2019 World Rookie Fest by Rock&Ride – Registrations are open!

Mottolino Snowpark, Livigno, Italy,
12.16 January 2019: international slopestyle event and snowboard family meeting
17.19 January 2019: special Big Air Landing Training Session
Where new stars shine and snowboard families meet!

The 14th Edition of the legendary World Rookie Fest by Rock&Ride will take place at the Mottolino Snowpark in Livigno, Italy, one of the most prestigious snowparks in the European Alps, from the 12th to the 16th January 2019. Moreover, for the very first time, there will be a limited number of spots for a special Air Bag Landing training session immediately after the slopestyle competition.


This year the World Rookie Fest in Livigno will be better than ever as Mottolino has a newly sculpted and designed World Class Snowpark with an integrated Air Bag landing set up as part of the training facilities on offer. Training on this special feature is available for a limited number of World Rookie Fest riders from January the 17th to January the 19th, immediately after the slopestyle competition. The interested teams can write to registration@worldrookietour.com to receive more information and to book their spot.


In addition to the legendary slopestyle contest, rookies and groms can take part to many side activities such as the yoga lesson, for an energy boost, the unavoidable film premieres, “Kamikazu” and the “ 2017/2018 World Rookie Tour tv show”, and many dinners and parties to meet other riders and to make new friends coming from the all over the world. Last but not least, the new WRT partner, “Rock&Ride”, will power a special live music event at the final party!


More than 150 riders from 20 nations arrive every year for the slopestyle competition at the World Rookie Fest, which is actually the largest youth freestyle event in the history of snowboarding.


All the podium winners from World Rookie Fest slopestyle will be qualified for the 2019 World Rookie Finals. Furthermore, winners will be crowned and celebrated with prestigious awards: 2 all-inclusive tickets for the 2019 World Rookie Finals in Kitzsteinhorn – Zell am See-Kaprun (Austria), 2 all-inclusive tickets for 2019 Pila Rookie Fest, 2 tickets to the 2019 Rookie Shooting, 6 surf camps in Spain by Surftolive.com and other prizes offered by other WRT sponsors: Union Binding, Level, Jail Jam and TSG.


Click here for all the info about program and booking. Whereas to participate to the 2019 World Rookie Fest, you need to download the registration form here, fill it out and sent it to registration@worldrookietour.com.

Watch the 2018 World Rookie Fest video here!

 

WORLD ROOKIE TOUR CALENDAR
South America Rookie Fest (SS) – Valle Nevado, Chile 9.14 August 2018 DONE
New Zealand Rookie Fest (SS+HP) – Cardrona, New Zealand 14.16 August 2018 DONE
New Zealand Rookie and Grom Fest (SS+H) – Cardrona, New Zealand 2.5 October 2018 DONE
Corvatsch Rookie Fest (SS) – Corvatsch, Switzerland 12.16 December 2018
USASA Grom Fest (HP) – Copper Moutain, US 6. January 2019
World Rookie Fest (SS) – Livigno, Italy 12.16 January 2019
USASA Grom Fest (SS) – Keystone, US 10 February 2019
Indy Park Rookie Fest (SS) – Nekoma, Japan 9.10 March 2019
Rev Tour Rookie Fest (SS+HP) – Seven Springs, US 12.17 March 2019
Pila Rookie Fest (SS) – Pila, Italy 13.17 March 2019
World Rookie Finals (SS+HP) – Kitzsteinhorn – Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria 25.30 March 2019

Black Yeti presents the Union Binding for WRT collaboration

For a few years Union Binding, the global leader in snowboard bindings, has been supporting the future stars of snowboarding partnernig with the World Rookie Tour.

This year Union wanted to take the partnership with the World Rookie Tour to a higher level producing a special binding to make riders’ experience on the board even more memorable. The Union bindings x WRT are not only made of the best technologies and materials, but they also have a special graphic: the world famous mascot of the WRT, the Black Yeti.

Both Union and the World Rookie Tour have a common goal: to support snowboarding and its athletes’ progression. Therefore, we are happy to cooperate again and to introduce the new bindings featuring the Black Yeti, the symbol of youth international snowboarding” stated Marco Sampaoli, WRT co-founder.

Last but not least, the winners of the 2018.19 World Rookie Tour events will be awarded with special prizes including these amazing bindings.

Union Bindings partner at the World Rookie Finals – Ph Gustav Ohlsson

We are proud to support the World Rookie Tour. The WRT is a great project for the development of new generations of riders and for scouting snowboard future stars” replied Martino Fumagalli, Union Binding CEO, and added “We can’t wait to see the co-branded Union Binding for the Black Yeti on the best rookies’ boards”.

Corvatsch Rookie Fest: register now!

After the events in South America and New Zealand, the Black Yeti is moving in the Alps, in Switzerland.

Everything is ready for the first 2018.19 WRT event in the Northern Hemisphere. From the 12th to the 16th of December Rookies and Groms will have the opportunity to compete in the amazing Corvatsch snowpark and to win a qualification spot for the 2019 World Rookie Finals in Kitzsteinhorn, Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria, and prestigious prizes offered by WRT sponsors.

Accommodation Packages and Entry Fee
The organizers offer an all-inclusive package including 3 nights in a Bed and Breakfast (check in on Wednesday, check out on Saturday), 3-day lift ticket (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) and the entry fee at the rate of 310€. Extra cost for accommodation multiple room: 55€/person. Extra cost for lift ticket: 25€/person.The entry fee costs 70€.

