The 2014-15 AFP World Tour concluded Sunday at Whistler Blackcomb. Following a showdown in the halfpipe on Blackcomb Mountain, athletes made their way to the oh-so-fancy Bearfoot Bistro for the annual AFP awards banquet. Per usual, the year-end champs were crowned; many drinks were poured in celebration of another season gone by; the food was delectable and the Ketel One Ice Room played host to some grade A shenanigans. The affair is always highly anticipated, and has grown to become a true staple of the AFP World Champs / World Ski & Snowboard Festival experience.
In brief summation: Following a cocktail hour, and then dinner, the 2014-15 AFP points leaders were recognized. One by one, the individuals were called to the head of the dining room where they received their snowflake-shaped trophies, crafted by the talented Mark Levrett, of Mark One Metal Works. Athletes will customarily share a few words about their season, and give due credit and thanks to the folks who helped ’em achieve success along the way. Ms. Sarah Burke is often referenced (including a group-wide vodka toast—Sarah’s favorite), and this year, thoughts and prayers were shared for 22-year-old Jamie Crane-Mauzy, who suffered a nasty crash in the ladies’ slopestyle final on Saturday, on Blackcomb Mountain. Crane-Mauzy has been placed in a medically induced coma at a Vancouver hospital, where family and friends are by her side. Stay #MoCrazyStrong, Jamie.
Regarding the awards, prizes were given to the top three male and female finishers for slopestyle, halfpipe and big air (boys only). Additionally, we enjoyed the presentation of the Sarah Burke Trophies, awarded to the man and woman who place first in the overall standings at the end of the season—that is to say, the individuals who accumulate the most points across all disciplines. The trophy this year goes to Gus Kenworthy once again (his fifth straight), and on the ladies’ side, Ms. Devin Logan locked up the honors for the second straight year.
The party spilled into the bar area post-awards, and in time, the group made its way to Buffalo Bill’s where live music and tequila shots awaited. All in all, ’twas another top-notch family dinner, and as always, I’m overwhelmed and overjoyed to be a part of such an amazing gathering.
Big thanks goes out to the sponsors for making it all happen: RESQWATER, Monster Energy, GoPro, GoPuck and Rockwell Watches. FREESKIER is proud to be a supporter of the evening, as well. And a huge congrats goes out to all of the athletes for their hard work—especially to those who walked away with some fancy hardware this weekend.
The 2014-15 AFP winners are as follows…
2015 Men’s AFP Slopestyle Top 3
1. McRae Williams
2. Bobby Brown
3. Joss Christensen
2015 Women’s AFP Slopestyle Top 3
1. Emma Dahlström
2. Yuki Tsubota
3. Giulia Tanno
2015 Men’s AFP Halfpipe Top 3
1. David Wise
2. Kevin Rolland
3. Gus Kenworthy
2015 Women’s AFP Halfpipe Top 3
1. Ayana Onozuka
2. Janina Kuzma
3. Annalisa Drew
2015 AFP Big Air Top 3
1. Vincent Gagnier
2. Elias Ambühl
3. Noah Morrison
2015 AFP Men’s Overall World Champion
2015 AFP Women’s Overall World Champion
See the full break-down via afpworldtour.com/rankings.