Font Romeu, France (12 January 2019) – Finn Bilous has finished in eighth place within a highly competitive field at the first slopestyle World Cup competition of 2019 in Font Romeu, France.
Following three days of waiting for the wind to calm down, Mother Nature finally decided to cooperate with the organisers at the Pyrenees resort, bringing sun and mild temperatures as a background for what was a fully packed day at the second slopestyle World Cup event of the 2018/2019 season.
The day started with the men’s qualifiers rounds, and sixty of the world’s best gunning for a spot in the 16-man final. Finn put the week’s weather challenges behind him to earn the fourth highest score in his heat and his ticket to the final.
“With only one sub-par day of practice, I hadn’t landed my competition run the entire training, so it was a real relief to ride away clean and get rewarded with a high score in the qualifying,” reported Finn.
He continued: “Going in to finals I still had a couple of tricks to help improve my score. I was able to land both my runs, with my first being slightly better scoring.”
His run - comprising a right double cork 1260 safety grab, switch double cork 1260 mute grab to Japan grab, left double cork 1260 mute grab, switch left lip slide on and front 630 safety grab out of the cannon rail, switch right 270 on and back 450 out of the down flat rail – earned him a score of 80.88 and eighth place, matching his result at the first World Cup of the season held in Stubai, Austria in November.
“It was a very long day of competition,” commented Finn. “I’m happy with how I skied and really pumped to be heading to Colorado tomorrow morning in a healthy condition to prepare for X-Games in just over a week.”
Finn will join fellow Cardrona NZ Park & Pipe team members Carlos Garcia Knight, Nico Porteous and Zoi Sadowski-Synnott in Aspen for the invitation-only event from 24-27 January.
Alexander Hall (USA) claimed victory at the Font Romeu World Cup with second spot going to Philippe Langevin (CAN) and Andri Ragettli (SUI) finishing the competition in third, jumping on the podium with the last run of the competition.