Excitement and talent shine at the italian stop Modena Rookie Fest of the World Rookie Tour

This past weekend, the vibrant city of Modena played host to an exhilarating stop of the World Rookie Tour: the Modena Rookie Fest, drawing 35 talented athletes from across Italy to compete in a showcase of skill and passion for skateboarding.

Giorgia Meini, winner of the girl category of Modena Rookie Fest

The event saw intense competition and outstanding performances across all categories. In the female division, Giorgia Meini emerged victorious, securing the top spot on the podium with fluid runs and impressive tricks. Her winning run included boardslide over the rail, frontside fleeble, backside flip, backside fifty-fifty, flip and crooked, which left the judges and audience in awe.

Modena Rookie Fest
Gabriele Meini, winner of the grom boys category of Modena Rookie Fest

The Grom Boy category was dominated by Giorgia’s brother, Gabriele Meini, who wowed the judges and spectators alike with his dynamic performance. Gabriele’s run featured feeble, flip bump to bump, frontside tail, frontside lip, backside fifty-fifty, and backside lipslide, showcasing his technical prowess and creativity.

Modena Rookie Fest
Maicol Fantini, winner of the rookie boys category of Modena Rookie Fest

In the highly competitive Rookie Men category, Maicol Fantini took home the gold, demonstrating remarkable technique and style that set him apart from his peers. Maicol’s winning run consisted of feeble, blunt, full cab bump to bump, backside tail, bigspin bump to bump, fifty-fifty backside out, earning him the highest event scores.

All podium finishers have earned their spots in the prestigious World Rookie Tour Skateboard Finals, set in Prague from September 27 to 29. The finals will be held at the stunning skatepark hosting the renowned Mystic Sk8 Cup, promising an unforgettable experience for all participants and fans.

We are thrilled with the level of talent and sportsmanship displayed at the Modena stop of the World Rookie Tour,” said Luca “Ciccio” Borghetti, the skatepark manager Rock&Ride “These young athletes have shown incredible dedication and skill, and we can’t wait to see them compete on the international stage in Prague.”

The World Rookie Tour continues to be a vital platform for aspiring young athletes, providing them with opportunities to shine and progress in their sport. With the finals in Prague fast approaching, the excitement is building as these athletes prepare to take on the world.

Here are all the results

Girls Podium
1st place Giorgia Meini (watch her run here)
2nd place Matilde Solieri
3rd place Nina Bosetti

Grom Boys Podium
1st place Gabriele Meini (watch his run here)
2nd place Andrea Suprani
3rd place Riccardo Gnocchi

Rookie Men Podium
1st place Maicol Fantini (watch his run here)
2nd place Tommaso Failli
3rd place Mirko Barzellotti

Abbie Burns and Beau Brunclair claim the victory in the Lanzarote Rookie Fest

39 young skaters from 9 different countries kickstarted the skateboarding season in Lanzarote for the first-ever Lanzarote Rookie Fest

This weekend, the Extreme Center in Lanzarote hosted the first skateboarding Rookie Fest of the season and the first World Rookie Tour event ever in Spain. A few dozen skaters of all ages and from 9 different countries participated in a contest that they will remember for a long time.

victory lanzarote

On Friday, the skaters enjoyed a long open session training in the newly refurbished indoor skatepark surrounded by palm trees. For the first few hours, the young skaters had quite serious faces and focused on discovering and practising their lines. But soon enough they started to meet new friends and the session continued well into the night, having a first day of 12 hours non-stop skateboarding.

On Saturday, with the seats filled with supportive parents, enthusiastic friends, and fellow skaters, tension rose right before the qualification started. However, once the skaters’ names were called to start their run, an explosion of enjoyment and excitement was on their faces.

The youngest competitor was only 5 years old, and many participants were under 10, which made it possibly the event with the youngest average age of participants in the history of the World Rookie Tour!
But fear not, because age is just a number, and they all displayed great talent and skills.

With 11 girls participating, only 4 made it through finals, and what a final! The British and Lanzarote local Abbie Burns earned the victory against Spanish favourite Noa Gonzalez, who unfortunately couldn’t land her run and ended up 4th. Slovenian Lina Sevčnikar claimed a well-deserved second place after showing her solid skills throughout the weekend and pushing through the final. Finally, the Canarian ramp rider Paula Jorge Simón surprised everyone by putting together a very complete run in this street park: “At first I wasn’t sure what I was doing here, as I normally skate ramp and street is not my strength, but I took it as an opportunity to try something new. I guess it’s an experience that can only be good for me. I’m just very happy I was able to put a run down and I wasn’t expecting much, so I am very happy.

Abbie’s winning run was a rainfall of solid tricks with a frontside smith on the flat bar, a backside boardslide and a front board on the big rail, a kickflip down the euro gap, a backside 5050, a nosegrind, a kickflip over the pyramid and a kickflip frontside boardslide on the flat bar.

victory lanzarote
Abbie Burns (GBR)

The boys’ finals were extraordinary to witness. The 8 highly skilled young skaters amused the crowd and each other by raising the bar one trick at a time. They transformed their nerves into flips and delivered an intense, banger-filled final.


Belgian Beau Brunclair won the big prize with an incredible display of style and technique delivered impeccably. His run consisted of a gap backside nose blunt slide, a backside 180 nosegrind revert, a 3flip and a kickflip over the pyramid, a big spin frontside boardslide, a frontside lipslide, a backside 270 lipslide on the big rail, a frontside 5-0, a big spin kickflip, and a frontside boardslide on the big rail as the last trick attempt.

His Belgian fellow, Noah de Jagger, delivered an exciting show and fought hard to keep his second place, but he couldn’t beat the young Spanish skater Luis Cabarcos. In the end, Luis Cabarcos earned second place, leaving Noah third.

victory lanzarote
Beau Brunclair (BEL)

Thank you all for joining and congratulations to all the winners!!

