Grandvalira welcomed April with the grand finale of the 13th Grandvalira Total Fight freeski at El Tarter snowpark in Andorra. Total Fight Slopestyle event, gold category of the AFP World Tour.
The technical team of Grandvalira prepared a Slopestyle circuit composed of 6 modules, in this order: first, a transfer to rail with Double Kink and Brighton. The second, a multi options container with Wallride, Rail Gap to Step Up – Step down and railing. The third one, Gap to rail with option of Quarter Butter Box and Rail Donkey Tail in descent. The fourth, a 21 m flat kicker. The fifth, one kicker of 18 m flat. The sixth and final, another 18 m flat kicker.
On Friday we had an exciting qualifying session by riders from the following countries: USA, Finland, Sweden, France, Holland, Switzerland, Argentina, Mexico, Spain and Andorra. The top 10 riders who went to the final were Noah Wallace, Henrik Harlaut, Robby Franco, Carlitos Aguareles, Aleksi Patja, Antoine Adelisse, Antti Ollila, Alex Hall, Quinn Wolferman and McRae Williams -McRae with the highest score in the qualifying session.
On Saturday, the day didn’t start in the best way; in the free practice local idol, Carlitos Aguareles, hit hard his right leg in the second feature and could not ride the final. So at the end would be 9 riders who would make 3 runs in search of the best score to be crowned as winners of Grandvalira Total Fight 2017.
In the first round of the final, American McRae Williams and Frenchman Antoine Adelisse scored the best and seemed to be the favorites for the final victory, followed closely by the Swedish Henrik Harlaut. The surprise of the final would arrive in the second run: the Swiss Alex Hall, after making a very loose first run, would complete in his second attempt the best score of the day with a stratospheric round composed by a Backside Switch-Up Pretzel 270 Off on first rail, Backside 270 back 180 on second rail/container, Switch 270 Pretzel 630 on third rail, Switch Leftside Double-Cork 1080 Japan Grab jump 1, Switch Rightside Double-Cork 900 Safety Grab jump 2 and Leftside Double-cork 1260 Seatbelt Grab final jump. The audience that filled the stands went crazy with the performance of the Swiss rider.
In the third run of the final, Henrik Harlaut – winner of the X Games 2017, would improve his final score but would not be enough to take a podium spot. In this way, the final victoryi would be for Hall, second Williams, third Adelisse and fourth Harlaut.
After victory, Alex Hall commented:
“I’m super happy. I suffered a little bit by the weather this morning, the speed was the same for all of us and in the end the day was opened and I could do what I had in mind. I loved the rails as well as the jumping section was amazing. No doubt, Grandvalira has done a very good job. ”
The podium and awards ceremony would be held at the renowned L’Abarset ápres ski, as well as the end of the party with the Monster Total Fight Party and the live performance of the Nasty Bass music group until late at night, where it would start to cook what will be the Grandvalira Total Fight of 2018.
GRANDVALIRA TOTAL FIGHT FREESKI 2017
1 HALL Alex SUI 21.33 95.33 88.66
2 WILLIAMS McRae USA 94.33 41.33 37.33
3 ADELISSE Antoine FRA 93.00 29.66 90.33
4 HARLAUT Henrik SWE 89.33 90.66 92.33
5 WALLACE Noah USA 91.66 30.33 89.66
6 OLLILA Antti FIN 88.33 87.33 33.33
7 FRANCO Robby MEX 83.33 35.33 77.00
8 WOLFERMAN Quinn USA 68.33 57.00 42.00
9 PATJA Aleksi FIN 20.33 49.66 26.66
10 AGUARELES Carlitos AND DNS
11 VIRKKI Miika FIN Q1 78.66
12 MAHARAVO Vince FRA Q2 73.33
13 MCELMON Ryan USA Q2 70.33
14 GILLON Robin NED Q1 68.33
15 RINTAMAA Eetu FIN Q2 65.33
16 RAICH Peter USA Q1 64.33
17 PARERA Alex ESP Q1 60.66
18 MICELI Nate USA Q2 59.66
19 FERNANDES Guilleaume AND Q2 54.66
20 LAUER Joe USA Q1 49.33
21 KURAY Ivan ARG Q1 41.33
22 LAUGIER Hugo FRA Q2 40.33
23 GARRIDO Raul ESP Q2 32.66
24 FOURCADE Leo FRA Q2 30.66
25 ASCHER Levi USA Q1 17.00
On the next page we publish the final results of the Grandvalira Total Fight freeski 2017.
