Protest Balkan Rookie Fest Moves to Tara Mountain in Serbia

Heavy snow falls the last 5 days and bad forecast untill sunday 22 february, changed the schedule of the upcoming World Rookie Tour stop in Serbia but snow storms can’t stop the furius black yeti and the event is still confirmed. The 2star Swatch TTR “Protest Balkan Rookie Fest” is post poned to 24.26 february and moves to Tara Mountain while riders from Serbia, Slovenia and Macedonia are already on the road to the Conquer of the Snowboard Age.

“Snow falls and bad forecast make impossible to run the event as planned in Kopaonik from 20 to 22 february, so we decided to change the event schedule to 24.26 february and move to Tara Mountains, 200km from Belgrad” sayd Marco Sampaoli, World Rookie Tour director. “Our priority is to make the event happen and present this rookie format to the youngsters from the balkan area. 24 to 26 february are the only free days in an already full event calendar”.

Tara Mountain, part of the Outer Dinaric Alps, is located in western Serbia and stands at 1.000-1.500 meters above sea level. The mountain is a popular tourist center and Tara’s National Park encompasses a large part of the mountain. For Protest Balkan Rookie Fest, Tara Mountain will present a 300m snowpark slope featuring table tops, several box and rails including the Navara “Rookie Fest” Battleship Box.

Prizes for the Protest Balkan Rookie Fest
2 all inclusive ticket to the Protest World Rookie Finals 2009 from 15 to 19 april in Ischgl, Austria
3 Protest Surf Camp in Lacanau, France including a maximum of 300€ travel cost each.

Check out all World Rookie Rank previous results here

Event Information
Name: Protest Balkan Rookie Fest
Date of Event : 24 february arrival, 25 february training, quali and finals, 26 february reserve or departure day
Star level: 2Star
Location : Tara Mountain, Serbia
Format : Slope Style
Info and inscriptions: or +381.63. 8670711
Age Groups: Rookie (born from 1st january 91 and 31st december 93) and Grom (born after 1st january 94)
Prizes: 2 free ticket to the 4 star “Protest World Rookie Final” in Ischgl, 3 Protest Surf Camp in Lacanau, France including a maximum of 300€ travel cost each to be declared by the winners.
Entry Criteria: open qualification and invited riders.
Sponsor: Protest Boardwear, Ride Snowboards, Red Bull
Media Partners: Onboard Snowboarding Magazine,, Tacky
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Accomodation cost start from 30€ per night in half board
Lift tickets cost: to be defined
Closest Airport: Belgrad
Free Pick Up Service from-to Airport: contact or +381.

Contact person
Marko Nikolic – Sportsko udruzenje “Fristajler”
mobile +381.

Media Request
Marco Sampaoli (WSF)
Mobile: +39.340.3285569

Registration form for the “Protest Balkan Rookie Fest”
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Next International Rookie Fest heats:
Protest East Rookie Fest – Splinderuv Mlyn, Czech Republic – 2Star – 6.9 march 09
Protest World Rookie Finals – Ischgl, Austria – 4Star – 15.19 april 09
For 1star and 2star regional/national rookie contests check

Only the best rookies in the world will be granted access to the World Rookie Tour big final: the Swatch TTR 4Star “Protest World Rookie Finals” in Ischgl, Austria, from April 15 to April 19, 2009. Only the winners of the previous qualifiers will be able to go to Ischgl, together with the best athletes of the World Rookie Rank on April 5, and the wild cards that single nations give to their most promising rookies. 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. 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: an invitation to a Video Shooting with the Pirate Movie Production, a Photo Shooting by On Board Europe and an invitation to an event which is still kept secret are awaiting the winner.

WSF is the only international organisation working uniquely to develop and support snowboard at all levels, including competitions and education, disable and adaptive snowboarding, activities for riders of any age. WSF is a network of national snowboard associations cooperating worldwide for the development and promotion of the sport. Members find in WSF a source of inspiration and support to their activities. WSF can create added value for everybody involved in snowboard on national level and offers ideas, handbooks and initiatives, the result of an organization whose components share the same goal: progression of snowboarding at all levels.