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2015 AFP World Champions

Apr 17, 2015

Words by Jeff Schmuck

The AFP World Tour Finals took place this past weekend in Whistler, B.C. during the 20th annual World Ski & Snowboard Festival, where for the first time in a few years, all three disciplines (Slopestyle, Halfpipe & Big Air) were a part of this marquee event, with many of the top competitors in the world in attendance.  

For obvious reasons, this Platinum-level event had major implications for the AFP World Tour Rankings at the conclusion of the 2015 AFP World Tour. In addition to the inevitable shake-up that would ensue, a request was made by the overwhelming majority of athletes in attendance, which the AFP ultimately granted and we would like to publicly address. 

This request centered around the fact that because last year's AFP World Tour Finals took place a week later than this years, the results from last year's event would have an impact on who would be crowned this year's AFP World Champions. In the end, every athlete the AFP spoke to (particularly during the AFP Athlete Meeting that was held during the event) requested that last year's AFP World Tour Finals results should not count towards this year's final rankings, and in the spirit of the AFP being the voice of the athletes, we agreed to do so. 

As a result, here's a look at how the 2015 AFP World Tour Finals in Whistler, B.C. affected the AFP World Tour Rankings, followed by who was crowned 2015 AFP World Champions at the gala AFP Awards Dinner at the Bearfoot Bistro at the culmination of AFP World Tour Finals on Sunday night. 

McRae Williams (2nd), Bobby Brown (1st), Antoine Adelisse (3rd). Photo by Jeff Schmuck

AFP World Tour Finals Men's Slopestyle

Bobby Brown was a man on a mission on Saturday, and ended up topping the field in Men's Slopestyle, which moved him into 2nd place on the rankings. In second was McRae Williams, who overtook the 1st place position from Gus Kenworthy (who was recently injured and unfortunately unable to compete in and attend the event), while Antoine Adelisse rounded out the podium in third to end up in 13th. Also worth noting is James 'Woodsy' Woods' fourth place performance moving him into 4th, and Teal Harle finishing his late season hot streak with a bang by finishing fifth to land in 11th on the rankings.

Katie Summerhayes (2nd), Yuki Tsubota (1st), Kim Lamarre (3rd). Photo by Jeff Schmuck

AFP World Tour Finals Women's Slopestyle

In Women's Slopestyle, Yuki Tusbota's victory put her in 2nd place on the rankings, while Katie Summerhayes moved into 7th after scoring second, and Kim Lamarre roared back from the injury that sidelined her at Dew Tour to take the third and final step on the podium and end the season in 20th. In addition to this, a special mention is more than deserved for Jamie Crane-Mauzy, who finished fourth at the event and fifth on the rankings, but sustained an injury on her second run that has left her in critical care. On behalf of everyone at the AFP, World Ski & Snowboard Festival, Whistler Blackcomb and all of the athletes, our thoughts and prayers are with Jamie and her family during this difficult time, and we have all been heartened and encouraged by the incredible signs of progress she has already shown. For more information, check out Jamie's Facebook fan page where her family has been posting updates.

Lyman Currier (2nd), Torin Yater-Wallace (1st), Byron Wells (3rd). Photo by Ilanna Barkusky

AFP World Tour Finals Men's Halfpipe

In Men's Halfpipe. Torin Yater-Wallace authoritatively stomped his way to the win, which has placed him in 14th on the rankings, while Lyman Currier scored second to land just behind him in 17th, and Byron Wells took third to crack the top 10 and finish in 8th. Just shy of the podium in fourth was Matt Margetts, who after taking most of the season off to channel his inner powder hound put on his most impressive performance of the year to finish 15th on the rankings, while X Games gold medalist Simon d'Artois went balls to the walls as usual to finish in fifth both at the event and on the rankings.

Devin Logan (3rd), Annalisa Drew (1st), Keltie Hansen (2nd). Photo by Ilanna Barkusky

AFP World Tour Finals Women's Halfpipe

In Women's Halfpipe, Annalisa Drew picked up her third victory of the season to end up in 3rd, Keltie Hansen (who also won the always exciting Superhit contest at the event) finished second to land in 7th, and Devin Logan styled her to way to the third and final step on the podium to end up in 4th. 

