The Tour

If you dream to become a professional snowboarder, then your future starts from World Rookie Tour!

The Black Yeti is happy to announce the 2017/18 events: for the first time in history the first stop of the tour will be at Cardrona Alpine Resort in New Zealand from the 5th to the 8th of October 2017. North Emisphere events such as the legendary event in Livigno, the Rail Jam By Skipass in Modena, the Corvatsch Rookie Fest in Switzerland, the Bulgarian Rookie Fest in Bulgaria are confirmed. For the first time the tour moves to Valle d’Aosta, in Northern Italy, for the Valle d’Aosta Rookie Fest that will take place at the amazing snowpark in Pila, surrounded by the highest and the most beautiful mountains of the Alps from the 21st to the 25th February 2018. Regarding the events in North America, this year the groms will have the opportunity to participate to USASA Grom Fest in Keystone, USA, on the 10th of February 2018 and to the USASA Grom Fest in Breckenridge on the 25th of February 2018. The Mammoth Rev Tour Rookie Fest, in California, from the 15th to the 16th March 2018 and the Indy Park Rookie Fest in Nekoma, Japan, from the 3rd to the 4th of March 2018 are also confirmed.

The legendary World Rookie Finals, the most awaited tour event, will take place for the second year in Kitzsteinhorn at Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria, from the 10th to the 15th of April 2018! More than just a snowboard competition, World Rookie Finals are life experience, lifestyle activities, workshops and social moments.

World Rookie Tour is pushing snowboard development on all levels and it is one of the greatest sport events dedicated to young snowboarders and their families, with almost 1.100 riders participating in the last season, from 35 different Nations.

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HOW TO PARTICIPATE TO THE WORLD ROOKIE TOUR

The World Rookie Tour is an under 18 snowboard freestyle competition opened to everybody who wants to become professional snowboarder. To take part in the World Rookie Tour you need to be part of a National Snowboard Association, signed up at World Snowboard Federation. You can find the whole list of National Snowboard Associations here.

ABOUT WSF WORLD ROOKIE TOUR & WORLD ROOKIE RANK

The World Rookie Tour (WRT) is the largest youth snowboard series in the world.
Reserved for riders under 18’s only, it’s organized by the Black Yeti srl and patronized by the World Snowboard Federation (WSF). The WRT consist of 10-12 selected international events included in both World Snowboard Federation tour and TTR World Snowboard Tour, and organized in collaboration with several National Snowboard Association, plus a bunch of national and regional competitions organized by local snowboard clubs, school and ski resorts.

The World Rookie Tour is not just competitions: they feature loads of other activities to help rookies grow in the field of professional snowboarding, such as photo&video shootings, avalanche and rescue clinics, meeting with photographers and international team managers, parties and big big prizes.

The World Rookie Rank is a classification for under 18’s only and it is developed by the World Snowboard Federation (WSF) in collaboration with TTR World Snowboard Tour.

At the end of the World Rookie Tour, the final winner will be awarded with the title of World Rookie Champion. He will be offered a unique opportunity to enter the world of professional snowboarding: invitation to Video Shooting like filming with Pirate Movie Production, International Photo Shooting, Freeride Filming Trip and invitation to international world famous snowboard events.

Only the best rookies in the world will be granted access to the World Rookie Tour big final: the “World Rookie Finals” in Kitzsteinhorn at Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria, to be held every season in April.

QUALIFING CRITERIA TO THE WORLD ROOKIE FINALS

– Riders, male and female, born 1st January 2000 and younger are admitted.
– Riders will be divided in 2 age groups: born before/after 2003.
– Only riders from WSF member nations are admitted.
– Qualified are the top 20 riders of the World Rookie Rank (top 20 male, top 20 female) + the top 10 riders from the Grom rank by the 2nd of April 2018. you can check the rookie ranks here:  The Ranking
– Additional every Nation is allowed to nominate 2 Rookies Men, 1 Rookie Girl, 1 Grom Men, 1 Grom Girl.
– The top 3 riders, both male and female / Rookie and Grom, from the previous international stops in Chile, Switzerland (Corvatsch), Italy (Livigno and Pila), USA and Japan are already qualified to the World Rookie Finals. National secretary or national coaches are allowed to send their team inscriptions.