Best girl: Abbie Burns
Best boy: Beau Brunclair

🥇 Abbie Burns
🥈 Emma Elisa Chiocca
🥉 Laia Bonet

🥇 Lina Sevčnikar
🥈Paula Jorge Simón
🥉 Noa Gonzalez

🥇Beau Brunclair
🥈 Luis Cabarcos
🥉 Noah De Jaeger


Modena Rookie Fest 2024

Modena Rookie Fest

The World Rookie Tour stops in Modena (Italy) on May 18th for the highly anticipated Modena Rookie Fest 2024! This event promises strong emotions with some of the best young skaters from around the world, ready to showcase their skills and compete for the title of champion.

Hosted at the indoor skatepark Rock&Ride in Modena, the day will be filled with breathtaking tricks, intense competitions, and an atmosphere charged with adrenaline. It’s the perfect opportunity for skateboard enthusiasts of all ages to witness an unforgettable spectacle and experience the excitement of skateboarding at an international level.

All podium athletes from different categories: male and female, groms, and rookies, will qualify for the WRT Skateboard Finals 2024, which will be held in Prague, Czech Republic, from September 27th to September 29th, 2024. The winner of the Rookie category will participate free of charge (including hotel and registration) in the WRT Skateboard Finals 2024. Additionally, all riders on the podium will receive prizes from our sponsors.

The registration form is available at this LINK.


  • Friday, May 17th:
    • 19:00 – 21:00: Free training at the indoor skatepark Rock&Ride – Via dei Lancilloto 10/12 (MO)
  • Saturday, May 18th:
    • 10:00 – 13:00: Finalization of registrations and payment of entry fee @indoor skatepark Rock&Ride
    • 10:00 – 14:30: Official training
    • 15:00 – 18:00: Qualifications
    • 18:15 – 19:30: Finals and awards ceremony

The competition fee, amounting to €20.00, must be paid in cash on the morning of the competition.

To participate, it is mandatory to be affiliated with a recognized sports club (FISR, UISP, CSI, AICS, etc.). Those who are not affiliated for the 2023-2024 sports season can affiliate on the day of the competition, at the time of registration, through our club Black Yeti SSD for €30.00.

You can download the info sheet with all the information at the following LINK.

For further details and information on how to participate or attend the event, please send an email to registration@worldrookietour.com

Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this unique experience! Mark the date on your calendar and get ready for a day of skateboarding and fun.

Modena Rookie Fest


13-17 May 2024

Les Deux Alpes, France | Skateboard

french fries rookie fest

When flowers bloom in your backyard, the Black Yeti turns to skateboard and heads straight to France. Meet him in the great skatepark of Les Deux Alpes for French Fries Rookie Fest will take place.

This famous resort also offers a 3400 m. high glacier with a mad snowpark and is the inevitable spot for spring seshs and high-level riding. While rookies will sharpen their freestyle skills on snow, skaters will enjoy the park and the many workshops offered by the organizing team.

Elsewhere in the village, there’s so much to do at walking distance, whether in the swimming pool, the laser game, the summer sledge, or on the world-renown slopes of downhill mountain biking.

What’s even more unique is that the French Fries Rookie Fest is part of a unique combo, as it is linked to the Spring Rookie Camp and a Freestyle Snowboarding Rookie Fest, all happening in Les Deux Alpes at the same time. This will give all riders the occasion to meet several sideways-oriented sis and bros.

Come around and see by yourselves! The French Fries Rookie Fest will host you in style. Various workshops will make it for riders’ cohesion and exchange, DJs and live music on snow, tattoo workshops, hip-hop dance, yoga sessions, and brands’ village where boards and more will be tested.

National delegations are expected to reach Les Deux Alpes on Saturday, 13 May 2024, to be in place for the beginning of training on May 14. Comp will happen on 15 and 16, keeping one weather day for safety. Workshops and other activities will be held in the afternoon and evening. More details while on the spot.

Arrival 13th – Departure 17th

  • Lodging at the official hotel Atmosphere (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Workshops
  • Registration fees
  • Goodies

Price: All included for 350 € per person

The resort of Les Deux Alpes is located in the French Alps – see below.
Website: www.les2alpes.com/winter/
Google map link: goo.gl/maps/cjxpPBeh6VBxTz5Q6

Download HERE the infosheet

French Fries Rookie Fes

The snowboard’s future stars at the 2024 World Rookie Snowboard Finals

The best snowboard’s future stars from around the world gathered at the Kitzsteinhorn in Zell am See-Kaprun from 17th to 22nd March 2024 for the World Rookie Snowboard Finals to determine the 2024 Snowboard Champions. 106 riders from 23 nations cavorted in the Kitzsteinhorn Snowpark and showed that the future of the sport is in good hands. These riders are the stars of tomorrow and we will hear and see a lot more from the 2024 World Rookie Champions.

snowboard's future stars

Slopestyle – With the best weather and parking conditions, the decision in Slopestyle was on Wednesday. In the rookies (U19) category, 15-year-old Norwegian Fabian Hertzberg impressed with a frontside and backside 1080 on the kicker and confidently won the World Rookie Champion Slopestyle title. In the girls’ category, the Chinese Shirui Xiong prevailed and thus brought the first World Rookie Champion title to China. In the Grom category (U15), the Japanese Hakuto Kitayama and the Belgian Sky Remans were crowned winners.

snowboard's future stars
Fabian Hertzberg World Rookie Men Snowboard Slopetsyle Champion ph. Ania Grzelka

Halfpipe – On Thursday the focus was on the halfpipe. Despite a bad weather front, the youngsters performed well! Success across the board for Team Korea, as Lee Jio (Rookie Boys) and his compatriot Lee Suo (Grom Boys) beamed from the top spot on the podium. Among the girls, the Swiss Lura Wick (SUI) triumphed in the Rookie Girls category and won the World Rookie Tour title for the second time in a row, although in the U15 category in 2023. The American Boday Gabriella (USA) won this.

snowboard's future stars
Lura Wick World Rookie Women Snowboard Half Pipe Champion ph. Andreas Amplatz

Head judge Iztok Sumatic was enthusiastic: “My highlight of the 2024 edition was the halfpipe competition. For both the girls and the boys, the top four places in particular showed demanding riding at a very high level. It’s best to memorize the names now because we’ll be hearing a lot more about these talents.”

Aside from the sporting competitions, the World Rookie Finals offered a variety of supporting events, from a tattoo workshop to a climate change workshop by the WSF (World Snowboard Federation) and POW (Protect Our Winters), to promote awareness of environmental protection and sustainability among kids and teenagers.