Prize Money
The winners will be awarded with one all-inclusive ticket for the World Rookie Finals in Kitzsteinhorn Zell am See-Kaprun, two all-inclusive tickets for Pila Rookie Fest and three surf camps offered by Surftolive.com. Moreover there will be Union Bindings, TSG helmets at stake and for the first time also Level gloves.

We also invite you to bring your skateboard as you will have the opportunity to have fun on the mini ramp near the snowpark.

Come and join the Corvatsch Rookie Fest! To register please download the registration form here, fill it out and send it to registration@worldrookietour.com.

Check out the last year’s edition of Corvatsch Rookie Fest! Click here and enjoy the video.

Ph: Fizza Lorenzo Verdinelli

Corvatsch Rookie Fest – Program

Wednesday 12th – Arrival Day

12.00 – 17.00 Registration, payment, bibs distribution at riders office at Corvatsch valley station in Via dal Corvatsch 73/76 Silvaplana, in front of the ticket offices
19.15 Event presentation and welcome dinner at Mulets, Via Mulets 9, Silvaplana
20.30 Video premiere at Mulets

Thursday 13th – Training all riders
08.00 – 17.00 Registration, payment, bibs distribution at riders office at Corvatsch valley station in Via dal Corvatsch 73/76 Silvaplana, in front of ticket offices
10.00 – 13.30 Training

Friday 14th – Qualification 
9.00 Riders meeting
9.00 – 9.45 Training all riders
10.00 – 11.00 Quali heat 1
11.15 – 13.00 Quali heat 2
15.00 Qualifications results announcement at Corvatsch middle station
15.15 Bibs giving back at Corvatsch middle station
19.00 – 22.00 Snow Night Session and photo shooting (special price lift tickets for rookies)

Saturday 15th – Finals 
9.00 Riders meeting
9.00 – 9.45 Training
10.00 – 12.00 Finals
14.30 Prize giving at Corvatsch middle station
14.45 Bibs giving back at Corvatsch middle station

Sunday 16th – Reserve day and shooting
(Saturday night: 55€/person, Sunday lift ticket: 25€/person)
10.00 – 13.00 Reserve day for finals or World Rookie Tour photo shooting

Note: the program

Otsuka and Murase: from the WRT Title to the X Games Gold

If you dream to become a professional snowboarder,
then your future starts from World Rookie Tour!

Participating to the World Rookie Tour gives young snowboarders not only the opportunity to compete in some of the best events and best snowparks in the world but also to take part to the most prestigious pro events on the planet such as the X Games!

The young Japanese riders, Takeru Otsuka and Kokomo Murase, officially began their carrier as professional snowboarders by winning the 2018 World Rookie Finals in Kitzsteinhorn – Zell am See-Kaprun and earning there an invitation to the 2018 edition of the X Games Norway, where they both conquered the podium and got the prestigious X Games Gold Medal.

As Henning Anderson, the organizer of the X Games Norway stated “It’s a sports fairy tale. Earning a spot in our qualification is a legendary in itself. But winning both the qualification and the gold is beyond belief. It’s like Norway would have won the world champs in soccer, which will never happen”.

It was an historic victory as two young athlets, Takeru 17 and Kokomo 13, were able to conquer the podium and compete against Olympic medallists and the best snowboarders in the world.

World rookie tour champions winning the 2018 X Games Norway represent a great recognition for our project: to offer every rookie out there the possibility to make their Dream come true. If your dream is to be a Professional snowboarder, they your future start at the rookie Fest“, Marco Sampaoli WRT Co-Founder.

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

In 14 years of dedication and effort in the World Rookie Tour development, we saw many of our rookies became professional athlets and join professional events and Olympic Games. But watching our latest tour champions, just one month after the rookie finals, winning both the X Games in Norway is unbelievable: it show clearly the incredible sport level of our rookie event“, Meinhard Trojer WRT Co-Founder.

Kokomo Murase at the 2018 World Rookie Finals – Ph Gustav Ohlsson

Filmed and edited by Andreas Monsberger

World Rookie Tour 2018.19 – Dates and locations announced!

The World Rookie Tour season has officially started with one event in Chile and two events in New Zealand. Now the tour goes on and the Black Yeti is happy to announce you the dates and locations of the next competitions. Also this year the World Rookie Tour will hit some of the best ski resorts of the world, such as Corvatsch, for the fourth year in a row, Livigno and Pila, for the main youth snowboarding events in Italy, Nekoma in Japan and three resorts in USA, Copper Mountain, Keystone and Mammoth Mountain.

Yeti in Livigno – Ph Ania Grzelka

The legendary World Rookie Finals, the most awaited tour event, will take place for the third year in Kitzsteinhorn – Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria, from the 25th to the 30th of March 2019!

Alessandro Lotorto at the 2018 World Rookie Finals – Ph Gustav Ohlsson

The World Rookie Tour (WRT) is the largest youth snowboard series in the world with more than 1.000 riders from all over the world. The tour is not just competitions: it features loads of other activities to help rookies grow in the field of professional snowboarding, such as photo&video shootings, avalanche and rescue clinics, meeting with photographers and international team managers, parties and big big prizes.

