Packed with more than enough surprises and close calls to keep both the riders and fans on their toes, slopestyle finals at Fise Montpellier were simply amazing, even if the windy weather did do its best to halt proceedings. Once again, we all saw that any predictions can flip up-side-down when it comes to this sport, which is exactly why we like it...
This is where it all starts.
Due to a decision made by the riders, the finals were postponed until the afternoon, which made it a waiting game. But in the end, patience is a virtue as they say and it was totally worth it knowing now what happened later on that day was pretty special.
Mehdi was on form throughout the competition. But unfortunately, he could not finish his run, which he started with the flat flip of the drop. Who know where this would take him - if he only he reached the last jump in this run.
Nicholi's finals went down under a slogan, "All or nothing". It just shows you how ridiculously high the level is at slopestyle competitions, nowadays.
Louis Reboul killed it co-building the course this year. His very unique style of riding was very visible during the finals.
Lukas is doing so well right now. He's gaining more and more experience and confidence with every competition and he doesn't look to be slowing down anytime soon.
Reed did not improve his personal-best at FISE this year. Still, he was one of those riders who rode most. Keep this awesome guy on your radar!
Max is very capable of finishing in the top-3. Unfortunately for him, it was not meant to be on this event. It's crazy how recognisable his 'Swedish style' of riding is. Martin's heritage is strong!
Daryl came back home very happy with his best yet result at a Gold FMB event - 6th place for the young English rider.
Szymon Godziek rolled out all of his biggest guns for the super final run. A perfectly executed backflip cliffhanger was one of the highlights of his run.
Local rider from Marseille, Tomas Lemoine, went big for the crowd.
Yannick stomped a sick tail-whip off the drop in both of his runs and this trick among some other stunts, earned him the 3rd spot. You can imagine how happy he is with that.
Ryan with a perfectly deserved podium! He's the man!
Thomas Genon wins the event with surgical precision. He stayed focused and was landing his tricks cleanly, which was a must on this demanding course.
Ryan Nyquist REALLY is the man! Massive props for taking 2nd place at FISE. Skill, confidence and being fully focused are the way to do well at this kind of events.
It was an amazing day for me. This was just outside my comfort zone with the drop and a big set, plus the wind, but it feels amazing to walk away with 2nd place. The level of riding was insane, I am so happy for Yannick - that tailwhip off the drop, I don't know if anybody realises how crazy that is! - Ryan Nyquist
The slopestyle finals were a good show. The weather was nice and the wind was not blowing too hard, which was really good for us, the riders. I did a similar run in the qualification round, but of course, I added and improved on it with some tricks. I am especially happy with landing a decade after a double whip. I was quite stressed coming into it, but luckily, it all played out really well. I'm stoked to win here at FISE! - Thomas Genon