Valentino Guseli sets new world record for highest Hip Air at Swatch Nines

A week of nonstop ski and snowboard action at Schilthorn, Switzerland has concluded with Valentino Guseli, the World Rookie Tour Grom Slopestyle Champion 2019, soaring to new heights and setting a remarkable snow sports record. On a “Perfect Hip” built with the express mission of sending riders sky-high safely, Guseli, with his exceptional skill and daring, established a new highest-air world record.

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Valentino Guseli (AUS, SNB) flew to a height of 11.5 meters (37.7 feet), topping Christian Haller’s record of 11.3 meters (37.1 feet), also from 2016.

“I was just going as big as I could,” said Guseli. “I’d say it’s the biggest hip I ever hit. And the thing that’s gnarly about it is, when you first hit it, you already have to go big.”

The three new world records, including Valentino Guseli’s remarkable achievement, alongside Kim Gubser on skis and Brooke D’Hondt on a snowboard, are among the highlights of a weeklong session that saw a crew of 40 invited riders from 13 different countries tackle a custom course of features beyond the Perfect Hip.

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The mission of Swatch Nines is to provide a platform for athletes to express their creativity and push their limits in a safe and non-competitive environment. The fact that we’re able to break records like these shows that we’re doing something right. I can’t believe what the athletes were able to achieve on this setup. It’s the most gratifying thing to see something that you’ve been planning for so long finally come to fruition and exceed all your expectations.” – Nico Zacek, founder of Swatch Nines

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.

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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.

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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.

Watch the live streaming of World Rookie Snowboard Finals 2024

Watch the action live: World Rookie Slopestyle Snowboard Finals qualifiers streaming now!

Attention all snowboarding enthusiasts! Get ready to witness the electrifying action of the World Rookie Snowboard Finals Qualifiers live from the stunning Austrian backdrop of the Snowpark Kitzsteinhorn – Zell am See-Kaprun. We’re thrilled to announce that you can now tune in to the live streaming of the qualifiers, bringing you the pulse-pounding excitement straight to your screens.

SLOPESTYLE QUALIFICATION and FINALS – 20th March 2024

SCHEDULE

09.00 – 10.30 | Training
10.45 – 12.45 | Slopestyle Qualifications Heat 1 + Heat 2
12.45 – 13.15 | Warm up Heat 3
13.30 – 15.15 | Slopestyle Qualifications Heat 3

HEAT 1: Women
HEAT 2: Men
HEAT 3: Men

Follow the live scoring at the following LINK

With the world’s most promising young talents showcasing their skills on the slopes, this event promises to be a spectacle of athleticism and adrenaline. From gravity-defying jumps to seamless rail maneuvers, these riders will leave you on the edge of your seat, craving for more.

The Snowpark Kitzsteinhorn – Zell am See-Kaprun, nestled amidst the breathtaking Austrian Alps, provides the perfect stage for these aspiring athletes to demonstrate their prowess in slopestyle snowboarding. As they carve their way through the meticulously crafted course, every twist and turn will keep you captivated, ensuring an unforgettable experience for snowboarding fans worldwide.

Whether you’re a seasoned snowboard enthusiast or a newcomer to the sport, this live streaming event offers something for everyone. Witness the future stars of snowboarding as they compete for glory and strive to leave their mark on the world stage.

So, don’t miss out on the action! Grab your favorite snacks, cozy up, and tune in to the live stream of the World Rookie Tour Slopestyle Finals Qualifiers. Join us as we celebrate the spirit of snowboarding and cheer on these incredible athletes as they chase their dreams amidst the majestic beauty of the Austrian Alps.

COMING SOON

HALF PIPE QUALIFICATION and FINALS  – 21st March 2024

Stay connected to our website and social media for all the latest updates and exclusive coverage of the World Rookie Tour Slopestyle Finals. Let’s make this an event to remember!

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

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.

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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!