Hironori Nagata at the 2018 World Rookie Finals – Ph Gustav Ohlsson

At the end, the winner of the World Rookie Finals will be awarded with the title of World Rookie Champion and will be offered a unique opportunity to enter the world of professional snowboarding: invitation to Video Shooting like filming with Pirate Movie Production, International Photo Shooting, Freeride Filming Trip and invitation to international world-famous snowboard events succh the X Games.

What are you waiting for? Come and join the 2018/2019 World Rookie Tour! Click here to see the full calendar on the website.

WORLD ROOKIE TOUR CALENDAR
South America Rookie Fest (SS) – Valle Nevado, Chile 9.14 August 2018 DONE
New Zealand Rookie Fest (SS+HP) – Cardrona, New Zealand 14.16 August 2018 DONE
New Zealand Rookie and Grom Fest (SS+H) – Cardrona, New Zealand 2.5 October 2018 DONE
Corvatsch Rookie Fest (SS) – Corvatsch, Switzerland 12.16 December 2018
USASA Grom Fest (HP) – Copper Moutain, US 6. January 2019
World Rookie Fest (SS) – Livigno, Italy 12.16 January 2019
USASA Grom Fest (SS) – Keystone, US 10 February 2019
Indy Park Rookie Fest (SS) – Nekoma, Japan 9.10 March 2019
Rev Tour Rookie Fest (SS+HP) – Mammoth Mountain, US 12.14 March 2019
Pila Rookie Fest (SS) – Pila, Italy 13.17 March 2019
World Rookie Finals (SS+HP) – Kitzsteinhorn – Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria 25.30 March 2019

2018 South America Rookie Fest Video Report

The video report of the 2018 South America Rookie Fest is finally online! The World Rookie Tour event in Valle Nevado, Chile, was a blast and attracted the best under eighteen snowboarders of the globe. This video is a recap of a week full of activities.

Beside the competition which saw an incredible riding level, rookies had the opportunity to discover the amazing Valle Nevado landscape thanks to a backcoutry session and to have fun at Mall Sport where a skate and surf session were organized. Curious to see what happened during the 2018 South America Rookie Fest? Enjoy this short video!

 

2018 New Zealand Rookie and Grom Fest

After the big success of the 2018 New Zealand Rookie Fest, which took place from 14th to the 16th of August, the Black Yeti is happy to announce that Cardrona Alpine Resort that will soon host a second World Rookie Tour event, from the 2nd to the 5th of October.

All snowboarders participating in Halfpipe and all riders competing in the Antler’s Alley/Stag Lane course for slopestyle are automatically included in Rookie and Grom Fest results. Podium finishes in the Rookie and Grom Fests automatically earn competitors a quota spot in the World Rookie Tour Finals in Kitzsteinhorn – Zell am See-Kaprun. One free entry will be also given out to the top performer from the event!

Click here to download the info sheet!

Age divisions
WRT Rookies: snowboarders born 2001-2003
WRT Groms: snowboarders born 2004&earlier

International competitors will be placed into an age group based on their year of birth. (Age limit: 17 years old as at 31 December 2018.)

Event Disciplines & Dates
Sunday September 30  Team’s Captain meeting 1 -8 pm at Snow Sports NZ office 78 Andersons Road, Wanaka
Monday October 1  Snowboard Freeride
Tuesday October 2 Boarder-cross
Wednesday October 3  Snowboard Halfpipe
Thursday October 4   Slopestyle U12 (girls), U10 & U8 Lil Bucks; U12 (boys), U14, U16, U18 – Stag Lane, Antler Valley
Friday October 5  Postponement day  & Awards evening

Event Registration
Entry can only be completed online after SSNZ membership has been completed and paid. Competitors will receive confirmation once entry has been received. Entries close 5pm Wednesday September 26, 2018.

Daily Event Schedule
6:00 am Snow reports & event update (cardrona.com or Radio Wanaka)
8:00 am Lifts open for competitors
8:30/9:00 am Courses open for competitor inspection
9:15 am Competitor briefing top of course (freeriding briefing at Captain’s Café)
9:30 am Start of competition &/or training
3:30 pm Results and awards presentation (Cardrona Courtyard/Lake Wanaka Centre)

For more information and for event registration, visit www.snowsports.co.nz

Kokomo Murase on Snowboard Magazine

The Japanese rider Kokomo Murase, the winner of the 2018 World Rookie Finals, impressed the world with her incredible riding skills and her victory at the 2018 X Games Norway, where she captured gold in the Women’s Big Air competition thanks to her double cork 1080 and a double cork 1260. She was the first woman ever to land the latter in an X Games competition!

Snowboard Magazine, the most prestigious magazine, spoke about this incredible girl and her last victories! Take a few minutes and read the article here.

2018 New Zealand Rookie Fest – Report

From the 14th to the 16th of August Cardrona Alpine Resort in New Zealand hosted the second edition of the New Zealand Rookie Fest and turned into a playground where riders lived three days of pure adrenaline. This amazing event concluded with the announcement of the first rookies qualified for the World Rookie Finals, to be held in Kitzsteinhorn at Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria, from the 25th to the 30th of March 2019.

 

Starting with the slopestyle competition, Japanese riders Yamada Yuto and Cool Wakushima conquered the highest spot on the podium, respectively in the men and women categories, showing an incredible riding level.

I wanted to spin all three of the jumps, that was my goal and I stomped it,” said Wakushima. “It’s my first time competing at this level event, I was a little bit nervous but excited at the same time. I can’t wait to go over to Austria.”