Van Essen and Thoren are the World Rookie Freeski Big Air Champions 2024

In a thrilling showcase of talent and skill, the World Rookie Freeski Finals witnessed remarkable performances at the Ursus Snowpark. The spotlight shone on the exhilarating Big Air event, where young athletes displayed their prowess on the slopes.

In the Grom category, it was a triumph for Sweden as Melvin Seliberg claimed the top spot with an impressive display of technique and style. Melvin’s precision and creativity on the snow captured the judges’ attention, earning him a well-deserved victory.

He grabbed the victory with a left double tail grab 12 and a switch left 10 blunt.

big air
Melvin Seliberg (SWE) Grom Man Big Air Champion – ph. Ania Grzelka

The Rookie Women category saw a standout performance from Zoe Van Essen of the Netherlands. Zoe’s flawless execution and fearless approach to the course impressed both spectators and judges alike. Her dedication and determination culminated in a memorable win, solidifying her status as a rising star in the freeskiing world.

She impressed the judges with a left 7 safety and a switch left 5 safety.

big air
Zoe Van Essen (NED) Rookie Woman Big Air Champion – ph. Ania Grzelka

Meanwhile, Theo Thoren of Sweden emerged victorious in the fiercely competitive Rookie Men category. Theo’s exceptional skills and commitment to pushing the boundaries set him apart from the competition. With each breathtaking jump, Theo showcased his talent and earned the admiration of all in attendance.

He conquered first place with a switch left triple 12 safety and a left double cork 12 blunt

big air
Theo Thoren (SWE) Rookie Men Big Air Champion – ph. Ania Grzelka

The World Rookie Tour Finals in Madonna di Campiglio provided a platform for young skiers to showcase their abilities and passion for the sport. Congratulations to Melvin, Zoe, and Theo on their remarkable victories, and best wishes for continued success in their skiing endeavours.

See below the highlights of the day

Video editing: Mattia Caravello

Finland Rookie Fest 2024: The Ultimate Snowboarding Weekend!

The Finland Rookie Fest 24, hosted at Vuokatti Ski Resort, delivered non-stop excitement from February 8th to 11th. Snowboarders from Scandinavia and Baltic countries descended upon the resort for a thrilling weekend filled with adrenaline-fueled action.
Finland Rookie Fest
A major event highlight was the snowboard Slopestyle competition, where riders showcased their skills with their best tricks. With the opportunity to perform five tricks per run, the competition reached new heights, as riders from three different countries battled their way to podium spots.
But it wasn’t just about the competition. Attendees also enjoyed live music from the legendary Finnish snowboard scene band “Kätfish,” a thrilling Rail Jam competition, and an epic evening at an indoor activity place called Vuokatti Superpark.
Check out our website for a complete gallery of event photos: LINK
Get ready to be blown away by the epic highlights video of the event, brought to you by the talented Dylan Jones! Dive into the action-packed footage right here:
 Top 3 runs and interviews with winners:

Podium Grom Girls:
1st place – Janni Joenväärä
2nd place – Aurelia Kaila
3rd place – Anna Juvani
Podium Grom Boys:
1st place – Pyry Posio
2nd place – Aatos Nissilä
3rd place – Otto Gutmann
Podium Rookie Girls:
1st place – Laura Agna
2nd place – Triinu Marta Oiderma
3rd place – Maarja Liis Rahumeel
Podium Rookie Boys:
1st place – Erik Jurmu
2nd place – Dennis Larkiala
3rd place – Fabian Dagsland Hertzberg

Thanks to Simo Suopanki for organizing this incredible event, and to all the sponsors and Vuokatti Ski Resort for their support.

Until next time, keep shredding! 🏂🤘

Follow up these accounts: @vuokattisnowpark @flatadventures @dylaaanjones

Thoren and Gasslitter triumph at World Rookie Tour Freeski Slopestyle Finals

The freeski slopestyle finals of the World Rookie Tour reached an electrifying conclusion with spectacular performances leaving audiences in awe. Hosted in Madonna di Campiglio at the Ursus Snowpark, the event featured 55 athletes from around the globe, showcasing their skills on the slopes. Among them, a special mention goes to Melvin Seliberg, from Sweden, in the Grom category, who defended his title with a jaw-dropping second run: Rightfoot backside cork 630 blunt, rightside cork 900 reverse japan, switch leftside cork 900 tail, leftside 270 on frontswap backside 270 off, leftside flair.

After intense competition, we are delighted to announce this year’s winners: Theo Thoren, representing Sweden, and Maria Gasslitter, hailing from Italy.

Theo Thoren, with his distinctive style and technical prowess, clinched the top spot in the men’s category, showcasing exceptional control and creativity on the slopes. His determination and dedication were evident in every move, earning him the well-deserved title of champion.
Best run: Left 270 on frontside 450 safety out, rightside doublecork 1080 safety, leftside double cork 1260 tail, switch left 270 on 270 off, leftside 540.

freeski slopestyle finals

Maria Gasslitter, from Italy, shone in the women’s category, mesmerizing the crowd with her grace and daring. Her flawless performance and mastery of tricks left an indelible mark on the competition, solidifying her status as a rising star in the world of freeskiing.
Best run: Left foot on backside 450 out, switch leftside 540 japan, leftside 720 safety, right foot forward frontside 270 off, switch rightside 180.

freeski slopestyle finals

Both winners secured their spots in the finals by triumphing in Livigno, with Maria clinching first place and Theo securing second. Their victories underscore their incredible talent and commitment, earning the respect of competitors and the entire freeski community.

The World Rookie Tour continues to be a crucial platform for discovering and celebrating emerging talents in winter sports, and we are excited to see what the future holds for Theo Thoren, Maria Gasslitter, and other participants of this extraordinary competition.

A warm applause to our winners and all participants for making the World Rookie Tour freeski finals a memorable and exhilarating event.

