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2016 AFP World Tour Champions

Apr 19, 2016

Words: Jeff Schmuck

Following another spectacular winter of competition, the 2016 AFP World Tour officially concluded this past weekend with the final event of the season, the Fridge Festival Big Air. 

Since we aren't all celebrating in Whistler at the Bearfoot Bistro, we’ve opted to officially announce this year’s AFP World Tour Champions right here on afpworldtour.com. 

Here's a look at who has emerged as this year’s World and brand-new Junior Champions after an action-packed and hard-fought season, and how they accomplished these impressive accolades…

2016 AFP WORLD CHAMPIONS

2016 AFP MEN'S SLOPESTYLE WORLD CHAMPION

Øystein Bråten. Photo by Christian Pondella / ESPN Images

The 2016 AFP Men’s Slopestyle World Champion is none other than Øystein Bråten. Bråten has secured his first AFP title thanks to the 3,755.19 points he accumulated via his Top 4 Slopestyle Results of the season, which include his victory at the SFR Freestyle Tour Slopestyle Finals, second at Winter Games NZ, and third at X Games Aspen and Freeski World Cup Corvatsch. 

Just 100 points behind him in 2nd, with a total of 3,654.31 points, is freeskiing’s nicest guy, James Woods. Woodsy’s best performance yet on the AFP World Tour comes as a result of his win at Winter Games NZ, third at the SFR Freestyle Tour Slopestyle Finals, and fourth at X Games Aspen and Freeski World Cup Corvatsch.

In 3rd place, for the second year in a row, is 2014 Olympic Slopestyle gold medalist Joss Christensen. Christensen once again had a stellar season, and impressively secured 3rd place with results from the only four Slopestyle contests he competed in this season, including first at the U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, California, third at Winter Games NZ, fourth at the Dew Tour, and ninth at X Games Aspen. 

2016 AFP WOMEN'S SLOPESTYLE WORLD CHAMPION

Kelly Sildaru. Photo by Christian Pondella / ESPN Images

On the women’s side of things, your 2016 AFP Women’s Slopestyle World Champion is Kelly Sildaru. Sildaru, who hasn’t lost an AFP-sanctioned Slopestyle contest she’s entered since 2013, had her biggest and most breakthrough season yet, with 3,875 points and her first AFP title coming as a result of her Top 4 Slopestyle Results, which consist of victories at X Games Aspen, the Dew Tour, the SFR Freestyle Tour Slopestyle Finals and the European Freeski Open. 

Less than 150 points behind her in 2nd, with 3,740.66 total points, is Tiril Christiansen, who had her first full season back on snow following a knee injury, and more than made her presence felt. Christiansen’s second place finish this season comes is to her win at Winter Games NZ, second at X Games Aspen and the Dew Tour, and fifth at the U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, California. 

In 3rd, with 3,639 points, is last year’s champion, Emma Dahlstrom. Dahlstrom produced another standout season, which include a win at Freeski World Cup Corvatsch, third at the Dew Tour and the U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, California, and sixth at X Games Aspen. 

2016 AFP MEN'S HALFPIPE WORLD CHAMPION

Kevin Rolland. Photo by Gabriel Christus / ESPN Images

For the third time in his career, the 2016 AFP Men’s Halfpipe World Champion is Kevin Rolland. Rolland’s season was one of his best in recent memory, with 3,905 points amongst his Top 4 Halfpipe Results, which include his wins at X Games Aspen, the SFR Freestyle Tour Halfpipe Finals and Winter Games NZ, and third at the U.S. Grand Prix in Park City, Utah. 

In 2nd, continuing to facilitate the see-saw battle between him and Rolland, is David Wise. The 2014 Olympic Halfpipe gold medalist battled through injuries this year to accumulate 3,694.50 points, courtesy of his win at the Dew Tour, second at the U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, California, and fourth at X Games Oslo and the SFR Freestyle Tour Halfpipe Finals. 

Less than 50 points behind him in 3rd, with 3,660,19 total points, is Ben Valentin. Valentin’s first podium appearance on the AFP World Tour came as a result of his second place showing at the U.S. Grand Prix in Park City, Utah, and third at X Games Aspen, the SFR Freestyle Tour Halfpipe Finals and Winter Games NZ.

2016 AFP WOMEN'S HALFPIPE WORLD CHAMPION

Maddie Bowman. Photo by Flip McCririck / ESPN Images

With 3,945.19 points, your 2016 AFP Women’s Halfpipe World Champion is Maddie Bowman. The always consistent Bowman’s third AFP World Champion title came thanks to her Top 4 Halfpipe Results, which include victories at X Games Aspen, the U.S. Grand Prix in Park City, Utah and the SFR Freestyle Tour Halfpipe Finals, and second at X Games Oslo. 

