With AFP World Tour Finals set to kick off this Friday in Whistler, B.C. during the World Ski & Snowboard Festival, it's time for a short but sweet update on how the final two events (the Gold-ranked Total Fight at Snowpark El Tarter, Andorra and the Bronze-ranked Canadian Junior Freestyle Championships at Silver Star, B.C.) before the big show affected the 2015 AFP World Tour Rankings…
In Men's Slopestyle, Oystein Braten continued his impressive breakout season by picking up the win at Total Fight, which has allowed him to jump from 12th to 7th, Noah Wallace and Jesper Tjader took second and third to remain in 11th and 8th, respectively, and Eddie Gildea posted his biggest result of the season in fourth to leap frog from 31st to 25th.
Total Fight Podium: Eddie Gildea (4th), Jesper Tjader (3rd), Oystein Braten (1st), Noah Wallace (2nd). Photo courtesy of Total Fight
At the Canadian Junior Freestyle Championships, Patrick Dew emerged victorious to put himself in 53rd, Justin Mallory is now 77th after scoring second, and Matthew Bull landed just behind Mallory in third on the podium but one spot above him on the rankings in 76th.
On the Women's Slopestyle front, Bryana Cressey took top honors at the Canadian Junior Freestyle Championships, which bumps her two spots up into 44th, while her sister Megan has jumped from 64th to 49th thanks to placing second, and rising star Sofia Tchernetsky is up one spot into 26th after rounding out the podium in third.
In Big Air, Patrick Dew made it two-for-two on the victory front at Canadian Junior Freestyle Championships and has made a massive ascent of 39 spots, from 67th to 28th, on the Big Air Rankings as a result, while Kyran Allen and Brayden Tritter remain in 134th and 137th after finishing second and third. The Canadian Junior Freestyle Championships also hosted the fifth Women's Big Air event of the season, which Elena Gaskell won with Marilo Bouthiette in second and Megan Cressey in third. As previously stated, while there are currently no Women's Big Air Rankings due to a lack of events, the AFP has been keeping a running tally on Women's Big Air results this season and will be giving special mention to the top female big air competitor at the AFP Awards Dinner during AFP World Tour Finals as we look at establishing Women's Big Air Rankings for next winter.
In the Men's Overall Rankings, Gus Kenworthy is still holding down a commanding lead, and the only major change to report in the top 20 is Nick Goepper moving 25 spots up, from 39th to 14th, after placing fifth at the Total Fight, while on the Women's Overall Rankings, Devin Logan is still on top by 500 points, and the only change to report is Jeanee Crane-Mauzy moving one spot up into 15th.
Stay tuned to see who will be crowned 2015 AFP World Champions this weekend in Whistler! Photo by Henrik Lampert / Freeskier
That does it for now on the AFP World Rankings, but get primed and ready for one of the biggest and perhaps the most significant event of the season, the Platinum-ranked AFP World Tour Finals, which are just a few days away and where the 2015 AFP World Champions will be crowned. For more information on the event, stay tuned for a massive preview article tomorrow on what's about to go down in Whistler.