Freeskiers from all around the world arrived in Seiser Alm to make history and battling for the prestigious, and first, World Rookie Freeski Champion title. Under great conditions, a perfect shaped park by the F-Tech crew, blue sky and a picture-perfect winter scenery, the future stars of freeskiing showed an incredible riding level.
“In Seiser Alm we wrote the first chapter of a new World Rookie Tour history. We nominated the first ever World Rookie Freeski Champion and welcomed here all those rising freeski star in such a unique event is the beginning of a new saga: after scouting in the snowboard community, the Black Yeti is now searching and supporting also the future stars of freesking. And this coming summer 2019 the rookie community will expand also in skateboarding!” Marco Sampaoli, World Rookie Tour Co-Founder.
Yesterday, the Snowpark Seiser Almwas the center of attention, where the rookies and groms showed their skills in three runs, with the best run counting.
Rookie Ulrik Samnøy (Norway) took home the win and glory with his impressive third run which consisted of a Leftside Fs 360 Switchup, Rightise Blidside 630 out, Rightside Double Cork 1260 Safety, Switch Leftside Triple Cork 1260 Safety and finishing off with a Leftside Double Cork 1260 Blunt. Second place went to the italian talent Leonardo Donaggio and the third place to the norvegian Tevje Skaug.
The World Rookie Freeski Champion, Ulrik Samnøy, officially started his carrier as professional freeskier winning a spot in the legendary Audi Nines and one in the next FIS World Cup Tour! Moreover, he was rewarded with other incredible prizes: an invitation to the World Rookie Tour Shooting to be held in Les 2 Alpes, France, from the 10th to the 13th of July 2019, an invitation to the Summer Rookie Trip, a surf trip to Santader by SurftoLive.com and many other goodies offered by Level Gloves, TSG Protections and FATCAN poles. Last but not least, Ulrik was invited to join the Völkl and Marker Freeski Team and won a sponsorship by FATCAN.
In the Grom category, Matej Svancer (Czech Republic) conquered the podium with his second run: Leftside 270 on, Leftside Blind 630 out, Rightside Cork 720 Safety, Leftside Double Cork 1260 Blunt, Switch Leftside Double Cork 1080 Safety. Matej was followed by Gian Andri Bolinger from Switzerland, who ended up second, and by Noah Ressel from Austria, who won the third place. Also the grom winners were rewarded with many prizes such as: three surf trips by SurftoLive.com, many goodies by Level Gloves, TSG Protections and FATCAN poles and three sponsorships by FATCAN.
“Oh my God! I’m blown away by the level of riding! The future of freeskiing has been set to a new standard. I’m super stoked to be part of the WRT and I’m looking forward to give riders from all around the world a chance to take their career to the next level! We will continue to keep the stoke and hope many more riders will join us next year!” stated full of enthusiasm Martin Misof, the International Freeski Guru and member of the WRF Freeski committee.
However, as World Rookie Tour tradion, the World Rookie Finals freeski were not just about competition. Skiers had the opportunity to participate in many activities. Indeed, the first day they took part in the event presentation and in the welcome party at Stanglerhof and were entertained by Schuhplattler dancers. Furthermore, in the next days the WRT staff organized two workshops where rookies and groms could have fun, know each others and get a taste of the South Tyrolean culture learning how to cook Knödel and dance the Schuhplattler.
Another World Rookie Tour came to an end! Many thanks to all the riders and crews for this amazing event and congratulations to all the winners. You made the history!
Here we are! Today, qualifications of the first edition of the 2019 World Rookie Finals Freeski went down under a blue sky! All the Groms and Rookies showed their best in the Snowpark Seiser Alm, one of the best park in Europe, built by the F-Tech crew.
In the afternoon athletes and coaches joined at two different workoshops to get into the local culture: Schuhplatter dance and Knödel preparation. It was a great evening with funny moments! See you tomorrow for the big finals!
Here you can find the pictures of the Day 2 of the World Rookie Finals Freeski.
For the first time ever the Black Yeti landed in Seiser Alm, Italy, for the 2019 World Rookie Freeski Finals, where the most prominent freeskiers and the winners of the previous stops in USA, Italy and Austria, will have the chance to compete for a “never seen before” prize money.
Yesterday, Seiser Alm welcomed almost 50 enthusiastic athletes from 8 different Nations, ready to fight for victory in the perfectly shaped Seiser Alm Snowpark. The huge competition set up, the same of the last FIS World Cup and built by F-Tech crew, consists of five sections complete with enormous kickers and multiple rails with different obstacles that can inspire the riders to put down their most creative tricks. During the training in fact, all the freeskiers exhibited a very high level of riding, demonstrated by an impressive style.
In the afternoon, our rookies and groms joined the event presentation and welcome party at Stanglerhof where the Black Yeti prepared a special surprise for them: a demostration of the Schuhplattler dance, the traditional style of folk dance popular in the regions of Bavaria and Tyrol. Tomorrow all the athletes and coaches will have the possibilities to get in touch with the real Spirit of South Tyrol thanks to a special cooking and dancing lesson, learning how to make Knödel and dance the Schuhplattlen.
About the competition, all the prizes are developed in order to support the carrier of the athletes and help them in becoming tomorrow’s stars of freeski. The 2019 World Rookie Tour Freeski Champions, male and female, will be invited to join to the legendary Audi Nines, and will get a spot in the next FIS World Cup tour, while all the strongest skiers will be awarded with prestigious prices offered by the sponsors such as: invitations to the World Rookie Tour Shooting to be held in Les 2 Alpes, France, from the 10th to the 13th of July 2019, an invitation to the Summer Rookie Trip, 6 surf trips to Santander by SurftoLive.com, and many goodies by Level Gloves, TSG Protections and FATCAN poles.
