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Freeride World Tour - Diaries

Follow the intimate journey of six of the world’s best freeriders from preseason to the Bec des Rosses at Verbier. Feel the pain, transformation, and triumph as these six riders surmount the trials and tribulations of the Freeride World Tour.

Nadine Wallner and George Rodney look back on the first two stops on tour.

Winning is personal in this chapter as former world champion Nadine Wallner describes getting her shred back on after her season ending injury.

Last year’s ski world champ George Rodney sends it HUGE in the first two comps of the Freeride World Tour as he struggles to repeat last year’s success.

Julien Lopez and Estelle Balet.

Julien Lopez either goes big or goes home, but he’s definitely having a good time on his final season on the tour. Estelle Balet’s biggest competitor is herself – the world champ can podium but she’s never been fully satisfied with her runs.


Check out this episode and gain a deeper understanding of every athlete’s personal concept of winning on the Freeride World Tour.

Julien and Bene’s outlook for this season.

Julien Lopez and Bene Mayr have one thing in common. They want to leave a lasting impression on this Freeride World Tour season. For Julien it is his last season after competing for over 10 years on the highest level.

For Bene Mayr on the other hand it is his first year on tour. He wants to take advantage from his rich skiing background. He started off with ski racing, got himself into moguls before he became one of the big names in the freeski community.

Jérémie and Nadine have only one thing on their mind. Snowy mountains.

This episode shows Jérémie Heitz on his first powder day of this winter. He is always hyped for the skiing season to start. He shows us what such a day looks like and what it does to his mindset.

Furthermore we see two-time world champion Nadine Wallner, who is coming back from a major injury, giving her body some more time to heal. Instead of riding she offers us an insight on her mental game preparing for her comeback.

First sessions of the season for Estelle Balet and George Rodney.

Snow came really late this winter season. But as soon as the conditions were right Estelle was out riding in her home resort Verbier and in Chamonix near by.

„I feel a lot stronger on my feet“, says the young Swiss Freeride World Tour Champion. Her training sessions in Summer must have paid off. Doing those first powder turns she says, „that’s when I remember how much I love this sport.

Julien Lopez and Nadine Wallner impress with full body awareness.

After competing on the highest level of freeriding for many years Julien Lopez is fully aware of the impact this sport has on his body. This motivates him every year to train hard but more importantly train his mental game at the same time.

For the Austrian double world champion Nadine Wallner it is a comeback season from a heavy injury. The road to be back competing on the Freeride World Tour was a learning process which showed her: Either you give it all or you leave it. For Nadine it was clear to go all-in for the love of her sport. Anyway giving 100% is part of her personality.

New challenges for George Rodney and Bene Mayr.

This season will offer new challenges for George Rodney and Bene Mayr. After the FWT victory in his rookie season the American is not the underdog anymore. This year all eyes are on him. Over the summer he prepared his own strategy to face the new situation.

The German freeskier Bene Mayr has always been keen on competitions. For years following the freestyle circus he is about to change to the Freeride World Tour. The new challenge ahead fuels his motivation to train even harder.

Jérémie and Estelle’s season preparation.

Do you ever wonder how champions like Jérémie Heitz and Estelle Balet land huge airs and ride steep and exposed faces with ridiculous speed?

In this episode we examine the physical and mental preparation necessary to perform on the challenging and diverse venues of the Freeride World Tour.

Estelle Balet and Bene Mayr.

A short portrait of the Swiss Estelle Balet and the German Bene Mayr. Both will compete on the Freeride World Tour this upcoming season but their career could not be further apart. The outgoing Valais local Estelle Balet pushed through to the elite on her rookie year on the qualifier series and managed to celebrate her world champion title after only 2 years on tour.

The freeskier from Munich Bene Mayr on the other side has successfully toured the world competing in all major freestyle events and focusing on producing ski movies with his crew “Legs of Steel”. It is going to be an interesting Freeride World Tour season.

Nadine Wallner preparing for her comeback season.

This FWT Diaries episode goes behind the scenes with two champions, Austrian Nadine Wallner and American George Rodney. Within the last couple of years Nadine was able to celebrate two consecutive world championship titles before she was stopped by a severe injury while filming in Alaska.


 

She gives us a personal insight of what went down that day and her strategies for her comeback. It will be exciting seeing her back in her element snow this upcoming winter.

Julien Lopez and Jérémie Heitz.

The French Julien Lopez is a fierce competitor since 10 years on the Freeride World Tour. His last season was more than upsetting with literally more unforeseen downs than ups. With a second chance, a wild card, the upcoming season will for sure be his last on the Tour.

 

On the other hand, young Swiss rider Jérémie Heitz, has still many years to come. Already after a few seasons on tour the Valais local is getting closer and closer to claiming the title, World Champion.

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