Relive the best moments of the day:

Grom Men Podium:

1st place – Melvin Seliberg (SWE)
2nd place – Leon Vist Benjaminsen (NOR)
3st place – Ferdinand Bellet (FRA)

freeski slopestyle finals

Rookie Women Podium:

1st place – Maria Gasslitter (ITA)
2nd place – Zoe Van Essen (NED)
3st place – Magdalena Eglseder (GER)

freeski slopestyle finals

Rookie Men Podium:

1st place – Theo Thoren (SWE)
2nd place – Victor Knutsen (SWE)
3st place – Jason Filippos Zacharopoulos (SUI)

freeski slopestyle finals

Watch quali live stream World Rookie Freeski Finals

Attention all freeski enthusiasts and sports aficionados! We’re thrilled to announce that the quali rounds for the highly anticipated World Rookie Freeski Finals are now underway, and you can catch all the action live right here.

SAVE THE DATE: Tuesday 12 March – 11.00 AM CET time

Below, you’ll find the direct streaming link to the event, where athletes from around the globe, including Lithuania, Latvia, France, the USA, and beyond, are showcasing their incredible talent. These top-tier riders are competing for their chance to shine in the finals, executing gravity-defying tricks and seamless landings that promise to captivate and astonish.

The WRT Freeski Finals serve as the ultimate battleground for elite skiers from across the globe to showcase their skills and vie for prestigious titles. Whether you’re a seasoned fan or new to the sport, this is an event you won’t want to miss.

So, grab your snacks, settle into your favorite spot, and immerse yourself in the electrifying atmosphere of the WRT Freeski Finals qualifying rounds. Click play on the video below and witness firsthand the pinnacle of freeskiing excellence.

Don’t forget to share the excitement with your fellow freeski enthusiasts, and stay tuned for more updates as the competition heats up. Let’s celebrate the fearless spirit of freeskiing together!

09.30 – 11.00 | Training All Riders
11.15 – 12.45 | Quali Heat 1: Women + Men (Run1 + Run2)
12.45 – 13.00 | Warm Up Heat 2
13.15 – 14.45 | Quali Heat 2: Men (Run1 + Run2)

L LINE | Section 1 Rails Option / Section 2 Kickers / Section 3 Kickers / Section 4 Rail Options
Section 5 Quarter Pipe

2 runs each, Best run counts

– Top 3 Women
– Top 8 Rookie Men from Qualification Overall Rank
– Top 8 Grom Men from Qualification Overall Rank

UK Rookie Fest was super cool!

We are thrilled to announce that our recent stop for the UK Rookie Fest at the Snozone Snowpark in the UK was an unprecedented success! It marked the very first time an event of this nature was held in this indoor snowpark.


Both freeskiing and snowboarding disciplines were showcased with remarkable talent and enthusiasm. Our athletes took on the challenges of the snowpark with finesse and style, delivering exhilarating performances that captivated audiences and pushed the boundaries of what’s possible on the slopes.

From breathtaking aerial maneuvers to seamless rail tricks, every moment on the snow was a testament to the skill and dedication of our competitors.

For a complete gallery of photos from the event, be sure to visit our Facebook page!

Additionally, check out the highlights video of the event, filmed by the legendary Fern Media crew, right here:

We remind you that the male and female winners of the rookie category of the freeski discipline have direct access to the World Rookie Freeski Finals in Madonna di Campiglio (Italy) from 10 to 15 March, while the winners of the snowboard discipline will participate in the World Rookie Snowboard Finals in Kitzsteinhorn – Zell am See-Kaprun (Austria) from 17 to 22 March,

We extend our heartfelt thanks to Snozone Snowpark for hosting us and providing the perfect venue for such a groundbreaking event. Stay tuned for more updates and highlights from our snowsports journey!

2024 World Rookie Snowboard Finals: who will be the next stars?

Kitzsteinhorn – Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria
17th March – 22nd March 2024

Slopestyle and Halfpipe

Snowboard Finals

The World Rookie Snowboard Finals are an iconic event in the world of youth snowboarding, where emerging athletes have the chance to test themselves and compete against the best in their category becoming a star!

Finals will be back in style at the historic location of Kitzsteinhorn Zell am See-Kaprun, for a six-day contest and non-stop activities from the 17th to the 22nd of March, providing an exceptional setting and unparalleled snow conditions for this high-level competition.

This prestigious event will determine the new 2024 World Rookie Champions title for Snowboard Halfpipe and Slopestyle, who will earn the opportunity to participate in renowned international competitions and training camps in 2024: Absolute Park Spring Battle, Stubai Prime Park Session, Kitzsteinhorn Pipe Training Weeks and Surprise Ticket to World Class Event 24.

World Rookie Snowboard Finals, featuring both slopestyle and halfpipe events, alongside numerous recreational activities: social dinners, workshops with Gummi Love, World Snowboard Federation, Blue Tomato, and much more. The World Rookie Tour is not just about competition; it’s a celebration of snowboarding culture and community spirit!

Snowboard Finals

We look forward to welcoming you to support our talented athletes and to experience together the unique atmosphere of this extraordinary event!

Registrations for the World Rookie Snowboard Finals 2024 are open, fill in the form at the following link: worldrookietour.newcommerce.tirol/

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

To follow the Snowboard, Freeski, and Skateboard schedule, follow the online version here.

Snowboard Finals


– 100€ per discipline
– 130€ for both HP and SLS
– 75€ per night (half board treatment)

For a single room extra cost: 15€ per night (charged on location)

Book online under worldrookietour.newcommerce.tirol – till latest 13.03.2023
For help and info: +43 650 56 37 424 registration@worldrookietour.com

The full amount is to be paid per bank transfer before the event.