Last but not least, the male champion will be invited to join the Völkl and Marker Freeski Team with an official rookie sponsorship program to support the beginning of his professional carrier and the best groms will win a sponsorship by FATCAN.
So, competition is planned at Seiser Alm Snowpark from the 19th to 20th March with the qualifications and finals, in the presence of the FIS Freestyle Big Air World Champion in charge, Silvia Bertagna! Stay tuned and don’t miss all the update on World Rookie Tour Facebook and Instagram page!
Who will be the next starts of freeskiing? The Black Yeti whishes you all good luck!
Click here to find the 2019 World Rookie Freeski Finals program.
The first edition of the 2019 World Rookie Finals Freeski is getting closer and Seiser Alm is looking forward to seeing and hosting the future pros of freesking.
From the 18th to the 21st of March the most prominent athletes and the winners of the previous stops in USA, Italy and Austria, and the best skiers of the official national qualifying series in Europe, will have the chance to compete in the amazing Seiser Alm snowpark, on the same premium slopestyle facility of the FIS World Cup, built by F-Tech, one of the best shapers’ crew in Europe.
The prize money of this event follows the path of the World Rookie Tour philosophy: every prize was developed in order to support the carrier of the most talented athletes of the event and help them to become tomorrow’s stars of freeski.
First of all, the 2019 World Rookie Tour Freeski Champions, male and female, will be invited to join to the legendary Audi Nines, which will be held in Sölden, Obergurgl-Hochgurgl, Austria, from April the 22nd to April the 27th 2019.
Moreover, the strongest skiers will be awarded with prestigious prices offered by the WRT sponsors and partners such as: invitations to the World Rookie Tour Shooting to be held in Les 2 Alpes, France, from the 10th to the 13th of July 2019, an invitation to the Rookie Trip in the South Hemisphere, 6 surf trips to Santander by SurftoLive.com, and many goodies by Level Gloves, TSG Protections and FATCAN poles.
Furthermore, the male champion will be invited to join the Völkl Freeski Team with an official rookie sponsorship program to support the beginning of his professional carrier and the best groms will win a sponsorship by FATCAN.
However, the program of the 2019 World Rookie Finals freeski will include not only the slopestyle contest but also also many lifestyle activities such as social dinners, and the “Knödel” and the “Schuhplattlen” workshops where rookies and groms will get in touch with the South Tyrol culture and learn how to make a traditional dish and dance. The event program also includes a final party and a photo-shooting day to create the typical taste of every World Rookie Tour event.
Last but not least, the World Rookie Tour establish an end of season important partnership which will increase significantly the 2019 World Rookie Finals prizes: all the 2019 rookie champions, snowboard freeski, male and female, will be awarded with a personal spot for the 2019.20 FIS World Cups.
PROVISIONAL PROGRAM Monday 18th March: Registrations and training (optional); welcome party and event presentation.
Tuesday 19th March: training day for all and competition for groms; workshops.
Wednesday 20th March: competition for rookies; afternoon party.
Thursday 21st March: reserve day (for extended competition time schedule and/or bad wheater day) or photo shooting day.
– pre-registration and check-in will be possible also on Sunday the 17th March.
– in case the number of registered athletes will exceed the 100, the organization will evaluate to change and/or extend the event program with one extra day.
ENTRY FEE AND ALL INCLUSIVE ACCOMODATION PACKAGES
The Seiser Alm Touristic Board and WRT Organizing Committee offer all-inclusive packages which include:
– 3 nights in three stars hotel (double room and half board) check in 18/03, check out 21/03;
– 3 days lift tickets from 19th to 21st of March;
– competition fee (only for athletes);
– welcome kit, event pass to all areas and participation to all lifestyle activities.
Costs for athletes: 350€
Cost for coaches and parents: 330€
Extra costs: extra hotel nights: 70€/night
extra lift tickets on March the 18th: 20€/day for athletes, 35€/day for coach-parents
single rooms: additional 20€/night
Cancellation policy: for no-show not communicated at least 5 days in advance a penalty of the full amount of the hotel reservation will be charged to the national snowboard association or team.
IMPORTANT ABOUT ACCOMODATION BOOKINGS: if you have any special request for your accommodations such as check in and check out in different days, additional lift tickets and special rooms just contact us and will take care of your requests.
WORLD ROOKIE TOUR FREESKI – GENERAL RULES 2018.19
AGE GROUPS 2018/2019 WRT rookie events are reserved to Rookies (born from 1st of January 2001 to 31st of December 2003) and Groms (born from 1st of January 2004 and up), both boys and girls.
QUALIFING CRITERIA FOR THE 2019 WRT FREESKI FINALS IN SEISER ALM – All the podium athletes on the previous World Rookie Tour Freeski events held in Keystone (USA), Kronplatz (Italy) and Innsbruck (Austria), male and female, rookie and grom, are entitled to participate in Seiser Alm.
– All the top athletes of the official qualifying national series (such as Italian Freeski Tour, South Tyrol Slopestyle Tour) male and female, groms and rookies, are entitled to participate in Seiser Alm.
– Every national ski association and/or national freeski team, is entitled to assign up to 10 wild cards to his selected athletes.
INFO AND REGISTRATIONS: Anna Negri
phone: 0039.059.9783397 or 0039.338.1713960
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