Regarding the halfpipe competition, on the 16th of August, World Rookie Tour riders had to face some challenges due to the heavy snowfall. However, despite the difficulties, young snowboarders showed their skills and impressed the Judges. In the end were the Korean Joon-Sik Lee and Na-yoon Lee who arrived first and won the halfpipe competition.

Last but not least, New Zealand also hosted the legendary World Rookie Trip! European and Asian champions of the previous season had the opportunity to fly to this incredible country and enjoy some days of video and photo shooting and many other activites such as skate sessions and guided tours. More information will follow soon! Stay Tuned!

Congratulations to everyone! The Black Yeti can’t wait to see you all in March for Finals!

Curious to see the winners in action? Watch the videos of the slopestyle and halfpipe competition!

Photo and video credits by Andreas Monsberger 

The 2018 South America Rookie Fest was a success!

From the 9th to the 14th of August the Black Yeti gathered the best snowboarders in Valle Nevado, Chile, where they had the opportunity to enjoy a week full of activities.

The 2018 edition started on Thursday with the arrival of International riders: Chase Blackwell from USA, who won the 2017 World Rookie Finals in Austria, Gonza Baez and Manu Fasola from Argentina, Pedro Pizarro from Pucon and many other riders from Santiago.

Before the competition the young riders discovered the beauty of Valle Nevado and its park, training before the competition and taking part to a backountry filming session where they showed their incredible skills.

The Slopestyle competition took place on Saturday in Valle Nevado snowpark, which was perfectly shaped and ready to host the future stars of snowboarding. The set up consisted of a double rail, a 12 meters jump followed by a 15 meters jump and a rail. Once again the riding level was incredible and athletes showed their best.

The riders who had excellent performances and conquered the podium were:

Rookie category

1. Alvaro Yañez
2. Vicente Bañados
3. Gonzalo Baez / Pascal Uranga Resultados

Grom category

1. Lorenzo Machicao
2. Felipe Bañados
3. Pedro Pizarro

Finally, the last days were full of activities such as a skate session at Mall Sport, a session on the Artificial Wave and a dinner at Santa Pizza, which made this incredible event memorable and gave the young athletes the chance to share their experiences and their best moments.

The South America Rookie Fest allowed participants not only to take part to an international competition but also to discover new places and cultures and live unique moments thanks to the support of numerous sponsors: Valle NevadoRed BullMall Sport and DC Shoes

South America Rookie Fest: the countdown has begun!

From the 9th to the 14th of August the best rookies of the world and the future south American snowboard stars will gather in Valle Nevado to participate to the South America Rookie Fest!

The slopestyle contest will take place on Saturday the 11th in the spectacular Valle Nevado snowpark and beside the competition will be organized two days of backcountry riding, a trip to Santiago where riders will have the opportunity to surf and skate in Mall Sport and take part to a video and photo shooting with some pro athlets.

Have a look at the program!

August 8th – Riders arriving to Chile
August 9th – Warm up riding in Valle Nevado
August 10th – Training
August 11th  – Slopestyle Contest
August 12th – Weather Day / Backcountry filming
August 13th  – Backcountry filming
August 14th – Trip to Santiago (Skate and surfing in Mall Sport and Dinner at Santa Pizza)

About Valle Nevado
Valle Nevado is a modern, international level resort, known for its powder snowboarding, good backcountry access and well maintained slopes for all levels of snowboarders. This  resort is part of the Tres Valles (Three Valleys) along with neighboring resorts La Parva and El Colorado. Combined, the Tres Valles boast the largest terrain (7,000 acres) of South America.

Regarding the weather, it claims up to 80 percent sunny days, but due to its altitude and orientation, it generally maintains good, dry powder snow conditions for riders exploring the groomed slopes, bowls, and backcountry.

Valle Nevado is situated 3,670 meters above sea level and is surrounded by 6,000 meter peaks! Moreover, it is one of the few places in the world you may see the rare Andean Condor soaring above the pistes!

Click here to watch the past edition of South America Rookie Fest and enjoy some freeriding watching the video here.

New Zealand welcomes the World Rookie Tour for the second year

Get ready rookies! The 2018/ 2019 World Rookie Tour season has officially begun with the New Zealand Rookie Fest from the 14th to the 16th of August!

Following last year’s success, the Black Yeti returns to New Zealand for the second consecutive year! From Tuesday 14 to Thursday 16 August the amazing Cardrona Alpine Resort in Wanaka will host some of the world’s best under eighteen snowboarders and give them the opportunity to show their incredible skills and win a qualify spot in the legendary 2019 World Rookie Tour Final in Kitzsteinhorn – Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria.Riders who are born in 2003, 2002 and 2001 and entered in the FIS NZ Freestyle Open will automatically be entered in NZ Rookie Fest and can earn points on the World Rookie Tour points lists.

The Slopestyle qualifications will be held on Tuesday 14 August and the finals on Wednesday 15 August. The Halfpipe will be in the 22ft Olympic Superpipe on Thursday 16 August.Don’t miss this opportunity and sign up now! Click here to find all the info about the competition. To participate to NZ Rookie Fest, fill the form here.

IMPORTANT: if you are a FIS competitor entered in the FIS NZ Freestyle Open you are automatically entered in this competition!


