World Rookie Fest 2008 Announced

WSF announces the 2008 World Rookie Fest: three 3 international events are going to be held in Europe to promote snowboarding and to give some Europe’s most talented young rider, outside the “pro system”, a chance to compete and win. Every World Rookie Fest (WRF) is reserved for riders born on january 1st 1990 and up, consists of a TTR 3Star Slope Style event and a bunch of other activities.

World Rookie Fests 2008 _ European Dates
World Rookie Fest. Livigno, Italy. January 18-22 2008. Slope Style & Half Pipe
02 World Rookie Fest. Neklid, Czech Republic. Febbruary 14-17 2008. Slope Style
Volkl World Rookie Fest Finals. Ischgl, Austria. April 16-20 2008. Slope Style

Inscription, Program and General Info
Every WRF will include in the program:
– TTR 3Star Slope Style competition, freestyle sessions (to be determined as one of the following: half pipe, rail jam etc.)
– Avalanche and rescue clinics by Pieps,
– Photo and video session
– Of course, parties.

The rider entry fee is fixed at 70€ per event (which includs inscription, lift ticket and gifts). Bib fees are 30€. Both entry fee and bib fee, are to be payed in cash at the race office. Discounted accomodations, local contacts, and a complete program with all the details will be avaible with the official press release before every WRF.

For info, inscription, media request
Official Home Page:
Official Rookie Community:

Every WRF will assign:
– Tickets to the Swatch TTR top events
– 10 free invitations at the following WRF (i.e. the best 5 rookies, 3 groms, 2 girls in Livigno will win free tickets to enter the Czech WRF)
– Avalanche transceivers from Pieps and equipment from other sponsors
– Each winner of a WRF a Tacky interview
– The World Rookie Champion a Fresh Meat on MethodMag and a golden ticket to a TTR top event to be annouced (in the last two seasons it was the Rookie Session at Air&Style)

Every rookie and national rookie team is welcomed to join the best myspaces (according to the decision of a seleceted jury) will win limited edition World Rookie Fest snowboards.

The World Rookie Champion 07 Sergey Lapuski and Stian Aanestad

The WSF World Rookie Tour 2008
In addition to the 3Stars World Rookie Fests, other Rookie Events at 1Star and 2Star level in Europe, Asia and North America are still to be determinated. While in Southern Emisphere the Australian Junior Series has already completed. All WSF rookie events will be part of the WSF World Rookie Tour 2008. All of these competitions will the ensure results are valid for the TTR ranking while WSF is working on a special World Rookie Rank which will nominate the World Rookie Champion at the end of the last event in Ischgl (AUT), on april 19th 2008. Official calendar, criteria and general rules for the World Rookie Tour and World Rookie Rank will be announced soon. For more info about the rookie tour or to include your event in the tour contact:

Gunnar Tveit (WSF President)
Marco Sampaoli (WSF Board of Director)

Stian Aanestad won WRF Livigno 2007

Note for Event Organizers
Each WSF member nation is invited to join the WSF World Rookie Tour and should insert its 1 and 2Star rookie events in the WSF event calendar. The more events that take place the better the rookie tour will be.

What is necessary to organize a WSF World Rookie Tour competition?
– send the application for the event and pay the event fee (1Star competition fee is 175€, a 2Star fee is 450€.)
– Only athlete members of the WSF national association network can partecipate in the WRT
– It is necessary to have an official jury
– The committee, which organizes the event, has to be a regular club from a WSF member snowboard association.
– WSF and “World Rookie Tour” logos have to be in all graphics.
– WSF also suggests to include the Swatch TTR logo in all comunication.

Which benefits does a WSF World Rookie Tour event get?
– Promotion from the national snowboard association (web site, newsletters etc.).
– International promotion by WSF (web site, international newsletter).
– Ranking will be inserted in the WSF World Rookie Rank.
– Publication of the video on the WSF site
– The event can have equipment prizes vs prize money.
– Through the national competitions a national Rookie Rank will be created, which will award the freestyle National Rookie Champion title.

Jan Scherrer compete at all WRF07 and today is in the Swatch Team

For every information about the WSF rookie projects contact

Gunnar Tveit
(WSF President)

Marco Sampaoli
(WSF Board of Directors)