Over the course of the last week and a half, six significant events have taken place on the 2015 AFP World Tour (including the Bronze-ranked Intermountain Regional Championships in Park City, Utah (Halfpipe, Slopestyle and Big Air), the third stop of the Bronze-ranked USASA Rocky Mountain Series at Winter Park, Colorado (Slopestyle), the third stop of the Silver-ranked USSA Revolution Tour at Mammoth Mountain, California (Halfpipe, Slopestyle and Big Air), the first stop of the Silver-ranked Canadian Open Tour at Mount Saint-Louis Moonstone (Halfpipe and Slopestyle), the second stop of the Platinum-ranked USSA Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, California (Halfpipe only, as the Slopestyle portion of the event was postponed due to weather), and the Platinum-ranked Frostgun Invitational Big Air in Val d'Isere, France), so needless to say, it's time for a gigantic update (quite possibly the biggest yet) on how these events affected the 2015 AFP World Tour Rankings.
In Men's Halfpipe, Justin Dorey picked up his first win of the season at the Platinum-ranked USSA Grand Prix, which bumps him from 29th to 27th, David Wise took second to jump six spots, from 14th to 8th, Gus Kenworthy is up seven spots, from 18th to 11th, after placing third, and fourth place finisher Mike Riddle has moved from 13th to 5th. Also worth noting is Kevin Rolland overtaking the lead from Alex Ferreira (who is now in 2nd) by a mere 100 points due to previous results dropping off via the 52-week rolling system.
At the Silver-ranked USSA Revolution Tour, Birk Irving's second halfpipe victory of the winter has put him in 17th, rising star Colby Stevenson continues to climb the rankings by moving 23 spots up, from 41st to 18th, after placing second, and Jake Mageau is up 11, from 51st to 40th, after taking third. Just north of the 49th Parallel in the other Silver-ranked event of the week, the first stop of the Canadian Open Tour, Jaxin Hoerter is beginning to make his presence felt on the rankings by claiming victory and moving from 27th to 22nd, the veteran Matt Crawford is now in 74th after placing second, and third place finisher Brayden Tritter is on the board in 138th.
And at the Bronze-ranked Intermountain Regional Championships, Harry Meyer has jumped from 73rd to 60th after landing on top of the podium, while Alvaro Jiraldo is up a whopping 86 spots, from 175th to 89th, after scoring second, and Sam Jackenthal is up 11, from 68th to 57th, after rounding out the podium in third.
In Women's Halfpipe, Maddie Bowman's third Platinum-ranked victory in a row moves her from 16th to 9th, Janina Kuzma's second place finish has allowed her to overtake the top spot from Annalisa Drew, Devin Logan is up 10 spots, from 37th to 27th, after nabbing third, and fourth place finisher Cassie Sharpe is up three spots into 4th.
At the USSA Revolution Tour, Megan Warrener has ascended from 20th to 13th after picking up the win, Paula Cooper is now in 33rd thanks to placing second, and Brittany Hawes has jumped 10 spots up, from 25th to 15th, after landing in third. At the Canadian Open, the always incredible Kelly Sildaru took top honors in halfpipe, which places her in 24th, Rachael Anderson is up three spots into 18th after scoring second, and Elena Gaskell is now in 55th after taking third.
At the Intermountain Regional Championships, Marin Hamill's victory has allowed her to move from 60th to 47th, while just behind her in second was Zoe Atkin, who has jumped 16 spots, from 65th to 49th, and Ashton Glass remains in 66th after placing third.
In Men's Slopestyle, Willie Borm scored his first slopestyle victory of the season at the USSA Revolution Tour, which has brought him from 137th to 72nd, Ben Smith is up seven spots, from 60th to 53rd, after scoring second, and Byron Wells stepped out of the pipe to place third, which leaves him in 329th, while his brother Jackson fell just shy of the podium in fourth, but ascended 16 spots in the process, from 68th to 52nd. At the Canadian Open, the aforementioned Matt Crawford claimed victory, which puts him in 49th, while Mathieu Langevin and Dylan Marineau are now in 111th and 131st respectively after placing second and third.
