2019 World Rookie Fest by Rock and Ride video recap

The 2019 World Rookie Fest by Rock and Ride, which took place from the 12th to the 16th of January in Livigno, concluded in the best way possible welcoming 90 riders from 10 nations!

These young guns showed an incredible riding level in Mottolino Snowpark and left the judges and the public amazed!

At the end was Nick Puenter from Switzerland that conquered place of the Rookie podium and that was crowned World Rookie Fest Champion, winning also the invitation to the X Games Norway qualification event which will be held in Hafjell, Norway, on February the 16th!

Don’t miss this incredible video and watch the future stars of snowboarding in action!

Read the full report HERE

Filming
Marco Brandoli
Silvio Ottonello
Federico Romanello

Editing
Federico Romanello

Nick Pünter won the 2019 World Rookie Fest in Livigno and the invitation to the X Games Norway qualification event!

The Black Yeti is proud to announce that also this season will join the forces with the 2019  X Games Norway, one of the most prestigious winter sport event in the world! The winner of the 2019 World Rookie Fest by Rock and Ride just finished in Livigno, Nick Pünter, has been rewarded with the invitational ticket to the official X Games Norway qualification event to be held in Hafjell, Norway, on February the 16th!

We are excited to confirm our partnership with the 2019 X Games Norway and to reward the best rider of the 2019 World Rookie Fest by Rock and Ride with an invitational ticket to the X Games Norway qualification. A great recognition for our project: to help World Rookie Tour riders to make their dream come true and to become professional snowboarders!Marco Sampaoli, World Rookie Tour Co-Founder.  “Last year WRT Champion, Takeru Otsuka got a ticket to the X Games Norway were he conquer the gold medal and before him many of todays big snowboard name were rookie tour champion. Our mission is to discover and support the next snowboard star.

Regarding the 2019 World Rookie Fest by Rock and Ride, from the 12th to the 16th of January Livigno and Mottolino Snowpark welcomed 90 riders from 10 nations!

After two days of heavy snow falls in which the all crew enjoy the livigno powder, the qualifications and the finals took place under a blue sky and in an amazing set up which consisted of three lines: M with four tables, three kickers (eight, ten and twelve meters), a jib crounch box and a pole jam; L with a thirteen meter kicker and a fifteen meter kicker and a cannon box; XL with a eighteen and nineteen meter kickers and a rainbow piramid.

Also this year Rookies and Groms left the public and judges astonished by their riding level and did their best to win the legendary World Rookie Fest Champion title and a spot in the X Games Norway qualification event.
The girls started first and  Tina Steffensen conquered the highest spot of Rookie podium with her run which included a 50/50 front 260 out, indy, backside 360 melon, frontlip grab. The norwegian won on two riders: Maisie Hill and Shirly Kolodziej. Also Grom Girls showed their best: Evy Poppe took the first place with a blunt 270, frontside 720 indy, backside 9 mute and cab 270 in 270 out, Mia Brookes and Kamilla Espeli Olsen the second and the third.

Odin Røhrt won in the groms’ category with a score of 91,2 in his run where he landed blunt 270, frontside 720 indy, backside 9 mute and cab 270 in 270 out. Benedikt Fridbjornsson rounded out the podium as second and Sander Mork Danielsen as third.

Nick Pünter arriving first in the Rookie’s category and winning the 2019 World Rookie Fest by Rock and Ride Champion title and the ticket to the X Games Norway Qualification Event that will take place on February the 16th in Hafjell! Nick now is only 1 victory away to join the X Games Norway! On the male rookie podium after Nick there were Øyvind Kirkhus and Gabriel Almqvist. Last but not least, Norway conquered the title of best team!

At end of the day, the Black Yeti waited all the riders at Miky’s Pub supported by Rock and Ride to concluded this great experience in the best way possible, with a live concert of punk rock music by local band “Vasellax“.
In the next days, from Thursday to Saturday, immediately after the slopestyle competition, a limited number of World Rookie Tour riders have the chance to train on the Air Bag landing set up in Mottolino snowpark.

Download HERE  the complete results of the event.

