Mitchell Davern and Annika Morgan are the slopestyle winners of the 2019 World Rookie Snowboard Finals

Sometimes dreams come true easily, sometimes you just need a little help. The Black Yeti is therefore proud to help young talent to achieve their best goals. This is the aim of the World Rookie Tour and was the spirit of the 2019 edition of the World Rookie Snowboard Finals.

Group Photo Prize Giving Slope Style

From the 25th to the 30th of March Kitzsteinhorn Zell am See – Kaprun welcomed the best U18 snowboarders of the world and the winners of the previous WRT stops in Europe, South and North America, Oceania and Asia, who arrived in Austria full of enthusiasm and ready to conquer the podiums and the titles of World Rookie Champions.

The halfpipe qualifications and finals took place on Saturday and Joonsik Lee and Ruki Tomita became the Halfpipe World Rookie Champions. Here you can find report, results, video and pictures.

On Sunday the Kitzsteinhorn Snowpark was the perfect playground for the long-awaited slopestyle finals and offered riders an amazing course (watch the video preview here).

The World Rookie Champions Slopestyle gained the prestigious Golden Ticket for next season World Rookie Tour stops, a spot for next season FIS World Cups and the invitation for the legendary Audi Nines!

The girls started first and Annika Morgan (GER) took the first place in the rookie category showing her style with cab 540 tailgrab, backside 720 mute, backside nosbutter 360, fs lipslide prezel out, swicth backside blunt 270 out, sw bs to normal, bs boardslide. “I am really hyped to win the Nines wildcard that has always been my dream! So stoked!”. Annika was followed by Mona Danuser (SUI) and Addison Gardner (USA).

Annika Morgan

In the grom girls category, Evy Poppe (BEL) gained the highest score and conquered the podium. Evy landed a: cab 540 mute, frontisde 540 indy, switch backside 280, 50-50 fs 360 out, bs blunt to fakie, front board slide. Belgium girl was followed by Marilù Poluzzi (ITA) and Mia Brooks (GBR).

Evy Poppe

Mitchell Davern (NZL) dominated the rookie boys category and won the World Rookie Boy Champion title. His riding level was very high and his tricks very technical. Mitchell’s run consisted of a cab double cork 1080 indy, switch backside 1260 mute, backside 360 tuckknee, underflip 540, 50-50 bs 360 out, bs up the rail, fs, ds 270 in backside boardslide. Yuuto Yamada (JPN) and William Mathisen (SWE) won respectively the second and the third place. Michtell impression: “I did not come with any expectations, just wanted to put down my run and I am super happy.. so stocked”.

Mitchell Davern

Among the grom boys, an impressive Valentino Guseli (NZL) arrived first thanks to his run: switch backside 900 mute, backside doublecork 1080 mute, frontside 180 indy, front board to fakie, switch lip normal, 360 sul wall, switch lipslide 270 out. Rikuto Wakanabe (JPN) and Odin Rohrt followed him and completed the podium.

Valentino Guseli

Another edition of the World Rookie Snowboard Finals came to an end. Rookies and groms had really fun not only during the competition but also in many lifestyle activities such as during the capoeira lesson, where they discovered the Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, music and acrobatics, during the glass blower workshop where they learned how to make glass, and the workshop with Viva con Agua, charity based organisation campaigning for clean drinking water worldwide.

Congratulations to all the winners and see you next year! Thank you to all the sponsors who provided beautiful prizes for the winners: SurfToLive, Level Gloves, Nitro Snowboards, Union Bindings, TSG and Boardriding. Here the pictures from the last day.

Watch here the video highlights of the slopestyle winners. Enjoy!

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

Check out the results lists here below:

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

Pics: Gustav Ohlsson
Video: Andreas Monsberger

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 (SS) – Livigno, Italy 12.16 January 2019 DONE
USASA Grom Fest (SS) – Keystone, US 10 February 2019 DONE
Indy Park Rookie Fest (SS) – Nekoma, Japan 9.10 March 2019 DONE
Rev Tour Rookie Fest (SS+HP) – Mammoth, US 13.14 March 2019 DONE
Pila Rookie Fest (SS) – Pila, Italy 13.17 March 2019 DONE
World Rookie Finals (SS+HP) – Kitzsteinhorn – Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria 25.30 March 2019 DONE

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The Black Yeti crowned the 2019 halfpipe winners!

Joonsik Lee and Ruki Tomita are the new 2019 World Rookie Tour Halfpipe

The halfpipe finals took place in a beautiful and warm sunny day and riders could finally enjoy the massive and well-shaped Kitzsteinhorn halfpipe at its best. Judges and spectators were once again surprised by level of riding and creativity.

