Online the video of the 2019 Young Guns Rookie Fest

The 2019 Young Guns Rookie Fest was an amazing event! On the 4th of February 34 riders from Japan participated at the first edition of this event at Takasu snowpark and showed and incredible riding level.

The competion went down under a fantastic blue sky and in a perfectly shaped halfpipe. The Japanese riders were full of entusiasm and did their best to conquer the podium and win a ticket to the World Rookie Finals in Kitzsteinhorn – Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria.

Are you curious to see what happened in Japan during the Young Guns Rookie Fest? Watch the video recap now and see what these young guns are capable of!

 

 

A51 Grom Fest Freeski and Snowboard: report online

Last weekend, the 9th and 10th of February, in Keystone, under an awesome bluebird Colorado sky, took place the freeski and snowboard A51 Grom Fest!

The American resort welcomed 96 freeskiers and 124 snowboarders which showed an incredible riding level. The best athletes of the A51 Grom Fest Freeski have been qualified for the World Rookie Finals Freeski which will be held in Seiser Alm, Italy, from the 18th to the 21st of March, where they will meet the best young guns coming from all over the world.

Whereas the three best grom snowboaders (male and female) have been qualified for the World Rookie Finals Snowboard that will take place in Kitzsteinhorn – Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria, from the 25th to the 30th of March 2019!

Check out the results of:
A51 Grom Fest Freeski
A51 Grom Fest Snowboard

Freeski World Rookie Fest 2019: register now!

After 15 years of snowboarding the Black Yeti is now going to find the future stars of freeskiand is therefore happy to announce the Freeski World Rookie Fest 2019 in Austria.

From the 2nd to the 3rd of March the Nordkette Skyline Park in Innsbruck will host for the very first time the Freeski World Rookie Fest.

The park offers numerous obstacles, rails, tubes and kickers for every riding level and will give skiers the chance to have fun and show their best tricks. The winners of the Freeski World Rookie Fest 2019 in Innsbruck will be qualified for the 2019 World Rookie Freeski in Seiser Alm, from the 18th to the 21st of March, where they will meet the best young guns coming from all over the world.

Moreover, thanks to the partnership with the world-famous Audi Nines the male and female winners of the world finals in Seiser Alm will win a ticket to this prestigious event where they will compete against the best pro skiers and will officially start their carrier as professional freeskiers.

What are you waiting for? Hurry up and join the Black Yeti in Innsbruck!

Click HERE to download the info sheet. To register you just need to fill out the registration form in the info sheet and send it to Stefan Plattner sp@mountainpool.net before 28.02.2019.

 

2019 World Rookie Tour Freeski provisional calendar
A51 Grom Fest Freeski (SS) – Keystone, USA, 9 February 2019 DONE
FIS European Junior Slopestyle (SS) – Kronplatz, Italy, 23-24 February 2019
Freeski World Rookie Fest 2019 (SS) – Nordkette Skyline Park, Austria, 2-3 March 2019
World Rookie Finals Freeski (SS) – Seiser Alm, Italy, 18-21 March 2019

The Young Guns Rookie Fest was a blast!

On the 4th of February took place the very first edition of the Young Guns Rookie Fest in Takasu, Japan. 34 young guns from Japan were welcomed by an amazing blue sky and were ready to compete and show their best! Despite the lack of snow, the Global Snow Design crew built a perfect halfpipe which allowed riders to have fun and express their creativity.

Ruki Tomita conquered the Rookie girl podium with her run which included: a Front side 540 Mute Grab, a Back side 540 Mute Grab, a Front side 360 Indy Grab, a Cab 360 Melon Grab and a Front side 720 Melon Grab.  Rio Kuchisuborode like a pro” and arrived first in the Rookie boys category thanks his incredible run formed by a Front side 720 Indy Grab, a Cab 720 Mute Grab, a Front side 900 Tail  Grab and a Back side 900.

Riju Kawahara and Shuichiro Shigeno won in the female and male Grom category. Riju’s run consisted in a Front side Lien Air, a Back side, a Front side 540, a Back side and a Front side Lien Air 360 and a Cab, whereas Shuichiro did a Super high Melon, a Front side 540, a Cab 720 Mute Grab, a Front side 900 Tail Grab and a Back side 540 Mute Grab.

Congratulations to all the winners and see you soon at the World Rookie Finals which will be held in the Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria, from the 25th to the 30th of March 2019. Don’t miss the photo gallery on Facebook!