World Rookie Tour and Prime Park Sessions announce extension of partnership for 2024

Prime Park Sessions
Melvin Seliberg (SWE) – Prime Park Sessions 2023

Stubaier Gletscher, Austria
Snowboard & Freeski

The World Rookie Tour and Prime Park Sessions are pleased to announce the extension of their partnership for the year 2024. This collaboration, which has already led to great successes in previous years, is renewed with the aim of continuing to support and promote youth snowboarding and freeskiing globally.

The World Rookie Tour, the largest international snowboarding and freeskiing circuit for young talents, and Prime Park Sessions, one of the most prestigious training programs in the snowboarding and freeskiing landscape, join forces to offer young athletes an unparalleled opportunity to compete, grow, and showcase themselves on the international stage.

The extension of this partnership reflects the joint commitment of both parties to provide a high-level competitive environment where young snowboarders and freeskiers can test their skills and aspire to great achievements in the world of snowboarding and freeskiing.

The partnership between the World Rookie Tour and Prime Park Sessions has been incredibly positive and fruitful in past years,” said Meinhard Trojer – World Rookie Tour Event Coordinator. “We are excited to continue this collaboration and work together to promote and support young snowboarding and freeskiing talents worldwide.

Prime Park Sessions
Chauen Lee (KOR) – Prime Park Sessions 2023

Similarly, Daniel Schießl – Project Manager of Legs of Steel for Prime Park Sessions, added: “We are delighted to extend our partnership with the World Rookie Tour for 2024. Together, we will continue to offer youth athletes an outstanding stage to showcase their talent and fulfill their dreams in the world of snowboarding and freeskiing.”

The male and female winners of the World Rookie Freeski Finals in Madonna di Campiglio and World Rookie Snowboard Finals in Kitzsteinhorn – Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria will have the honor of participating in the 2024 edition of Prime Park Sessions.

The 2024 edition, will take place at Stubai Glacier in Austria, promising to be an exciting year, with exceptional events, extraordinary talents, and unforgettable moments on the slopes worldwide.

Prime Park Sessions
William Bostadløkken (NOR) – Prime Park Sessions 2023

Stay updated on upcoming events and news by following our social media pages and official website. To follow the Snowboard, Freeski, and Skateboard schedule, follow the online version here.

About Prime Park Session:
Prime Park Session is one of the most prestigious events in the snowboarding and freeskiing landscape, offering an outstanding stage for the world’s top snowboarders and freeskiers to compete and showcase themselves.

Prime Park Sessions
Hanna Karrer (AUT) – Prime Park Sessions 2023

Schilthorn Rookie Fest cancelled

We regret to inform you that the upcoming stage of the Schilthorn Rookie Fest has been canceled due to insufficient snowfall. Despite our best efforts to prepare the course, the current conditions do not meet our safety standards for the event.

We understand that this news may be disappointing, especially for those who were eagerly anticipating this leg of the competition. However, the safety and well-being of our participants remain our top priority.

Schilthorn

Please note that we eagerly await the freeskiers in Madonna di Campiglio for the World Rookie Freeski Finals from 10th to 15th March and the snowboarders in Kitzsteinhorn – Zell am See-Kaprun for the World Snowborad Finals from 17th to 22nd.

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

Registrations:

ENTRY FEE:
– 100€ per discipline
– 130€ for both HP and SLS
ACCOMMODATION:
– 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

Pamporovo Rookie Fest

Snowboard and Freeski

3.4 March, Pamporovo (Bulgaria)

Pamporovo

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!!!

Pamporovo

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

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

Pamporovo

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

Pamporovo

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.

FINLAND ROOKIE FEST
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

 

SLOVAKIA ROOKIE FEST 2024
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

INNSBRUCK FREESKI WORLD ROOKIE FEST 2024
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

HUNGARIAN ROOKIE FEST 2024
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

FRENCH KISS ROOKIE FEST 2024
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

UK ROOKIE FEST 2024
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!

