Fieberbrunn, Austria (11 March 2017) – New Zealand snowboarder Finn Duffy (Queenstown) has claimed his fourth podium finish of the 2017 northern hemisphere season, winning the Freeride Junior Tour stop in Fieberbrunn, Austria on Saturday (11 March).
After three days of snow and then rain, avalanche risk in the Austrian resort was exceptionally high and event organisers were forced to move competition to a new, safer venue. As well as the natural terrain, competitors needed to make maximum use of man-made features including wooden drops and jumps.
“It was strange but that was all they had so I picked out a run where I could go fast and pretty much straight-line the course, going big and getting grabs,” explains Finn. “I didn’t expect to win but my strategy turned out to be a wise choice as other riders did tricks but didn’t go as big or as fast.”
This win backs up victory at the FJT event in Montafon, Austria (19th February), second place finish at the French Freeride Junior event in Les Arcs in January (21) and third at the Eldorado Freeride Junior event in Vallnord, Andorra in February (11th).
The Freeride Junior Tour is an international circuit dedicated to young skiers and snowboarders from 14 to 17 years old. The aim of the Tour is to develop the talents of tomorrow and encourage youth participation in the sport of freeride. More info here
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