Protest Pyrenees Rookie Fest in Andorra

Vallnord, Andorra – 18.20 december 2009 – The kick off event of the World Rookie Tour 09.10 will celebrate the World Snowboard Day in Andorra with the Swatch TTR 2Star “Protest Pyrenees Rookie Fest” from 18 to 20 december 2009. Snowboarding future stars will challenge in order to conquer an invitation to the legendary Protest World Rookie Fest in Livigno, Italy and 3 tickets to the Protest World Rookie Finals in Ischgl, Austria.

The kick off event of the World Rookie Tour 09.10 will celebrate the World Snowboard Day in Andorra with the Swatch TTR 2Star “Protest Pyrenees Rookie Fest” from 18 to 20 december 2009. Snowboarding future stars will challenge in order to conquer an invitation to the legendary Protest World Rookie Fest in Livigno, Italy and 3 tickets to the Protest World Rookie Finals in Ischgl, Italy.

We are happy to have a new location for the kick off event of the northern hemisphere tour” state Marco Sampaoli, tour director “Vallnord in Andorra showed great interest in the event and local organizer Aleks Sanz from WSS is for sure the best supporter we can ask. It will be a great event for the kids from west Europe.

Vallnord in Andorra hosts an high quality freestyle area and a special slopestyle will be presented for the Protest Pyrenees Rookie Fest. Don’t miss the opportunity to join the first west european edition of the most famous youth event!

The event will assign the following prizes:
1 ticket to enter for free the Protest World Rookie Fest in Livigno, Italy, from 16 to 20 january 2010
3 tickets to enter for free the Protest World Rookie Finals in Ischgl, Austria, from 4 to 11 april 2010
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If your dream is to become a professional snowboarder, then your future starts from the Rookie Fests!

Event Program
December18th : Arrival day and registration at Race Office
December19th : Training day and qualification
December 20th : Finals and departure

General Informations
Age Groups: Rookie (born from 1992 to 1994) and Grom (born from 1st january 1995 and up)
Event format: Slopestyle (2Star)
Entry fee: 20€
Accomodation and transportation: see below
Vallnord Ski Resort homepage: www.vallnord.com

Contacts for inscription, hotel bookings and media accreditation
Info, inscriptions, transportation info and hotel booking:
Aleks Sanz aleks@wssactionsports.com 0034.636.471.404

Media accreditation and media request including pictures, roughcut, tv highlights, web video:
Marco Sampaoli marco@worldsnowboardfederation.org 0039.340.3285569

International Rookie Fest Stops 2009.10
Protest Pyrenees Rookie Fest, Vallnord, Andorra – 2Star – 18.20 december 2009
Protest World Rookie Fest – Livigno, Italy – 3Star – 16.20 january 2010
Protest Balkan Rookie Fest – Iver Mokra Gora, Serbia – 2Star – 12.14 february 2010
Protest East Rookie Fest – Splinderuv Mlyn, Czech Republic – 2Star – 5.7 march 2010
Protest World Rookie Finals – Ischgl, Austria – 4Star – 7.11 april 2010
Summer Rookie Camp – Val Senales, Italy – 26june.3july 2010 – www.rookiecamp.eu
Freeride Rookie Fest – Valle Nevado, Chile – 2Star – august 2010
In addition to these, the Oceania Rookie Fest in Australia is next to be confirmed for summer 2010. In addition, many local rookie stops 1Star will be organized by WSF National Snowboard Association all over (check www.worldsnowboardfederation.org for complete calendar)

World Rookie Tour Rules
The title of World Rookie Champion will be awarded to the winner of the Protest World Rookie Finals reserved to the top riders from previous Rookie Fests, plus selected riders from National Snowboard Associations and the top 20 riders from the World Rookie Rank. Check it on www.worldsnowboardfederation.org

Age Groups
All rookie stops are reserved to Rookies (born from 1st january 1992 to 31st december 1994) and Grom (born from 1st january 1995 and up), both guys and girls. All contests of the World Rookie Tour will generate valuable results for the Swatch TTR Ranks and for the new World Rookie Rank developed by WSF in association with the Swatch TTR.

For info and media request
Marco Sampaoli – WSF Board of Directors
marco@worldsnowboardfederation.org
mobile: +39.340.32.85.569

ABOUT WORLD ROOKIE TOUR & WORLD ROOKIE RANK
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 7 to 11 April 2009. Only the winners of the previous qualifiers will be able to go to Ischgl, together with the best 20 athletes of the World Rookie Rank on April 1st , 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, an International Photo Shooting, a Freeride Filming Trip to Chile and an invitation to an event which is still kept secret are awaiting the winner. Info on www.worldsnowboardfederation.org

ABOUT THE WORLD SNOWBOARD FEDERATION
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. Official website: www.worldsnowboardfederation.org

ABOUT THE SWATCH TTR WORLD SNOWBOARD TOUR
Founded by Terje Haakonsen and industry innovators in 2002, the Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour is a non-profit, rider-driven organization with the mission to create the highest quality competitive snowboard environment in the world, using authenticity, accessibility, innovation as guiding principles. Since its foundation, the Swatch TTR Tour has been developing into the most popular snowboard tour worldwide featuring global grass root and key independent freestyle snowboarding events over a ten-month period from Southern to Northern Hemisphere locations. The top male and female rider based on an average of their best seven results of the season is crowned Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour Champion. Official web site: www.ttrworldtour.com

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