Elias Ambuhl (3rd), Vincent Gagnier (1st), James Woods (2nd, not pictured). Photo by Jeff Schmuck

AFP World Tour Finals Big Air

In Big Air, X Games gold medalist Vincent Gagnier continued his domination of the discipline by taking home the win, which helped secure his spot in 1st, James 'Woodsy' Woods threw down and then some to place second and crack the top 10 in 9th, and Elias Ambuhl took third to overtake the 2nd place position. The AFP World Tour Finals also hosted the sixth Women's Big Air event of the season (which ended up being based off of the best single jump score during Women's Slopestyle due to time constraints as a result of inclement weather), which Giulia Tanno won with Katie Summerhayes in second and Yuki Tsubota in third. While there were no Women's Big Air Rankings this season due to a lack of events, the AFP kept a running tally on Women's Big Air results this season and would like to give special mention to Zoe Atkin for being the top Women's Big Air competitor on the 2015 AFP World Tour. Moving forward, the AFP will be working with event organizers during the off-season to determine how many Women's Big Air events are scheduled to take place next winter in the hope of establishing Women's Big Air Rankings for the first time. 

The 2015 AFP World Champions Trophies. Photo by Henrik Lampert / Freeskier

At the conclusion of the event, all of the athletes in attendance at the AFP World Tour Finals put on their Sunday's best to make their way to the Bearfoot Bistro for the AFP Awards Dinner, where the 2015 AFP World Champions were crowned. Here's a look at who took home this year's coveted titles after a long and hard-fought season, and how they accomplished these accolades…

Joss Christensen (3rd) & McRae Williams (1st). Photo by Henrik Lampert / Freeskier

2015 AFP Men's Slopestyle World Champion

The 2015 AFP Men's Slopestyle World Champion is McRae Williams, with 4,293.12 points. McRae earned this year's title as a result of his top 5 slopestyle results (which is the number of results both the Slopestyle and Halfpipe titles are based off of), which included 7th at Dew Tour, 10th at X Games, 2nd at the third USSA Grand Prix, 1st at SFR Freestyle Tour Finals and 2nd at AFP World Tour Finals.

In second place, with 4222.84 points, is Bobby Brown, which came as a result of placing 13th at Dew Tour, 4th at X Games, 8th at the third USSA Grand Prix, 1st at Dumont Cup and 1st at AFP World Tour Finals.

And last but not least, the 2014 Olympic Slopestyle Gold Medalist Joss Christensen finished third with 4,147.17 points thanks to finishing 5th at Dew Tour, 2nd at X Games, 1st at the third USSA Grand Prix, 15th at Dumont Cup and 7th at AFP World Tour Finals. 

Giulia Tanno (3rd) & Yuki Tsubota (2nd). Photo by Henrik Lampert / Freeskier

2015 AFP Women's Slopestyle World Champion

In Women's Slopestyle, your 2015 World Champion is Emma Dahlstrom. Dahlstrom accumulated a total of 4,088.83 points over the course of the season, thanks to placing 2nd at Dew Tour, 4th at the first stop of the USSA Revolution Tour, 1st at X Games, 1st at the third USSA Grand Prix and 2nd at the Freeski World Cup Corvatsch. 

In second place, with 4,008.74 points (just 80 behind Emma) is Yuki Tsubota, who finished 10th at Dew Tour, 10th at the third USSA Grand Prix, 3rd at SFR Freestyle Tour Finals, 2nd at the Sony Snow Crown and 1st at AFP World Tour Finals.

And in third, with 3,828.03 points, is Giulia Tanno, who's breakout season included 3rd at the second stop of the SFR Freestyle Tour, 5th at the third USSA Grand Prix, 2nd at SFR Freestyle Tour Finals, 4th at the Freeski World Cup Corvatsch and 6th at AFP World Tour Finals.

Monster Energy Ski Team Manager Shay Williams accepts 1st, 2nd and 3rd place on behalf of David Wise, Kevin Rolland and Gus Kenworthy. Photo by Henrik Lampert / Freeskier

2015 AFP Men's Halfpipe World Champion

The 2015 AFP World Tour Men's Halfpipe Champion is David Wise, with 4,518.87 points. Wise took home his second title in three years as a result of placing 1st at the first USSA Grand Prix, 2nd at Dew Tour, 4th at X Games, 2nd at the second USSA Grand Prix and 2nd at SFR Freestyle Tour Finals. 

In second place, with 4,343.48 points, is Kevin Rolland, who finished 5th at the first USSA Grand Prix, 3rd at Dew Tour, 2nd at X Games, 2nd at the third USSA Grand Prix and 4th at the SFR Freestyle Tour Finals.

And in third, with 4,301.25 points, is Gus Kenworthy, who placed 6th at the first USSA Grand Prix, 4th at Dew Tour, 5th at X Games, 3rd at the second USSA Grand Prix and 1st at the third USSA Grand Prix.

