Sammy Luebke of Squaw Valley USA won an unprecedented third consecutive Freeride World Tour title in snowboard men with a victory in the tour’s fifth and final event Monday, the Xtreme Verbier at the Bec des Bosses in Verbier, Switzerland.
Austrian Thomas Feuerstein held a slim lead over fellow countryman Gigi Ruf for the overall title before the finale, but Luebke overcame both “with one of the most committed lines of the season, charging into the central couloir with speed and fluidly stomping multiple huge drops,” according to the Freeride World Tour.
“Cloud 9!!!!” Luebke wrote on Instagram. “Didn’t think it was possible, but it happened. So stoked to finish the season strong and clinch my 3rd @freerideworldtour title in no better place then @verbier4vallees!!”
Cloud 9!!!! Didn’t think it was possible but it happened. So stoked to finish the season strong and clinch my 3rd @freerideworldtour title in no better place then @verbier4vallees !! #3peat 👑🍻 @686 @jonessnowboards @girosnow @bluebirdwax @wave_rave @mo_pros @sparkrandd @nowbindings @squawalpine #fwt18 #dropin props to my my fellow mates @daveytown_ak on his 3rd place today, and @eliaselhardt on 2nd!
Elias Elhardt of Germany took second with “a solid and playful run,” which included a perfect backside 360 in the steep coulier.
Davey Baird of Homer, Alaska, took third with a “very steep and technical line through the central couloir that he executed with confidence.”
In other results, Marion Haerty of France took first in snowboard women followed by Anna Orlova of Russia in second and Manuela Mandl of Austria in third; Mandl won the overall season title.
In ski men, Mickael Bimboes of France took first, Craig Murray of New Zealand took second and Markus Eder of Italy took third. Kristofer Turdell of Sweden didn’t finish but already won the overall season title.
In ski women, Arianna Tricomi of Italy took first to take the overall season title, Lorraine Huger Austria took second and Eva Walkner of Austria took third.
Photo is a screen grab during Luebke’s winning run.