ACCOMMODATION AND ENTRY PACKAGES

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.

INFO AND REGISTRATION
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

UK Rookie Fest 2024

Snowboard and Freeski

29th February – March 1st, Snozone – Milton Keynes (UK)

UK Rookie Fest

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!

Snozone Milton Keynes welcomes you on February 29th and March 1st as we proudly host the World Rookie Tour, UK Rookie Fest. We look forward to welcoming you for this awesome freestyle ski & snowboard event at our indoor snow slopes. We have an awesome park setup planned filled with rails, pipes & kickers.

You can register at the following LINK

UK Rookie Fest

We’ll have freestyle features out on the slopes for both guests and competitors, as shown in the plan below, so if you or anyone you know wants the opportunity to secure an invitation to the World finals in Italy (Freeski) and Austria (Snowboard), make sure you register now – link here

UK Rookie Fest

Watch out for the video about the competition field on our Instagram page.

Event Program

  • 29. Feb. – Qualifications
    18:00 – 18:45 – bib distribution/check-in
    19:00 – Coach/Riders Meeting
    19:15 – 20:00 Training
    20:15 – 21:45 Qualifications
  • 1. Mar. – Finals
    19:15 – 19:45 Training
    20:00 – 21:15 Finals
    21:30 – Award Ceremony and Prizes!

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)

You can download HERE the infosheet

UK Rookie Fest

Slovakia Rookie Fest 2024

10.02.2024: snowboard slopestyle (Rookie & Grom)

11.02.2024: freeski slopestyle (Rookie & Grom)

Donovaly, Slovakia

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!

For inscription for individuals fill up the form at the following LINK; for larger/club registrations send an email to freestyle@zsl.sk

Entry fee: 20 € / racer/day (cash only) – DEADLINE ENTRIES 05.02.2024

Skipass: 15 €/ day (+2 € deposit)

By attending both the WRT and FIS races, check the FIS website for further info regarding the FIS race

EVENT INFORMATION
Race Office @ Apres ski bar Záhradište: 7:30 – 8:30 / 11:00 – 12:00

Matej Matys, +421 904 273 970, freestyle@zsl.sk
Ján Jakubčo, +421 918 359 589

Download HERE the infosheet

donovaly slovakia

Maramures Rookie Fest 2024

1 – 4 February, Borsa – Maramures (Romania)

With pride, we announce the organization of the third stage of the Maramureș Rookie Fest, part of the World Rookie Tour circuit it will take place on the Olympic Slope in Borșa (Romania). This marks the fourth winter event within the World Rookie Tour organized by the Extreme Sports Club RIVULUS Association in partnership with the Borșa Telegondola. Notably, in 2022, we hosted two stages of the World Rookie Tour in Romania. Currently, we have 50 riders from across Europe confirmed for this event. Countries such as Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Germany, Slovenia, Bulgaria or Romania have confirmed their participation in the event.

We will bring together young people passionate about extreme sports from all over the world. During four adrenaline-filled days, participants will have the opportunity to demonstrate their skills in disciplines such as snowboarding and skiing.

This third edition continues to strengthen the position of Maramureș Rookie Fest within the World Rookie Tour circuit, thus confirming our status as hosts of an event of excellence in the field of extreme sports. We expect the presence of outstanding talents and are determined to offer an unforgettable experience to both participants and spectators“, the organizers said.

We’re delighted to have them with us. All riders know that Romania offers a unique vibe. The Carpathian Mountains eagerly await, providing a landscape distinct from the Alps, Dolomites, and other familiar ranges. This is a truly special event. The event, dedicated to both skiers and snowboarders in the freestyle or slopestyle variants, represents a unique opportunity for Romanian riders to compete in a global circuit, accumulating points and interacting with riders from other countries.

Riders come eagerly to Maramureș, the most traditional part of Romania. Beyond the spectacular scenery, our hospitality, unmatched anywhere else globally, welcomes them from the bottom of our hearts. We also proudly offer the most beautiful and spectacular prizes for the riders.

