FREESKIERS…. I am really happy to announce that we have secured dual sanctioning with the Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) for some of our Slopestyle events this season. These events (designated on the competition calendar with an AFP logo), will be rated AFP Bronze Level events.
What is the AFP you ask? An excerpt from their website here states: The Association of Freeskiing Professionals is an organization responsible for implementing a balanced global ranking system and to serve as a unified voice for athletes and our sport. Made up of top athletes and key influencers within the sport of freeskiing, the AFP is proactive in the future direction of events, judging, growth and evolution of the sport as well as fostering opportunities for emerging riders to climb a clear ladder to higher levels of competition.
For our Freeskiers, this brings opportunity for advancement and the chance to be ranked/judged against other Freeskiers throughout the world. There is NO REQUIREMENT to join AFP for these competitions, unless you want to get a world ranking. First and foremost, these are USASA events for ALL Riders and Skiers.. with an added bonus of — Freeskiers will have an opportunity to join AFP after the event. More information will be made available as we draw closer to the events.
Lastly, if one takes a look, the #1 ranked Freeskier in the world (Last update as of this writing was 4/26/2017) is…. wait for it…… Telluride’s one and only…. Gus Kenworthy! Congrats Gus!!