Japanese Sasaki Raimu and Aoi Ishimaru are the 2021 World Rookie Skateboard Champions

Japanese Sasaki Raimu and Aoi Ishimaru are the 2021 World Rookie Skateboard Champions
October the 3rd 2021, Innsbruck, Austria.

From the heart of the Alps, Innsbruck, Austria, hosted the 2021 edition of the World Rookie Skateboard Finals and welcomed 70 skateboarders from 17 different nations, pre-selected throw a series of 10 WRT qualifying events across Europe and Japan.

In the unique environment of the WRT events, the WRT Sk8 Finals offered a 3 days program in the beautiful city of Innsbruck, Austria, including city tour, street sessions, art experience, safe sex workshops, and, of course, a high-level international skateboarding competition in the amazing Skatehalle, the huge indoor skatepark facility in the Tirol Capital City.

Raimu Sasaki from Japan resulted in the best skateboarder in the comp field and won the title of 2021 World Rookie Champion. Raimu showcased consistent runs and a huge portfolio of solid tricks such as switch fs 270 to fs feeble, to bs smith, and to fs bluntslide to fakie on the handrail. Raimu was awarded an invitation to iconic events Simple Session in Tallin and Mystic Sk8 Cup in Prague. Swiss Noel Scharer conquered 2nd place in the rookies and local hero Santino Exenberger from Austria got 3rd.

Japanese Toe Sasaki (Raimu brother) was the best in the Grom Category and conquered the title of 2021 World Grom Champion with tons of technical tricks including bs noseblunt slide, kickflip bs lipslide, and kickflip to fs boardslide on the handrail. Andres Gramaglia Fusconi from Italy resulted in 2nd in the male grom category and Rocco Muller from Switzerland 3rd.
In the girl comp, Japanese Aoi Shimura was the best in the rookie category and won the 2021 World Rookie Champion title with Caballerial on the Hip, feeble grind on the straight rail, and fakie 50-50 on the small Hubba. Liv Broder from Swiss was not only the best in the female grom category but also the most ranked girl of the event with feeble grind and fs boardslide on the handrail, fs feeble grind on the small downrail, and many other perfectly executed tricks. Liv was awarded the title of 2021 World Grom Champion and a ticket to the Mystic Sk8 Cup in Prague.

All the skaters on the podium received prizes from our partners Blu-Tomato, TSG, and Jail Jam, and all the 2021 Champions, male and female, rookie and grom, will be also invited to a special experience by Red Bull Skateboarding to be soon announced.

The event was broadcasted live thanks to our long-term partners www.boardriding.com and it is possible to watch the full re-run of the comp at this LINK.

The 2021 WRT SK8 Finals, hosted in conjunction with the Best Foot Foward Finals by Blue-Tomato, defines the conclusion of the 2021 World Rookie Skateboarding Ranking, which featured all the WRT and BFF events and some more partner events, and registered almost 500 skaters from 22 nations. You can check the World Rookie Skateboard Rank here.

Stay tuned for the 2022 WRT Tour announcement and to follow our Champions in their next adventures to our partner iconic events Simple Session in Tallin, Mystic Sk8 Cup in Prague.

Don’t forget World Rookie Tour include not only Skateboarding, but also Snowboarding and Freeskiing series and, in the upcoming weeks, the new WRT Surfing Project which will be launched in Tuscany, Italy.

Watch HERE the video highlights
Watch HERE all the pictures from the event
Download HERE complete event ranking and winners pictures


Rookie Male Podium
🥇 Raimu Sasake JPN – World Rookie Champion (winning run)
🥈 Noel Scharer SUI (winning run)
🥉 Santino Exenberger AUT (winning run)

Rookie Female Podium
🥇 Aoi Ishimaru JPN – World Rookie Champion (winning run)
🥈 Lena Muller SUI
🥉 Alisa Fessl AUT

Grom Male Podium
🥇 Toa Sasake JPN – World Grom Champion (winning run)
🥈Andres Fusconi Ravaglia ITA (winning run)
🥉 Rocco Muller SUI (winning run)

Grom Female Podium
🥇  Liv Broder SUI – World Grom Champion (winning run)
🥈 Margarida Cepeda PRT
🥉 Zoe Van Essen SUI

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World Rookie Skateboard Finals 2021

Innsbruck, Austria, 01-03 October 2021

After a season of Sk8 Rookie Fests around Europe and the first Japanese Sk8 Rookie Fest, registrations are open for “Le Grand Finale” in Innsbruck, Austria, where the 2021 Sk8 World Rookie Champions will be crowed and incredible prizes awarded.  



The Black Yeti crew travelled through Europe and Japan this summer and found the best rookies to come and compete at the World Rookie Skateboard Finals 2021: the time has come to hit the beautiful Alpin Metropole Innsbruck, Tirol, Austria, a well known destination for its quality Sk8 Hall, nightlife and Massive Mountains surrounding the city.

Innsbruck will be hosts for World Rookie Tour Skateboard’s finals, on October 01.-03rd 2021.  The event will be broadcasted live by our partners www.boardriding.com: stay connected for more details about the live.

Next to the Sk8 World Rookie Champion Title the riders can win incredible prizes: next to a wildcard to Simple Session 2022 and Mystic Sk8 Cup 2022, invitation to Rookie Fest Shooting and many tickets to next season Rookie Fests.

Riders from Europe and Japan will come for a unique sports and lifestyle event in a great international scenario.  The program of 2021 World Rookie Finals will include many lifestyle activities:  Brand Village with Gummi Love (Safer Sex), Viva Con Agua (Water Care Project) and others Black Yeti partners. Also there will be a Mini Ramp Session in the City Downtown on Friday Evening and much more.

If you are a sk8 fan or if your dream is to start a professional sk8 carrier, then Innsbruck, Austria is the place to be from Oct. the 01rst to Oct. the 3rd for the 2021 World Rookie Skateboard Finals.

Download the event info, program and registration form at this link

Download the Covid Protocol here

Registration and info
Tel +39 059.9783397 (from 9.00 till 13.00)

2021 World Rookie Tour Skateboard Calendar
Hamburg Rookie Fest – TSG Sportpark, Allerfornia, Germany, 18-19 June 2021
Osaka Rookie Fest – Akamaru Skatepark, Osaka, Japan, 18 July 2021
Budapest Rookie Fest – Szent Endre Sk8 Park, Budapest, Hungary, 14-15 August 2021
Bring da Truckaz Rookie Fest – Konkordia Park, Chemnitz, Germany, 3-5 September 2021
Skateacademy.ch Rookie Fest – Skills Park, Winterthur, Switzerland, 10-11 September 2021
Glasgow Rookie Fest – The Loading Bay, Glascow, Scotland, 11-12 September 2021
Sofia Rookie Fest – Sk8 Park Sofia, Bulgaria, 17-19 September 2021
Prague Rookie Fest – Mystic Skate Park – Prague, Czech Republic, 24-26 September 2021
Modena Rookie Fest – Modena, Italy, 25-26 September 2021
Portugal Rookie Fest – SLX Benedita, Portugal, 25-26 September 2021
World Rookie Skateboard Finals – Skatehall – Innsbruck, Austria, 1-3 October 2021

For Snowboard, Freeski and Skateboard Calendar, please check the last online version here.

Due to the still on-going Pandemic changes in the calendar are possible, so keep yourself updated over our homepage.

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