Vallnord, Andorra – january 31, 2010Snow falls and wind storms didn’t stop the Black Yeti’s squad in Vallnord, Andorra, for the first rookie fest on the Pyrenees. Challenging for three tickets to the Swatch TTR 4Star Protest World Rookie Finals in Ischgl, Austria, riders from Spain, Andorra, France, Nederland and Argentina killed a perfectly shaped slopestyle by ASP Snowparks consisting of 4 table tops with jumps from 10 to 15meters, rails and boxes.
The event started on friday with arrivals and trainings for most of the riders. Friday night an heavy snowfall arrived and saturday was signed by a strong wind storm at 80km/hours. Waiting for a sunny sunday, saturday’s program turned into a rail jam, powder shooting and chilling time in Andorra capital city.
Eduard Barnion resulted the best rookie
Sunday saw a blue sky and the competition went on fire. Among the best tricks bs720 and fs720 on the 15m jump. Eduard Barniol Ferreres claimed the title of the event in the male rookie category, while Gala Espana dominated the girls section. Among the groms Manex Azula Losada resulted the best. Sick riding also from france new talent Laurent Duhalde who got the second place and obtain his ticket to the Protest World Rookie Finals.
Laurent Duhalde from France
Manex Azula from Spain won among the grom
Protest Pyrenees Rookie Fest – Ranking
1 ESPANA GALA (ESP)
2 ROCHER BERTA (ESP)
3 LORENTINA MARIA (ESP)
1 AZULA LOSADA MANEX (ESP)
2 RODRIGUEZ BARCELO XAVI (AND)
3 SANDER VOORHAM TEKKE (NED)
1 BARNIOL FERRERES EDUARD (ESP)
2 DUHALDE LAURENT (FRA)
3 TRIAS BENET POL (ESP)
Grom and Rookie podiums
After Andorra, the tour will move to Serbia for the second edition of the Protest Balkan Rookie Fest from 12 to 14 february in Mokra Gora, where other 3 tickets to the rookie finals will be awarded.
Protest Balkan Rookie Fest – 2 Star Slopestyle – Preliminary Informatons
Event Program : 12th february arrival / 13th february training and qualification / 14th february finals and party
Location : Mokra Gora, Tara mountain – Serbia
Info and inscriptions: firstname.lastname@example.org or +381.63. 8670711
Detailed informations will be avaible in the next press release.
If your dream is to become a professional snowboarder, then your future starts from the Rookie Fests!
Next International Rookie Fest Stops 2009.10
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 – 3-10 july 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. Many local rookie stops 1Star will be organized by WSF National Snowboard Association all over (check www.worldsnowboardfederation.org for complete calendar)
For info and media request
Marco Sampaoli – WSF Board of Directors
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