First stop, Mammoth Challenge USA
The first event of the Freeride World Tour 08 finally took place on the 25th of Jan in Mammoth USA. After been postponed for 3 days, the contest took place regularly in two runs in a smaller venue in Mammoth ski area. The original Mt Mc Gee face, 1000m vertical drop, was looking very bad, snow wise, and wasn't considered safe and fare from the riders to have a contest there. The second option was to have to comp in one of the qualifier faces in the resort, Oh Shit, that's the name!
The venue is smaller and shorter, but offers enough interesting lines. Man were charging, and the level of the first 5 skiers was really impressive.
I wasn't in a good shape, my left knee was still painfull from an accident in Italy 2 days before my departure from Europe. I gave it a try and i was at the start like the others. My lines was unfortunately rocky but with the light powder of the previous days, i didn't realise it intill i hit rocks with my tails that put me out of balance and make fall all the way down a rocky shoot. The fall was spectacular but luckyly with no bad consequences, apart for the knee that get more painfull and stop me to start on the second run. I ended up 6th, and Jesse Mc Millan won. Skiers men was Seb Michaud that finished first with a crazy drop in the second run. Geraldine Fasnacht and Alex Coudray won for the snowboards. For more infos click http://www.freerideworldtour.com/en/news/?idIndex=0&idContent=626.