2018 New Zealand Rookie Fest Schedule 
Monday August 13
6:00pm-8:00pm: Team Captains Meeting at Snow Sport New Zealand office – 78 Anderson Rd, WanakaTuesday August 14: Slopestyle, Qualifiers
7:00am Snow reports
8.30am Lifts open
9:00am – 9:40am Course Inspection/ Training all
9:40am – 3:00pm Qualifications, ladies and men
3:00pm Coaches meeting, bottom of course after final competitionWednesday August 15: Slopestyle, Finals 
7:00am Snow reports
8.30am Lifts open
9:00am – 9:50am Course Inspection/ Training all
10:00am – 12:25pm Finals ladies
12:30pm – 12:45pm Training Men’s finals
12:45pm – 2:30pm Finals Men
3:30pm Awards ceremony, Courtyard

Thursday August 16: Halfpipe Qualifiers and Finals 
7:00am Snow reports
8.00am Lifts open for competitors
8:30am – 9:05am Training
9:10am – 12:20am Qualifications Ladies and Men
12:20pm – 1:10pm Training Finals All
1:10pm – 2:25pm Finals Ladies and Men
3:00pm Awards ceremony, Courtyard
Note: Final schedule to be announced at Team Captains Meeting

Friday August 17 
WEATHER DAY

If you need further information, please contact:

Luke Hetzel (Snow Sports NZ and Entries) luke@snowsports.co.nz +64 021 0838 2997
Graham Dunbar (Cardrona Alpine Resort) events@cardrona.com +64 027 543 9779
Carly Parker (Chief of Competition) carly.parker@cardrona.com +64 022 640 2035

WORLD ROOKIE TOUR PROVISIONAL CALENDAR
World Rookie Fest (SS) – Valle Nevado, Chile 9.14 August 2018 
New Zealand Rookie Fest (SS+HP) – Cardrona, New Zealand 14.16 August 2018

Corvatsch Rookie Fest (SS) – Corvatsch, Switzerland 12.16 December 2018
World Rookie Fest (SS) – Livigno, Italy 12.16 January 2019 
World Rookie Finals (SS+HP) – Kitzsteinhorn – Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria 25.30 March 2019Many other events will be announced soon! Stay Tuned!

WRT 2018-2019: first dates announced!

The Black Yeti is happy to announce the first dates of some stops of the 2018/2019 World Rookie Tour.

To start with the World Rookie Fest in Livigno, the legendary contest will be held from the 12th to the 16th of January 2019! As is traditional, it will take place at Mottolino Snowpark, one of the most famous snowparks in the Alps.

Next year the World Rookie Finals will take place earlier than usual, that is to say from the 25th to the 30th of March 2019. The amazing Snowpark Kitzsteinhorn in Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria, will host again this spectacular event that will gather the best under eighteen snowboarders in the world!

Besides the contests the World Rookie Tour will organize activities, workshops and courses to make this experience memorable and to give riders the opportunity to have fun together and to get know each other.

Save the date and stay tuned!

World Rookie Tour Champions won two gold medals at X Games Norway

 Takeru Otsuka and Kokomo Murase made their dream come true winning the most prestigious pro event on the planet

The X Games Norway represent an important opportunity for all riders that want to progress their carrier in snowboarding and each year gathers the strongest snowboarders in the world, ready to obtain a place in the podium. But it was Takeru Otsuka and the thirteen-year-old Kokomo Murase from Japan who conquered the podium of the 2018 X Games Norway, leaving the public astonished and demonstrating once again the incredible riding level of the World Rookie Tour athletes.

“We have been long time partners with World Rookie Tour. Great athletes have won this tour and deserved spots in our events. But this is historic. It’s a sports fairy tale. Earning a spot in our qualification is a legendary in itself. But winning both the qualification and the gold is beyond belief. It’s like Norway would have won the world champs in soccer, which will never happen”. Henning Anderson, organizer of the X Games Norway.

The World Rookie Tour is not just a competition, it helps riders to become professional snowboarders giving them visibility and the opportunity to participate to one of the most famous contests in the world. As Marco Sampaoli, the World Rookie Tour Co-Founder, stated “World rookie tour champions winning the 2018 X Games Norway represent a great recognition for our project: to offer every rookie out there the possibility to make their Dream come true. If your dream is to be a Professional snowboarder, they your future start at the rookie Fest“.

Timothy Reed, the X Games Vice President added  “It was a great story for Takeru to be invited through our partnership with the World Rookie Tour and then for him to deliver the results he did. In his first X Games he speaks of the credibility of the World Rookie Tour platform and the opportunities it provides snowboarders to launch what we all hope are amazing careers. In the end it was special weekend for the Rookie World Tour in that two past champions, Kokomo and Takeru were able to launch their careers with X Games golds“.

It is an historic victory as two young riders were able to go beyond the worldwide snowboarding level and it was the first time that a thirteen-year-old girl dominated the scenes. “All I can say is that I’m super stoked. I appreciated the chance the World Rookie Tour gave to me“, Takeru Otsuka.

This is an important milestone for the World Rookie Tour as its objective consists in providing a successful platform and helping young riders. “ It is incredible what happened in Oslo, the riding level of our WRT riders is really high. I was sure that they would have achieved good results but seeing both winning the competition made me happy and proud of what World Rookie Tour have become.” Meinhard Trojer, World Rookie Tour Co-Founder.

The Black Yeti is proud of you. Congratulations!

