Words: Jeff Schmuck
On the heels of the exciting conclusion of one of the biggest events of the year, the Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colorado, along with the USASA Revolution Tour Halfpipe Qualifiers and the first stop of the Rev Tour itself (both of which took place at Copper Mountain, Colorado), it’s time for a look at the first major shake up of the rankings on the 2016 AFP World Tour…
Dew Tour Men’s Slopestyle Podium: Jossi Wells (2nd), Gus Kenworthy (1st), Fabian Bosch (3rd). Photo by Chris Ortiz / Dew Tour
In Men’s Slopestyle, Gus Kenworthy has notched himself one spot up, from 5th to 4th, after claiming victory for the second year in a row at the Dew Tour. In second was Jossi Wells, who was on fire all weekend long at Breck, and as a result, has made a significant leap of nine spots, from 16th to 7th, while third place finisher Fabian Bosch has made an even larger jump of 42 spots, from 63rd to 21st. Other noteworthy movements in the top 20 include Robby Franco rising from 21st to 19th, Antoine Adeline ascending from 18th to 13th, and Teal Harle sliding into the top 10, while Joss Christensen, Bobby Brown and James ‘Woodsy’ Woods remain in 1st, 2nd and 3rd after placing fourth, sixth and fifth, respectively.
Dew Tour Women’s Slopestyle Podium: Tiril Christiansen (2nd), Kelly Sildaru (1st), Emma Dahlstrom (3rd). Photo by Chris Ortiz / Dew Tour
In Women’s Slopestyle, Kelly Sildaru has risen from 8th to 5th thanks to the biggest victory of her young and incredibly promising career, Tiril Christiansen has moved from 3rd to 2nd after placing second, and Emma Dahlstrom retains her 1st place position after rounding out the podium in third. Among a series of one place movements, also moving up the ladder is Silvia Bertagna (from 9th to 7th, after finishing twelfth), Johanne Killi (from 15th to 8th, after finishing fourth), Coline Ballet-Baz (from 16th to 12th, after finishing eleventh), and Lisa Zimmermann (from 42nd to 18th, after finishing ninth).
Dew Tour Men’s Halfpipe Podium: Beau-James Wells (2nd), David Wise (1st), Alex Ferreira (3rd). Photo by Chris Ortiz / Dew Tour
In Men’s Halfpipe, there’s lot to discuss, beginning with David Wise remaining in 2nd after his victory at the Dew Tour, Beau-James Wells bumping himself from 21st to 14th thanks to his impressive second place performance, and Alex Ferreira ascending from 6th to 3rd after scoring the third and final step on the podium. Just off the box in fourth was Kevin Rolland, which allows him to remain in 1st, while Byron Wells has made his way from 8th to 7th after finishing fifth, and Kris Atkinson and Jacob Beebe have jumped from 22nd to 18th and 27th to 19th, respectively, after landing in 12th and 14th. Meanwhile, at the USASA Revolution Tour Halfpipe Qualifiers, Sammy Schuiling is two spots up into 68th thanks to his win, Jasper Donley is now in 74th after scoring second, and Sam Ward is just behind him in 78th after taking third. And at the first official stop of the U.S. Revolution Tour, Kwang-Jin Kim is up six spots, from 36th to 30th, after picking up the win, Gisler Joel remains in 128th after scoring second, and Alexander Yeadon is up 15, from 51st to 36th, after taking third.
Dew Tour Women’s Halfpipe Podium: Cassie Sharpe (2nd), Ayana Onozuka (1st), Brita Sigourney (3rd). Photo by Chris Ortiz / Dew Tour
In Women’s Halfpipe, we have a new leader, as Ayana Onozuka’s win at the Dew Tour has allowed her to overtake the top spot, while second place finisher Cassie Sharpe is up three spots, from 7th to 4th, and Brita Sigourney is up one into 5th after taking third. Also making waves was Janina Kuzma, who just missed the podium in fourth, but is up two spots into 2nd, Sabrina Cakmakli (from 10th to 8th, after finishing tenth), Marie Martinod (from 23rd to 9th, after finishing seventh), Saori Suzuki (from 16th to 11th, after finishing ninth), and Isabelle Hanssen (from 22nd to 18th, after finishing 15th). At the USASA Revolution Tour Halfpipe Qualifiers, Svea Irving’s win has put her in 65th, second place finisher Sierra Bowman remains in 25th, and Carly Marguiles taking third has bumped her from 39th to 31st. And at the U.S. Revolution Tour, Abigale Hansen remains in 40th thanks to her victory (alongside her eleventh place showing at Dew Tour), Zyre Austin is now in 22nd after scoring second, and third place finisher Molly Summerhayes is six spots up into 24th
Last but not least, on the Men’s Overall Rankings, Gus Kenworthy and Jossi Wells continue to hold down first and second, Beau-James Wells has cracked the top 3 from 7th, and Taylor Wilson is up one spot into 4th, while elsewhere in the top 20, Colby Stevenson, Birk Irving, Elias Ambuhl, Fabian Bosch, Alex Bellemare and Antoine Adelisse have each risen a handful of spots, into 9th, 11th, 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th, respectively. And on the Women’s Overall Rankings, Devin Logan remains in 1st, Kelly Sildaru is up one spot into 4th, Ayana Onozuka is up three into 8th, and Isabelle Hanssen is up five into 9th.
That’s all for now on the AFP World Tour Rankings, but stay tuned for more updates after the Holidays following the first stop of the Nor Freeski Cup at Skeikampen, Norway, and the back-to-back USASA Revolution Tour Slopestyle Qualifiers at Copper Mountain, Colorado and Mammoth Mountain, California. On behalf at everyone at the Association of Freeskiing Professionals, congratulations to last week’s winners, and we hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!