In 2nd, with 3,890.37 points (roughly 50 points less than Bowman), is last year’s champion, Ayana Onozuka. All season long, Bowman and Onozuka were battling back-and-forth for the top spot, with Onozuka’s second place finish consisting of victories at the Dew Tour and the U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, California, and second at X Games Aspen at the U.S. Grand Prix in Park City, Utah. 

In 3rd, scoring her first appearance on the AFP World Tour podium, is Cassie Sharpe. Sharpe’s breakout season saw her accumulate 3,648.84 points, as a result of her win at X Games Oslo, second at the Dew Tour, fourth at X Games Aspen, and sixth at the U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, California.

2016 AFP MEN'S BIG AIR WORLD CHAMPION

Fabian Bösch. Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images

For the first time in his career, the 2016 AFP Men’s Big Air World Champion is Fabian Bösch. Bösch’s incredibly impressive breakout season saw him pull double duty and then some in Slopestyle and Big Air, with his 3,679.04 Big Air points coming thanks to his Top 4 Big Air Results, which include his gold medal at X Games Aspen, second at X Games Oslo and the recently concluded Fridge Festival, and seventh at the U.S. Grand Prix at Fenway Park. 

In 2nd, with 3,352.20 points, is the 2014 and 2015 champion, Vincent Gagnier. As one of the most creative freeskiers on the planet, Gagnier always marches to the beat of his own drum, and secured 2nd place this year via his head-turning victory at the U.S. Grand Prix at Fenway Park, sixth at X Games Aspen, 13th at X Games Oslo, and 17th at Excellent Soldiers. 

In 3rd, scoring his first AFP World Tour podium appearance, is Jonas Hunziker. The competition veteran ended quite possibly his best season yet with a total of 3,225,29 points, thanks to taking third at the U.S. Grand Prix at Fenway Park and this past weekend’s Fridge Festival, fifth at Winter Games NZ, and sixth at the One Hit Wonder Down Under. 

2016 AFP WOMEN'S BIG AIR WORLD CHAMPION

Tiril Christiansen. Photo by Tristan Shu / ESPN Images

For the first time ever, the Association of Freeskiing Professionals is proud to crown an AFP Women’s Big Air World Champion, which deservingly goes to Tiril Christiansen. Christiansen secured the inaugural honor with 2,275 points via her Top 3 Big Air Results, which includes victories at X Games Oslo and the Nor Freeski Championships, and third at the U.S, Grand Prix at Fenway Park. 

Just behind her in second, with 2,000 points, is Lisa Zimmermann. Zimmermann only competed in two big air events this season, but more than made it count, with victories at the U.S. Grand Prix at Fenway Park and Winter Games NZ. 

And in third, with 1,850.19 points, is Emma Dahlstrom. Like Zimmermann, Dahlstrom competed in just two events, which include second at the U.S, Grand Prix at Fenway Park, and third at X Games Oslo. 

2016 AFP MEN'S OVERALL WORLD CHAMPION - THE SARAH BURKE TROPHY

Gus Kenworthy. Photo by Gabriel Christus / ESPN Images

In what should come to no surprise to anyone who follows the AFP World Tour, Gus Kenworthy is your 2016 AFP Men’s Overall World Champion for a staggering sixth year in a row. Much like previous years, Kenworthy impressively blew away the field with 5,700.37 points (1,700 points ahead of the next competitor), which came via his performances amongst the re-tooled results breakdown for this year’s Overall title (Top 2 Slopestyle Results + Top 2 Halfpipe Results + Top Big Air Result + Next Highest Result): first at the Dew Tour and second at X Games Aspen in Slopestyle, first at the U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, California and second at X Games Aspen in Halfpipe, third at X Games Oslo in Big Air, and third at X Games Oslo in Halfpipe for his next highest result. Congratulations to Kenworthy once again, who will be receiving the honor of The Sarah Burke Trophy at this year’s AFP Awards at a later date. A very special mention also goes out to the always creative and stylish Beau-James Wells, who secured 2nd on the Men’s Overall Rankings, and to Taylor Wilson, who’s impressive breakout season allowed him to take 3rd. 