Takeru Otsuka, winner of 2018 X Games Norway: watch the video here.
Kokomo Murase, female winner of 2018 X Games Norway: watch the video here

The Black Yeti crowned the 2018 World Rookie Champions

Ariane Burri and Takeru Otsuka won today Slopestyle competition and are, therefore, 2018 World Rookie Girl and Boy Champion. Hironori Nagata and Misaki Kakubari from Japan are the new 2018 World Rookie Tour Halfpipe Boy and Girl Champions!

For the 2018 edition of the World Rookie Finals, 141 riders from 24 different countries arrived in Kaprun, Austria, with incredible motivation and willingness to perform their best, but also to have fun and enjoy one week all together at the Jufa Hotel. The Kitzsteinhorn Snowpark was the perfect playground for the long-awaited final, with an amazing slopestyle course and a perfectly shaped halfpipe, whereas the Jufa Hotel was the place to be to join relaxing and interesting workshops in the afternoon.

After the good day for the halfpipe qualis and finals, also on Saturday, the weather decided to be once more time on the young snowboarders’ side and everybody enjoyed a sunny and pleasant day up in the Kitsteinhorn snowpark.

Ariane Burri and Takeru Otsuka are the new Slopestyle World Rookie Champions after two incredible runs and tight “fights” with the other rookies in the finals. Even though, all riders are under 18 years of age, the level was incredible and technical tricks were performed during both the qualis and the finals.

For the second year in a row, in the rookie category, together with a previous win as grom, Takeru Otsuka best expressed himself with a backside double 1260 mute, cab double 1260 indy on the jumps, and a frontside 270 back lip to fakie and switch board slide 270 out on the jib line. The rookie podium was dominated by riders from Japan, Okubo Yuri and Ryuma Kimata joined Takeru on the podium.

Japan dominated also the grom category, with an amazing Yuto Yamada, who performed a cab 900 mute, backside double 1080 mute on the jumps, backside 270 in 270 out, cab 270 in 270 out and lip slide 270 out on the rail section. He was followed by Gabriel Adams from Great Britain and Jake Canter, from USA and Halfpipe winner of yesterday.

Ariane Burri from Switzerland took the first place in the girls rookie category, showing to the judges her style with cab 540 tail, backside 720 mute, frontside nose slide, board slide and to conclude a backside boardslide. Ariane was followed by Iina Puhakka and Eveliina Taka from Finland.

Among the groms, Kokomo Murase from Japan has won for the third year in a row the World Rookie Girl Grom Champion here at the World Rookie Final, taking the female snowboarding to the next level, with an unbelievable run, scored 99.66 points: she landed perfectly a frontside 720 melon, an incredible backside double cork 1080 mute, backside boardslide to switch, switch board slide to normal and noseslide to finish up an amazing run. Evy Poppe from Belgium and Mia Brookes from Great Britain joined the smiling Kokomo in the top three positions of this female grom finals.

Misaki Kakubari, from Japan, excelled in her halfpipe run, with technical tricks and good amplitude, winning the trophy as 2018 Halfpipe World Rookie Girl Champion, thanks to an amazing run with a frontside 720 melon, cab 360, frontside 540 melon, backside 540 mute and to finish it up a frontside 360 indy. The podium was completed by Iina Puhakka from Finland and Makayla Kellogg from USA.

In the grom girls category, Mitsuki Ono from Japan gained the best score of the day in her category with an amazing run: cab 720 stalefish, frontside 540 tail, backside 540 stalefish and a stylish frontside air indy. She was followed by Tessa Maud from USA and Elena Schütz from Switzerland.

Among the rookie boys, the competition showed to everybody that among all of them, there are the future stars of snowboarding. Hironori Nagata from Japan showed some spectacular tricks combined with his unique personal style, in particular he showed everybody a huge frontside air indy, backside 540 stalefish, frontside 1080 melon, hakon 720 mute and frontside 720 melon to conclude and he was crown 2018 Halfpipe World Rookie Champion. Joonsik Lee from Korea and Jack Coyne from USA completed the podium battling until the last trick to improve their scores.

Jake Canter from USA dominated the grom category. Jake performed a perfectly executed run, starting off with a perfectly executed backside air, frontside 900 tail, backside 540 mute, a frontside 720 tail and hakon 720 mute. Just behind Jake, Shin Negishi from Japan and Fynn Bullock-Womble took second and third place in the grom category.

Check out the results lists here below:

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

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

The World Rookie Finals thanks all its Sponsors and WRT Friends for the amazing prices: Zell am See – Kaprun, Snowpark Kitzsteinhorn, Nitro Snowboards, Union Bindings Company, TSG, Pieps, Von Zipper, Jufa Hotels, SurfToLive, RedBull, Boardriding.com, Kimiyo, XGames Norway, Spring Battle at Absolute Park – Flachauwinkl.

Photo Credits by Gustav Ohlsson

2018 WRF – Halfpipe Quali and Finals Day

Hironori Nagata and Misaki Kakubari from Japan are the new 2018 World Rookie Tour Halfpipe Boy and Girl Champions!

Finally the weather was patient and decided to offer a good day to everybody, allowing the contest to start early in the morning with the halfpipe qualification of both boys and girls. Already during the training, the kids showed an incredible level of riding, with good flow and creativity from the top to the bottom of the Kitzsteinhorn Halfpipe.

