes, achieved AFP Gold Level status and the opportunity for one lucky half pipe rider to earn an invitation to X Games Tignes! The biggest European names in Halfpipe were joined by an amazing showing of North American athletes who turned out for a shot to earn 825 AFP points and a Euro X invite. In the end, USA’s Gus Kenworthy took the victory, jumping up into the 11th position on the 2013 Men’s AFP Halfpipe World Ranking, and securing his name on the Euro X start list.
For the ladies, France’s own Anais Caradeaux took the win along with 825 pts. She makes a nice jump up into 5th position on the 2013 Women’s AFP Halfpipe World Ranking.
ASPEN/SNOWMASS FREESKIING OPEN
Halfpipe – This year the Aspen/Snowmass Freeskiing Open earned the highest available points value in the Gold Level Event category – 875 points going to the winner! This week, Aaron Blunck of Crested Butte took top honors in pipe, pocketing $5,000 dollars as well as 875 AFP Points! The US Freeskiing Rookie Team member makes a big jump up in the rankings and breaks into the top 3 landing in the 3rd place position in the 2013 Men’s AFP Halfpipe World Ranking!
For the women, Annalisa Drew threw down big tricks to find herself on top of the podium. Her 875 points moves her up the 2013 Women’s AFP Halfpipe World Ranking from 5th to 4th! Blunck and Drew aren’t looking like rookies anymore.
Slopestyle – The ASFO slopestyle is held on the same course as X Games, giving both rookies and veterans a chance to size up one of the best courses in the country. With over 100 men competing, just earning a next round into the 30 man semi-final was an impressive feat when you consider the level of talent at this event. In the end Willie Borm won the day with technically difficult tricks and perfect execution. Nipping at his heels and taking 2nd by only 0.3 points was Canada’s Alex Beaulieu-Marchand. Willie takes home 875 AFP Points, propelling him into 7th position on the 2013 Men’s AFP Slopestyle World Ranking!
Emma Whitman also won 875 points and moved into the 6th place position while Jamie Crane-Mauzy‘s 2nd place at ASFO moved her into 2nd in the 2013 Women’s AFP World Slopestyle Ranking!
Stay tuned for the next ranking update to feature upcoming events like SFR Tour Vars and Austrian Freeski Open!