XAVIER DE LE RUE – REAL EXTREME!
Xavier De Le Rue was born July 1, 1979 in Bayonne (France). He began his international career at the 1997 World Junior Championships in Korno-alle-Skala, where he took 13th place in giant slalom. On November 14, 1997, he made his debut at the World Snowboard Championship. In Tignes (commune in France), he returned to the giant slalom, but took only 76th place. A week later, in Zell am See, he reached 57th place. For the first time in Lienz in January 1998, he managed to take 7th place, thereby falling into the top ten. Still a junior, at the 1998 World Cup in Chamruss, he finally won the silver medal in giant slalom. In March 1998, he first performed at the Les Angles resort in parallel slalom, and also won the FIS race. A week later, he made his halfpipe debut and took 13th place in Kotra, almost falling into the top ten. At the 1998 French Championships in Alp-d’Huez, he first took part in the snowboard cross and took 4th place. After winning several FIS races in this new discipline, as well as winning the national title at the 2001 French Championships in Serre Chevalier, he went to the World Cup, which began in September 2001.
On September 6, 2001, he immediately won his first World Cup snowboard race. After a one-year vacation in Valle Nevado in September 2002, he again climbed the podium with 2nd place. At the 2003 World Championships in Kraischberg, he finally won his first world title in snowboarding. In Berchtesgaden, he achieved his second victory at the World Cup. After he was on the podium in the following years and regularly celebrated his victories, he again started in the snowboard cross-country race at the French Championship 2005, but could not finish the race. He won silver at the South America Cup, which took place shortly afterwards. The first race of the World Cup 2005/06 season in Valle Nevado was again won by De Le Rue.
At the Winter Olympic Games in Turin, which took place in 2006, he took 18th place in the snowboard cross. At the 2007 World Snowboard Championships in Arosa, he managed to win the title for the second time after 2003. After a rare but successful start in the World Cup, he won a silver medal at the 2009 Gangwondo World Snowboard Championships. He took part in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, where he reached 19th place.
In 2010, he won the World Cup for the third consecutive time as part of the Freeride World Tour.
Incredible success in competitions, the conquest of several titles of the world champion in snowboarding and gold medals X-Games can not be ignored. For three consecutive years, Xavier was the world champion in snowboarding among freerides and twice was awarded the “best line” of the world freeride tour (snowboarding and skiing). This background for snowboarders and freestylers combines the best of both worlds.
With snowboarding, real recognition comes from shooting freeride. Xavier sought to invest time and energy in this side of the sport and gained well-deserved success and respect for his films. Xavier took part in the long-awaited freeride movie “Deeper”. During the 2009 season, Xavier focuses on big and cool personalities in the Chamonix area, as well as filming in the Antarctic for the documentary Lives of the Artists.
While most of the time in Verbier, Switzerland, in the winter, when there is no way to go to shootings or competitions, Xavier returns home to the Pyrenees for the summer months. It is important for him to spend time with his family, to enjoy climbing, surfing and mountain biking. This person certainly does not take energy and enthusiasm.
Kraischberg, he finally won his first world title in snowboarding. In Berchtesgaden, he achieved his second victory at the World Cup. After he was on the podium in the following years and regularly celebrated his victories, he again started in the snowboard cross-country race at the French Championship 2005, but could not finish the race. He won silver at the South America Cup, which took place shortly afterwards. The first race of the World Cup 2005/06 season in Valle Nevado was again won by De Le Rue.