On the 4th of February took place the very first edition of the Young Guns Rookie Fest in Takasu, Japan. 34 young guns from Japan were welcomed by an amazing blue sky and were ready to compete and show their best! Despite the lack of snow, the Global Snow Design crew built a perfect halfpipe which allowed riders to have fun and express their creativity.
Ruki Tomita conquered the Rookie girl podium with her run which included: a Front side 540 Mute Grab, a Back side 540 Mute Grab, a Front side 360 Indy Grab, a Cab 360 Melon Grab and a Front side 720 Melon Grab. Rio Kuchisubo “rode like a pro” and arrived first in the Rookie boys category thanks his incredible run formed by a Front side 720 Indy Grab, a Cab 720 Mute Grab, a Front side 900 Tail Grab and a Back side 900.
Riju Kawahara and Shuichiro Shigeno won in the female and male Grom category. Riju’s run consisted in a Front side Lien Air, a Back side, a Front side 540, a Back side and a Front side Lien Air 360 and a Cab, whereas Shuichiro did a Super high Melon, a Front side 540, a Cab 720 Mute Grab, a Front side 900 Tail Grab and a Back side 540 Mute Grab.
Congratulations to all the winners and see you soon at the World Rookie Finals which will be held in the Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria, from the 25th to the 30th of March 2019. Don’t miss the photo gallery on Facebook!
The next event in Japan will be the Indy Park Rookie Fest in Nekoma from 9th to the 10th of March. Stay tuned!