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2018 AFP World Tour Champions

Jun 4, 2018

Words: Jeff Schmuck

With the final event of the 2018 AFP World Tour, X Games Norway, all wrapped up, the Association of Freeskiing Professionals is excited to officially crown the 2018 AFP World Tour Champions. 

Before we begin, we’d like to take the time to congratulate all of the athletes who competed on this winter’s AFP World Tour. For many of you, particularly those who participated in the Olympics, it was a long and tiresome season, but your efforts have once again showcased freeskiing to a massive worldwide audience, and helped propel the sport forward in the process. So from all of us at the AFP, thank you for what you do, and for your continued support of the AFP and our sport as whole.

Now without further ado, here’s a look at who has emerged as the 2018 AFP World Tour Champions following an absolutely stellar season…

2018 AFP WORLD TOUR MEN’S SLOPESTYLE CHAMPION – ØYSTEIN BRÅTEN

For the impressive third year in a row, Øystein Bråten is your AFP World Tour Men’s Slopestyle Champion. Bråten brought home the hat trick via his top three finishes, which included victories at the FIS Freeski World Cup in Stubai, Austria and Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang South Korea, along with a second place showing at X Games Aspen, which earned him a total of 2,945.19 points.

2018 AFP WORLD TOUR WOMEN’S SLOPESTYLE CO-CHAMPIONS – JOHANNE KILLI & TESS LEDEUX

For the first time in the Association of Freeskiing Professionals’ history, there is a tie atop the Women’s Slopestyle Rankings, which means that Johanne Killi and Tess Ledeux are your AFP World Tour Women’s Slopestyle Co-Champions. The title is a first for these incredibly accomplished women, with both securing 2,945.19 points as a result of Killi’s victories at the Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colorado and the U.S. Grand Prix at Snowmass, Colorado and her second place showing at the FIS Freeski World Cup in Silvaplana, Switzerland, while Ledeux’s top three results consist of her first place finishes at the FIS Freeski World Cups in Font Romeu, France and Silvaplana, Switzerland and her second place showing at the Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colorado. 

2018 AFP WORLD TOUR MEN’S HALFPIPE CHAMPION – DAVID WISE

For the third time in his career, David Wise is your AFP World Tour Men’s Halfpipe Champion. During the season, Wise secured the maximum amount of available points, 3,000, via his top three victories at the U.S. Grand Prix’s at Snowmass, Colorado and Copper Mountain, Colorado and X Games Aspen, before going on to become a two-time Olympic gold medalist in Pyeongchang, South Korea. 

2018 AFP WORLD TOUR WOMEN’S HALFPIPE CHAMPION – CASSIE SHARPE

Thanks to one of the most dominating seasons since the days of Sarah Burke, Cassie Sharpe is the AFP World Tour Women’s Halfpipe Champion for her first time. Like Wise, Sharpe scored the maximum amount of available points (3,000) thanks to victories at Winter Games NZ in Cardona, New Zealand, the Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colorado and the U.S. Grand Prix at Snowmass, Colorado, before going on to win gold in both the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea and the FIS Freeski World Cup Halfpipe Finals in Tignes, France. 

2018 AFP WORLD TOUR MEN’S BIG AIR CHAMPION – BIRK RUUD

Also for his first time, Birk Ruud is the AFP World Tour Men’s Big Air Champion. In dramatic fashion, Ruud’s championship came as a result of his last minute victory at the final event of the season, X Games Norway, alongside a fifth place finish at Soldiers in Deštné v Orlických horách, Czech Republic and a sixth place showing at X Games Aspen, which earned him a total of 2,679.29 points. 

2018 AFP WORLD TOUR WOMEN’S BIG AIR CHAMPION – SARAH HOEFFLIN

Likewise for her first time, Sarah Hoefflin has capped off the biggest season of her career by becoming the AFP World Tour Women’s Big Air Champion. The 2018 Olympic gold medalist in slopestyle secured her title with 2,654.94 points via a win at X Games Aspen, second place showing at the FIS Freeski World Cup in Moenchengladbach, Germany and a down to the wire fourth place finish at the recently concluded X Games Norway. 

