From Rookie Fest to the X-Games

The best rookies from all over the world are landing today in Ischgl, Austria, for the 2013 Volkl World Rookie Finals where the annual World Rookie Champion titles will be awarded. It is a great honor to join this legendary event, where all the rising stars challenge, and if you look at last years’ results from this event, you will notice that all the past seasons winners, today are among the invited riders at the 2013 Europe X-Games in Tignes.

Peetu Piiroinen at the X-Games 2013 in Tignes

The Black Yeti visited the 2013 X-Games in Tignes driving his brand new Jeep Wrangler and talked with some of the “past Rookie Fest riders” about the development of their snowboard carriers. Some of them competed in past editions of the World Rookie Fest and now are in the 10 top positions of the TTR World Snowboard Ranking and join world class events.

If not for the World Rookie Fest I don’t think I would be here” sayed Gjermund Braaten, formed World Rookie Champion in 2008, from the rider lounge at the X-Games in Tignes. “Go to the Rookie Fest, do good, and if you end in the top 3 then you gonna be a star!” ended Gjermund.

Watch here the short documentary “From the Rookie Fest to the X-Games”

From Rookie Fest to the X-Games.

These are some of past years World Rookie Champions and winner of the World Rookie Tour events competed at the 2013 Europe X-Games:
Christian Haller (World Rookie Champion 2006)
Ulrick Badertscher (winner at the World Rookie Fest in Livigno 2006)
Gjermund Braaten (World Rookie Champion 2008)
Yuki Kadono (2nd place World Rookie Finals 2012)
Staale Sandbech (grom winner at the World Rookie Fest in Livigno 2009)
Seppe Smits (many partecipation at World Rookie Tour events)
Roope Tonteri (2 times World Rookie Champion in 2009 and 2010)
Sarka Pancochova (winner at the World Rookie Fest in Livigno 2008)

Gjermund Braaten at the Volkl World Rookie Finals 2008

In the upcoming days, the 2013 edition of the Volkl World Rookie Finals will take place in Ischgl, Austria, and the next World Rookie Champions will be awarded. Stay tuned to discover the next future stars of snowboarding!

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