The Black Yeti crowned the 2018 World Rookie Champions

Ariane Burri and Takeru Otsuka won today Slopestyle competition and are, therefore, 2018 World Rookie Girl and Boy Champion. Hironori Nagata and Misaki Kakubari from Japan are the new 2018 World Rookie Tour Halfpipe Boy and Girl Champions!

For the 2018 edition of the World Rookie Finals, 141 riders from 24 different countries arrived in Kaprun, Austria, with incredible motivation and willingness to perform their best, but also to have fun and enjoy one week all together at the Jufa Hotel. The Kitzsteinhorn Snowpark was the perfect playground for the long-awaited final, with an amazing slopestyle course and a perfectly shaped halfpipe, whereas the Jufa Hotel was the place to be to join relaxing and interesting workshops in the afternoon.

After the good day for the halfpipe qualis and finals, also on Saturday, the weather decided to be once more time on the young snowboarders’ side and everybody enjoyed a sunny and pleasant day up in the Kitsteinhorn snowpark.

Ariane Burri and Takeru Otsuka are the new Slopestyle World Rookie Champions after two incredible runs and tight “fights” with the other rookies in the finals. Even though, all riders are under 18 years of age, the level was incredible and technical tricks were performed during both the qualis and the finals.

For the second year in a row, in the rookie category, together with a previous win as grom, Takeru Otsuka best expressed himself with a backside double 1260 mute, cab double 1260 indy on the jumps, and a frontside 270 back lip to fakie and switch board slide 270 out on the jib line. The rookie podium was dominated by riders from Japan, Okubo Yuri and Ryuma Kimata joined Takeru on the podium.

Japan dominated also the grom category, with an amazing Yuto Yamada, who performed a cab 900 mute, backside double 1080 mute on the jumps, backside 270 in 270 out, cab 270 in 270 out and lip slide 270 out on the rail section. He was followed by Gabriel Adams from Great Britain and Jake Canter, from USA and Halfpipe winner of yesterday.

Ariane Burri from Switzerland took the first place in the girls rookie category, showing to the judges her style with cab 540 tail, backside 720 mute, frontside nose slide, board slide and to conclude a backside boardslide. Ariane was followed by Iina Puhakka and Eveliina Taka from Finland.

Among the groms, Kokomo Murase from Japan has won for the third year in a row the World Rookie Girl Grom Champion here at the World Rookie Final, taking the female snowboarding to the next level, with an unbelievable run, scored 99.66 points: she landed perfectly a frontside 720 melon, an incredible backside double cork 1080 mute, backside boardslide to switch, switch board slide to normal and noseslide to finish up an amazing run. Evy Poppe from Belgium and Mia Brookes from Great Britain joined the smiling Kokomo in the top three positions of this female grom finals.

Misaki Kakubari, from Japan, excelled in her halfpipe run, with technical tricks and good amplitude, winning the trophy as 2018 Halfpipe World Rookie Girl Champion, thanks to an amazing run with a frontside 720 melon, cab 360, frontside 540 melon, backside 540 mute and to finish it up a frontside 360 indy. The podium was completed by Iina Puhakka from Finland and Makayla Kellogg from USA.

In the grom girls category, Mitsuki Ono from Japan gained the best score of the day in her category with an amazing run: cab 720 stalefish, frontside 540 tail, backside 540 stalefish and a stylish frontside air indy. She was followed by Tessa Maud from USA and Elena Schütz from Switzerland.

Among the rookie boys, the competition showed to everybody that among all of them, there are the future stars of snowboarding. Hironori Nagata from Japan showed some spectacular tricks combined with his unique personal style, in particular he showed everybody a huge frontside air indy, backside 540 stalefish, frontside 1080 melon, hakon 720 mute and frontside 720 melon to conclude and he was crown 2018 Halfpipe World Rookie Champion. Joonsik Lee from Korea and Jack Coyne from USA completed the podium battling until the last trick to improve their scores.