2016 AFP WOMEN'S OVERALL WORLD CHAMPION - THE SARAH BURKE TROPHY

Devin Logan. Photo by Tristan Shu / ESPN Images

On the women’s side of things, in what is without question a recurring theme, for the fifth time, Devin Logan is your 2016 Women’s Overall World Champion. Like Kenworthy, Logan excelled in multiple fields, with 5,349.42 points (close to 2,000 points more than anyone else), courtesy of her Top 3 Slopestyle Results and Top 3 Halfpipe Results: fourth at Winter Games NZ, and fifth at the SFR Freestyle Tour Slopestyle Finals and Freeski World Cup Corvatsch in Slopestyle, and first at Winter Games NZ, second at the U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, California and sixth at the U.S. Grand Prix in Park City, Utah in Halfpipe. Congratulations to Logan, who will also be a recipient of the coveted Sarah Burke Trophy, and additional special mentions go out to Rachael Karker and Rachael Anderson, who’s breakout seasons have secured them 2nd and 3rd, respectively, on the Women’s Overall Rankings. 

2016 AFP JUNIOR CHAMPIONS

In addition to the World Tour Champions, as you know if you’ve been following the AFP World Tour this year, we at the Association of Freeskiing Professionals are incredibly excited about our new AFP Junior Rankings (which apply to athletes 18-years-old and younger as of December 31, 2015), and couldn’t be happier to announce the first ever AFP Junior Champions…

2016 AFP MEN'S SLOPESTYLE JUNIOR CHAMPION

Andri Ragettli. Photo courtesy of SFR Freestyle Tour

With 2,725.29 points, the first ever AFP Men’s Slopestyle Junior Champion is Andri Ragettli, who had his biggest and best season yet. Ragettli’s first AFP title comes thanks to his Top 3 Slopestyle Results, which include wins at Freeski World Cup Corvatsch and Total Fight, and fifth at the SFR Freestyle Tour Slopestyle Finals. 

In 2nd is AFP Men’s Big Air World Champion Fabian Bösch, who ended up just .45 points behind Ragettli with a total of 2,724.84 points, thanks to second at Freeski World Cup Corvatsch, third at the Dew Tour, and fourth at the SFR Freestyle Tour Slopestyle Finals.

And in 3rd, with 2,244.99 points, is Alex Hall, who earned victories at the Calgary NorAm and Absolut Spring Park Battle, and fifth at Total Fight. 

2016 AFP WOMEN'S SLOPESTYLE JUNIOR CHAMPION

Kelly Sildaru. Photo by Peter Morning / ESPN Images

On the ladies’ side of things, unsurprisingly, the AFP Women’s Slopestyle Junior Champion is also the AFP Women’s Slopestyle World Champion, Kelly Sildaru. Sildaru’s 3000 points are thanks to her Top 3 Slopestyle Results, which consist of wins at three Platinum-Level events, including X Games Aspen, the Dew Tour, and the SFR Freestyle Tour Slopestyle Finals.

In 2nd, with 2,681.37 points, is Giulia Tanno. Tanno’s top results from her breakout season include second at Freeski World Cup Corvatsch and the U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, California, and eighth at the Dew Tour.

Just behind her in 3rd, by a mere 27 points, is Johanne Killi. Killi exploded on to the scene this winter, and earned 2,654.31 points via a bronze medal at X Games Aspen, and fourth at the Dew Tour and the U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, California.

2016 AFP MEN'S HALFPIPE JUNIOR CHAMPION

Birk Irving

In Men’s Halfpipe, it was a tight race throughout the season (with 1st and 3rd separated by less than 100 points), but in the end, your 2016 AFP Men’s Halfpipe Junior Champion is Birk Irving. Like Slopestyle, a competitors’ Top 3 Results count towards this title, and Birk earned his 2,263.32 points with a ninth at the Dew Tour, and 11th at Winter Games NZ and the SFR Freestyle Tour Halfpipe Finals. 

A hair behind him in 2nd, with 2,220.35 points, is Miguel Porteous, who took third at the Aspen/Snowass Freeski Open, 11th at X Games Oslo, and 12th at the SFR Freestyle Tour Halfpipe Finals.

And in 3rd, with 2,184.69 points, is Hunter Hess, who scored second at the Calgary NorAm, fourth at the Aspen/Snowmass Freeski Open, and 12th at the U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, California.

2016 AFP WOMEN'S HALFPIPE JUNIOR CHAMPION

Rachael Karker

In another an extremely close race, the 2016 AFP Women’s Halfpipe Junior Champion is Rachael Karker. Karker, who also scored 2nd on the Women’s Overall World Rankings, secured her title with 2,156.58 points and her Top 3 Halfpipe Results, which consist of second at the Calgary NorAm, fourth at the Aspen/Snowmass Freeski Open, and 11th at Winter Games NZ.

