“I'm stoked,” Kenworthy said Wednesday, “could hardly contain his excitement about his Overall Championship status,” according to the Association of Freestyle Professionals website.
“I did a ton of contests this year and worked as hard as I could to compete in as many disciplines as possible,” the website reports Kenworthy excclaimed. “This is huge!"
“I'm stoked,” said the characteristically modest Kenworthy, who has battled halfpipe champion Simon Dumont for the top spot in the Overall Standings throughout the 51-stop tour, finally eclipsing his rival during the four-day competition with combined scores in Big Air, Superpipe and Slopestyle.
“It's kind of weird,” Kenworthy said by telephone Wednesday, of the Whistler runs landing him 13th in Big Air, 8th in Halfpipe and 6th in Slopestyle, with a combined rating of first place overall, “but I'm definitely very happy.”
France's Kevin Rolland and USA's Devin Logan took home the halfpipe World Championships; American Bobby Brown and Canada's Kaya Turksi are the World Champions of Slopestyle and Switzerland's Elias Ambuhl was crowned the Big Air World Champion.
Kenworthy, now in California working on a film with Matchstick Productions, heads off to a Vitamin Water training camp in Mammoth, and then a team meeting in Costa Mesa. “The season is winding down, and it's kind of mellow,” he said.
The AFP World Championships came on the heels of the IOC's historic announcement that ski halfpipe is now an official event at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
“It’s a great time for freeskiing, the sport is poised for explosive growth and the AFP is in the position to help foster that growth as well as communicate the sport and these tremendous athletes to the world,” said AFP Co-Founder and President Chis Schuster.