Andres Martin and Margot Marcos win the second edition of the Modena Rookie Fest

The young Italian talents headed to Innsbruck for the World Rookie Skateboard Finals 2022

For the second year in a row Modena proved for three days to be the capital of youth skateboarding, at the Rock and Ride Skatepark and along the streets of the city. From Friday 16 to Sunday 18 September, the best young aspiring professional skaters competed to qualify for the World Rookie Skateboard Finals scheduled in Innsbruck from 30 September to 2 October 2022.

In addition to the prizes made available by the sponsors, all the skaters who got on the podium qualified for the final session of the World Rookie Tour, during which important wild cards will be offered for the top skaters of the event: the World Rookie Skateboard Champion will be awarded an invitation to the legendary Simple Session 2023, and all athletes on podiums will receive an invitation to the Mystic Sk8 Cup 2023!

Returning to Emilia Romagna, in these days the boys have not only been able to confront and grow together with tricks but have been able to visit the Enzo Ferrari Museum and compete for the Best Trick Contest right in the city center, at the Novi Sad Park. Here we could also attend the hiphop and break dance demo organized by the “Centro La Fenice” of Modena.

Sunday caught fire right away with the arrival of 30 skaters registered for the WRT race. Very young talents put on a show, giving an excellent level of skateboarding to the large audience who came for the occasion. Winning the Rookie Men category was Andres Martin Gramaglia Fusconi followed by Leonardo Bergese and Bulgarian Dian Petkov.

In the Grom Men category Nicola Morigi won over Gabriele Meini and Matteo Mantovani. Excellent level also for the girls in the race: Margot Marcos wins over Gaia Urbinati, third Giorgia Meini.

Thanks to the sponsors of the event including DC, TSG, Jail Jam, SKIPASS, Blue Tomato and SurfToLive.

Photogallery available by clicking here

Photo credits: Guillermo Fleitas

Modena Rookie Fest 2022

After the success of the first edition, World Rookie Tour Skateboard returns to Modena
the appointment is from 16 until 18 September!

Modena is ready to host for the second year in a row, a stop of the World Rookie Tour Skateboard, the tour designed to give aspiring pro-skaters the chance to break into the international scene. In fact, on 18 September, the best skaters on the Italian and international scene will compete at the Rock & Ride Skatepark, the largest indoor park in Emilia Romagna.

As in WRT tradition, the winner of the Modena Rookie Fest will be awarded with an incredible prize money: an all-inclusive invitation for the World Rookie Skateboard Finals scheduled in Innsbruck, Austria, and many other prizes made available by the sponsors of the event including DC, TSG, Jail Jam, SKIPASS, Blue Tomato and SurfToLive.

World Rookie Tour events are not just skateboarding competitions. WRT includes lifestyle activities, artistic workshops, skateboarding courses and a guided tour of the historic center of Modena and in the Enzo Ferrari Casa Museum” Marco Sampaoli, co-founder of the World Rookie Tour and Rock & Ride skatepark in Modena.

In addition, all the skaters who will get on the podium in Modena, for each category, will be qualified for the World Rookie Skateboard Finals 2022 which will be held from 30 September to 2 October 2022 in Austria. Here, important wild cards for the World Rookie Champion Skateboard will be awarded: an invitation to the legendary Simple Session 2023, and 12 invitations for the Mystic Cup 2023!

In addition to having the best Pro-skaters from all over the world at our event, we have always had a special focus on new talent. For example, Madars Apse was 13 when he participated and is now an international pro. We can say that Simple Session is a real launch pad for young and talented skaters! ” Jarmo Kangro, co-manager Simple Session skateboarding, partner event of the World Rookie Tour and one of the most important European contests.

From the street to the best international stages: don’t miss this opportunity!

You can fill out here the pre-registration form here:
Registration must be finalized on the day of the race.

Not sure what to expect from the World Rookie Tour?!
Here you can see how the last edition went:


–  Modena Rookie Fest is reserved for Rookie under 19 (born from 1st January 2003 to 31th December 2006) and for Grom (born from 1st January 2007 and up), boys and girls.

– Cost of registration is € 15 for those who pre-registered online and € 20 on site (each participant will be given a race pack containing goodies offered by our sponsors: TSG, DC, Blue Tomato, Jail Jam. 


Friday 16 September
–  19.00 – 21.00 free training at the Rock&Ride Skatepark, via Dei Lancillotto 10, Modena

Saturday 17 September
– 10.00 – 12.00 guided tour at the historc center of Modena
– 10.00 – 13.00 “meet&skate” introductory skate courses at the Rock&Ride Skatepark
– 10.00 – 13.00 workshop artistic-creative on the customization of skateboard decks

– 16.00 – 19.00 “downtown showdown” Skate & BMX demo and best trick contest at the Parco Novi Sad

– 16.00 – 19.00 hip hop dance demo and break dance by “Centro La Fenice” at the Parco Novi Sad

Sunday 18 Semptember – race day
– 11.00 – 15.00 registration and official training World Rookie Tour at the Rock&Ride Skatepark
– 16.00 – 18.00 qualifications
– 19.00 – 20.00 finals and prize giving

The program and times may vary according to the number of registered athletes.


Marco Sampaoli
Phone: 0039.059.9783397 or 0039.340.3285569

Photo credits: Federico Romanello