The New King of Freeride

There's only one way Frenchman Xavier de le Rue likes his freeriding: fast

Updated: June 10, 2009, 3:00 PM ET
By Nate Deschenes

Just now breaking into the U.S. market, 29-year-old French native and Rossignol rider Xavier de le Rue took top honors in just about every extreme or big mountain contest held this past season. Quite a feat in itself, but considering the previous year he barely survived the single heaviest avalanche ever caught on tape—for now, he's content to be alive and breathing. In fact, drop Xavier's name to any serious professional snowboarders and watch them shake their heads in disbelief: The man ...

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