The next event in Japan will be the Indy Park Rookie Fest in Nekoma from 9th to the 10th of March. Stay tuned!

World Rookie Tour Snowboard partners with the Audi Nines

Since its inception, the World Rookie Tour has collaborated with the most prestigious snowboard events to help young snowboarders to make their dream come true and to enter the world of professional snowboarding.

The Black Yeti is therefore proud to announce that this year will join the forces with one of the most famous competition, the Audi Nines, and that the male and female Champions of the 2019 World Rookie Tour Snowboard Finals will win a ticket to this unique event that will take place from the 22nd to the 27th of April in Sölden and in Obergurgl, Austria.

The Audi Nines is a media event that gathers the most talented freeskiers and snowboarders on an amazing set-up where they can express their creativity and explore innovation. Its aim is to offer athletes special features and obstacles to better express their style and show their skills.

We are very proud to collaborate with the Audi Nines, an amazing event that each year attracts the best snowboarders with an incredible riding level and a unique style. We can’t wait to see the World Rookie Tour Champions participating in this competition and officially starting their carrier as professional snowboarders” stated Meinhard Trojer, World Rookie Tour Co-Founder.

The partnership with 2019 Audi Nines is extended to both the World Rookie Tour Snowboard and Freeski, and all the 2019 WRT Champions will be invited to this legendary event.

2018 World Rookie Finals – Ph Gustav Ohlsson

Do not miss the chance to participate at the 2019 World Rookie Tour Snowboard Finals and to win a ticket to the 2019 Audi Nines!

There are still some qualification events in Europe, Asia and North America to win a spot in the Finals in Kitzsteinhorn, Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria:
A51 Grom Fest in Keystone, US 10 February 2019
– Indypark Rookie Fest in Nekoma, Japan 9.10 March 2019
– Rev Tour Rookie Fest in Mammonth Mtn, USA 13.14 March 2019
Pila Rookie Fest by Rock and Ride in Pila, Italy 13.17 March 2019

 

Click here to have a look at the Audi Nines documentary and to discover what is behind the scenes of this event!

A51 Grom Fest: first stop of the 2019 World Rookie Tour Freeski!

The prestigious A51 Terrain Park in Keystone, USA, well-known for its jumps and unique features, will welcome not only the best young snowboarders but also the strongest freeskiers from all over the world.

On the 9th of February will take place the International Freeski Slopestyle Competition and for the first time the best freeski athletes will be qualified for the World Rookie Finals Freeski in Seiser Alm – Alpe di Siusi, Italy, from March the 18th until March the 21th 2019, on the same slopestyle facility of the FIS World Cup, built by premium shaping agency F-Tech!

For further information and to register visit rms.usasa.org

451 Grom Fest Snowboard: only a few days left!

On the 10th of February the future stars of snowboarding will gather in Keystone, USA, for the A51 Grom Fest Snowboard!

The competition will take place in the A51 Terrain Park, which features a 60-acre collection of creative and progressive terrain park features spread across six areas.

The A51 Terrain Park is famous for its jumps, unique features and has consistently been honored with numerous awards, including #4 Terrain Park by TransWorld Magazine and #2 Newschoolers Park Poll in 2017.

The three best grom riders (male and female) will be qualified for the World Rookie Finals that will be held in Kitzsteinhorn – Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria, from the 25th to the 30th of March 2019!

For further information and to register visit rms.usasa.org

Good luck young guns!!

FIS Junior Freeski Europe Tour 2019: registrations are open!

After the announcement of the 2019 World Rookie Tour Freeski, the Black Yeti is happy to announce the partnership with the FIS Junior Freeski Europe Tour 2019.

Thanks to the partnership with the FIS Junior Freeski Europe Tour the best World Rookie Tour freeskiers will have the chance to compete in the finals and to meet the strongest athletes from all over world.

From the 23rd to the 24th of March the snowpark KronplatzFUN will host the FIS Junior Freeski Europe Tour organized by Vitamin F freestyle club. The competition is taking place for the first time ever and it will be a huge opportunity for every young athlete to show his or her skills on international level.

Ph Snowpark Seiser Alm

The three best skiers of the category “Girls” and “Boys”: Age group 2001-2002-2003 and age group 2004-2005 qualify directly into the finals of the World Rookie Tour taking place at Seiser Alm from 18th to 21st March 2019.

