From Olympic medalists to big mountain icons, Natural Selection Tour announces the first half of 2023 invitees, including Langland, Mindnich, Gerard, Fasani, Rüf, and Jackson to join the Tour as it kicks off with DUELS in February
The Natural Selection Tour is ramping up for the biggest season yet as Hailey Langland, Nils Mindnich, Red Gerard, Kimmy Fasani, Gigi Rüf, and John Jackson are some of the first newly invited riders to be announced for the 2023 season. They’ll join the 11 riders who qualified from 2022 and seven additional riders to be announced by the end of the year. All riders will start off with Natural Selection DUELS, designed to bring out riders’ creativity and highlight new zones and snowboarding’s diverse styles.
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The winner of each of the Natural Selection DUELS moves on to the next two Tour stages: the YETI Natural Selection Revelstoke and Natural Selection Alaska. The DUELS rider match-ups will be pulled from the NST randomizer and announced daily on the Natural Selection Instagram starting in early January.
“This event is so exciting to watch as an onlooker, and just the thought of being surrounded by so many of my favorite snowboarding peers back in the mountains, gives me the biggest smile. All the challenges I’ve been through over the last few years have reminded me how special snowboarding with friends is–and being invited to be a part of the Tour is such an honor.”
– Kimmy Fasani, snowboarding icon and 2023 Natural Selection Tour rider
The invited riders have been hand-picked by the Natural Selection Nomination Committee to compete alongside the returning riders who qualified for the second stages of the Tour in 2022, including Mikkel Bang, Dustin Craven, Jared Elston, Ben Ferguson, Marion Haerty, Elena Hight, Torstein Horgmo, Mark McMorris, Blake Paul, Zoi Sadowski-Synnott and Travis Rice.
The 2023 Natural Selection Tour season kicks off in February 2023 at rider-selected freeriding venues worldwide for Natural Selection DUELS. DUELS will showcase varied terrain as the riders pre-qualified from the 2022 season, including Olympians, big mountain icons, and rising stars, go head-to-head with the invited riders from across the global snowboarding spectrum. The fully edited and judge-scored runs from each DUEL will be broadcast first and exclusively on Red Bull TV.
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The eight men and four women to come out on top of Natural Selection DUELS will converge for the YETI Natural Selection Revelstoke based out of Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Live-streamed globally within the contest window, March 4 through 11, Mother Nature picks the day when riders will compete in brackets ending in the crowning of a winner in a dynamic venue within the Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing tenure. Known for diverse, big mountain terrain, Revelstoke is a natural fit for the event with high quality, light snow, and consistent, reliable snowfall. The Tour will also highlight and celebrate the authentic spirit of the Revelstoke mountain community with events supported by Tourism Revelstoke and the Province of British Columbia.
All 12 riders who compete at the YETI Natural Selection Revelstoke will move on to Natural Selection Alaska in an all-new Natural Selection Tour super final venue outside Valdez. From March 25 through April 1, riders go head-to-head on the iconic steeps and spines of Alaska’s Chugach Mountain Range. Look for riders from every aspect of snowboarding to put together film part-worthy runs in one take in an effort to make the final and claim the crown in Alaska.
A manifestation of snowboarders’ wildest dreams, the Tour’s innovative format reveals riders’ full creative expression and requires a deep knowledge of all-mountain conditions to reign supreme. The second and third Tour stops will run within seven-day weather windows to ensure that the snow is in prime condition.
2023 Natural Selection Tour Dates:
- Natural Selection DUELS
- February 2023
- YETI Natural Selection Revelstoke*:
- LIVE! March 4 – 11, 2023
- Natural Selection Alaska*:
- March 25 – April 1, 2023
*competition to run on one day, when Mother Nature calls it, during a seven-day contest window
Like-minded partners are coming together to help develop and support the Natural Selection Tour. YETI is back as the title sponsor of the Revelstoke event. Backcountry returns as the Tour’s outerwear partner with NST Freeride 3L outerwear kits available now. Pacifico, TAE, Burton, Red Bull, Oakley, Wheel Pros, GoPro, Ski-Doo, and Dakine will also return as Tour partners. To get involved, please contact the Natural Selection Tour’s Partnership Team.
The Industry Alliance marketing platform, where endemic brands are able to directly support the events and their team riders competing on the Natural Selection Tour, will return in 2023. The Tour is proud to have Union, BOA, Lib Tech, GNU, Jones, Capita, Arc’teryx, Norrona, Sandinista, Coal, Salomon and Mons Royale on board for the coming season. Alliance members will receive brand presence on the live-stream, social media and on-site at events, along with access to content and social assets from the Tour.