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Maria Kuzma Tops The Snowboard Podium At Fifth Stop Of Freeride World Tour (14-Mar-11)

Nendaz, Switzerland, March 14, 2011 - New Zealand's Maria Kuzma

New Zealand’s Maria Kuzma was the top snowboarder at yesterday’s Nendaz Freeride, a four star Freeride World Qualifier and the sixth of eight stops on the women’s 2011 Freeride World Tour while her twin sister, Janina, also saw the podium placing second in women’s skiing.  Both now qualify for the finals in Verbier.

The event went down surprisingly well despite low snow conditions. Reporting from Nendaz, Freeride World Tour (FWT) cub reporter and cinematographer Adam Brown indicated, “Face conditions were generally good with fairly deep, sugary snow.” He went on to tell us, “There were quite a lot of big airs, which is normal for Nendaz as it’s a particularly playful face. And there were fewer crashes than last year.”

The day started off nicely with a few clouds beginning to form as the ladies began to hike. The first women on the course rode in good sunlight but as the contest continued it quickly grew cloudy and much colder.

Snowboard Women

Kiwi rider Maria Kuzma was the top snowboarder of the day and scored her first win of the season outside of her native New Zealand.

FWT investigative reporter, Adam Brown, describes her run in the stream-of-conscience style for which his adoring readers know and love him: “Down the middle, navigates her way through a large boulder zone, peels rider’s left, two-metre air, more speed, powder turns releasing sluffs, another cleanly landed two-metre straight air, more carving, rider’s left, cautious drop over a small cliff band, points it down a small, tight couloir, fast, steep shredding with more sluff, fast frontside grab over a snowy boulder, powder slaying through the finish. Clean and confident.”

Freeride World Qualifier

“The first qualifying day was intense,” said Maria.   “The first run could have passed for a mogul competition, and the other was a 45 minute hike away, all this in one day made it stressful.”

“After day one, I made it through in third place which I was stoked on,” she said.  “For the finals day I chose a similar line as the line I took two years ago and everything went smoothly – landing me in first place.”

“I’m so happy – now I’m ranked third overall on the tour and going to Verbier!”

Ski Women

Leading woman, Janette Hargin (SWE) scored an 8.9 on her run, which included several big airs and smooth riding.   Janina Kuzma (NZL) was right behind her with a solid run that earned her a second place finish and guaranteed her a spot in the finals, the Nissan Xtreme Verbier 2011, which begin on 19 March.

“It’s been a long journey getting to the finals… I’ve finally made it,” said Kuzma. 

Kuzma is ranked third overall on the FWT as she heads into the final competition of the year.

Overall Ranking

With today’s win, Hargin once again regains the overall lead from American Angel Collinson while Anne-Flore Marxer now assumes the lead in the snowboard division.

The top six skiers and four snowboarders will now receive invitations to compete on the legendary Bec des Rosses at the Nissan Xtreme Verbier 2011.

Women skiers qualifying for Verbier:

  1. Janette Hargin (SWE)
  2. Angel Collinson (USA)
  3. Janina Kuzma (NZL)
  4. Eva Walkner (AUT)
  5. Christine Hargin (SWE)
  6. Pia Widmesser (GER)

For overall women ski ranking click here.

Women snowboarders qualifying for Verbier:

  1. Anne-Flore Marxer (SUI/FRA)
  2. Liz Kristoferitsch (AUT)
  3. Maria Kuzma (NZL)
  4. Aline Bock (GER)

For overall women snowboard ranking click here.

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