Download HERE the complete info sheet

Emerging talents shine at the sixth Innsbruck Freeski World Rookie Fest

Emerging talents shine at the sixth Innsbruck Freeski World Rookie Fest in the Nordkette Skyline Park high above Innsbruck

Carinthian Benjamin Lengger crowned Ski Austria Junior Champion 2024 in Slopestyle

Innsbruck Freeski Rookie Fest
Rookies Men Winner: Lengger_Benjamin (AUT)

The Seegrube showcased its best on Sunday for the Freeski World Rookie Fest Innsbruck 2024 – the Slopestyle competition is part of the international World Rookie Tour, which has been providing young riders a springboard and a stage for their first contest experiences since 2005. 45 Freeski talents between 11 and 17 years old from Europe are competing on the Nordkette for titles in two age categories and for tickets to the grand World Rookie Freeski Finals in Madonna di Campiglio (Italy).
Radiant blue skies, spring-like temperatures, and the breathtaking view of Innsbruck create a cheerful atmosphere among riders, coaches, parents, and friends at the Nordkette Skyline Park. Some of the participants are already true professionals, while others are embarking on their very first competition and mastering the course with much bravery. The man of the day is the 15-year-old Carinthian Benjamin Lengger, who sweeps all titles: he secures the first place among the Rookies and earns the title of Ski Austria Junior Champion Slopestyle 2024. With his run, he also secures the award for the best “Back to Back” trick combo: Right Cork 9 Blunt on the first jump, Switch Double Cork 9 Safety on the second jump, and 270 on continuing 270 off on the Rail Feature. Bailey Webster (GBR) and Simon Cardini (ITA) complete the Rookie podium in 2nd and 3rd places, respectively. In the Groms category, 14-year-old Vorarlberger Raphael Natter shines from the top podium position, while in the Girls category, 12-year-old Magdalena Eglseder (GER) claims victory.

Grom Men Winner: Raphael Natter (AUT)

Results Freeski World Rookie Fest Innsbruck 2024
Women Overall:
1. Magdalena Eglseder, GER (born 2011)
2. Mirjam Revjagin, EST (born 2006)
3. Simona Revjagin, EST (born 2007)

Innsbruck Freeski Rookie Fest

Rookies Men:
1. Benjamin Lengger, AUT/Carinthia (born 2008)
2. Bailey Webster, GBR (born 2006)
3. Simon Cardini, ITA (born 2007)

Innsbruck Freeski Rookie Fest

Groms Men:
1. Raphael Natter, AUT/Vorarlberg (born 2009)
2. Palmer Parish, GBR (born 2009)
3. Giovanni Marco Miotto, ITA (born 2009)

Innsbruck Freeski Rookie Fest

Ski Austria Junior Champion Slopestyle 2024:
Benjamin Lengger, Carinthia


Watch here the complete photo gallery


Registrations are now open for World Rookie Freeski Finals 2024

Slopestyle and Big Air

Madonna di Campiglio (Italy) – 10.15 March 2024

registrations freeski finals

Madonna di Campiglio, nestled in the heart of the picturesque Trentino region and renowned for its majestic alpine scenery and world-class skiing, is gearing up to host the much-anticipated World Rookie Freeski Finals from March 10th to March 15th at the Ursus Snowpark. With registrations officially open, freeskiers from around the globe are invited to secure their spots for this adrenaline-fueled event.

For the first time, the World Rookie Freeski Finals in Madonna di Campiglio will feature both slopestyle and big air competitions, adding an exciting dimension to the event and providing freeskiers with even more opportunities to showcase their skills.
Participation in both competitions offers athletes the chance to earn points valid for both FIS rankings and the new World Rookie Freeski Rank. It’s important to note that having an FIS code is not mandatory to participate in the World Rookie Freeski Finals, making this event accessible to all aspiring freeskiers.

The World Rookie Freeski Finals promise to showcase the best talent in the sport, drawing seasoned competitors and emerging stars alike to the slopes of Madonna di Campiglio. Athletes will have the opportunity to test their skills across a range of categories, from slopestyle to halfpipe, against a backdrop of the stunning Italian Alps.

We are thrilled to be back again this year for the Rookie Freeski World Finals in Madonna di Campiglio,” said Gian Luca “Jimmi” Zanetti, race director WRT and Ursus Snowpark Manager. “This event not only celebrates the incredible skill and athleticism of our participants but also highlights the beauty and excitement of freeskiing.”

The World Rookie Tour has travelled across various destinations, including Slovakia, the UK, and beyond, and is now culminating in the exhilarating Freeski Finals in Madonna di Campiglio.

Madonna di Campiglio’s Ursus Snowpark offers unparalleled facilities and terrain, making it the perfect setting for this high-energy competition. From challenging runs to innovative terrain parks, the venue caters to freeskiers of all levels, ensuring an unforgettable experience for competitors and spectators alike.

In addition, we are pleased to announce that we are offering favourable conditions to all those who wish to stay in Madonna di Campiglio to train in preparation for the Junior World Championship in Livigno, scheduled from March 22nd to March 30th. For more information, please contact us via email.

Registrations for the World Rookie Freeski Finals 2024 are now open, download and fill in the form at the following link and send it back to registration@worldrookietour.com

Join us in Madonna di Campiglio from March 10th to March 15th for a week of adrenaline-pumping action, camaraderie, and unforgettable moments on the slopes.

Download HERE the complete info sheet

All-inclusive packages:
RIDERS: 659,00€
All-inclusive packages include:
• 4 days lift tickets (Monday 11st – Tuesday 12th – Wednesday 13th – Thursday 14th),
• 5 nights accommodation in 3* hotel with half board treatment in multiple rooms (check-in Sunday 10th – check-out Friday 15th)
• entry fee (just for riders)
• afternoon activities, free drinks and welcome goodie bag
For a single room extra cost: 25,00€ per night

All the athletes, coaches and parents will be accommodated with a special deal in a 3* hotel (spots are limited so hurry up!) to have a wonderful stay all together!

Pamporovo Rookie Fest

Snowboard and Freeski

3.4 March, Pamporovo (Bulgaria)


For the first time since 2017, the World Rookie Tour is making a stop in the beautiful resort of Pamporovo – Bulgaria. A legendary destination that for 10 years, hosted the famous Pamporovo Freestyle Open (PFO) slopestyle event with a festival atmosphere, it was ranked 4-star TTR in 4 of its editions. The resort is set in the southern Rhodope Mountains at an altitude of 1620  meters above sea level. The highest peak in the area, Snezhanka Peak at 1928 m, is several hundred meters above the resort and hosts Snezhanka Tower. There is a reason why people are calling Pamporowo the Pearl of the Rodopi mountain. The ancient pine forest, the massive amounts of snowfall and the crystal clean air make the name of the resort speak for itself.  The modern approach and the good vibes at the resort, these days, are the perfect combination for a proper World Rookie Tour event. It will not take long until Pamporovo gets back on the world freestyle map, so don’t miss the chance to become part of history and be here with us during these booming times!!!