Here’s a detailed schedule of the competition :

Thursday, February 1, 2024:
– Arrival and reception of athletes at hotels in Borsa
– Dinner at the hotel

Friday, February 2, 2024:
– Breakfast at the hotel
– Technical meeting in the snowpark of Borsa resort
– Official training day
– 5:30 PM Gathering at the Cultural Center in Borsa to watch a film about the resort and its significance in Romanian and Eastern European skiing
– Evening dinner at the hotel

Saturday, February 3, 2024:
– Breakfast at the hotel
– Competition day:
– 9:00-10:30 Warm-up
– 10:30-10:45 Technical meeting with riders and coaches
– 11:00-13:30 Qualifications for both snowboard and free ski, boys and girls
– 1:30-2:00 PM Reshape at the snowpark
– 2:00-4:00 PM Finals for both snowboard and ski
– 5:30 PM Award ceremony at the base of the slope
– Evening: Party with DJ, music, and fun, jibbing competition at the base of the slope (6:00 PM)

Sunday, February 4, 2024:
– Breakfast
– Departure of athletes home

Registration Fee: 40 euro or 200 ron

For information and registration:

office@extremrivulus.ro

 

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
Contact:
• Rozsa Harmat, mobile: +36 30 328 6371, e-mail: rozsa.harmat@sbhun.hu
registration@worldrookietour.com

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.

IMPORTANT:
• 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

FINLAND ROOKIE FEST

FINLAND ROOKIE FEST

8.-11.2.2024 VUOKATTI

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

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.
https://www.instagram.com/vuokattisnowpark/

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.

Here are recaps from the 21/22 video link and the 22/23 video link

The organization reserves the right to make changes.

Age groups

Kids (1st of January 2013 and after)
Grom (After 1st of January 2008)
Rookie (1st of January 2006 to the 31st of December 2008.)
Open 

Prizes

  • 2 All-inclusive tickets for the 2024 World Rookie Finals in Kaprun Kitzsteinhorn Zell am See-Kaprun (Austria), 2 Fall Camp tickets in Ruka. Including tickets and coaching.
  • All podium riders in Groms and Rookies will be qualified for the 2024 World Rookie Finals in Kaprun (Austria), And Goodies from the sponsors.

Qualified Riders

National team athletes can be registered directly by the National Snowboard Association (registration to be submitted  by the national secretary or national/regional coach)

Registration

Registration must be done by the National Federation for the whole “National Team”, by sending the application form to simo.suopanki@fsa.fi

Finnish athletes can be registered for the event through https://www.liveheats.com/fsa

Entry fee 35€ (card)
Bibs Deposit ID or 30€ (cash)
Judging With official judges and snowboard experts.
Park Shaping Vuokatti Snowpark.
Transportation Local bus service to Vuokatti is available from Kajaani (A taxi from Kajaani to Vuokatti is about 100€)
Media Accreditation Contact by e-mail at registration@worldrookietour.com
TV Production & Pics After the event, video highlights, footage and photos of the event will be available
(contact registration@worldrookietour.com).

VUOKATIN AATELI – ACCOMMODATION IN THE SLOPES CENTRE

Hotel Aateli Hillside is right next to the slopes. Rooms with drying cabinets.
Fully equipped apartments and villas in the centre of the slope: saunas, kitchen, drying cabinets etc.
20 % discount with the code “ROOKIE TOUR” (on the online system fill in after choosing the accommodation)
Valid for min. 2 nights’ reservations for the period 8th – 11th of Feb.

