Anna Smoothy checks back in from Verbier Freeride Week with a wrap up of the second competition of the frenzied freeride festival. Blessed with perfect snow and blue skies this time around, the second FWQ comp went off with a bang. With both 2* events now completed the focus turns to the hotly contested 3* comp…
After a long week of weather holds and postponements, the second event of Verbier Freeride Week was finally able to run under perfect conditions, and the fine nation of New Zealand dominated the podium in the Ski Men category for the 2* on Friday. However Hank Bilous (2nd) and Sam Lee (3rd) came at the contest from two distinctly different angles.
Snowboard competitors practice their arm steeze before competition on friday. Photo: www.thomasbecker.com
For Hank Bilous, it all started with a sleep in. Despite being well behind schedule, he decided not to have just one bowl of frosties, but two. Bilous also had the forethought to pack a marmite (imported) sandwich in case of emergency. The anticipated disaster came much sooner than expected when Bilous found himself encased in a gondola of thwarted hopes and dreams. The cable was not moving, the doors were closed. And so, the little kiwi ate his marmite sandwich and mulled over the comment that head judge Dion Newport had made in passing: “I will be pretty bored today if I don’t see a 7.” This was something Hank had contemplated the night before the competition but had tossed aside into the too hard basket. But with such encouragement from much important peoples, the too hard basket had been ripped open once again.
How NZ travels to prize giving. Hank and Sam on their way to collecting silver and bronze. Photo: Anna Smoothy
Womens Ski 3rd place Amy David racks up air and style points. Photo: www.thomasbecker.com
Full results can be found on the FWQ website.