Moreover, the two best competitors of the category Boys (2005-2001) will get a surf camp ticket in Santander. The third ticket will be drawn amongst the remaining finalists of the same category. The ticket includes 7 overnight stays with breakfast, 5 days of surf training (two hours a day) including equipment and insurance!

What are you waiting for? Click here and register now (deadline: 21.02.2019)!

The entry-fee costs €35,00 (incl. liftticket), whereas the deposit for bib numbers costs €15,00.

 

PROGRAM

Saturday, 23rd February:
08:00 – 08:45 Race office – Registration
9:30 – 13:30 Training
18:00 Teamcaptains Meeting – Race office Sunday,

24th February:
08:00 – 08:45 Race office – Registration
09:00 – 09:45 Training
09:45 – 09:50 Ridersmeeting
10:00 Qualification Girls & Boys ca.
13.00 Start finale following presentation ceremony at Snowpark KronplatzFUN

 

The Audi Nines Documentary!

The Audi Nines is an unique media event that gathers the most talented freeskiers and snowboarders on an amazing set – up where they can express their creativity and explore innovation. The Black Yeti is therefore happy to collaborate with the Audi Nines and see the best World Rookie Tour snowboarders and freeskiers participate in this prestigious competition!

Since inception, the Nine Knights and Nine Queens events combined huge features with talented athletes and media to capture skiing and snowboarding’s most creative and technical riding.

This documentary allows you to find out what happens behind the scenes of this incredible event that is focused on the intersection of riders progression and freedom of creativity,

From the 2019 Schlern Games to the 2019 World Rookie Finals

On the 9th of February the multi-awards winning Snowpark Seiser Alm will host the seventh edition of the Schlern Games, an event that every year gathers the best snowboarders.

This year, for the very first time, the rookie winner of the prestigious competition will win a wildcard for the 2019 World Rookie Finals that will take place from the 25th to the 30th of March in Kitzsteinhorn – Zell am See – Kaprun.

The event is open to everybody and will include the following categories: Best Trick, Best Style, Best Overall Impression, Best Rookie and Best Girl.  Riders will have to ride all the obstacles (rail, box and jib) marked with the Schlern Games flag and show their creativity.

The best and the most creative rider will get a cash prize and will be able to meet the strongest snowboarders of the globe at the World Rookie Finals!

Save the date!

For further information visit Seiser Alm website and Facebook page.

2019 Pila Rookie Fest by Rock and Ride: ready to go!

13-17 March, Areaeffe snowpark, Pila, Italy Registrations are open for the second edition of Pila Rookie Fest!

Riders get ready because the next European stop and the last chance to win a spot for the legendary World Rookie Tour Finals, will be the Pila Rookie Fest by Rock and Ride in Valle d’Aosta, Italy, from the 13th to the 17th of March 2019.

The competition will take place for the second time in the amazing Areaeffe snowpark situated at 2.200 meters and surrounded by massive mountains. The park offers four different lines, beginner, intermediate, big and rail, to give riders the possibility to do their best according to their level. Moreover, Pila is one of the best freeride spots in the Alps thanks its wonderful high mountain environment.

Areaeffe Snowpark Pila

Indeed one of the activities that will be organized is a Freeride Safety Clinic aimed to enhance the knowledge about the mountain and about how to have fun safely. Last but not least, there will also be a welcome dinner and a small tour in the beautiful Aosta city.

Beautiful landscape near Areaeffe snowpark

Save the dates and don’t miss the last European qualification opportunity for the end of season World Rookie Finals!

Below you will find the information you need about accomodations, registrations and the program!

Accomodation, Packages and Entry Fee
All the riders will have the opportunity to stay in the same hotel, Express in Aosta, at a very special price. The hotel is only 5 minutes far from Pila Gondola and will be the same location of the event headquarter, with all comforts to ensure a pleasant stay.

The all inclusive accommodation packages in Express Aosta include 4 nights half board (double room), 3 days lift tickets, race registration (only for athletes), partecipation to all activities and party: € 350,00 for riders // € 310,00 for coach/parents.
Each extra night € 50,00
Single room plus € 10,00 each night

The rooms at this special prices are limited, so please hurry up to send us your registration!

To register, you need to download the registration form HERE, fill it out and sent it to registration@worldrookietour.com.

