Wrapping up what has been an excellent weekend for UK snowboarding, we have the news that James Stentiford finished on the podium in the Nissan Freeride World Tour event in Chamonix, France.
Stenti, a veteran of the UK scene, has been based out in Chamonix for the last few years, where he has been perfecting his line-riding skills. His extensive experience stood him in great stead for the competition, which saw him beat the likes of big names like Xavier de le Rue and Aurelien Routens.
The comp took place in the Pentes de l’Hôtel face in the Brevent area of Chamonix, and riders faced not only one of the gnarliest descents in the legendary valley, but also the prospect of some pretty sketchy conditions.
James said: “I was really nervous up top after the fall of Raphy [Gillioz, who landed a cliff jump on a rock and broke his elbow] so I changed my line a bit. The landings where pretty harsh but it worked out really well for me. I am really happy to be on this podium as I live here and it is the third contest I have ever done!”
Watch out for James on the forthcoming stops of the Freeride World Tour, and check out the trip he took to New Zealand last summer, which will you will soon be able to read about in the March issue of Whitelines.