Jake Canter from USA dominated the grom category. Jake performed a perfectly executed run, starting off with a perfectly executed backside air, frontside 900 tail, backside 540 mute, a frontside 720 tail and hakon 720 mute. Just behind Jake, Shin Negishi from Japan and Fynn Bullock-Womble took second and third place in the grom category.

Check out the results lists here below:

– SP Rookie Boys Final
– SP Grom Boys Final
– SP Rookie Girls Final
– SP Grom Girls Final

– HP Rookie Boys Final
– HP Grom Boys Final
– HP Rookie Girls Final
– HP Grom Girls Final

The World Rookie Finals thanks all its Sponsors and WRT Friends for the amazing prices: Zell am See – Kaprun, Snowpark Kitzsteinhorn, Nitro Snowboards, Union Bindings Company, TSG, Pieps, Von Zipper, Jufa Hotels, SurfToLive, RedBull, Boardriding.com, Kimiyo, XGames Norway, Spring Battle at Absolute Park – Flachauwinkl.

Photo Credits by Gustav Ohlsson

2018 WRF – Halfpipe Quali and Finals Day

Hironori Nagata and Misaki Kakubari from Japan are the new 2018 World Rookie Tour Halfpipe Boy and Girl Champions!

Finally the weather was patient and decided to offer a good day to everybody, allowing the contest to start early in the morning with the halfpipe qualification of both boys and girls. Already during the training, the kids showed an incredible level of riding, with good flow and creativity from the top to the bottom of the Kitzsteinhorn Halfpipe.

Today was a special day, not only because of the good weather conditions, but also because for the first time a live-streaming of both qualis and finals was available on the WRT Facebook page, thanks to the support of BoardRiding.comThe replays of both quali, boys and girls, and finals are available on the WRT Facebook page.

Furthermore, the three classes of the Kaprun Elementary School, that had the indoor snowboard lesson yesterday, came up in the snowpark to watch the competition and to try on hand what snowboarding is about, thanks to Burton Riglet.

Just after lunch, the training for HP Finals was over and the show was on fire! The 8 best rookie boys, 8 best grom boys, 6 best rookie girls and 6 best grom girls challenged themselves and their friends in an amazing final.

Misaki Kakubari, from Japan, excelled in her halfpipe run, with technical tricks and good amplitude, winning the trophy as 2018 Halfpipe World Rookie Girl Champion, thanks to an amazing run with a frontside 720 melon, cab 360, frontside 540 melon, backside 540 mute and to finish it up a frontside 360 indy. The podium was completed by Iina Puhakka from Finland and Makayla Kellogg from USA.

In the grom girls category, Mitsuki Ono from Japan gained the best score of the day in her category with an amazing run: cab 720 stalefish, frontside 540 tail, backside 540 stalefish and a stylish frontside air indy. She was followed by Tessa Maud from USA and Elena Schütz from Switzerland.

Among the rookie boys, the competition showed to everybody that among all of them, there are the future stars of snowboarding. Hironori Nagata from Japan showed some spectacular tricks combined with his unique personal style, in particular he showed everybody a huge frontside air indy, backside 540 stalefish, frontside 1080 melon, hakon 720 mute and frontside 720 melon to conclude and he was crown 2018 Halfpipe World Rookie Champion. Joonsik Lee from Korea and Jack Coyne from USA completed the podium battling until the last trick to improve their scores.

Jake Canter from USA dominated the grom category: he is only 15 years old, write down his name, because Jake is a promising rider for the future and keep an eye on the slopestyle competition where he will also compete. He performed a perfectly executed backside air, a frontside 900 tail, a backside 540 mute, a frontside 720 tail and hakon 720 mute. Just behind Jake, Shin Negishi from Japan and Fynn Bullock-Womble took second and third place at the HP World Rookie Finals 2018.

If you want to see the all results of today:
– HP Rookie Boys Quali and Final
– HP Grom Boys Quali and Final
– HP Rookie Girls Quali and Final
– HP Grom Girls Quali and Final

After a day full of action on the mountain, everybody had the chance to regain some energy thanks to the Yoga Session held by Miriam Deller from Kimiyo.