RESERVATIONS

vuokatinaateli.fi/en
info@vuokatinaateli.fi – phone +358 44 555 2828

IMPORTANT: if you have any special request for your accommodation just contact the sales office

Skipasses Rookie Fest ́24 competitors and coaches
1 day 39€ / child 6-12 y. 26€
2 days 74€/ child 6-12 y. 48€
3 days 103€ / child 6-12 y 67€
4 days 129€/ child 6-12 y. 84€
5 days 155€/ child 6-12 y. 102€
6 days 174€/ child 6-12 y. 114€
VAT 10%, Skipass prices don’t include Keycard. Keycard 7 € (SkiData keycard)

Skipasses for competitors family members according to normal price list:
1 day 49€ / child 6-12 y. 32€
2 days 92€/ child 6-12 y. 60€
3 days 129€ / child 6-12 y 84€
4 days 161€/ child 6-12 y. 105€
5 days 194€/ child 6-12 y. 127€
6 days 217€/ child 6-12 y. 142€

Skipass prices don’t include Keycard. Keycard 7 € (SkiData keycard)

Sponsor & Partner
Sponsor: Vuokatti Ski Resort, Blue Tomato, Kuoma, Burton, Nitro, TSG International, Elle Erre, Red Bull.
Media Partner: Sequence, Boardriding.com, Prime Snowboarding, Quattro Media.

Here you can download here the Finland Rookie Fest 2024 Vuokatti info

SPRING ROOKIE CAMP + FEST Announced

12 – 17 May 2024 Spring Camp | 18 – 19 May 2023 Spring Fest
Les Deux Alpes, France | Slopestyle, Snowboard

When in spring flowers bloom in your backyard, the Black Yeti continues visiting snowy hot spots. Its spring stop – understand the first stop of the 2024-2025 World Rookie Tour – will happen on the unique glacier of Les Deux Alpes in France. Located at around 3400 m high, the glacier is the inevitable spot for spring seshs and high-level riding. This is where the Spring Rookie Fest will take place for its second edition. Down in the village, there’s so much to do at walking distance, whether in the skatepark, 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 Rookie Fest will be preceded by a 6-day long Spring Rookie Camp, which will give you the occasion to train, meet international bros and sis, get into the new season, and most importantly, get ready for the contest. As do the pros, the camp includes an exclusive Rookie Prime Line, where professional camera people will make sure to get your best tricks in the box – just for you.

spring rookie camp

Come around and see by yourselves! The Spring Camp + Fest will host you in style, both during the camp, the contest, and around. Various workshops will make it for riders’ cohesion and exchange, DJs and live music on snow, skateboard contests, and brands’ villages where boards and more will be tested.

CAMP DETAILS
National delegations are expected to reach Les Deux Alpes on Sunday, 12 May 2023, to be in place for the beginning of riding on the 12 of May, until the 17th. Workshops and other activities, such as yoga, will be held in the afternoon and evening.
More details while on the spot.

The Camp is limited to 80 participants!

COMP DETAILS
National delegations who are not participating in the camp can also join the contest and are expected to arrive on May 17th. The Spring Rookie Fest will take place on the 18th and 19th of May.

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

ENTRY PACKAGES

  1. SPRING CAMP: Arrival 12th – Departure 17th
    Lodging at the official hotel Atmosphere, breakfast, lunch and dinner
    6 days full domain lift tickets
    Access to exclusive Rookie Prime Line
    Access to pro videos bank
    Workshops
    Registration to skate jam
    Goodies
    Price: All included for 670€ per person (additional fees of 120€ for extra coaching)
  2. SPRING ROOKIE FEST: Arrival 17th – Departure 19th
    Registration to the contest
    Lodging at the official hotel Atmosphere, breakfast, lunch and dinner
    2 days full domain lift tickets
    Workshop
    Goodies
    Price: All included for 350€ per person / 200€ for coaches
  3. SPECIAL PACKAGES CAMP+COMP: Arrival 11th – Departure 19th
    All of the above!
    Price: All included for 860€ per person (additional fees of 120€ for extra coaching)
    The resort of Les Deux Alpes is located in the French Alps – Google map link

INFO AND REGISTRATION
Buy the tickets at the following LINK
Send it back ASAP to spring.rookie.camp@gmail.com

Download HERE the infosheet