Entry Fee
Free entry with compliments for the young riders from Pamporovo resort!
Bip Deposit – 20 BGN ( in cash due the check-in)

Event Registrations: fill in the Google form at the following LINK for the chance to win one of the last spots at the freeski world finals in Madonna di Campiglio

Local REP – Snowpark Pamporovo – Asen Rashev +359 876907604
WRT Event manager – Ivan Furkov +447342197576 ivan@worldrookietour.com


Free Ski and Snowboard are starting together
Heats and starting lists will be distributed on-site.
Qualifications – 2 runs, best counts
Finals – 3 runs, best counts
Judging criteria – overall impression ( will be explained at the Coach/Riders Meeting )

Download HERE the complete infosheet


What a success for the Slovakia Rookie Fest

On February 10th, 2024, the Riderspark at Donovaly became the epicentre of adrenaline-fueled action as it was the host of the Snowboard & Freeski Slovakia Rookie Fest, the official World Rookie Tour stop. Drawing 23 riders from Slovakia, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Georgia, the competition showed some cool tricks and new young freestyle talents in the heart of the beautiful Slovakian mountains.

Despite the challenges posed by the weather in the days leading up to the event, including rain that tested the organizers’ resolve, the competition persevered, delivering an unforgettable experience for all the participants. The dedication and hard work of the organizers ensured that the event proceeded smoothly, despite last-minute changes to the schedule. The races should be on Saturday and Sunday, but with the coming bad weather, the organizer changed the program and the WRT took place on Saturday, both Freeski and Snowboard.

The competition itself exceeded expectations, with riders pushing the limits of their skills and creativity. Among the competitors, several young talents emerged, showcasing remarkable skills and potential for the future of the sport. In the skiing categories, Revaz Burduli from Georgia claimed victory in the Rookies category, while Filip Štrba won the Grom category.

Meanwhile, in snowboarding, Zuzana Machowska took the top spot in the Girls category, with Tadeáš Nedielka, winning the Boys Rookies and Ricco Nawarkiewicz-Wisniewski winning the Boys Grom category.

The event also received a significant boost from the participation of Slovakian World Cup riders, Samuel Jaroš in snowboarding and Michael Oravec in freeskiing. Their presence provided aspiring young riders with the opportunity to learn from the best, inspiring them to reach new heights in their riding journeys. Both, the World Cup riders and kids, were riding together and the kids could experience something unusual – to ride & learn from their idols.

Despite the challenges posed by the weather and last-minute changes, the event at Donovaly was a resounding success for Slovakian freestyle, leaving a lasting impression on every participant, including the organisers and everyone, who helped to make true the World Rookie Tour in Slovakia.


An eventful February for the World Rookie Tour

World Rookie Tour Announces Upcoming Qualifying Events Across Europe for February

eventful February World Rookie Tour

 The World Rookie Tour is excited to unveil a series of qualifying events set to take place across Europe throughout February. Promising an exhilarating showcase of talent in snowboarding and freeskiing, these competitions will provide young athletes with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills on an international stage.

The tour kicks off with thrilling contests scheduled in various picturesque locations, including Finland, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, Hungary, France, and the United Kingdom. Each stop on the tour promises to deliver high-energy action and fierce competition as riders and skiers vie for top honours.

Notably, the winners of the podiums at each event will earn a coveted spot in the international finals, further elevating the stakes and excitement surrounding these qualifying competitions: from March 10th to 15th, World Rookie Freeski Finals in Madonna di Campiglio (Italia) and from March 17th to 22nd World Rookie Snowboard Finals in Kitzsteinhorn Kaprun/Zell am See (Austria).

The future is definitely here!

To follow the Snowboard, Freeski, and Skateboard schedule, follow the online version here.

If your dream is to become a professional athlete, then your future begins on the World Rookie Tour.

8 – 11 February, VUOKATTI
Welcome to Vuokatti, Finland. Vuokatti is a legendary place for freestyle snowboarding in Finland. Finnish Snowboard Academy has been here since 2004 and also Olympic training center for winter sports is located here. Vuokatti ski resort has two amazing snowparks made in co-work with Schneestern. In Finland Rookie Fest 2024 Vuokatti we have many extra activities like skateboarding and trampoline sessions, SafeShred and Zero+ points and night RAIL JAM on the slopes.

More info at the following LINK


10 – 11 February, DONOVALY

Snowboard and Freeski teams: save the date 10 – 11 February 2024 for the revival of freestyle in Slovakia. We are pleased to welcome you all to Donovaly for the World Rookie Tour stop in Slovakia. We will meet on Friday 09.02. for the unofficial training, following races during the weekend, workshops, and a lot of fun. The ski resort in Donovaly is the hometown of freestyle in Slovakia. We hope you will experience not only great competition but also a drop of beautiful nature, domestic cuisine, and new friendships in the heart of our country. We are happy to welcome you to Donovaly!

More info at the following LINK

17 – 19 February, INNSBRUCK
Innsbruck, Austria, is proud to host the 6th Edition of the Freeski World Rookie Fest from 17 – 19.02.2024. Once again Nordkette Skyline Park will host the next generation of Freeski to showcase the future of the sport. Riders will hit the Slopestyle course above Innsbruck to determine who will get tickets for this year’s World Rookie Freeski Finals later this season.
More info at the following LINK

22 – 25 February, MÁTRASZENTISTVÁN
The Black Yeti will come to Skipark Mátraszentistván, the most traditional area of Hungary, for the Hungarian Rookie Fest between 22 – 25.02.2024! The contest will take place in Skipark Mátraszentistván Slope number 5 is partially reserved for the competitions! The park for this amazing event will be here!
More info at the following LINK

WORLD ROOKIE TOUR 20230219 Mátraszentistván Snowboard foto Tumbász Hédi

23 – 25 February, FONT ROMEU
The Black Yeti makes its stop in France again in the stunning resort of Font Romeu, located at the heart of the Pyrenees Mountain range in the southern part of the country. Known for its friendly atmosphere and frequently visited by national teams from all kinds of sports seeking altitude training, Font Romeu set a benchmark in sports facilities in Europe some decades ago and keeps moving forward. The resort hosts the French National Training Center in Snowboard Freestyle and is home to Sunny Park, one the best snowparks in Europe, located 2100 m high. Come around and see by yourselves! Surrounded by several hot springs, a climbing area and close to the Spanish border, the French Kiss Rookie Fest will host you in style, both during the contest and around. Various workshops will make it for riders’ cohesion and exchange, DJs and live music on snow, and a brands’ village where boards and more will be tested.
More info at the following LINK