Today was a special day, not only because of the good weather conditions, but also because for the first time a live-streaming of both qualis and finals was available on the WRT Facebook page, thanks to the support of BoardRiding.comThe replays of both quali, boys and girls, and finals are available on the WRT Facebook page.

Furthermore, the three classes of the Kaprun Elementary School, that had the indoor snowboard lesson yesterday, came up in the snowpark to watch the competition and to try on hand what snowboarding is about, thanks to Burton Riglet.

Just after lunch, the training for HP Finals was over and the show was on fire! The 8 best rookie boys, 8 best grom boys, 6 best rookie girls and 6 best grom girls challenged themselves and their friends in an amazing final.

Misaki Kakubari, from Japan, excelled in her halfpipe run, with technical tricks and good amplitude, winning the trophy as 2018 Halfpipe World Rookie Girl Champion, thanks to an amazing run with a frontside 720 melon, cab 360, frontside 540 melon, backside 540 mute and to finish it up a frontside 360 indy. The podium was completed by Iina Puhakka from Finland and Makayla Kellogg from USA.

In the grom girls category, Mitsuki Ono from Japan gained the best score of the day in her category with an amazing run: cab 720 stalefish, frontside 540 tail, backside 540 stalefish and a stylish frontside air indy. She was followed by Tessa Maud from USA and Elena Schütz from Switzerland.

Among the rookie boys, the competition showed to everybody that among all of them, there are the future stars of snowboarding. Hironori Nagata from Japan showed some spectacular tricks combined with his unique personal style, in particular he showed everybody a huge frontside air indy, backside 540 stalefish, frontside 1080 melon, hakon 720 mute and frontside 720 melon to conclude and he was crown 2018 Halfpipe World Rookie Champion. Joonsik Lee from Korea and Jack Coyne from USA completed the podium battling until the last trick to improve their scores.

Jake Canter from USA dominated the grom category: he is only 15 years old, write down his name, because Jake is a promising rider for the future and keep an eye on the slopestyle competition where he will also compete. He performed a perfectly executed backside air, a frontside 900 tail, a backside 540 mute, a frontside 720 tail and hakon 720 mute. Just behind Jake, Shin Negishi from Japan and Fynn Bullock-Womble took second and third place at the HP World Rookie Finals 2018.

If you want to see the all results of today:
– HP Rookie Boys Quali and Final
– HP Grom Boys Quali and Final
– HP Rookie Girls Quali and Final
– HP Grom Girls Quali and Final

After a day full of action on the mountain, everybody had the chance to regain some energy thanks to the Yoga Session held by Miriam Deller from Kimiyo.

Program for tomorrow, Saturday 14. April 2018:
8.45 – 9.30: 
Training SS for all riders
9.30: SS Quali Rookie and Grom Boys
After SS Quali: Finals (Grom Girls, Rookie Girls, Grom Boys and Rookie Boys – 2 runs each, best run counts)

The World Rookie Finals thanks all its Sponsors and WRT Friends for the amazing prices: Zell am See – Kaprun, Snowpark Kitzsteinhorn, Nitro Snowboards, Union Bindings Company, TSG, Pieps, Von Zipper, Jufa Hotels, SurfToLive, RedBull, Boardriding.com, Kimiyo, XGames Norway, Spring Battle at Absolute Park – Flachauwinkl.

Photo Credits by Gustav Ohlsson

2018 WRF – Strong wind and awesome Workshops

As announced, the third day of the 2018 World Rookie Finals in Kaprun was too windy to allow the start of the competition. Anyway, all the riders were motivated and took advantage of the time for some extra training in the halfpipe.

The weather was better and the motivation was incredible at the Elementary School of Kaprun, where during the morning, three first grade classes had the chance to enjoy a snowboard introduction course. Thanks to Burton Riglet boards and some other games, each class had the possibility to have fun and learn some basics movements on the board. Tomorrow, the kids will go up to the mountain to try what they have learnt on real snow.

The Jufa Hotel in Kaprun was the place to be in the afternoon and early evening for both rookies and grooms.  Viva con Agua hosted the first workshop with the goal to raise the kids’ awareness about the importance of water and the difficulties that some countries have in finding clean and drinkable water.

Later in the afternoon, Miriam Deller, from Kimiyo, gave the possibility to everybody to relax, practicing Yoga. The last workshop was done by Gorilla where the kids enjoyed preparing some fruit smoothies and got some tips how to eat properly to gain the maximum amount of energy.

Program for tomorrow, Friday 13. April 2018:
9.00am: 
Meeting for all riders, both HP and SS, at the Snowpark
17.00pm – 17.40pm: Kimiyo Yoga Workshop
18.00pm – 19.30pm: Dinner at World Rookie Final Restaurant
20.00pm: Coach Meeting

Photo Credits by Gustav Ohlsson

2018 WRF – Girls Slopestyle Qualifications

Today, the Girls Slopestyle Qualifications went down in Kitzsteinhorn Snowpark! Rookie girls and grom girls showed an incredibile level of riding and impressed the judges with their skills and creativity. This promises a spectacular show on the Finals day, where the World Rookie Tour Champions will be crowned.

Slopestyle Qualifications results: Grom Girls and Rookie Girls.

Start Lists of the Slopestyle Final: Grom Girls and Rookie Girls.

