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FWT STOP 3: Fun in Fieberbrunn

26 February 2019

Find out how it all went down in Austria for stop number 3 of the Freeride World Tour 2019...

Stage 3 of this epic Tour brought yet more mind blowing conditions for the riders. This time the Austrian Tyrol was the backdrop for yet another masterclass from the worlds greatest freeriders. The sun blazed down and The Wildseeloder face beckoned – the stage was set. Creativity was the name of the game this time as athletes lay siege to the mountain, continuing their campaigns for freeride glory.

The Wildseeloder face, packed full of features presented a wealth of opportunity for the riders to showcase their potentialPhoto: J.Bernard

Snowboard Men

Kicking off the competition this time around was the USA’s Sammy Luebke who opened things up with a solid and creative line which snagged him the third spot. Second place went to fellow American rider, Davey Baird who sent some massive airs to tie up a nimble run. Failing to disappoint though was Victor De Le Rue who cruised into the top spot once again throwing spin after spin maxing out on each feature. SunGod Pro rider Thomas Feurstein, stormed out of the start gate with a super strong and playful run which was marred only by a slight backslap towards the end which hindered his score.

SunGod Pro rider, Thomas Feurstein stormed out of the start gate with playful intent looking stronger than everPhoto: M.Knoll

Snowboard Women

In third position for the snowboard women this time around was Erika Vikander who kicked the snowboard women off with a strong and technical line. In the second spot this time was Anna Orlova back on the podium with a powerful run which lined up the features well and saw her looking strong. The last rider of the day, France’s Marion Haerty linked the features seamlessly to reclaim her spot at the top of the podium once again. SunGod ambassador, Nicole Kelly, sliced some beautiful turns in a run packed full of features proving her strength and unrivaled consistency yet again to see her into fifth.

SunGod ambassador Niki Kelly scouts out her line at the face inspectionPhoto: M.Knoll

Ski Men

Getting familiar with the podium on the tour this year is Italian, Markus Eder whose winning run saw him scaling the length and breadth of the face, scouting out the drops to nail a foot perfect line. Andrew Pollard from the USA oozed creativity as he sailed down the face, throwing some huge 3’s which earned him the second spot. Last to go was French rider, Leo Slemmet whose daringly creative line saw him finally coming into his own on the tour this year landing third position.

Italian Markus Eder throws an effortless backflip as he makes his way onto the top step once againPhoto: J.Bernard

Ski Women

The first woman on the mountain was Jacqueline Pollard of the USA who, like her brother, made light work of the face, setting the bar high. The only person to top her performance was Norwegian Hedvig Vessel whose almighty backflip tied up a strong bold run to snag first position. Swiss rider Elisabeth Gerritzen was back on stellar form, looking strong as she landed some huge cliff drops and maxing out her fluidity score to see her into third place.

Norwegian Hedvig Vessel's second backflip of the Tour helped her into the top spot for the ski womenPhoto: M.Knoll

With Fieberbrunn in the rear view mirror, all eyes are on Andorra where the penultimate stage of the Tour will take place on the 2nd-8th of March. As the Freeride World Tour 2019 heads into its final stages, it will become a case of she or he who dares (and lands it) wins - The most coveted prize in Freeriding creeps ever closer…

FWT founder Nicolas Hale-Woods making the final preparations before the first riders drop inPhoto: M.Knoll

Here at SunGod, we work tirelessly to revolutionise the optics industry, developing products designed for every adventure, and guaranteed to last a lifetime. We're stoked to partner with the Freeride World Tour for another year and to celebrate the best that freeriding has to offer!

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