On February 3rd and 4th the best Para-Snowboarders from around the globe hit the slopes at the resort of Orcières 1850 to compete for the title of Para-Snowboard World Champion.
The 2012 WSF Para-Snowboard World Championship, hosted by Orcières 1850, the French Snowboard Initiative – My Snowboarding, and the World Snowboard Federation (WSF), yielded some of today’s top talent with riders competing from ten different nations including Belgium, Canada, France, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Spain, and the United States. Add the top riders in the sport to the exciting Snowboard cross terrain and finally with the title of World Champion on the line, the end result was two exciting days of competition.
In the Men’s Standing Category, Tyler Mosher from Canada held the lead after the first day of competition followed by Carl Murphy from New Zealand and Evan Strong from the USA respectively. Day two of the World Championship proved to be a strong day for the American team with Strong posting the fastest runs of the day giving him the lead in the overall results and thus crowing him as Para-Snowboard World Champion. Following closely behind Strong was Murphy and Mike Shea from the USA.
On the Women’s side, Bibian Mentel from the Netherlands left the competition behind her by posting the fastest times on both days crowing her World Champion. Following behind Mentel was Amy Purdy (USA) and Sara Dorigatti (ITA) respectively. Mentel remains the reining Para-Snowboard World Champion for the women.
Finally, and for the first time in WSF Para-Snowboard competition history, the field was opened up officially to sitting riders. In the Sitting Men’s category there were three riders battling it out for the title of World Champion. In the end it was Kees-Jan Van der Klooster from the Netherlands who took home the trophy followed by Jerome Elbrycht from France in second and Ravi Drugan in third.
The 2012 WSF Para-Snowboard World Championship was produced by Orcières 1850, the French Snowboard Initiative – My Snowboarding, and the WSF. This was the first time a Para-Snowboard World Championship had been hosted in Europe. Para-Snowboarders from around the globe will continue their race for Gold at the next scheduled WSF Para-Snowboard World Cups scheduled to take place in Nakiska, Alberta, Canada from 2-3 April 2012. For more information on up and coming Para-Snowboard competitions, please see the WSF Para-Snowboard Competition Calendar: http://www.worldsnowboardfederation.org/modules.php?name=PARA-SNOWBOARD&op=viewarticle&artid=10