Charlie Lyons is another one of the many great skiers from the Southern Hemisphere who have graced the international freeski scene in recent years. The 25-year-old seems to be a typical New Zealander: always friendly with a good sense of humor and some rather strange hobbies, cricket and disk golf! More importantly, though, he is very focused when it comes to pursuing his career goals. Stemming from Christchurch on the East Coast of New Zealand’s South Island, he started skiing at the early age of four and continued to be a promising ski racer at nearby Mt. Hutt ski resort. At the age of 16, however, he felt that the confinements of the race track were too limiting to his skiing aspiration and went on to first freestyle and later on freeride skiing. Accordingly, he lists the infamous club fields of New Zealand and particularly Mt. Olympus as his favorite places to ski. Two years ago, he saw the possibility to really make it as a pro skier and started to seriously compete at big mountain competitions. Results came in quickly, first in New Zealand and then also in Europe, which earned him a spot on the Freeride World Tour 2013. Considering his talent and determination, Charlie Lyons still seems far from having reached his limits yet.
Charlie had an amazing Northern Hemisphere season competing on the Freeride World Tour, he skied consistently and very intelligently nabbing a 3rd place at the Kirkwood stop and ended up finishing the tour in a very respectable 9th place. With such great results Charlie will be returning to the Freeride World Tour in 2014 with confidence and another year of experience under his belt, which should prove to be a very powerful combination.
3rd - Freeride World Tour Kirkwood USA 2013
Qualified rider for the 2012/13 Freeride World Tour
3rd - New Zealand Freeski Open 2012 3* FWQ
3rd - Chill Series 2012 2* FWQ
1st - New Zealand Freeski Open 2011 3* FWQ
2nd - Export 33 Xtreme 2011 4* FWQ
4th - 2011 FWQ Rankings
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