Group

The competition began early in the morning with heat one made of rookie and grom girls. Ruki Tomita from Japan won the prestigious title of Halfpipe World Rookie Girl Champion thanks to her run composed by technical and creative tricks: frontside air indy, backside 540 mute, frontside 720 indy, cab 720 indy, backside 540 mute. Ruki was followed by Leilani Ettel (GER) and Berenice Wicki (SUI).

“First time here and take my best to show. Then Win!!” said Ruki, showing her happiness. Ruki also gained the prestigious Golden Ticket for next season World Rookie Tour stops, a spot for next season FIS World Cups and many other goodies from Nitro, Level, Boardriding, TSF and Union.

Ruki Tomita

In the grom girls category, Mitsuki Ono from Japan conquered the highest spot of the podium and showed an amazing run: backside air, frontside 720 indy, cab 720, frontside 540 Melon. Isabelle Lotscher (SUI) won the second place and Telma Sarkipaju (FIN) the third one.

Mitsuki Ono

Regarding the rookie boys category, also this year the level of the competition was vey high and judges could already see the future stars of snowboarding. At the end of the day the Black Yeti crowned the new Halfpipe Rookie Boy Champion: Joonsik Lee. The japanese impressed the public with his unique style and showed everybody a huge frontisde 1260 tailgrab, crippler 540, frontside 1080 melon, cab double 1080 indy. The podium was completed by Raio Kuchisubo (JPN) and Elias Gian Allenspach. Raio will join a Rookie Shooting in Les 2 Alpes together with Leilani Ettel (GER).

Joonsik Lee

Hi, I am Joonsik from South Korea, I got first place and got invite from New Zealand World Rookie Tour. I am really happy to come here and win. Thank you World Rookie Tour“, said Joonsik, who is arleady dreaming about his next trip to Chile organized by the World Rookie Tour. Joonsik will also take part in next season FIS World Cup together with Ruki Tomita.

Shuichiro Shigeno

Shuichiro Shigeno (JPN) gained the highest score and dominated the grom boys category. He performed a perfect run made of frontside 1080 tailgrab, cab 1080 mute, frontside 1260 tailgrab, backside 960. Valentino Guseli from Australia arrived second and Jonas Hasler from Switzerland  third.

This amazing day concluded with the workshop Viva con Agua, a charity based organisation campaigning for clean drinking water worldwide.

Good job riders and congratulations to all the winners!! Thank you to all the sponsors who provided beautiful prizes for the winners: SurfToLive, Level Gloves, Nitro Snowboards, Union Bindings, TSG and Boardriding.

Check out today results here below:

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

Watch here the highlights of the halfpipe winners. Enjoy!

HP Rookie Boy winning run
HP Grom Boy winning run
HP Rookie Girl winning run
HP Grom Girl winning run

Here the photogallery 

Halfpipe Grom Girls
Halfpipe Grom Boys

Pics: Gustav Ohlsson
Video: Andreas Monsberger

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 (SS) – Livigno, Italy 12.16 January 2019 DONE
USASA Grom Fest (SS) – Keystone, US 10 February 2019 DONE

Indy Park Rookie Fest (SS) – Nekoma, Japan 9.10 March 2019 DONE
Rev Tour Rookie Fest (SS+HP) – Mammoth, US 13.14 March 2019 DONE
Pila Rookie Fest (SS) – Pila, Italy 13.17 March 2019 DONE
World Rookie Finals (SS+HP) – Kitzsteinhorn – Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria 25.30 March 2019

Follow the World Rookie Tour online:
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If you dream to become a professional action sport athlete,
                                           then your future starts from the World Rookie Tour!

World Rookie Snowboard Finals Day 4: Slopestyle Qualifications!

Today, took place the slopestyle qualifications, which had had been postponed due to yestarday bad weather. Rookies and groms girls showed their best, an incredible riding and creativity! Unfortunately only Rookie boys qualification went day today; slopestyle Grom boys qualification is postponed to the slopestyle finals day.

Click here to see all the full Grom girls results

Click here to see all the full Rookie girls results

Click here to see all the full Rookie boys results

Dusty Hendrickson

After the qualifications, Game of Skate with Boardriding.com had the chance to earn great prisez to all the best skaters of the World Rookie Tour.