For no-show not communicated at least 5 days in advance a penalty of the full amount of the reservation will be charged to the national snowboard association.

Marcy Grassis in action at 2018 Pila Rookie Fest – Ph Ania Grzelka

Prizes
Pila Rookie Fest by Rock and Ride will offer:

– 1 all inclusive ticket for the 2019 World Rookie Finals in Kitzsteinhorn Zell am See Kaprun, Austria
– 1 invitation to the end of season World Rookie Shooting 2019 (date and location to be announced)
– 6 Surf Camp in Santander offered by Surftolive.com
– Products from our main sponsors, Union Binding, Level, Jail Jam and TSG, for all the podium riders.

Moreover all the podium riders will be qualified for the 2019 World Rookie Finals.

2018 Pila Rookie Fest – Ph Ania Grzelka


2019 PILA ROOKIE FEST BY ROCK AND RIDE PROGRAM

13th March 2019 – Arrival Day
15.00 – 20.00 Riders, coach and media registrations. Payment of entry Fee and accommodation packages (only in cash). Bibs Distribution. All at Race Office c/o Hotel Express Aosta – Località Autoporto, 33 – 11020 Pollein AO.

14th March 2019 – Training, Video Premiere and Event Presentation
08.00 – 10.00 Riders, coach and media registrations. Payment of entry Fee and accommodation packages (only in cash). Bibs Distribution. All at Race Office c/o Hotel Express Aosta – Località Autoporto, 33 – 11020 Pollein AO.
10.30 – 14.00 Training in Slopestyle at Areaeffe Snowpark – Pila
14.00 – 16.30 Freeride safety camp at the top of the snowpark
17.30 – 18.00 Event Presentation at Race Office c/o hotel Express Aosta
18.00 – 19.30 Welcome Party at Race Office c/o hotel Express Aosta

15th March 2019 – Qualifications
9.30 – 15.00 Training and Qualification in Slopestyle at Areaeffe Snowpark – Pila
16.30 Visit to Aosta city downtown
18.30 Results from Quali and Coach Meeting at Race Office c/o Hotel Express Aosta 253, Pila

16th March 2019 – Finals
9.30 – 14.00 Training and Finals at Areaeffe Snowpark – Pila
15.00 Prize-giving Ceremony at Areaeffe Snowpark – Pila

17th March 2019 – Reserve Day or Departure Day
All day: reserve day in case of bad weather or departure day

 

Info and registrations for the Pila Rookie Fest in Valle d’Aosta, Italy:
Email registration@worldrookietour.com, phone 0039.059.9783397

The 2019 World Rookie Tour Freeski and the 2019 Audi Nines join forces to discover the future stars of Freeski

For many years, the Black Yeti, the famous World Rookie Tour mascot, has supported the best snowboarders of the globe: now it is freeskiers’ turn! After having seen the strongest snowboard young guns jumping from the rookie tour to international events organized worldwide, the Black Yeti is excited to discover the future stars of freeski and, therefore, to officially announce the 2019  World Rookie Tour Freeski and the partnership with the prestigious world class event “Audi Nines”.

 

The 2019 World Rookie Tour Freeski will feature qualification events in the United States but also many stops in Europe, already confirmed in Italy and Austria, whereas the stops and qualifying series in France, Switzerland and Germany will be announced soon.

The best WRT freeskiers will participate to the World Rookie Finals Freeski in Seiser Alm – Alpe di Siusi, Italy, from March the 18th until March the 21th 2019, on the same slopestyle facility of the FIS World Cup, built by premium shaping agency F-Tech. The same location will host the World Rookie Finals Freeski until 2021.

Ph: Snowpark Seiser Alm

The best athletes of the finals will be awarded with prestigious prices offered by the sponsors and the Champions of the tour will win a surf trip to Santander by SurftoLive.com, invitations to the Rookie Trip in the South Hemisphere and to the World Rookie Tour Shooting. Last but not least the 2019 World Rookie Tour Freeski Champions will be invited to join to the legendary Audi Nines, which will be held in Solden, Obergurgl-Hochgurgl, Austria, from April the 22nd to April the 27th 2019.

“We are more than stoked to offer young riders an opportunity to make their first steps into the professional freeskiing world. With more than a decade of experience in winter sport events we are proud to offer the youngsters a platform to put their names on the map! Take the chance and get involved!!! I’m looking forward to seeing you all on the mountain. “stated Martin Misof, International Freeski Guru and member of the WRF Freeski committee. 