Annalisa Drew (3rd). Photo by Henrik Lampert / Freeskier

2015 AFP Women's Halfpipe World Champion

In Women's Halfpipe, your 2015 AFP World Champion is Ayana Onozuka, with 4,512.20 points. Onozuka's rock solid season saw her land on the podium in every event she competed in, including 3rd at the first USSA Grand Prix, 3rd at Dew Tour, 2nd at X Games, 1st at the third USSA Grand Prix and 2nd at SFR Freestyle Tour Finals. 

In second place, with 4,411.32 points, is Janina Kuzma, who took 1st at the first USSA Grand Prix, 4th at Dew Tour, 5th at X Games, 2nd at the second USSA Grand and 3rd at the third USSA Grand Prix. 

And in third, with 4,331.88 points, is the aforementioned Annalisa Drew, who placed 4th at the first USSA Grand Prix, 2nd at Dew Tour, 6th at X Games, 1st at the Aspen/Snowmass Open and 1st at AFP World Tour Finals. 

Elias Ambuhl (2nd), Vincent Gagnier (1st), Noah Morrison (3rd). Photo by Henrik Lampert / Freeskier

2015 AFP Men's Big Air World Champion

In Men's Big Air, your 2015 World Champion, for the second year in a row, is Vincent Gagnier. The Big Air title is based off of a competitors' top 4 results throughout the season, with Gagnier's 3,650 points coming as a result of placing 1st at X Games, 3rd at the Frostgun Invitational, 3rd at Air + Style and 1st at AFP World Tour Finals.

In second, with 3,437.50 points, is Elias Ambuhl, who placed 1st at the Toyota One Hit Wonder, 3rd at X Games, 1st at the Frostgun Invitational and 3rd at AFP World Tour Finals. 

And in third, scoring the first AFP trophy of his young and promising career, is Noah Morrison, who accumulated 2,884.49 points thanks to finishing 2nd at the Toyota One Hit Wonder, 8th at X Games, 4th at the Sony Snow Crown and 8th at AFP World Tour Finals. 

The Sarah Burke Trophy. Photo by Henrik Lampert / Freeskier

2015 AFP Men's Overall World Champion (The Sarah Burke Trophy)

For the impressively fifth consecutive year in a row, the 2015 AFP Men's Overall World Champion is Gus Kenworthy. This year's Men's Overall Rankings were based off of a revised format, which consisted of an athlete's top 2 Slopestyle results, top 2 Halfpipe results, top Big Air Result and next highest result in any discipline. Kenworthy once again winning the coveted Sarah Burke Trophy (by a wide margin of over 1,000 points) came as a result of his full-blown domination of all disciplines, including 1st place at Dew Tour and 2nd place at the SFR Freestyle Tour Finals in Slopestyle, 3rd at the second USSA Grand Prix and 1st at the third USSA Grand Prix in Halfpipe, 1st at Air + Style in Big Air, and 3rd in Slopestyle at the third USSA Grand Prix as his next highest result. Special mention goes out to Jossi Wells, who finished second on the Men's Overall Rankings, along with Riley Culver, who's breakout season allowed him to finish in third.

Devin Logan. Photo by Henrik Lampert / Freeskier

2015 AFP Women's Overall World Champion (The Sarah Burke Trophy)

On the ladies' side of things, the 2015 AFP Women's Overall World Champion, for the fourth time, is Devin Logan. Devin scored the Sarah Burke Trophy for the fourth time in five years thanks to her top 3 Slopestyle and top 3 Halfpipe results, which included 4th at X Games, 2nd at the third USSA Grand Prix and 5th at AFP World Tour Finals in Slopestyle, and 2nd at the first USSA Grand Prix, 3rd at the second USSA Grand Prix and 3rd at the AFP World Tour Finals in Halfpipe, which gave her a total of 5,242,53 points. Special mention also goes out to Jamie Crane-Mauzy, who finished 2nd on the Women's Overall Rankings, along with Sabrina Cakmakli, who finished third. 

The Association of Freeskiing Professionals: Mike Atkinson, Jeff Schmuck, Chris Schuster, Eric Zerrenner, Andrew Gauthier, Jamie Wanzek and Michael Spencer. Photo by Henrik Lampert / Freeskier

On behalf of everyone at the Association of Freeskiing Professionals, congratulations to all of this year's AFP World Champions, thank-you to everyone at the World Ski & Snowboard Festival, Whistler Blackcomb, and everyone who participated and/or attended the AFP World Tour Finals and AFP Awards Dinner in Whistler, B.C., and for a great season on the 2015 AFP World Tour. And lastly, good luck to all of the athletes competing on the upcoming and final events of the winter, including the Bronze-ranked NOR Freeski National Championships (Slopestyle & Big Air), Swiss Freeski Open (Slopestyle & Halfpipe) and Major Glacier (Slopestyle), and the Platinum-ranked Jon Olsson Invitational (Big Air).

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