 

WSF World Rookie Champions – Hall of Fame

2006 – final in Soelden Austria
World Rookie Champion – Christian Haller (SUI)
World Rookie Girl Champion – Silvana Bachmann (SUI)

2007 – final in Kuthai Austria
World Rookie Champion – Sergey Lapushskin (RUS)
World Rookie Girl Champion – Nicole Gsponer (SUI)

2008 – final in Ischgl Austria
World Rookie Champion – Gjermund Bråten (NOR)
World Rookie Girl Champion – Kari Opsal Maeland (NOR)
World Rookie Tour Grom Champion – Dimi de Jong (NED)
World Rookie Tour Girl Grom Champion – Maria Delfina Maiocco (ITA)

2009 – final in Ischgl Austria
World Rookie Champion – Roope Tonteri (FIN)
World Rookie Girl Champion – Michaela Davis-Meehan (AUS)
World Rookie Tour Grom Champion – Sven Thorgren (NOR)
World Rookie Tour Girl Grom Champion – Maria Delfina Maiocco (ITA)

2010 – final in Ischgl Austria
World Rookie Champion – Roope Tonteri (FIN)
World Rookie Girl Champion – Katarzyna Rusin (POL)
World Rookie Tour Grom Champion – Tim Kevin Ravnjac (SLO)
World Rookie Tour Girl Grom Champion – Diana Augustinova (CZE)

2011 – final in Ischgl Austria
World Rookie Champion – Emil Andre Ulsletten (NOR)
World Rookie Girl Champion – Katarzyna Rusin (POL)
World Rookie Tour Grom Champion – Fridtjof Saether Tischendorf (CZE)
World Rookie Tour Girl Grom Champion – Katerina Vojackova (CZE)

2012 – final in Ischgl Austria
World Rookie Champion – Sven Thorgren (SWE)
World Rookie Girl Champion – Celia Petrig (SUI)
World Rookie Tour Grom Champion – Fridtjof Tischendorf  (NOR)
World Rookie Tour Girl Grom Champion – Romana Petrig (SUI)

2013 – final in Ischgl Austria
World Rookie Champion – Jonas Bösiger (SUI)
World Rookie Girl Champion – Katerina Vojackova (CZE)
World Rookie Tour Grom Champion – Ulstein Isak (NOR)
World Rookie Tour Girl Grom Champion – Mattingley Taelor (USA)

2014 – final in Ischgl Austria
World Rookie Champion – Keita Inamura (JPN)
World Rookie Girl Champion – Katie Ormerod (GBR)
World Rookie Tour Grom Champion – Kaito Hamada (JPN)
World Rookie Tour Girl Grom Champion – Elli Pikkujamsa (FIN)

2015 – final in Ischgl Austria
World Rookie Champion – Mons Røisland (NOR)
World Rookie Girl Champion – Henna Ikola (FIN)
World Rookie Tour Grom Champion – Wendelin Gauger (SUI)
World Rookie Tour Girl Grom Champion – Reira Iwabuchi (JPN)

2016 – final in Ischgl Austria
World Rookie Champion – Isak Ulstein (NOR)
World Rookie Girl Champion – Henna Ikola (FIN)
World Rookie Tour Grom Champion – Takeru Otsuka (JPN)
World Rookie Tour Girl Grom Champion – Kokomo Murase (JPN)

2017 – final in Kitzsteinhorn Zell am See-Kaprun Austria
World Rookie Slopestyle Champion –Takeru Otsuka (JPN)
World Rookie Girl Slopestyle Champion – Antonia Yanez (CHI)
World Rookie Tour Grom  Slopestyle Champion – William Mathisen (SWE)
World Rookie Tour Grom Girl Slopestyle Champion and Overall – Kokomo Murase (JPN)
World Rookie Halfpipe Champion – Chase Blackwell (USA)
World Rookie Girl Halfpipe Champion – Sena Tomita (JPN)
World Rookie Tour Grom Halfpipe Champion – Lee Joonsik (KOR)
World Rookie Tour Grom Girl Halfpipe Champion – Berenice Wicki (SUI)

2018 – final in Kitzsteinhorn Zell am See-Kaprun Austria
World Rookie Slopestyle Champion – Takeru Otsuka (JPN)
World Rookie Girl Slopestyle Champion – Ariane Burri (SUI)
World Rookie Tour Grom Slopestyle Champion – Yamada Yuto (JPN)
World Rookie Tour Grom Girl Slopestyle Champion – Kokomo Murase (JPN)
World Rookie Halfpipe Champion – Hironori Nagata (JPN)
World Rookie Girl Halfpipe Champion – Misaki Kabukari (JPN)
World Rookie Tour Grom Halfpipe Champion – Jake Canter (USA)
World Rookie Tour Grom Girl Hafpipe Champion – Mitsuki Ono (JPN)