World Rookie Tour lands in South America

Circuito Bichos from Chile join the World Rookie Tour and announce its final as a Swatch TTR 1Star Slopestyle which will assign a ticket for the World Rookie Fest 2010 in Livigno.

World Rookie Tour lands in South America
Valle Nevado, Chile
29 august 2009

The Australian Junior Series has just successfully completed with Ben Randall taking home the title and his ticket to the World Rookie Fest in Livigno, while “Circuito Bichos”, the most recognized rookie tour in Chile, announced to join the World Rookie Tour in September 2009.

Ben Randal won the Australian Junior Series

The “Circuito Bichos” will finish with a 1Star TTR slopestyle final in Valle Nevado, Chile, on September 13th 2009, which will be the first competition in the history of the Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour to offer TTR ranking points in South America. The best rider from Chilean “bugs” series will get a ticket to the TTR 3Star Slopestyle “Protest World Rookie Fest 2010” held in the legendary Livigno Mottolino Snowpark, Italy.

It’s good to see high quality rookie events in South America. Moreover, local organizers have applied to host a Swatch TTR 3Star “World Rookie Fest 2010 – Freeride Edition”. It is exciting because we have very positive feedback about the quality of resorts and infrastructure.”, says Marco Sampaoli of the World Snowboard Federation.

Fabian Giavio, Director of the Circuito Bichos and member of Anden, the chilean snow sport organization, is satisfied with the development, “We will hold a nice Rookie Fest in South America and we are already working hard on it. Anden is happy to be involved in the World Rookie Tour and to be part of the World Snowboard Federation.

An image from last stop of Circuito Bichos in Chile

The Circuito Bichos consists of 4 events and gathers the most talented under 18 years old riders from Chile. Organized by Anden in the main Chilean mountain resorts, this national rookie series has its own tour ranking system with more than 90 participants and registered its 2009 final as a Swatch TTR 1Star Slopestyle. Find all information about youth snowboard events and projects in Chile at

World Rookie Tour 2009.10 – International provisional calendar
Protest Iberic Rookie Fest – 2Star slopestyle, Spain, December 2009
Protest World Rookie Fest – 3Star slopestyle, Livigno, Italy, January 2010
Protest Balkan Rookie Fest – 2Star slopestyle, Serbia, February 2010
Protest France Rookie Fest – 2Star slopestyle, France, February 2010 – to be confirmed
Protest East Rookie Fest – 2Start slopestyle and halfpipe, Czech Republic, March 2010
Protest World Rookie Finals 2010 – 4Star slopestyle, Ischgl, Austria, April 2010
Summer Rookie Fest – 2Star slopestyle, Val Senales, Italy, July 2010 – to be confirmed
Australasia Rookie Fest – 2Star slopestyle, Australia – location and date tba
World Rookie Fest “Freeride Edition” – 3Star Slopestyle and Powder Big Air, Chile, August 2010
+ 1star qualifying events and national series in many countries.
More info at

Rookie Titles 2009.10
– 2Star “Summer Rookie Fest 09”, Val Senales, Italy: Roope Tonteri (rookie), Marco Grigis (grom).
– Australian Junior Series 2009 : Ben Randall

Marco Sampaoli
WSF Board of Directors
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