Program for tomorrow, Thursday 12. April 2018:
9.00am: 
Meeting for all riders, both HP and SS, at the Snowpark
16.30pm – 18.00pm: Viva con Agua Workshop
17.45pm – 18.30pm: Kimiyo Yoga Workshop
18.00pm – 19.30pm: Dinner at World Rookie Final Restaurant
20.00pm: Coach Meeting
20.30pm – 21.30pm: Gorilla Workshop

Photo credits by Gustav Ohlsson

 

2018 World Rookie Finals have just begun

The 2018 World Rookie Finals started in the best way possible! Yesterday – 10th April – Kaprun welcomed 141 riders from 24 different Nations, such New Zealand, Australia, Usa, Canada, Japan, Finland and Lithuania.

For the second year in a row, the finals of the largest youth snowboard series is hosted in the prestigious snowpark of Kitzsteinhorn, where the best worldwide riders are anxious to show off their tricks and have fun all together. During the registration and opening dinner at the Jufa Hotel, all Rookies and Groms had the opportunity to get together for the first time and to meet again their friends from all over.

Today is training day and Slopestyle Girls Qualification in the marvelous Kitzsteinhorn Snowpark. The competition set up consists of two tables with two jumps each and three jib tables with different obstacles that can inspire the riders to put down their most creative tricks.

In the afternoon, Rookies and Groms can join the First Aid workshop from 17.00 until 18.00 at the Jufa Hotel, where an EMT will show and teach them how to react and behave in case of an accident.

The Black Yeti whishes you all good luck!

Check out the updated program for today below.

Wednesday 11th April 2018 – Traning Day + SS Girls Quali Day

– 09:00 – 12:00 Training Slopestyle for all riders
– 09:00 – 13:00 Training Halfpipe for all riders
– 12:00 – 12:30 Slopestyle reshape
– 12:30-13:00 Warm up Girls Slopestyle
– 13:00 Qualification Girls Slopestyle
– 17:00 – 18:00 First Aid Workshop at Jufa Hotel
– 18:00 – 19:30 Dinner
– 20:00 Coach and Riders Meeting and Slopestyle Girls Qualification Results

Click here  to see the photos of the arrival day.

Download the starting list of the Slopestyle Girls Qualification here.

Check also out the the video here.

Ph: Gustav Ohlsson
Filmer: Andreas Monsberger

World Rookie Finals: only a few days left

After 6 months of events in New Zealand, in Italy, in Switzerland, in the USA and in Japan, the World Rookie Tour came to an end and is ready to see the next World Rookie Tour Champions in Kitzsteinhorn – Zell am See-Kaprun.

From the 10th to the 15th of April, riders will have the chance to show their skills and and have fun in the amazing Snowpark Kitzsteinhorn, which offers incredible kickers, a massive superpipe and countless rails, boxes and obstacles.

The winners will be rewarded with special prizes: wildcard to World Class Events, filming session with Pirate Movie Production, invitation to Rookie Fest ShootingTrip to Chile and many tickets to next season Rookie Fest events.

Moreover, to make this event even more memorable are the lifestyle activities: social dinner every day, workshops with Viva con Aqua, which is a clean water project, a first aid clinic, a dedicated Yoga Session especially created for the World Rookie Tour by the founder of kimiyo – Yoga for Kids And Teens, Miriam Deller and for the first time the Gorilla Workshop, a healthy food initiative where riders can produce some smoothies. Last but not least the final party to celebrate the end of a great season.

Get ready and stay tuned to our channels!

Click here to watch the video of the 2017 World Rookie Finals, while below you can find the program of the 2018 World Rookie Finals.

 

Tuesday 10 Apr 2018 – Arrival Day
– 08:15-21:00     Registration.  Payment of entry fee. Bibs distribution at Riders Office
– 10:00-14:00     Park and Pipe are open (you can buy additional lift ticket for Tuesday at the riders office)
– 18:00 – 19:30  Opening Dinner at World Rookie Final restaurant
– 20:00  Coach Meeting (due to weather conditions and amount of riders it´s possible to have Wednesday afternoon already Girls SS Qualification)

Wednesday 11 Apr 2018
– 09:30 – 13:00   Training HP
– 09:30 – 14:30  Training SS
– 17:00-18:00     First Aid Workshop
– 18:00-19:30     Dinner at World Rookie Final restaurant
– 20:00  Coach Meeting

Thursday 12 Apr 2018
– 09:00 – 15:30  SS Qualification Rookie + Grom Boys
– 16:30-18:00     Viva con Agua Workshop
– 17:45 – 18:30  Kimiyo Yoga Workshop
– 18:00-19:30     Dinner at World Rookie Final restaurant
– 20:00  Coach meeting
– 20:30-21:30     Gorilla Workshop

Friday 13 Apr 2018
– 09:00–14:00    Qualification + Finals HP
– 17:00–18:00    Kimiyo Yoga Workshop
– 18:00-19:30     Dinner at World Rookie Final restaurant
– 20:00  Coach meeting

Saturday 14 Apr 2018
– 09:00 –15:30   Qualification SS Rookie + Grom Girls + SS Finals Girls and Boys
– 18:00 – 19:30  Dinner at World Rookie Final restaurant
– 21:00  Prize giving ceremony HP SS at the Party

Sunday 15 Apr 2018 – Reserve or Departure Day

THE PROGRAM CAN CHANGE DUE TO WEATHER, CONDITIONS AND AMOUNT OF RIDERS