In the world of freeskiing there is only one definitive ranking system, the AFP World Rankings. Now you might be asking yourself: What is the AFP and why should I care about their ranking system? If that’s the case, don’t worry I’ve got you covered.
The AFP, or The Association of Freeskiing Professionals, is the association formed by athletes and ski industry professionals to represent freeskiing on a global level. They act as THE single, unified voice of competitive freeskiing athletes. Their goal is to improve and boost the sport of freeskiing into mainstream consumption. The commitment to consistent, credible judging and competition has been key to the success of the AFP. Due to this credibility, the AFP was key in helping halfpipe and slopestyle skiing gain acceptance into the Olympics. Each year an extensive, worldwide schedule of AFP sanctioned events is organized and presented as the AFP World Tour.
The extensive network of events that is the AFP World Tour makes the AFP World Rankings possible. Because the AFP World Tour consists of many different AFP sanctioned events and is not tied to a singular series, tour, or event a truly unbiased world ranking is achieved. There are different event levels making it possible for skiers at every level to participate in competition. These rankings range from small bronze-level regional competitions to the extremely large-scale platinum-level events like the X Games and the Dew Tour. The results from these AFP sanctioned competitions are used to calculate the AFP World Rankings. The ranking is calculated as a points system with each event result being assigned AFP points based on its sanctioning level. So doing well at a higher-level competition will earn you more AFP points than at a low level event.
The AFP Rankings are calculated over a 52-week season and result in the naming of a World Champion at the end of each season. A World Champion is named for both men and women, in the disciplines halfpipe, slopestyle, big air and overall. The rankings are a rolling system and calculated for each discipline as follows:
MEN: Top 2 HP Results + Top 2 SS Results + Top 1 BA Result + next highest result
WOMEN: Top 3 Halfpipe Results + Top 3 Slopestyle Results
Halfpipe, Slopestyle, and Big Air Rankings:
Top 4 results in each discipline for both Men’s and Women’s