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Queenstown’s Teva Slopestyle gains Silver FMBA status!

Posted by Caleb Smith on Thursday December 20 2012

Phil McLean, Superman out of the Fruit Bowl Photo: Caleb Smith

We all knew that Teva had applied to the FMBA to get their event on the FMB World Tour, but as of today, it’s official and it has received Silver status! That’s a huge drawcard for the Queenstown event and should mean that the calibre and quantity of international riders showing up will be off the chain.

Luke McCombie, Tuck No Handed Front Flip. Photo: Caleb Smith

Riders rumored to be coming include a a couple of heavy hitting slopestyle superstars and with the addition of Silver status and the points that go along with it, we should see a few more showing up!

Lewis Jones spins Photo: Caleb Smith

Press Release:

Only 10 weeks ago we watched the world’s best freeriders ride down some of the most hazardous terrain in the world at the FMB World Tour 2012 grand finale – the Red Bull Rampage. Now, after a short break the FMBA is ready to announce preliminary dates for the FMB World Tour 2013.

It is incredible how much progression the athletes and events make every year. After the FMB World Tour 2012 the big question is “what will we see next?”  Well, in 2013 the FMB World Tour is branching out even further across the globe.

FMB World Tour 2013 will be making its stamp in Australia and New Zealand with the Silver events, X-up Freeride Festival and Teva Slopestyle Competition.  In Europe, renowned for its uniqueness and spectacular atmosphere, the FMB World Tour welcomes another Silver event – the White Style competition held in Leogang, Austria.  For the first time, Sweden will hold the Adrenaline City Cup in Gothenburg. Returning Silver events like the crowd magnet – Vienna Air King and the Swiss competition, Swatch Rocket Air Slopestyle will also once again be a part of the FMB World Tour 2013 calendar.

Moving up the event category ladder, the FMBA can now confirm six Gold events, four to be held in Europe and two to take place in North America. Starting in Europe, the Gold events begin in May with FISE in Montpellier and Red Bull Berg Line, held in Winterberg, Germany.  In June the historic 26TRIX will once again be a part of the calendar. Rounding off the European tour in July is Crankworx Les 2 Alpes, which after its debut last year will stage another great Slopestyle event. The FMB World Tour 2013 will then cross the pond to North America for the Colorado Freeride Festival in Winterpark, CO. The Bearclaw Invitational will mark the final Gold event on August 25th.

In 2013 the Diamond events will stay in North America. It all begins at the Mecca of freeriding for Red Bull Joyride at Crankworx Whistler. For the first time ever in FMB World Tour history, the Red Bull Rampage will return for a consecutive year. This event normally takes place every other year but riders and spectators will return to the Utah desert as part of the FMB World Tour 2013.

The FMBA are still reviewing event applications so look out for further event news to be released early next year. For now, get stoked about what is certain to be another awesome FMB World Tour season, filled with suspense as the riders battle for the FMB World Tour 2013 title!

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To stay tuned in, and learn about the FMB World Tour check out the official website www.fmbworldtour.com. Follow us on Facebook via www.facebook.com/FMBWorldTour and on Twitter via www.twitter.com/fmbworldtour . For information about the FMBA please click here .

Co-course designer Kelly McGarry gets his three on… Photo: Caleb Smith

Canadian Sam Dueck tail whips the steep down (which is rumored to be growing in size! for 2013) Photo: Caleb Smith

Image Gallery (7 Photos)

  1. Canadian Sam Dueck tail whips the steep down (which is rumored to be growing in size! for 2013)
  2. Luke McCombie, Tuck No Handed Front Flip.
  3. Lewis Jones spins Photo: Caleb Smith