Kunitake, 15 years old, has surprised all his rivals
Blouin, has ratified his favorite role in this edition
Sunday, March 26, 2017. Grandvalira
The Grandvalira Andorran ski resort has become the epicenter of freestyle snowboarding this weekend with the arrival of the 13th edition of Grandvalira Total Fight, a maximum category event within the World Snowboard Tour circuit.
Riders from the United States, Canada, Japan, Chile, Russia, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, France, Poland, the Netherlands, Spain and Andorra have presented their credentials to fight for victory in El Tarter Slopestyle, Andorra. Alongside the men’s competition, for the first time has been disputed the women’s competition.
On Sunday, March 26, it has risen with a sunny day and has welcomed Grandvalira Total Fight in unbeatable climatic conditions, clear sky and ideal temperature to keep the modules in perfect condition; also thanks to the exquisite work of the shapers of Grandvalira and that has been applauded by the riders.
The technical team of Grandvalira prepared a Slopestyle circuit composed of 6 modules, in this order: the first, a transfer to Rails Double Kink and Brighton. The second, multi options container with Wallride, Rail Gap to Step Up Step down and railing. The third one, Gap to rail with option of Quarter Butter Box and Rail Donkey Tail in descent. The fourth, a 21 meter flat kicker. The fifth, one of 18 meters flat. The sixth and final, another 18 meter flat kicker.
After the free practice, the females would open the competition and where in the qualifying session they would fight to sneak among the 4 best that would happen to the grand finale. With the two qualifying rounds remaining, the best score in this session would be for the Dutch Cheryl Maas, with a very complete second round. They would accompany it to the grand finale and by this order of classification: the Japanese Yuka Fujimori, the Canadians Brooke Voigt and Laurie Blouin.
In the men’s qualifying session, in group 1, the Norwegian Bendik Gjerdalen, the American Eric Willet and the Japanese Ruki Tobita will be in the final. In Group 2, in this order, the American Nikolas Baden – with a first demolishing round, the Japanese Keita Inamura, Hiroaki Kunitake and Kaito Hamada, as well as the American Brandon Davis, would pass to the final.
There would not be his day Canadian Tyler Nicholson, silver medalist in the X Games of Aspen 2017.
With the finals, the moment of truth would come, where victory would be played. Three rounds for each rider looking for the best score. In women, Laurie Blouin recovered her best form and in the third round she would get the maximum score of the final after making a round composed by a bs lipside – 50/50 tailgrab – bs 50/50 – bs 180 melon – cab double cork 900 – Fs 720. She was accompanied on the podium by her compatriot Brooke Voigt, Yuka Fujimori and in fourth position, Cheryl Maas.
After the victory, the Canadian Laurie Blouin commented: “It has been incredible, the day has risen perfect and I have done my best to square my tricks. The circuit was fun, allowing different options. I’m very happy. ”
In the men’s final, the 15-year-old Japanese Hiroaki Kunitake would surprise all his opponents with a massive first round, composed by a Noseblunt 270 out – boardslide to fs 360 down – 50/50 fs 180 up – cab 270 to fakie Down – cab double cork 900 – fs double cork 1080 – bs double cork 1080. He would follow him on the podium, Eric Willet, Keita Inamura and Nikolas Baden.
Kunitake commented after winning in this edition of Grandvalira Total Fight: “I’m happy, the circuit I liked a lot and I’m delighted how Grandvalira has taken care of us all the weekend.”
The Grandvalira Total Fight distributed prizes in a staggered way, a total of $ 60,000: $ 30,000 for the top eight men and $ 30,000 for the top eight women.
Being habitual, the Grandvalira Total Fight has its àpres ski in the popular L’Abarset; on Saturday night came the Monster Total Fight Party with the live performance of the Crappy Tuesdays, punching the best Indie and Electro Pop music from the factory Nasty Mondays.
The 13th edition of the Grandvalira Total Fight in snowboard left the whole audience as well as the large number of spectators who watched the Live Video of the competition on Facebook Grandvalira. Since tomorrow, the Grandvalira Total Fight team is already working on the 2018 edition.
Credit Photos: Miguel Rubio
19.00h Rider’s Meeting
09.30h-11.00h Warm up
19.00h Rider’s meeting
10.00h-11.30h Warm up
16.30h Prize Giving Ceremony at L’Abarset
17.00h-21.00h Monster Party at L’Abarset