Just behind her in 2nd, with just .33 less points for a total of 2,123.84 points, is Mackenzie Wilson, who’s top results counting towards her rankings include fourth at the Calgary NorAm, sixth at Winter Games NZ, and eighth at the Aspen/Snowmass Freeski Open. 

And in third, with 2,093.23 points, is Carly Margulies, who won Aspen/Snowmass Freeski Open and the U.S. Revolution Tour Finals at Seven Springs, Pennsylvania, and took 10th at the U.S. Grand Prix in Park City, Utah.

2016 AFP MEN'S BIG AIR JUNIOR CHAMPION

Fabian Bösch. Photo by Eddie Perlas / ESPN Images

In Big Air, your 2016 AFP Men’s Big Air World Champion, Fabian Bösch, is also the 2016 AFP Men’s Big Air Junior Champion, with his aforementioned Top 3 Big Air Results (first at X Games Aspen, 2nd at X Games Oslo, and seventh at the U.S. Grand Prix at Fenway Park) counting towards his 2,870.19 points and second title of the season. 

In second, with 2,673.96 points, is the 2016 AFP Men’s Slopestyle Junior Champion, Andri Ragettli, who best results include a win Winter Games NZ, second at at the U.S. Grand Prix at Fenway Park, and 12th at X Games Oslo. 

And in third, with 2,387.04 points, is Luca Schuler, who’s top results counting towards his ranking include fourth at Winter Games NZ, seventh at X Games Aspen, and 15th at X Games Oslo. 

2016 AFP WOMEN'S BIG AIR JUNIOR CHAMPION

Johanne Killi. Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images

Amongst the ladies’, the 2016 AFP Women’s Big Air Junior Champion is Johanne Killi, who competed in two big air events this season to score a total of 1,704.73 points, which came via placing second at X Games Oslo and 10th at the U.S. Grand Prix at Fenway Park.

In second, with just four points less than Killi, is Maggie Voisin, who accumulated 1,700.58 points as a result of her fifth place finishes at X Games Oslo and the U.S. Grand Prix at Fenway Park.

And in third, with 874.66 points, is Kelly Sildaru, who’s lone big air result is fourth at X Games Oslo. 

2016 AFP MEN'S OVERALL JUNIOR CHAMPION

Colby Stevenson

With 3,365.85 points, your inaugural AFP Men’s Overall Junior Champion is the multi-talented Colby Stevenson. Stevenson’s has secured his first AFP title via his Top 2 Slopestyle Results + Top 2 Halfpipe Results + Next Highest Result, which consisted of 12th at Freeski World Cup Corvatsch and 18th at Winter Games NZ in Slopestyle, 13th at the U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, California and 15th at Dew Tour in Halfpipe, and 21st at the U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, California in Slopestyle as his next highest result. Congratulations to Stevenson for becoming the first ever AFP Men’s Overall Junior Champion, and special mention goes out to Mitchell Wilson and Hunter Hess for scoring 2nd and 3rd, respectively. 

2016 AFP WOMEN'S OVERALL JUNIOR CHAMPION

Rachael Karker

And last but certainly not least, the first AFP Women’s Overall Junior Champion is Rachael Karker. Karker earned her second title of the year (to complement her AFP Women’s Halfpipe Junior Championship) with 3,035.81 points via her Top 2 Slopestyle Results + Top 2 Halfpipe Results + Next Highest Result, which includes fifth at the Canadian Open Tours in Whistler, B.C. and Stoneham, Quebec in Slopestyle, second at the Calgary NorAm and 11th at Winter Games NZ in Halfpipe, and fourth at the Aspen/Snowmass Freeski Open in Halfpipe as her next highest result that counted towards her ranking. Congratulations to Karker on her amazing season, and additional special mentions go out to Kelly Sildaru and Rachael Anderson for finishing 2nd and 3rd, respectively, on the AFP Women’s Overall Junior Rankings.

On behalf of everyone at the Association of Freeskiing Professionals and our supporters (including Atomic, POC, Rockwell, Head, Protect our Winters, Scott, Salomon, High Fives Foundation and Go Puck), congratulations to all of this year’s AFP World & Junior Champions, and big thanks to all of the competitors, judges, event organizers and sponsors who participated in the 2016 AFP World Tour. We already can’t wait for next winter!

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