World Rookie Tour represents a unique opportunity to start the professional carrier in the action sports field. Many of today snowboard stars started their carrier at the WRT events, and now this opportunity is also given to young freeskiers: winning the World Rookie Finals is the only way for a talented youngster to get a spot in the legendary Audi Nines and receive other incredible prizes.
Are you ready for the challenge?

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

For further information about the tour and the registrations, please write to registration@worldrookietour.com!


2019 World Rookie Tour Freeski provisional calendar

A51 Grom Fest Freeski (SS) – Keystone, USA, 9 -10 February 2019
FIS European Junior Slopestyle (SS) – Kronplatz, ITA, 23-24 February 2019
Skyline Park Rookie Fest Freeski (SS) – Skyline Park Innsbruck, Austria, 1-3 March 2019
World Rookie Finals Freeski (SS) – Seiser Alm, Italy, 18-21 March 2019

Other qualifications events and series in Europe, North and South America, Oceania and Asia to be announced.

For more information about the national qualification series in Italy, Swiss, Austria, Germany and France, please contact: registration@worldrookietour.com

 

Follow the World Rookie Tour online:
Web: www.worldrookietour.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/worldrookietour
Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/worldrookietour
Vimeo channel: www.vimeo.com/channels/worldrookietour
Mail: info@blackyeti.info

 

Press Office World Rookie Tour
Marco Sampaoli – marco@moonsrl.it – Phone +39.059.9783397 or +39.340.328.55.69

 Tour Coordinator World Rookie Tour
Meinhard Trojer – meinhardtrojer@powdern.com – Phone +43 650 56 37 424

 


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

2019 World Rookie Fest by Rock and Ride video recap

The 2019 World Rookie Fest by Rock and Ride, which took place from the 12th to the 16th of January in Livigno, concluded in the best way possible welcoming 90 riders from 10 nations!

These young guns showed an incredible riding level in Mottolino Snowpark and left the judges and the public amazed!

At the end was Nick Puenter from Switzerland that conquered place of the Rookie podium and that was crowned World Rookie Fest Champion, winning also the invitation to the X Games Norway qualification event which will be held in Hafjell, Norway, on February the 16th!

Don’t miss this incredible video and watch the future stars of snowboarding in action!

Read the full report HERE

Filming
Marco Brandoli
Silvio Ottonello
Federico Romanello

Editing
Federico Romanello

Nick Pünter won the 2019 World Rookie Fest in Livigno and the invitation to the X Games Norway qualification event!

The Black Yeti is proud to announce that also this season will join the forces with the 2019  X Games Norway, one of the most prestigious winter sport event in the world! The winner of the 2019 World Rookie Fest by Rock and Ride just finished in Livigno, Nick Pünter, has been rewarded with the invitational ticket to the official X Games Norway qualification event to be held in Hafjell, Norway, on February the 16th!

We are excited to confirm our partnership with the 2019 X Games Norway and to reward the best rider of the 2019 World Rookie Fest by Rock and Ride with an invitational ticket to the X Games Norway qualification. A great recognition for our project: to help World Rookie Tour riders to make their dream come true and to become professional snowboarders!Marco Sampaoli, World Rookie Tour Co-Founder.  “Last year WRT Champion, Takeru Otsuka got a ticket to the X Games Norway were he conquer the gold medal and before him many of todays big snowboard name were rookie tour champion. Our mission is to discover and support the next snowboard star.

Regarding the 2019 World Rookie Fest by Rock and Ride, from the 12th to the 16th of January Livigno and Mottolino Snowpark welcomed 90 riders from 10 nations!

After two days of heavy snow falls in which the all crew enjoy the livigno powder, the qualifications and the finals took place under a blue sky and in an amazing set up which consisted of three lines: M with four tables, three kickers (eight, ten and twelve meters), a jib crounch box and a pole jam; L with a thirteen meter kicker and a fifteen meter kicker and a cannon box; XL with a eighteen and nineteen meter kickers and a rainbow piramid.

