World Rookie Tour is a global series of youth snowboard events all over the world, part of the Swatch TTR and from 1 to 4star level. In 2010, more than 500 kids from 20 nations joined the tour in order to challenge for the title of World Rookie Champion and won their chance to became professional snowboarder. Infact, instead of prize money, the rookie tour events offer tickets to world class events, photo shootings with international media, video sessions with film production company and freeride trip in Chile.
2010 season included international events in Italy, Serbia, Andorra, Czech Republic, Austria, Australia and Chile. The kick off event is the Protest World Rookie Fest in Livigno, Italy: it is the most progressive youth snowboard event in the history of our sport which attract 100 of the most talented under 18 years old riders from 20 nations.
The winner in Livigno 2010 was Roope Tonteri: he got a ticket for the legendary Oakley Artic Challenge in Oslo, Norway, the event founded by Terje Haakonsen, the god father of modern snowboard. Roope went to the TAC and with solid runs he ended at 7th place!
After Livigno the Rookie Tour moved to Andorra, Serbia, Czech Republic and arrived to the end of season big finals: the 4Star Protest World Rookie Finals 2011 in Ischgl, Austria. Only per-selected riders from previous stops and from World Snowboard Federation national associations, can compete in the rookie finals and challenge for the World Rookie Champion title and for amazing prizes: trip to Chile, a ticket to the Air&Style, a filming session with Pirate Movie Production and photoshootings with Onboard Europe.
Roope Tonteri resulted the best rider also at the Protest World Rookie Finals where he conquered his second World Rookie Champion title and his chance to became a professional snowboarder. After the finals a buch of the best europea rookies where invited to the first ever Rookie Fest in South America, to be host in Valle Nevado, Chile. It was an unforgettable trip, with pros, slopestyle contest with the locals and some freeride shooting.
The rookies improved a lot during the season and they are now ready to start a their professional carrier: the dream is coming finally true.
Clemens Schattschneider in Ischgl 2010 (By RaggiEleonora.com)
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