2018 AFP WORLD TOUR OVERALL WORLD CHAMPIONS - GUS KENWORTHY & DEVIN LOGAN

In what has continued to be somewhat of a ritual, Gus Kenworthy and Devin Logan are your AFP World Tour Men’s & Women’s Overall World Champions for their exceptional eighth and seventh time, respectively. Kenworthy’s eighth championship came thanks to the 4,358.22 points he earned as a result of his first place finish at the U.S. Grand Prix at Snowmass, Colorado, second place performance at the U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, California and sixth place showing at the Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colorado in Slopestyle, alongside his seventh place showing at the U.S. Grand Prix at Snowmass, Colorado and ninth place performance at the U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, California in Halfpipe. Meanwhile, Logan’s lucky number seven was secured with 5,173.84 points due to her sixth place showings at X Games Aspen and the U.S. Grand Prix at Snowmass, Colorado and eight place performance at the Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colorado in Slopestyle, and her second place showing at the the U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain, Colorado, third place performance at the U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, California and fourth place finish at the Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colorado in Halfpipe. 

2018 AFP WORLD TOUR JUNIOR SLOPESTYLE CHAMPIONS - PHILIPPE LANGEVIN & TESS LEDEUX

On the junior side of things, Philippe Langevin’s head turning hard work has paid off with his first AFP World Tour Junior Slopestyle Championship, which came thanks to wins at the FIS NorAm at Canada’s Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta and the Step Up Tour in Le Relais, Quebec and a second place showing at the FIS NorAm in Le Relais, Quebec, which earned him a total of 2,397.50 points. And for the ladies, Tess Ledeux has made it two-for-two thanks to her aforementioned results as the AFP World Tour Women’s Slopestyle Co-Champion. 

2018 AFP WORLD TOUR JUNIOR HALFPIPE CHAMPIONS - BIRK IRVING & SVEA IRVING

For the third year in a row, Birk Irving is the AFP World Tour Junior Halfpipe Champion with 2,549.95 points, thanks to winning the FIS NorAm at Canada’s Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta, a fourth place finish at the FIS Freeski World Cup in Tignes, France and a fifth place performance at the U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, California. While amongst the women, Birk’s sister Svea helped keep it in the family by becoming the AFP World Tour Junior Halfpipe Champion on the ladies’ side of things for her first time, with a second place showing at the Aspen Snowmass Freeskiing Open, third place performance on day two of the FIS NorAm’s at Canada’s Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta and a fourth place finish on day one, which earned her a total of 2,250.53 points. 

2018 AFP WORLD TOUR JUNIOR BIG AIR CHAMPIONS - BIRK RUUD & MEGAN CRESSEY

In Big Air, Birk Ruud secured his second title of the season thanks to his aforementioned results as the AFP World Tour Men’s Big Air Champion, while Megan Cressey has become the AFP World Tour Junior Big Air Champion for her first time with 1,816.44 points thanks to her victory at the Canadian Open Tour at Mt. Sima, Yukon, second place showing at the Aspen Snowmass Freeskiing Open and a third place performance at the FIS Freeski World Cup in Quebec City, Quebec. 

2018 AFP WORLD TOUR JUNIOR OVERALL CHAMPIONS - BIRK IRVING & ELENA GASKELL

And last but not least, for the second year in a row, Birk Irving is the AFP World Tour Junior Overall Champion as a result of his second place showing at the U.S. Revolution Tour in Park City, Utah and fifth place finish at the Aspen Snowmass Freeskiing Open in Slopestyle, and a victory at the FIS NorAm at Canada’s Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta, fourth place finish at the FIS Freeski World Cup in Tignes, France and fifth place performance at the U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, California in Halfpipe, which secured him a total of 4,184.71 points. While on the ladies’ side of things, Elena Gaskell has become the AFP World Tour Junior Overall Champion for her first time, thanks to her second place showing at the FIS NorAm at Canada’s Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta, fifth place finish at the FIS Freeski World Cup in Silvaplana, Switzerland and sixth place performance at the FIS Freeski World Cup in Font Romeu, France in Slopestyle, a second place showing on day two of the FIS NorAm at Canada’s Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta and a fifth place finish on day one in Halfpipe, and a fifth place performance at the FIS Freeski World Cup in Quebec City, Quebec in Big Air, which earned her a grand total of 3,942.72 points. 

On behalf of everyone at the Association of Freeskiing Professionals, congratulations to the champions, and once again, to everyone who competed on this year’s AFP World Tour. During the off-season, the AFP rankings system and process will be our focus as we look to migrate over to a new formula and algorithm, which will produce a harmonized rankings system that both freeskiing and snowboarding will share, along with being utilized by all winter action sports stakeholders.

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