Sorry guys but I’ll admit I’m a little off the back with this one. OK, OK, a lot off the back but I’ve been in Courchevel marvelling at what life is like outside the bubble (or inside, depending on your perspective) and didn’t return to Planet Reality until today.
So while I was away it appears they put on some sort of freeride fandango top o’ the Brévent. I wasn’t there so you’ll be spared from my usual snide comments but what I have come to learn is that Chamonix’s iconic Charlet name is once again gracing the podium as Douds takes a day off from guiding to bring home snowboarding silver. 74 represent, yo.
Also in snowboarding, the godfather of British freeriding and Chamonix fixture for the past ohhhhhh 40 or 50 years, James Stentiford, evidently threw down with a run that earned him a third place finish that’s highly respectable for a guy who now spends more of his time surfing waves than mountains. Well done, Stenti.
On the skiing side, as soon as Candide announced he would be entering the contest the biggest question became who would come second. His run reveals some very uncharacteristic arm flapping which proves that he is in fact human and not some sort of freeskiing cyborg lovingly assembled by innocent mermaid princesses who, while kicking back on the warm white beaches of their tropical island paradise, dreamed of a warrior king who would ride down from the mountains to eliminate, once and for all, everything that is not smooth or stylish from skiing. Yes, that’s good to know.
Oh and by the way, LL not-so-subtly pointed out that, as you’ll see below, four of the top nine skiers were Swedes. So as if they’re not already better looking than everybody else on the planet, now they have to go and take over the frikking freeskiing contests – fasen också!
Thanks also to Mervin Manufacturing’s Pete Saari who brought it to the Insider’s attention that Tim Dutton was riding Mervin’s fabulous new NAS (Narrow Ass Snowboards). Buy one, get one free. Gotta love that Mervin crew.