Program for tomorrow, Saturday 14. April 2018:
8.45 – 9.30: 
Training SS for all riders
9.30: SS Quali Rookie and Grom Boys
After SS Quali: Finals (Grom Girls, Rookie Girls, Grom Boys and Rookie Boys – 2 runs each, best run counts)

The World Rookie Finals thanks all its Sponsors and WRT Friends for the amazing prices: Zell am See – Kaprun, Snowpark Kitzsteinhorn, Nitro Snowboards, Union Bindings Company, TSG, Pieps, Von Zipper, Jufa Hotels, SurfToLive, RedBull, Boardriding.com, Kimiyo, XGames Norway, Spring Battle at Absolute Park – Flachauwinkl.

Photo Credits by Gustav Ohlsson

2018 WRF – Strong wind and awesome Workshops

As announced, the third day of the 2018 World Rookie Finals in Kaprun was too windy to allow the start of the competition. Anyway, all the riders were motivated and took advantage of the time for some extra training in the halfpipe.

The weather was better and the motivation was incredible at the Elementary School of Kaprun, where during the morning, three first grade classes had the chance to enjoy a snowboard introduction course. Thanks to Burton Riglet boards and some other games, each class had the possibility to have fun and learn some basics movements on the board. Tomorrow, the kids will go up to the mountain to try what they have learnt on real snow.

The Jufa Hotel in Kaprun was the place to be in the afternoon and early evening for both rookies and grooms.  Viva con Agua hosted the first workshop with the goal to raise the kids’ awareness about the importance of water and the difficulties that some countries have in finding clean and drinkable water.

Later in the afternoon, Miriam Deller, from Kimiyo, gave the possibility to everybody to relax, practicing Yoga. The last workshop was done by Gorilla where the kids enjoyed preparing some fruit smoothies and got some tips how to eat properly to gain the maximum amount of energy.

Program for tomorrow, Friday 13. April 2018:
9.00am: 
Meeting for all riders, both HP and SS, at the Snowpark
17.00pm – 17.40pm: Kimiyo Yoga Workshop
18.00pm – 19.30pm: Dinner at World Rookie Final Restaurant
20.00pm: Coach Meeting

Photo Credits by Gustav Ohlsson

2018 WRF – Girls Slopestyle Qualifications

Today, the Girls Slopestyle Qualifications went down in Kitzsteinhorn Snowpark! Rookie girls and grom girls showed an incredibile level of riding and impressed the judges with their skills and creativity. This promises a spectacular show on the Finals day, where the World Rookie Tour Champions will be crowned.

Slopestyle Qualifications results: Grom Girls and Rookie Girls.

Start Lists of the Slopestyle Final: Grom Girls and Rookie Girls.

Program for tomorrow, Thursday 12. April 2018:
9.00am: 
Meeting for all riders, both HP and SS, at the Snowpark
16.30pm – 18.00pm: Viva con Agua Workshop
17.45pm – 18.30pm: Kimiyo Yoga Workshop
18.00pm – 19.30pm: Dinner at World Rookie Final Restaurant
20.00pm: Coach Meeting
20.30pm – 21.30pm: Gorilla Workshop

Photo credits by Gustav Ohlsson

 

2018 World Rookie Finals have just begun

The 2018 World Rookie Finals started in the best way possible! Yesterday – 10th April – Kaprun welcomed 141 riders from 24 different Nations, such New Zealand, Australia, Usa, Canada, Japan, Finland and Lithuania.

For the second year in a row, the finals of the largest youth snowboard series is hosted in the prestigious snowpark of Kitzsteinhorn, where the best worldwide riders are anxious to show off their tricks and have fun all together. During the registration and opening dinner at the Jufa Hotel, all Rookies and Groms had the opportunity to get together for the first time and to meet again their friends from all over.

