Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Sam Smoothy Wins Freeride World Tour in Austria

Sam Smoothy Wins Freeride World Tour in Austria

Kappl, Austria, 3 February 2014 – New Zealand freeskier Sam Smoothy (Cromwell) has claimed victory at the third stop of the Freeride World Tour in Kappl, Austria.

Challenging snowpack in Fieberbrunn Kitzbüheler Alpen caused organisers to move the third SWATCH FREERIDE WORLD TOUR BY THE NORTH FACE® (FWT) 2014 stop to Kappl, which is also in the Tirol region of Austria. Competition finally got underway on Monday night (NZT).

Starting from an altitude of 2,800 metres and with variable snow conditions making for tricky landings, riders were required to execute impeccable control. Sam Smoothy screamed down the fall line with a fast, high-energy run, managing to incorporate both a double and triple cliff drop into his run. His excellent technique throughout the venue pleased the judges and he was rewarded with a score of 86.50.

“It's been a while between Freeride World Tour podiums,” commented Sam who had his best FWT season to date in 2012 when he achieved three podiums placings. “It was a massive bonus to take a win here, I couldn't be happier.”

Sam started the 2014 tour seemingly on the back foot when an emergency operation to remove his appendix almost caused him to miss the first FWT stop in Courmayeur. Luckily for Sam, weather delays bought him extra recovery time allowing him to compete in Courmayeur and claim 11th place. At the next stop in Chamonix he upped the ante a little further to take sixth place. His win in Kappl now moves him into second place on the overall FWT rankings.

“I feel like I'm building momentum towards the finals in my home from home in Verbier and will look to keep slowly pushing harder as the season progresses,” enthused Sam following his win.

Fellow New Zealand skiers Charlie Lyons and Neil Williman finished in 15th and 22nd place respectively.

“Today was another frustrating day at the office but I was happy to get my best result of the season,” remarked Charlie Lyons. “I have been learning to ski a longer ski which is helping fix some of my technical mistakes in the first couple of competitions.

I’m now looking forward to the next five weeks off and look to take the confidence I gained from today into the final stops of the tour.”

Neil Williman looked to be in the running for a season best performance until his last landing unseated him. Snowboarder Ruari Mcfarlane suffered a similar fate, with a fall in the out run dashing hopes of a podium placing and final placing of 11th.

The SWATCH FREERIDE WORLD TOUR BY THE NORTH FACE® continues its competition schedule in Kirkwood, California on March 1 and in Revelstoke, Canada March 10 where the final athlete cut will be made for the Xtreme Verbier final championship competition in Switzerland on March 22.

The Freeride World Tour is considered the world’s premier big mountain freeskiing and snowboarding tour. The 2014 tour features six venues throughout Europe and America and has a total prize purse of 400,000 USD.

Full results here: http://www.freerideworldtour.com/fieberbrun-kitzbuheler-alpen.html

For further information follow us on social media:
Facebook.com/snowsportsnz
Instagram: snowsportsnz
Twitter: snowsports_nz

About Snow Sports NZ
We are the national sporting organisation representing the interests of adaptive snowsports, cross country skiing, freeskiing, ski racing and snowboarding.

We represent the interests of our sports nationally and internationally, including sport development and pathways for progressions in all snow sports, event hosting, promotion and administration.

Our mission is to lead and support the success of competitive snow sports in New Zealand. Unashamedly, our vision is to be New Zealand’s most inspirational, innovative, exciting and fun sport.

For further information about us go to www.snowsports.co.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Flagging Enthusiasm: Gareth Morgan Announces Winner Of $20k Flag Competition

The winner of the Morgan Foundation’s $20,000 flag competition is “Wā kāinga / Home”, designed by Auckland based Studio Alexander. Economist and philanthropist Gareth Morgan set up the competition because he had strong views on what the flag should represent but he couldn’t draw one himself. More>>

ALSO:

Books: The Lawson Quins Tell Their Incredible Story

They could have been any family of six children – except that five of them were born at once. It will come as a shock to many older New Zealanders to realise that Saturday July 25 is the Lawson quintuplets’ 50th birthday. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Wartime Women

Coinciding as it does with the movie Imitation Game which focusses on Alan Turing breaking the Enigma code in Hut 6 at Bletchley Park (“BP”), this book is likely to attract a wide readership. It deserves to do so, as it illustrates that BP was very much more than Turing and his colleagues. More>>

Maori Language Commission: Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori 2015

The theme for Māori Language Week 27 July – 2 August 2015 is ‘Whāngaihia te Reo ki ngā Mātua’ ‘Nurture the language in parents’. It aims to encourage and support every day Māori language use for parents and caregivers with children” says Acting Chief Executive Tuehu Harris.. More>>

ALSO:

Live Music: Earl Sweatshirt Plays To Sold Out Bodega

The hyped sell-out crowd had already packed themselves as close as they could get to the stage before Earl came on. The smell of weed, sweat and beer filled Bodega – more debauched sauna than bar by this point. When he arrived on stage the screaming ... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news