Also this year Rookies and Groms left the public and judges astonished by their riding level and did their best to win the legendary World Rookie Fest Champion title and a spot in the X Games Norway qualification event.
The girls started first and  Tina Steffensen conquered the highest spot of Rookie podium with her run which included a 50/50 front 260 out, indy, backside 360 melon, frontlip grab. The norwegian won on two riders: Maisie Hill and Shirly Kolodziej. Also Grom Girls showed their best: Evy Poppe took the first place with a blunt 270, frontside 720 indy, backside 9 mute and cab 270 in 270 out, Mia Brookes and Kamilla Espeli Olsen the second and the third.

Odin Røhrt won in the groms’ category with a score of 91,2 in his run where he landed blunt 270, frontside 720 indy, backside 9 mute and cab 270 in 270 out. Benedikt Fridbjornsson rounded out the podium as second and Sander Mork Danielsen as third.

Nick Pünter arriving first in the Rookie’s category and winning the 2019 World Rookie Fest by Rock and Ride Champion title and the ticket to the X Games Norway Qualification Event that will take place on February the 16th in Hafjell! Nick now is only 1 victory away to join the X Games Norway! On the male rookie podium after Nick there were Øyvind Kirkhus and Gabriel Almqvist. Last but not least, Norway conquered the title of best team!

At end of the day, the Black Yeti waited all the riders at Miky’s Pub supported by Rock and Ride to concluded this great experience in the best way possible, with a live concert of punk rock music by local band “Vasellax“.
In the next days, from Thursday to Saturday, immediately after the slopestyle competition, a limited number of World Rookie Tour riders have the chance to train on the Air Bag landing set up in Mottolino snowpark.

Download HERE  the complete results of the event.

Find all the pictures about 2019 World Rookie Fest by Rock and Ride below:

2019 World Rookie Fest  – Arrival Day – Event Presentation – Yoga Session
2019 World Rookie Fest – Quali Day 
2019 World Rookie Fest – Competition Day

Photo Credits: Ania Grzelka

Thanks to 2019 World Rookie Fest by Rock and Ride sponsors and media partners: Red Bull, Livigno Touristic Office, Mottolino Fun Mountain, Mottolino Snowpark, Skipassion, Union Binding Company, TSG, Level Gloves, Jail Jam, SurftoLive, Sticker Mule, Elle-Erre, Rock and Ride, Moon srl, Boardriding, Pleasure Magazine, Quattro Media, World Snowboard Federation and FSI Federazione Snowboard Italia.

Have a look at the next World Rookie Tour events:

2018.19 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 DONE
USASA Grom Fest (HP) – Copper Moutain, US 6. January 2019 DONE
World Rookie Fest by Rock and Ride (SS) – Livigno, Italy 12.16 January 2019 DONE
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

2019 World Rookie Fest by Rock and Ride: what a quali day!

Today training and qualifications went down under a blue sky and in the perfectly shaped Mottolino Snowpark!

After having warmed up in the training session, Rookies and Groms began the competition and impressed the judges with their impressive riding skills.

All boys and girls have enjoyed the stunning set up, thanks to the hard work of Mottolino shapers.

In the afternoon WRT riders went to Aquadranda, one of Europe’s largest centres for leisure, sport, relaxation and well-ness, to relax, have fun and recharge the batteries for the Finals which will take place tomorrow from 11.30 to 15.00. Don’t miss this amazing show and of course, the Rock and Ride final party at Miky’s Pub!

Click here to download the quali results! 

UPDATES FROM THE ROOKIE GIRLS QUALI – Click here to download the results!

Have a look at the pictures of 2019 World Rookie Fest by Rock and Ride:

World Rookie Fest 2019 – Day 1 and yoga session

Quali day World Rookie Fest 2019

Ph: Ania Grzelka

Check also out the video of the first two days in Livigno 🙂 Because World Rookie Fest is not just a competitio… it’s 100% fun! 

Filming: Marco Brandoli and Silvio Ottonello
Editing: Federico Romanello

Snowy landscapes welcomed 10 nations at 2019 World Rookie Fest by Rock and Ride

The 2019 World Rookie Fest by Rock and Ride has finally started and riders from 10 nations were welcomed by a great amount of powder.

Unfortunately, the heavy snow conditions and the low visibility in the park didn’t allow the training to take place. However, these young guns had the chance to spend their whole days in Livigno backcountry and to do some freeride surrounded by amazing snowy landscapes.

Moreover, after the freeride sessions, they participated to many side activities organized by the World Rookie Tour staff at Plaza Placheda.

