The much anticipated Subaru Freeride Series has officially been announced! The new series includes three 4-star Freeride World Qualifier (FWQ) competitions and two 2-star events that will be held to provide an additional platform for athletes to earn points.
“These premier 4-star events provide crucial opportunities for athletes hoping to qualify for the world tour,” said Event Director Bryan Barlow of Mountain Sports International. “We are excited to provide this opportunity on the country’s leading big mountain venues.”
The FWQ qualifier point system has been developed to work closely with the Freeride World Tour (FWT) and increase the amount of competitors and possible points. All the FWT events are weighted at 5-stars while the FWQ competitions range from 1 to 4-stars. Accumulated points then immediately affect the athlete’s position on the FWT ranking system and the top ranked athletes then qualify to participate on the following year’s FWT.
The inaugural season will start with a roster of 36 male skiers, 14 male snowboarders and 14 female skiers/riders, all of whom are hoping to make the FWT. Fortunately for these hopefuls, they will have more opportunities to showcase their skill and earn more points. Similar to how the WQC qualifies surfers for the ASP World Tour, the new FWQ events serve as a launch pad for the FWT and the competitors’ athletic careers.
Feel up to the challenge? Further registration for Subaru Freeride Series will open Dec. 4, 2012. Riders will be able to create a profile and sign-up for the Subaru Freeride Series events of their choice through the Freeride World Qualifier registration system. Twenty-one days prior to the 4-star day of competition and 45 days prior to the 2-star event, registration for the events will close. Riders will then be determined off of the seeding list on the day registration close
2013 Subaru Freeride Series Registration Schedule:
For athlete information visit FWQ Americas on Facebook, follow the Subaru Freeride Series on Twitter at twitter.com/SubaruFreeride, or contact Julia Jimmerson, MSI athlete relations manager, at email@example.com or (801) 349-4616. A new website will be launched soon.
For media or general information contact Jessica Kunzer, MSI marketing and communications director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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