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2014 AFP World Champions

Apr 23, 2014

Words: Jeff Schmuck

This past weekend, in beautiful Whistler, B.C., Canada, the AFP World Championships took place during the always exciting World Ski & Snowboard Festival.

During the event, which was Platinum-ranked and consisted of the final Slopestyle and Big Air competitions of the season on the 2013/2014 AFP World Tour, Jesper Tjader picked up another win in Big Air (more on how this affected his Big Air ranking later), while two rising stars out of Ontario, Evan McEachran and Nikki Blackall, emerged victorious in Slopestyle, which bumped Evan from 13th to 7th and Nikki from 11th to 10th on the Slopestyle Rankings at the conclusion of the year.

In addition to the trophies, all of the 2014 AFP World Champions received some AFP-branded watches courtesy of Rockwell. Photo by Henrik Lampert / Freeskier

Following Sunday's Slopestyle competition, all of the athletes who competed in the AFP World Championships, along with various team managers, coaches, media and the AFP staff, put on their Sunday's best and made their way to the Bearfoot Bistro (the nicest restaurant in Whistler) for the AFP Awards Dinner, where the 2013/2014 AFP World Champions were crowned…

AFP Men's Slopestyle World Champion

In Men's Slopestyle, your 2014 AFP Men's Slopestyle World Champion is Nick Goepper, with 4,672.58 points, which was based off of his best five results over the past 52 weeks. Despite not competing in the AFP World Championships, Nick's victories at Platinum-ranked events like the X Games and the Dew Tour, second place finishes at the The Dumont Cup and the U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain, Colorado, and wins at The New Zealand Open and Winter Games NZ was more than enough to secure him the title for the second year in a row. 

2014 AFP Men's Slopestyle World Champion Nick Goepper. Photo by Henrik Lampert / Freeskier

In 2nd, with 4,482.65 points, is Bobby Brown, who's second place performance at this weekend's AFP World Championships in Whistler was just enough to edge Gus Kenworthy out of the second place position, along with being his fifth podium appearance this season, which consisted of a win at the U.S. Grand Prix in Breckenridge, Colorado, a second place finish at one of the two U.S. Grand Prix's in Park City, Utah and third place showings at the second of two U.S. Grand Prix's in Park City and The Dumont Cup. 

3rd & 2nd place in Men's Slopestyle, Gus Kenworthy and Bobby Brown. Photo by Henrik Lampert / Freeskier

And in 3rd, with 4,407.87 points, is Gus Kenworthy, who as usual, competed in more events than any other athlete this winter, with highlights including a victory at The Dumont Cup, second place finishes at one of the two U.S. Grand Prix's in Park City and the SFR Tour in La Clusaz, France and third place performances at the U.S. Grand Prix's at Copper Mountain and the second of two in Park City.

AFP Women's Slopestyle World Champion

On the Women's Slopestyle side of things, Olympic gold medalist Dara Howell picked up her first AFP Women's Slopestyle World Champion title with 4,457.24 points thanks to her win at the U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain, second place finishes at one of the two U.S. Grand Prix's in Park City and Winter Games NZ, along with a third place showing at the other U.S. Grand Prix in Park City and fourth place at X Games Aspen. 

2014 AFP Women's Slopestyle World Champion Dara Howell. Photo by Henrik Lampert / Freeskier

Just behind her in second, with 4,422.40 points, is Devin Logan, who like Gus did amongst the men, competed in more events than any other woman this winter, which included wins at the Dew Tour, one of the two U.S. Grand Prix's in Park City and Winter Games NZ, and third place showings at the U.S. Grand Prix in Breckenridge and The New Zealand Open.

1st & 3rd place in Women's Slopestyle, Dara Howell and Maggie Voisin. Photo by Henrik Lampert / Freeskier

And in third, with 4,299.74 points, is Maggie Voisin, who just one year after bursting onto the scene by winning last year's AFP World Championships picked up her first AFP Award of many thanks to her silver medal at X Games Aspen, third place performance at the Dew Tour and fourth place finishes at two U.S. Grand Prix's (Copper Mountain and Park City) and Winter Games NZ.

AFP Men's Halfpipe World Champion

In Men's Halfpipe, Kevin Rolland won his second AFP Men's Halfpipe World Champion title (his first being back in 2011) thanks to the 4,578.26 points he accumulated as a result of his best five results over the course of the last year, which include wins at one of the two U.S. Grand Prix's in Park City and the SFR Tour in Tignes, France, along with second place performances at X Games Aspen and the U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain and a third place finish at the U.S. Grand Prix in Breckenridge. 

2nd place in Men's Halfpipe, Aaron Blunck. Photo by Henrik Lampert / Freeskier

In second, with 4,452.38 points, is Aaron Blunck, who's season highlights include a win at the U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain, second place finishes at the Dew Tour, one of the two U.S. Grand Prix's at Park City and Winter Games NZ, and a fifth place showing at The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series at Copper Mountain. 

