Monday Mar 02, 2015

Extreme Weekend Roundup

We are right in the heart of the winter season at the moment so our Extreme Weekend Roundup is packed with ski and snowboard action again this Monday.

The City Downhill World Tour rolled on as well this weekend however, from the sunny streets of Chile and the MXGP World Champs got underway. There are also a couple of other massive events kicking off their 2015 seasons in the next few days.

As always, we’ve got you covered with all the highlights, news and results you need!

City Downhill World Tour: Polc seals second straight win

Valparaiso is the second stop on the City Downhill World Tour 2015

Filip Polc found himself on top of the podium once again at the second stop on the City Downhill World Tour in Valparaiso this weekend.

The Slovakian rider beat Tomas Slavik by just 0.2 seconds with Johannes Fischbach ending up third, two seconds back – an exact repeat of the top three in Santos, Brazil a week ago.

Polc has made a perfect start to the season, with back-to-back victories, as he tries to defend his world title, but with three races to go there is still all to play for.

The next race is the newly-added Polish stop in Przemysl on May 1st.

Swatch Skiers Cup: Europe win battle of the continents

Click here to check out the backcountry slopestyle highlights. Photo: Dom Daher

Team Europe beat Team Americas to win the ultimate freeride clash of nations at the Swatch Skiers Cup in Zinal, Switzerland.

The unique competition pits the best skiers from Europe against the best from Canada, America and South America in big mountain and backcountry slopestyle contests.

The hosts took the lead on day one, outscoring the Americas 10-8 in the slopestyle event before posting the same score on the final day in the big mountain round.

Victory for Europe means they now lead 3-2 overall since the event started five seasons ago.

Watch the big mountain highlights here. Photo: David Carlier

MXGP World Championships: Nagl starts 2015 season with double-win

Max Nagl and Jeffrey Herlings both kicked off the 2015 MXGP World Championship season in perfect style with a double-victory each.

Nagl saw off competition from Clement Desalle and defending champion Antonio Cairoli to take the overall win while Herlings won both MX2 races after more than seven months out through injury.

The start of one of the most highly anticipated MX seasons ever also saw American Ryan Villopoto make his MXGP debut but ended up seventh overall.

Thailand hosts the next GP of the season on March 8th.

See the highlights from both MXGP and MX2 races in Qatar

Park City Grand Prix: USA crowd the podiums

The USA dominated on home soil in freeski and snowboarding at the USSA Grand Prix in Park City last week.

American riders swept both men’s slopestyle podiums, with Eric Willett taking the snowboard victory and Olympic champion Joss Christensen winning in freeski.

They weren’t so dominant in the women’s event however as Dutch rider Cheryl Maas won snowboard slopestyle with Emma Dahlstrom of Sweden topping the freeski podium.

In halfpipe, Gus Kenworthy won the men’s ski event easily with an unbelievable run that included four doubles, giving him a score of over 95. Ayana Onozuka of Japan finished first of the women.

The USA’s Taylor Gold was beaten to the top of the snowboard podium by China’s Yiwei Zhang while Kelly Clark claimed victory in the women’s event.

Don't miss Gus Kenworthy's amazing halfpipe run from Park City

World Snowboard Tour: Parrot wins first Ale Invite

The first-ever Ale Invite presented by Kevin and Tor took place in Sweden this weekend with Max Parrot taking the win.

Ale Invite is an international stop on the World Snowboard Tour and is the brain child of Kevin Bäckström and Tor Lundström who both competed in the finals in Alebacken.

Sven Thorgren and Roope Tonteri rounded off the podium ahead of some of the world’s best big air riders including Seb Toutant and Halldor Helgason.

Coming up..

The AFP World Tour continues in style this week with the second platinum event in a matter of days. The SFR Freestyle Tour slopestyle finals are LIVE from La Clusaz on Extreme.com and will welcome the sport’s biggest names including Gus Kenworthy and Vincent Gagnier.

The World Snowboard Tour also moves on to France this week with the Poney Session and the Burton US Open going down.

And for everyone who prefers their action sports free of snow there’s two massive season openers coming up. First the World Surf League gets underway with the men and women competing on the gold coast. Then, the 2015 Red Bull X Fighters season kicks off in Mexico.

See you next Monday for all the highlights from every event!

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