See you tomorrow with the Halfpipe quali and finals! Here the program: 29th March 2019

Click here to see all the photos from SS Quali and Workshop

Ph: Gustav Ohlsson

2019 World Rookie Snowboard Finals: ready for the Grand Final!

After travelling all around the world and discovering the future pro riders in Chile, New Zealand, USA, Japan, Switzerland and Italy, the Black Yeti cannot wait to see and crown the next World Rookie Champions in Kitzsteinhorn Zell am See – Kaprun.

Team Finland

From the 25th to the 30th of March 120 riders from 20 nations will gather in Austria and compete in the legendary and the most awaited WRT event, the World Rookie Finals, which will be held for the third year in a row in Snowpark Kitzsteinhorn.

Also this year the best rookies and groms will receive incredible prizes such as wildcards to World Class Events like the Audi Nines, a spectacular event that each year gathers the best athletes of the world, filming sessions with Pirate Movie Production, invitations to World Rookie Tour Shooting Trip to Chile and many tickets to next season World Rookie Tour events.

Moreover, the male and female Slopestyle and Halfpipe Champions will get a spot in the amazing the Audi Nines, a spectacular event that each year gathers the best athletes of the world, and in the 2019/20 FIS World Cup Tour.

Team USA

Today is the arrival day and after having registered riders have the opportunity to see the amazing park and the huge pipe and to have dinner all together in the evening.

In the next days will take place the slopestyle and halfpipe competition and many interesting activities such as workshops with Viva con Agua, Yoga lessons, a first aid clinic, the final party and much more.

Last but not least, thanks to the great partnership with boardriding.com you will be able to watch the live streams of the World Rookie Finals. Stay tuned to get le link! In the meanwhile, save the link for the live scoring microsite which provides real-time standings, start lists and results: http://live.rawmotion.com.

Click here to find all the info about updated program.

Photogallery from Day 1 here

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 (SS) – Livigno, Italy 12.16 January 2019 DONE
USASA Grom Fest (SS) – Keystone, US 10 February 2019 DONE

Indy Park Rookie Fest (SS) – Nekoma, Japan 9.10 March 2019 DONE
Rev Tour Rookie Fest (SS+HP) – Mammoth, US 13.14 March 2019 DONE
Pila Rookie Fest (SS) – Pila, Italy 13.17 March 2019 DONE
World Rookie Finals (SS+HP) – Kitzsteinhorn – Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria 25.30 March 2019

Follow the World Rookie Tour online:  
Web: www.worldrookietour.com
Instagram:www.instagram.com/worldrookietour
Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/worldrookietour
Vimeo channel: www.vimeo.com/channels/worldrookietour
Mail: info@blackyeti.info 

2019 World Rookie Snowboard Finals: who will be the next stars?

Kitzsteinhorn – Kaprun, Zell am See, Austria
25th – 30th March 2019 

After travelling all around the world in Europe, from South America to New Zealand to and from North America to Japan and seeing the most prominent riders battling to conquer a spot in the World Rookie Snowboard Finals in Kitzsteinhorn – Kaprun/Zell am See, Austria, the Black Yeti is looking forward to seeing the next World Rookie Tour Champions.

Only the best young guns from the previous World Rookie Tour stops will join this legendary event. As is tradition the winners of the World Rookie Finals will be awarded with incredible prizes: wildcards to World Class Events, filming sessions with Pirate Movie Production, invitations to World Rookie Tour Shooting to be held in Les 2 Alpes France from 10 to 13 of July, Trip to Chile and many tickets to next season World Rookie Tour events. Moreover, this year the Black Yeti joined the forces with one of the most famous international competition, the Audi Nines, and the male and female Champions of the 2019 World Rookie Tour Snowboard Finals will win a ticket to this unique event that will take place from the 22nd to the 27th of April in Sölden and in ObergurglAustria.

Snowpark Kitzsteinhorn – Ph Gustav Ohlsson

Last but not least, the World Rookie Tour has established 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.

Takeru Otsuka and Kokomo Murase were the previous WRT winners and started their carrier at the last year finals. Who will be the next snowboard stars?

Takeru Otsuka at the 2018 World Rookie Finals – Ph Gustav Ohlsson

From the 25th to the 30th of March riders from all over the world will gather in Austria for a unique sports and lifestyle event in a great international scenario.  The program of 2019 World Rookie Finals will include World Snowboard Tour Slopestyle and Half Pipe contest and many lifestyle activities: social dinners, workshops with Viva con Agua, Yoga lessons, a first aid clinic the final party and much more.

Halfpipe competition at the 2018 World Rookie Finals – Ph Gustav Ohlsson

If you are a snowboard fan or if your dream is to start a professional snowboard carrier, then Kitzsteinhorn, Kaprun/Zell am See, Austria, is the place to be!

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