Today is training day and Slopestyle Girls Qualification in the marvelous Kitzsteinhorn Snowpark. The competition set up consists of two tables with two jumps each and three jib tables with different obstacles that can inspire the riders to put down their most creative tricks.

In the afternoon, Rookies and Groms can join the First Aid workshop from 17.00 until 18.00 at the Jufa Hotel, where an EMT will show and teach them how to react and behave in case of an accident.

The Black Yeti whishes you all good luck!

Check out the updated program for today below.

Wednesday 11th April 2018 – Traning Day + SS Girls Quali Day

– 09:00 – 12:00 Training Slopestyle for all riders
– 09:00 – 13:00 Training Halfpipe for all riders
– 12:00 – 12:30 Slopestyle reshape
– 12:30-13:00 Warm up Girls Slopestyle
– 13:00 Qualification Girls Slopestyle
– 17:00 – 18:00 First Aid Workshop at Jufa Hotel
– 18:00 – 19:30 Dinner
– 20:00 Coach and Riders Meeting and Slopestyle Girls Qualification Results

Click here  to see the photos of the arrival day.

Download the starting list of the Slopestyle Girls Qualification here.

Check also out the the video here.

Ph: Gustav Ohlsson
Filmer: Andreas Monsberger

World Rookie Finals: only a few days left

After 6 months of events in New Zealand, in Italy, in Switzerland, in the USA and in Japan, the World Rookie Tour came to an end and is ready to see the next World Rookie Tour Champions in Kitzsteinhorn – Zell am See-Kaprun.

From the 10th to the 15th of April, riders will have the chance to show their skills and and have fun in the amazing Snowpark Kitzsteinhorn, which offers incredible kickers, a massive superpipe and countless rails, boxes and obstacles.

The winners will be rewarded with special prizes: wildcard to World Class Events, filming session with Pirate Movie Production, invitation to Rookie Fest ShootingTrip to Chile and many tickets to next season Rookie Fest events.

Moreover, to make this event even more memorable are the lifestyle activities: social dinner every day, workshops with Viva con Aqua, which is a clean water project, a first aid clinic, a dedicated Yoga Session especially created for the World Rookie Tour by the founder of kimiyo – Yoga for Kids And Teens, Miriam Deller and for the first time the Gorilla Workshop, a healthy food initiative where riders can produce some smoothies. Last but not least the final party to celebrate the end of a great season.

Get ready and stay tuned to our channels!

Click here to watch the video of the 2017 World Rookie Finals, while below you can find the program of the 2018 World Rookie Finals.

 

Tuesday 10 Apr 2018 – Arrival Day
– 08:15-21:00     Registration.  Payment of entry fee. Bibs distribution at Riders Office
– 10:00-14:00     Park and Pipe are open (you can buy additional lift ticket for Tuesday at the riders office)
– 18:00 – 19:30  Opening Dinner at World Rookie Final restaurant
– 20:00  Coach Meeting (due to weather conditions and amount of riders it´s possible to have Wednesday afternoon already Girls SS Qualification)

Wednesday 11 Apr 2018
– 09:30 – 13:00   Training HP
– 09:30 – 14:30  Training SS
– 17:00-18:00     First Aid Workshop
– 18:00-19:30     Dinner at World Rookie Final restaurant
– 20:00  Coach Meeting

Thursday 12 Apr 2018
– 09:00 – 15:30  SS Qualification Rookie + Grom Boys
– 16:30-18:00     Viva con Agua Workshop
– 17:45 – 18:30  Kimiyo Yoga Workshop
– 18:00-19:30     Dinner at World Rookie Final restaurant
– 20:00  Coach meeting
– 20:30-21:30     Gorilla Workshop

Friday 13 Apr 2018
– 09:00–14:00    Qualification + Finals HP
– 17:00–18:00    Kimiyo Yoga Workshop
– 18:00-19:30     Dinner at World Rookie Final restaurant
– 20:00  Coach meeting

