For The North Face athlete Marion Haerty, life as a pro freerider must come with its fair share of unexpected moments and elements outwith your control. After all, when you’re competing on the Freeride World Tour and riding a different competition face every few weeks, with only limited time to scope your line, being able to adapt in a moment’s notice isn’t just useful, it’s essential. But there was one thing nobody saw coming this year. The Freeride World Tour, like pretty much everything else in the world, was cut short in a moment’s notice due to – well, y’know… don’t make us say it. C*vid-19.
“Though it wasn’t the end to the season anybody wanted, luckily for Haerty, she’d already wrapped up her third FWT title, with one stage to spare”
For all the athletes, months of physical and mental preparation, as well as the preceding stages in the build-up to the final stop of the tour – the infamous Bec des Rosses, Verbier – all came to a sudden halt. Though it wasn’t the end to the season anybody planned for, Haerty had already secured enough points to be crowned her third FWT title.
It’s an incredible feat – the FWT hattrick – even more so when you consider that Marion won it with one stage to go. It was something that she’d been focussed on achieving for a long time, but for the French freerider winning trophies will always come in second place to snowboarding for the love of it. We had the chance to catch up with Marion on her bumper success, life in lockdown, and her future plans as one of The North Face’s most out-and-out badass athletes.