29 February – 1 March, MILTON KEYNES
For the very first time, the World Rookie Tour is set to make a stop in the UK on real snow! 
The UK Rookie Fest offers a chance for the two top riders in both FreeSki and Snowboard to secure an invitation to the World finals in Italy (FreeSki) and Austria (Snowboard). 
This exciting event in the World Rookie Tour will be hosted at SNOZONE – Milton Keynes, the premier snow centre in the UK for indoor freestyle skiing and snowboarding.
With its contemporary approach and positive atmosphere, Snozone provides the ideal setting for a World Rookie Tour competition. Join us on February 29th and March 1st at Snozone – Milton Keynes!
More info at the following LINK

Maramureș Rookie Fest Celebrates Success

Maramureș Rookie Fest Celebrates Success with Telegondola Borșa as a Proud Sponsor

Borsa, February 1-4, 2024 – The grand finale of Maramureș Rookie Fest, a pivotal stage in the renowned World Rookie Tour, concluded with resounding success. Set against the breathtaking backdrop of Borsa, the event showcased ideal conditions despite minor weather challenges, with fog adding an extra layer of intensity to the finals.

The Groms category (boys snowboard under 15) saw fierce competition, featuring six riders from the top 10 globally, with notable performances securing the first, second, third, and fifth positions.

Maramureș Rookie Fest
Grom Podium: 1st place Lemark Niko (SLO) , 2nd place Nawarkiewicz Gustav (POL) and 3rd place Lebedev Maxim (CZ)

In the Rookies category, competitors from the top three globally, including an Olympian from Korea, elevated the event to extraordinary heights.

Maramureș Rookie Fest
Rookie Podium: 1st place Stastny Oliver (CZE),  2nd place Ilut Patric (ROU) and 3rd place Kuhnert Nico (AUT)
Maramureș Rookie Fest
Girl Podium: 1st place Zvadora Sara (CZE), 2nd place Gorcsosova Ella (SVK) and  3rd place Zvadora Viktorie (CZE)

Crucial support from Telegondola Borsa and Mayor Timis played a pivotal role in the event’s triumph, turning it into a captivating spectacle. The warm hospitality of Maramureș left a lasting impression on participants, showcasing Romania’s potential on the international snowboarding stage.

The event received extensive coverage through a live broadcast by AndreiMusicTV, reaffirming its status as a highly publicized competition, organized by ACS Extreme Rivulus.

Urban Monkey joins our esteemed sponsors, including Capture Heroes (GoPro Romania), Umanshop, Blue Tomato, TSG, Voelkl, Red Bull and others, in contributing to the success of Maramureș Rookie Fest.

With a commitment to excellence, the event not only celebrated the podium winners but also marked a significant premiere at the base of the slope, accompanied by a lively party atmosphere and a jibbing contest.

The competition’s international allure was evident as participants from nine countries showcased a high level of riding. The event’s success has solidified an agreement with the city of Borsa and Telegondola Borsa to construct two snowparks for the upcoming year, promising an even more thrilling spectacle.

As we express our gratitude to all participants, we present the current point standings for our ranking. Rider participation from nine nations with exceptional riding skills has set the stage for a return to Maramureș, especially with the promise of two new snowparks in collaboration with Borsa and Telegondola.

Stay tuned for the real spectacle at Borsa!

Download here the complete results

French Kiss Rookie Fest 2024

23 – 25 February 2024 | Font Romeu, France | Slopestyle, Snowboard

The Black Yeti makes its stop in France again in the stunning resort of Font Romeu, located at the heart of the Pyrenees mountain range in the southern part of the country. Known for its friendly atmosphere and frequently visited by national teams from all kinds of sports seeking altitude training, Font Romeu set a benchmark in sports facilities in Europe some decades ago and keeps moving forward. The resort hosts the French National Training Center in Snowboard Freestyle and is home to Sunny Park, one the best snowparks in Europe, located 2100 m high. Come around and see by yourselves! Surrounded by several hot springs, a climbing area and close to the Spanish border, the French Kiss Rookie Fest will host you in style, both during the contest and around. Various workshops will make it for riders’ cohesion and exchange, DJs and live music on snow, and a brands’ village where boards and more will be tested.

See a short video edit of the snowpark here.

National delegations are expected to reach Font Romeu on Thursday, 22 February 2024, to be in place for the official training on Friday 23. The competition will happen on 24 and 25 February 2024. Workshops and other activities will be held in the afternoon and evening. Expect a rumble in the park with artists, amazing prizes, shooting sessions, movie screenings, delicious food, and more surprises…

Come taste the French kiss, baby!


Accommodations must be organized in advance by the participants. Please find our partnering hotels and agencies in the info sheet below. Use the Code: World Rookie Tour.

Entry Fee: 180 €
This includes a starting fee, three-day lift passes, and cold lunch packages for 24 and 25 February 2024. The fee also includes awesome individual welcome packs, workshops and activities.

Download here the registration form and send it back ASAP to familha.snowboard@gmail.com, cc: registration@worldrookietour.com
Names of contact persons: Laurent Pordié

The resort of Font Romeu is located in Southern France, close to Spain.

Website: https://www.altiservice.com/font-romeu-pyrennees-2000

Google map link: https://maps.app.goo.gl/NgswQ9oxKvTmWJDq9?g_st=ic

Here you can download the info sheet

Hungarian Rookie Fest 2024 – cancelled

22 – 25 February, Mátraszentistván

Unfortunately, Mother Nature is not favoring us this year, and due to the spring weather we are forced to cancel the Hungarian World Rookie Tour. The current conditions do not allow us to provide a quality course for the competition. We waited and hoped for snowmaking until the last moment, but it failed yesterday as well.

