It’s back! The snowboarders put down some insane runs in Andorra at the opening event of the FWT21. Taking place down the Ordino Arcalís’ Port del Rat face, France’s Marion Haerty took 1st place for the women, with Britain’s Cody Bramwell coming 1st for the men.
THE WAIT WAS WORTH IT! FWT21 EXPLODES INTO ACTION IN THE ANDORRAN PYRENEES
The world’s best freeriders put on a clinic – showcasing a mix of freestyle and pure freeride – in the FWT season opener in Ordino Arcalís.
Sunny skies and spring-like conditions welcomed the competition in Andorra today, with athletes in all categories holding nothing back to secure the season’s first points. Competition went down on Ordino Arcalís’ Port del Rat face, which proved the perfect playground for athletes to unleash their tricks.
Here’s what happened today in Ordino Arcalís, Andorra:
Marion Haerty (FRA-1st Place) proved she is hungry for a fourth world title with an action-packed run to lock in the top spot. A big air out of the gates set the tone before launching multiple airs with pure class. Erika Vikander (USA-2nd Place) started with some serious freeride steep turns before linking together a fluid run, including multiple airs and grabs. Katie Anderson (USA-3rd Place) found some fresh snow and used it to link some big mountain turns and put down a clean run, navigating some rugged terrain down the bottom and finishing with a clean air to exit.
“I did a good first season run and I’m really happy about it. Sometimes I’m not 100% satisfied, and despite the conditions not being super easy, I am super stoked with my first place, and I’ll try to keep this rhythm going.”
— Marion Haerty, FWT21 Ordino Arcalís, Winner
Watch her winning run:
Cody Bramwell (GBR-1st Place) clinched victory in his first FWT competition, stomping a massive backflip above some serious exposure before pre-ollying a huge cliff down the bottom, tweaking out a double shifty mid-air. Blake Moller (USA-2nd Place) came out with guns blazing with a creative line, including a huge backflip up top then an insane critical triple drop to earn his podium finish. Nils Mindnich (USA-3rd Place) completed a characteristic fluidic line including two floaty 360s to stake his claim for another world title.
“I was so nervous, but it all worked out, the big trick at the beginning worked out perfectly, then I linked it up at the end. I’m speechless!”
— Cody Bramwell, FWT21 Ordino Arcalís Winner
Watch his winning run:
With snowfall on the forecast for Monday, Tuesday looks the goods for the next competition window – to be confirmed in the coming days. So keep an eye out, and stay tuned on the FWT social media channels for updates, and relive all of today’s action at freerideworldtour.com
- Marion Haerty (FRA) – 84.00
- Erika Vikander (USA) – 75.00
- Katie Anderson (CAN) – 71.33
- Manuela Mandl (AUT) – 69.67
- Núria Castan Baron (SPA) – 61.33
- Anna Orlova (RUS) – 52.33
- Claire McGregor (NZL) – 36.33
- Michaela Davis-Meehan (AUS) – 21.67
- Cody Bramwell (GBR) – 85.00
- Blake Moller (USA) – 83.33
- Nils Mindnich (USA) – 76.67
- Victor De Le Rue (FRA) – 71.67
- Michael Mawn (USA) – 71.33
- Hugo Serra (FRA) – 64.67
- Camille Armand (FRA) – 51.67
- Sammy Luebke (USA) – 45.33
- Gigi Rüf (AUT) – DNS