And in third, with 4,369.56 points, is David Wise, who scored wins at X Games Aspen, Dew Tour, and the U.S. Grand Prix in Breckenridge, along with ninth and 11th place finishes at the two U.S. Grand Prix's in Park City.

AFP Women's Halfpipe World Champion

In Women's Halfpipe, Maddie Bowman was crowned AFP Women's Halfpipe World Champion for the second year in a row with 4,773.07 points, which came as a result of her wins at X Games Aspen, the Dew Tour and the U.S. Grand Prix's in Breckenridge and Park City, along with a second place performance at the U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain.

In second, with 4,455.37 points, is Brita Sigourney, who picked up the win at the U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain along with second place showings at the U.S. Grand Prix in Park City and the SFR Tour in Tignes, France, third place at the Dew Tour and fourth place at the U.S. Grand Prix in Breckenridge. 

3rd & 2nd place in Women's Halfpipe, Angeli VanLaanen and Brita Sigourney. Photo by Henrik Lampert / Freeskier

And in third, with 4,342.99 points, is Angeli VanLaanen, who's remarkable and heartwarming comeback season included a victory at the U.S. Grand Prix in Park City, second place showings at the Dew Tour, New Zealand Open and Winter Games NZ, and a seventh place finish at X Games Aspen.

AFP Big Air World Champion

In Big Air, after a season-long hard fought battle amongst numerous competitors, Vincent Gagnier has won his first AFP Big Air World Champion title. Vinnie Cash, as he's known, just edged out Jesper Tjader by a mere 15.69 points thanks to his third place performance at the AFP World Championships this weekend, as that podium appearance combined with his second place showings at X Games Aspen, the Frostgun Invitational and an eight place finish at the Jon Olsson Invitational was enough to score him 3,434.70 points amidst his best four results over the course of the past year to secure the title. 

AFP Big Air World Champion Vincent Gagnier with PK Hunder (3rd) and Jesper Tjader (2nd). Photo by Henrik Lampert / Freeskier

In second, with 3,419.01 points, is the aforementioned Jesper Tjader, who's rock solid Big Air performances consisted of wins at this past weekend's AFP World Championships and the Frostgun Invitational, along with second place at the Jon Olsson Invitational and sixth place at the Fridge Festival.

And in third, with 3,171.71 points, is the always consistent PK Hunder, who's season highlights include a third place finishes at the Frostgun Invitational, fifth at the Jon Olsson Invitational, eighth at X Games Aspen and ninth at the AFP World Championships.

AFP Men's Overall World Champion

In the Overall category, Gus Kenworthy is once again the AFP Men's Overall World Champion. With a total of 8,346.06 points amidst his best four results in Slopestyle, best four results in Halfpipe and best two results in Big Air (which consist of first place at The Dumont Cup, second place at the SFR Tour in La Clusaz, second place at one of the two U.S. Grand Prix's in Park City and third place at the other in Slopestyle, first at The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series, third place at the U.S. Grand Prix's at Copper Mountain and one of two in Park City and fourth place at the New Zealand Open in Halfpipe, and 10th place at X Games Aspen and 18th place at the AFP World Championships in Big Air), Gus was unsurprisingly crowned Overall World Champion for the fourth year in a row, and happily accepted The Sarah Burke Trophy on Sunday night in Whistler from Sarah's husband Rory Bushfield, Sarah's mother Jan Phelan, and Sarah's longtime coach Trennon Paynter.

2014 AFP Men's Overall World Champion Gus Kenworthy with The Sarah Burke Trophy and Rory Bushfield, Jan Phelan and Trennon Paynter. Photo by Henrik Lampert / Freeskier

AFP Women's Overall World Champion

And last but not least, your 2014 AFP Women's Overall World Champion is Devin Logan, who's third Overall title came as a result of her best three results in Slopestyle and best three results in Halfpipe, which consist of a win at the Dew Tour and at one of the two U.S. Grand Prix's in Park City and third place at the U.S. Grand Prix in Breckenridge in Slopestyle, along with a win at Winter Games NZ, second place at The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series at Copper Mountain and third place at one of the two U.S. Grand Prix's in Park City in Halfpipe.

On behalf of everyone at the Association of Freeskiing Professionals, congratulations to all of this year's AFP World Champions, along with all of the athletes who competed on the 2013/2014 AFP World Tour. It was at times a long and tedious season as a result of the sport's inclusion in the Olympics for the first time, but everyone at the AFP couldn't be more proud of each and every single one of you for all your hard work, achievements and for representing and showcasing this incredible sport of our's to the world. We already can't wait for next year.

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