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Freeride Junior World Championships 2018 – Kappl, Austria

In partnership with the Freeride World Tour, we are thrilled to announce that the Freeride Junior World Championships in 2018 will take place in Kappul, Austria.

The premier junior Freeride event, the Freeride Junior World Championship (FWJC) in its 6th year will head to Kappl, Austria. After three consecutive years in Grandvalira, Andorra, the best junior Freeriders in the world will have a chance to test their skills in the rugged terrain of Austria.


Says Nicolas Hale-Woods, the FWT Management SA group CEO:

"Freeride World Tour (FWT) is proud to partner with Kappl to stage the next 3 editions of the FJWC (in 2018, 2019 & 2020). I am convinced the juniors will be stoked to discover the great freeriding terrain Kappl offers, in addition to the unbeatable Tyrolean hospitality!"

A representative of Kappul, Andreas Kleinheinz, Director of Kappl’s lift company states:

"We are delighted to continue our partnership with the FWT and to host the FJWC for the first time in our area. Kappl has already been a replacement venue for the FWT twice and has been hosting the Open Faces competitions for six years now. With the FJWC we want to continue our work in developing Freeriding." 

Kicking off on March 21-23, 2018, the world’s best athletes aged 15-18 will showcase their skills in front of spectators and a global online audience at one of the world’s most exciting freeride venues.
The FWJC is the ultimate goal for junior Freeriders and 60 invitees in 2018 have each earned a spot because they have demonstrated that they are the best in their nation. Young skiers and snowboarders were selected based on their overall rankings from the season previous on the Freeride Junior Tour by Head (FJT) and will represent over 16 nations from five continents.

The competition roster will consist of 30 male skiers, 12 female skiers, 12 male snowboarders, and 6 female snowboarders. Riders will include many familiar faces from past FWJC events and new faces who only recently earned the privilege to compete at Kappl and showcase their skills.


Heidi Farmer



Former 2017 FWJC champion and Canadian snowboarder from Region 2, Heidi Farmer will be there looking to defend her title. 


"I am very excited to have been given the opportunity to represent Canada again at the FJWC this year. I was very lucky last season to get a clean run and to stay on my feet so I won, but the most important factor is that we're all having fun and supporting each other."

Stay tuned to FJT/FWT Facebook Pages and freerideworldtour.com for the highly anticipated complete list of qualified riders as well as the most current event information.

To view this press release on the FWT website: Click Here.

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