At the Bronze-ranked USASA Rocky Mountain Series, Robby Wheeler has made a massive leap of 93 spots, from 243rd to 150th, after picking up the win, New Zealand's Nico Porteous took second to jump 88 spots, from 242nd to 154th, and Dylan Ladd is on the board in 340th after placing third. Meanwhile, at the Intermountain Regional Championships, Alex Hall's win bumps him from 171st to 73rd, Ryan McElmon is up 141 spots, from 306th to 165th, thanks to placing second, and Joseph Lauer is up 95, from 262nd to 167th, after rounding out the podium in third.
In Women's Slopestyle, Taylor Lundquist emerged victorious at the USSA Revolution Tour, which has bumped her from 39th to 21st, Isabel Atkin is up 15 spots, from 102nd to 87th, after scoring second, and Shondra Charbonneau had a great week by creeping into the top 10, from 13th to 8th, as a result of placing third at the USSA Revolution Tour and second at the Canadian Open Tour. Speaking of the latter event, Kelly Sildaru made it two-for-two by winning both halfpipe and slopestyle, which keeps her in 7th on the Slopestyle Rankings, while Rachael Anderson picked up a double podium herself (this time in third), which places her in 9th.
At the USASA Rocky Mountain Series, Bridget O'Brien, Josie Seibel and Maggie Little remain in 110th, 118th and 121st respectively after placing first, second and third, while at the Intermountain Regional Championships, Rell Harwood is up 63 spots, from 129th to 66th, after taking the top spot, Marin Hamill pulled off a double podium of her own in second to move from 124th to 67th, as did Ashton Glass, in third, to move from 60th to 51st.
In Big Air, the USSA Revolution Tour and Intermountain Regional Championships set the tone for things to come by hosting Women's Big Air contests, which Rachael Anderson and Zoe Atkin won. While there are currently no Women's Big Air Rankings due to a lack of events, the AFP will be keeping a running tally on results the season and giving special mention to the top female big air competitor at the end of this season as we look at establishing a Women's Big Air Ranking for next winter.
On the Men's side of things, the Platinum-ranked Frostgun Invitational went off in a big way, with Elias Ambuhl picking up the big win, which moves from 6th to 4th, Nick Goepper scored the first significant big air podium of his already illustrious career in second to remain in 27th, and Vincent Gagnier rounded out the podium in third to remain in 2nd.
At the USSA Revolution Tour, Willie Borm made it a big weekend for himself by winning both slopestyle and big air, which keeps him in 76th (as it was his only big air result in the past 52 weeks), while Colby Stevenson and Dylan Sondrup remain in 82nd and 84th respectively (and for the same reason as Willie) after placing second and third. Lastly, at the Intermountain Regional Championships, Colton Morris is up 61 spots, from 106th to 45th, after landing on top of the podium, while Ryan McElmon and Sam Jackenthal placed second and third (and secured double podiums at the event in the process) to remain in 99th and 103rd.
On the Men's Overall Rankings, Gus Kenworthy, Simon D'Artois and Bobby Brown continue to hold down the top three, while Nick Goepper has jumped from 32nd to 4th, Colby Stevenson has cracked the top 10 by moving from 24th to 9th, Byron Wells has ascended from 30th to 18th, and Elias Ambhul is up four spots, from 23rd to 19th.
On the Women's side of things, Jamie Crane-Mauzy, Cassie Sharpe and Kelly Sildaru remain as the top three, while Sabrina Cakmakli has been bumped from 11th to 5th, Devin Logan is up 11 spots, from 19th to 8th, and Maddie Bowman is up 22, from 34th to 12th.
That's all for now from the Association of Freeskiing Professionals, but stay tuned for more updates on the AFP World Tour Rankings following two upcoming Gold-ranked events, the SFR Tour in Vars, France and the Aspen/Snowmass Open on the X Games course in Aspen, Colorado.