The Black Yeti will come to Skipark Mátraszentistván, the most traditional area of Hungary, for the Hungarian Rookie Fest between 22-25.02.2024! – https://www.sipark.hu/fooldal

The contest will take place in Skipark Mátraszentistván Slope number 5 is partially reserved for the competitions! The park for this amazing event will be here! – https://www.sipark.hu/sipalyak-siliftek#skimaps-1

Nearby international airport: Budapest (113 km)
By car Wien – 374 km, Budapest – 113 km, Kiev 1000 km, Sofia – 861 km

Hungarian Rookie Fest

Age Groups
2023/2024 World Rookie Tour events are reserved for Rookies (born from the 1st of January 2006 to
31st of December 2008) and Groms (born from 1st of January 2009 and up), both male and female.
All contests in the World Rookie Tour will generate valuable results for the World Rookie Rank and
all the riders on the podium will be qualified for the end-of-season World Rookie Finals.

What are you waiting for?
Come and join the 2024 World Rookie Tour: the future is here!

Info and registrations
• Rozsa Harmat, mobile: +36 30 328 6371, e-mail: rozsa.harmat@sbhun.hu

You can download the info-sheet at the following LINK

Athletes can register online directly through the MSBSZ.hu/nevezes website – link HERE)
National Federation for the whole “National Team”, by sending the application form to registration@worldrookietour.com and rozsa.harmat@sbhun.hu
Please submit entries no later than 15th February.

Entry fee: 7000 HUF or 20 EUR on the venue at the race office in cash only.

We can offer the below packages:

Accommodation requests are welcomed latest till 28th January.

• Accommodation is available only between 22 – 25.02.2024
• If you have any special request for your accommodation (special meal, or additional night) just contact us will take care of your request!
• Please send your accommodation request with team size, nr of room request, arrival-
departure date no later than 22nd January. Please be aware, that there are a limited number of rooms available.

The World Rookie Tour is organized by Black Yeti company in collaboration with National and
International Sports Associations and it is made possible by Red Bull, Blue Tomato, Völkl, Marker,
TSG Protection, Surftolive.com and Boardriding.com. You can follow the World Rookie Tour on our
international media partners Fuel TV, Boardriding.com and Quattro Media.

The new stars of snowboarding are at Livigno World Rookie Fest 2024

Julian Sverresvold and Mia Langridge win the nineteenth edition of the contest, but the top rider in the overall ranking is Dmytro Luchkin from the Grom Men category.

About seventy young snowboarders gathered in the splendid setting of the Italian Alps for the historic Livigno World Rookie Fest 2024, now in its nineteenth edition. Coming from all over the world, including overseas, they showcased their skills and athletic abilities in the beautiful location of the Mottolino Snowpark. The event kicked off on Sunday, January 14 th, with the presentation of the contest dedicated to snowboarders at the Cinelux cinema in the city centre of Livigno. There, the participants had the opportunity to preview the new World Rookie Tour TV Show and were welcomed by Ian Rocca, Marketing Manager at Mottolino SpA. He greeted and praised the incredible level of preparation of the athletes and expressed hopes of seeing them compete in the upcoming 2026 Winter Olympics, which will be held in Livigno.

The following day, in the afternoon, athletes had the opportunity to compete with tricks at the Nitro Rail Jam at night in the Snowpark20 city snowpark, located in the centre of Livigno. Dmytro Luchkin took home the Best Trick award, and snowboarder Mia Langridge is the best female snowboarder! Girl power!

This year, the setup for the slopestyle contest, held at the renowned Mottolino Snowpark, left athletes and coaches in awe, featuring three different lines: L/XL with a rail section, two kickers, a cannon rail, and the M line composed of three kickers and another rail section.

The finals took place on Tuesday, January 16 th, with perfect weather conditions: clear skies and mild temperatures welcomed the riders at altitude. The Women Grom and Rookie categories competed first, followed by the Men Grom and Rookie.

The winner of the World Rookie Fest 2024 was Norwegian Julian Sverrensvold with the following run: Frontside Lipside Sexchange 450 out, FS Blunt 270, FS 1080, Backside Double 1080, 50 – 50 FS 540. Second place went to Lian Garandel (FRA), and third place to Aron Wagner (SUI).

In the Grom Men category, Dmytro Luchkin from Ukraine won for the second consecutive year with a fearless run featuring a Cab 270 in 270 out, Backside 267 in, FS 1080, Backside Triple Cork Stalefish, Fifty-fifty frontside 360, ahead of Samuel Fejgl (CZE) and Leonardo Saraiva (SUI). An impeccable execution that earned him the first place in the overall ranking!

Mia Langridge (GBR) won the Rookie Women category with a Cab 180 Backside 180, Switch Blunt 270, Cab 540, Backside 260, Fifty fifty backside 180. Second place went to Nora Hegge (NOR), and third place to Anette Naevestad (NOR).

In the Grom Women category, Sky Remans (BEL) claimed the top spot on the podium with a run featuring Switch Blunt 270, Switch Board Fakie, Backside 720, Frontside 720, Fifty-fifty indy, winning ahead of Aono Pordie Okaniwa (FRA) and Emine Kinck Grundvold Mathisen (NOR).

All riders on the podium, rookies, groms, males, and females, qualified for the World Rookie Snowboard Finals 2024, which will take place at Kitzsteinhorn Zell am See-Kaprun from March 17th to 22nd.

Finally, the legendary Black Yeti reserved a ticket for the Best Snowboard Team of the event to participate in the international finals of the “Red Bull Hammers with Homies” event, a team contest that will be held in Madonna di Campiglio. The surprises are not over, and in fact, it has been decided to give the ticket to two teams: Norway and France.

This week, we saw the best young snowboarders in action, but it’s not over because these days, another 70 freeskier friends will compete to win a spot in the World Rookie Freeski Finals. Stay connected, today are the qualifications, and tomorrow are the finals.

The future is definitely here!

For those who would like to witness the extraordinary level of these rookies, follow the links below:
Rookie Man Julian Sverrensvold
Grom Man Dmytro Luchkin
Rookie Woman Mia Langridge
Grom Woman Sky Remans

Photogalley Livigno World Rookie Fest 2024 


Photo Credits: Teo Trabucchi
Video Credits: Federico Romanello, Mattia Caravello