Find all the pictures about 2019 World Rookie Fest by Rock and Ride below:

2019 World Rookie Fest  – Arrival Day – Event Presentation – Yoga Session
2019 World Rookie Fest – Quali Day 
2019 World Rookie Fest – Competition Day

Photo Credits: Ania Grzelka

Thanks to 2019 World Rookie Fest by Rock and Ride sponsors and media partners: Red Bull, Livigno Touristic Office, Mottolino Fun Mountain, Mottolino Snowpark, Skipassion, Union Binding Company, TSG, Level Gloves, Jail Jam, SurftoLive, Sticker Mule, Elle-Erre, Rock and Ride, Moon srl, Boardriding, Pleasure Magazine, Quattro Media, World Snowboard Federation and FSI Federazione Snowboard Italia.

Have a look at the next World Rookie Tour events:

2018.19 World Rookie Tour Calendar
South America Rookie Fest (SS) – Valle Nevado, Chile 9.14 August 2018 DONE
New Zealand Rookie Fest (SS+HP) – Cardrona, New Zealand 14.16 August 2018 DONE
New Zealand Rookie and Grom Fest (SS+H) – Cardrona, New Zealand 2.5 October 2018 DONE
Corvatsch Rookie Fest (SS) – Corvatsch, Switzerland 12.16 December 2018 DONE
USASA Grom Fest (HP) – Copper Moutain, US 6. January 2019 DONE
World Rookie Fest by Rock and Ride (SS) – Livigno, Italy 12.16 January 2019 DONE
USASA Grom Fest (SS) – Keystone, US 10 February 2019
Indy Park Rookie Fest (SS) – Nekoma, Japan 9.10 March 2019
Rev Tour Rookie Fest (SS+HP) – Seven Springs, US 12.17 March 2019
Pila Rookie Fest (SS) – Pila, Italy 13.17 March 2019
World Rookie Finals (SS+HP) – Kitzsteinhorn – Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria 25.30 March 2019

2019 World Rookie Fest by Rock and Ride: what a quali day!

Today training and qualifications went down under a blue sky and in the perfectly shaped Mottolino Snowpark!

After having warmed up in the training session, Rookies and Groms began the competition and impressed the judges with their impressive riding skills.

All boys and girls have enjoyed the stunning set up, thanks to the hard work of Mottolino shapers.

In the afternoon WRT riders went to Aquadranda, one of Europe’s largest centres for leisure, sport, relaxation and well-ness, to relax, have fun and recharge the batteries for the Finals which will take place tomorrow from 11.30 to 15.00. Don’t miss this amazing show and of course, the Rock and Ride final party at Miky’s Pub!

Click here to download the quali results! 

UPDATES FROM THE ROOKIE GIRLS QUALI – Click here to download the results!

Have a look at the pictures of 2019 World Rookie Fest by Rock and Ride:

World Rookie Fest 2019 – Day 1 and yoga session

Quali day World Rookie Fest 2019

Ph: Ania Grzelka

Check also out the video of the first two days in Livigno 🙂 Because World Rookie Fest is not just a competitio… it’s 100% fun! 

Filming: Marco Brandoli and Silvio Ottonello
Editing: Federico Romanello

Snowy landscapes welcomed 10 nations at 2019 World Rookie Fest by Rock and Ride

The 2019 World Rookie Fest by Rock and Ride has finally started and riders from 10 nations were welcomed by a great amount of powder.

Unfortunately, the heavy snow conditions and the low visibility in the park didn’t allow the training to take place. However, these young guns had the chance to spend their whole days in Livigno backcountry and to do some freeride surrounded by amazing snowy landscapes.

Moreover, after the freeride sessions, they participated to many side activities organized by the World Rookie Tour staff at Plaza Placheda.

Yesterday evening at Livigno Touristic Centre took place the event presentation with the 2017/2018 World Rookie Tour TV Show and the welcome party, where riders had the opportunity to chill and to know each other.

Indeed, this afternoon, to relax the body and the mind after a snowboarding day, rookies gathered for a yoga session at the race office in Plaza Placheda.

Competition will start tomorrow at Mottolino Snowpark at 9:00! Stay tuned and don’t miss all the updates on World Rookie Tour Facebook and Instagram page!

Curious to see what was going on in Livigno? Click here to see the photo gallery

Ph: Ania Grzelka