Saturday 14 Apr 2018
– 09:00 –15:30   Qualification SS Rookie + Grom Girls + SS Finals Girls and Boys
– 18:00 – 19:30  Dinner at World Rookie Final restaurant
– 21:00  Prize giving ceremony HP SS at the Party

Sunday 15 Apr 2018 – Reserve or Departure Day

THE PROGRAM CAN CHANGE DUE TO WEATHER, CONDITIONS AND AMOUNT OF RIDERS

2018 World Rookie Finals – Registrations are open

The Black Yeti travelled all around the world in the last 8 months: from New Zealand to Italy, from Bulgaria to Scandinavia, from the Alps to Japan to North America. Rookies from more than 30 countries battled to conquer their spot to the most exclusive youth snowboard event on planet Earth:  the World Rookie Finals, at Kitzsteinhorn – Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria.
Only the most promising riders will join this legendary event, which award in the latest 12 years the annual  World Rookie Champion titles and incredible prizes: wildcard to World Class Events, filming session with Pirate Movie Production, invitation to Rookie Fest Shooting, Trip to Chile and many tickets to next season Rookie Fest events.  Roope Tonteri, Sven Thorgren, Christian Haller, Gjermund Braaten or Reira Iwabuchi are only some of the previous winner: who will be the next snowboard star to be crowned in Austria?
Riders from all over the world will come for a unique sports and lifestyle event in a great international scenario.  The program of 2017 World Rookie Finals will include  World Snowboard Tour Slopestyle and Half Pipe contest and many lifestyle activities:  social dinner every day, workshops with Viva con Aqua, a first aid clinic the final party and much more you will not miss for any reason.
The amazing Snowpark at Kitzsteinhorn – Kaprun/Zell am See, Austria
If you are a snowboard fan or if your dream is to start a professional snowboard carrier, then Kitzsteinhorn, Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria, is the place to be from April the 10 th to April the 15 th.

Click here to find all the info about program and booking. Download the registration form here and sent it to registration@worldrookietour.com.

Registration, info and bookings
registration@worldrookietour.com 

VERY IMPORTANT:  

QUALIFYNG CRITERIA TO THE WORLD ROOKIE FINALS AND QUALIFIED RIDERS AVAILABLE HERE

Everybody knows it, every kid loves it, and every champion was here! The 2018 World Rookie Tour, along with locations and formats, is as follows:

2017.18  World Rookie Tour – Calendar
NZ Rookie Fest. Cardrona, New Zealand. October 05-08, 2017. Halfpipe and Slopestyle DONE
World Rookie Rail Jam. Modena, Italy. October 26-28, 2017. Urban Rail Jam DONE
Corvatsch Rookie Fest. Corvatsch, Swiss. December 13-17, 2017. Slopestyle DONE
Deejay Xmasters World Rookie Fest. Livigno, Italy. January 20-25, 2018. Slopestyle DONE
Bulgarian Rookie Fest. Pamporovo-Mechi Cal, Bulgaria. January 26-28, 2018. Halfpipe and
Slopestyle CANCELLED
USASA Grom Fest. Keystone, USA. February 10, 2018. Slopestyle DONE
Pila Rookie Fest by DEEJAY Xmasters. Valle d’Aosta, Italy. February 22 -25, 2018. Slopestyle DONE
USASA Grom Fest. Breckenridge, USA. February 25, 2018. Halfpipe DONE
Indy Park Rookie Fest. Nekoma, Japan. March 03-04, 2018. Slopestyle DONE
Oslo Rookie Fest. Oslo, Norway. CANCELLED
Mammoth Rev Tour Rookie Fest. Mammoth Mountain, California. March 15-16, 2018. Halfpipe and Slopestyle DONE
World Rookie Finals. Kitzsteinhorn, Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria. April 10-15, 2018. Halfpipe and Slopestyle DONE

Contacts for: registration, information and booking:
Matteo Fregni: email registration@worldrookietour.com, phone 0039.059.9783397