International sports, Xtreme: France’s de la Rue keeps world snowboard crown

Nissan Xtreme by Swatch Verbier has perfect season final run

Verbier, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Frenchman Xavier de la Rue proved unbeatable once again in Verbier’s end-of-season freeride competition, earning enough points to take the Snowboard World Champion title for a third year in a row. Races were postponed Saturday due to poor visibility but Monday, with perfect conditions, the 600-metre north face of the Bec des Rosses had 24 men competing, “riders [who] put on the most spectacular show with the fastest and most committed edition of the 15 years of the Xtreme”, according to the organizers.

Video of de la Rue’s winning ride

 Several first descents were opened on the face. Swedish skier Kaj Zackrisson and de Le Rue, snowboard, took first places. Candide Thovex of France is overall world champion Xtreme skier for the season, after races in France, Russia, the US and Switzerland.

The head judge, Berti Denervaud of Switzerland, said of de Le Rue’s winning run: Xavier’s run was the fastest of the day. He took an original line and jumped a huge cliff that has never been jumped before in the 15 years of the Xtreme. The jump was at least 10 metres in one of the steepest and most committed parts of the face. He negotiated it perfectly, and managed slough and speed impressively.”
Links: Freeride World Tour TV, riders’ lines