Yesterday evening at Livigno Touristic Centre took place the event presentation with the 2017/2018 World Rookie Tour TV Show and the welcome party, where riders had the opportunity to chill and to know each other.

Indeed, this afternoon, to relax the body and the mind after a snowboarding day, rookies gathered for a yoga session at the race office in Plaza Placheda.

Competition will start tomorrow at Mottolino Snowpark at 9:00! Stay tuned and don’t miss all the updates on World Rookie Tour Facebook and Instagram page!

Curious to see what was going on in Livigno? Click here to see the photo gallery

Ph: Ania Grzelka

Gabe Adams: from VÄLLEY RÄLLEY to the World Rookie Finals

Every year the tour welcomes the best young guns in the world and give them the possibility to enter the world of professional snowboarding.

Gabe Adams in action in the World Rookie Finals

Today the Black Yeti is happy to present to you Gabe Adams. Gabe is 15 years old and comes from England. In this video he speaks about his experience in the VÄLLEY RÄLLEY, a series of amateur snowboard competitions, which gave Gabe a Wild Card to compete in World Rookie Finals in Kitzsteinhorn Zell am See-Kaprun Austria, where he came second!

Gabe is one of the many athletes who dream to become professional snowboarders. The World Rookie Tour is therefore proud to help and support these young guns!

Video: MonEpic
Ph: Gustav Ohlsson

TSG joins the forces with the Black Yeti

After years of supporting the World Rookie Tour with many prestigious products for the award ceremony, TSG decided to get more involved and to show its full support creating a special edition TSG – WRT helmet featuring the Black Yeti to protect the future stars of snowboarding!

The tour offers young snowboarding talent an excellent starting platform and drives the sport forward,” says TSG CEO Ruedi Herger. “Together, we can offer them the best opportunity to grow in professional snowboarding and provide them with the ideal protective gear”.

For us having a quality snowboard product hitting the stores with the Black Yeti logo on is a great recognition and a expression of our commitment to the sport”stated Marco Sampaoli WRT Co-Founder.

TSG -WRT helmets will be put on sale at a very special price at the 2019 World Rookie Fest by Rock&Ride, at Pila Rookie Fest and at the 2019 World Rookie Finals!

To learn more about TSG and its products visit www.ridetsg.com

2019 World Rookie Tour develops into an action sport program

After 14 years of heritage in the snowboard community, dozens of international events organized world wide, many world class riders discovered and supported, hundreds of tv air hours, thounsands of youngsters from all over the world, the 2019 World Rookie Tour will move to the next step, watching to new horizons and developing itself into an multisport platform to scout and support for the future starts in action sports.

In addition to the well known Snowboard World Rookie Tour, which will feature in 2018.19 winter season events from North to South America, to Europe, Asia and Oceania, new World Rookie Tours will be launced immediatly in 2019 also for Freeskiing and Skateboarding, while the Black Yeti is investigating already to implement other disciplines.

Freeski World Rookie Tour – Ph Snowpark Seiseralm

2019 Freeski World Rookie Tour will feature qualification events already confirmed in USA and Europe, new qualification events for South America, Asia and Oceania are under discussion, while the 2019 Freeski World Rookie Finals is confirmed in Seiser Alm-Alpe di Siusi, Italy, from March the 18th untill March the 21th 2019, on the same slopestyle facility of the FIS World Cup, built by premium shaping agency F-Tech. The same location will host the freeski finals untill 2021 and it will be slopestyle only for the first 3 years, while all the details about qualification criteria, rankings and future development of the Freeski WRT will be soon announced.

2019 Skateboard World Rookie Tour will start as a european based qualification tour with the finals in an ambitionus location which will be very soon announced. The Black Yeti crew is looking already for extending also the Skateboard WRT to North and South America, Asia and Oceania, thanks to its world wide network of connection in the action sport community.

Skateboard World Rookie Tour – Ph Federico Tognoli – Courtesy from DC Italy

This is a natural development of our World Rookie Tour project: to bring together action families which share the same passions and values for outdoor life, respect for nature and freestyle attitude.” stated Marco Sampaoli, World Rookie Tour co-founder and communication manager. “Implement freeski and skateboard World Rookie Tours will offer new opportunities for fun and progression to all the kids, teams and families out there, and we will now start to search future stars not only in snowboard, but in every action sports“.

Going multisport is a big step foward for the World Rookie Tour: we will bring 14 years of experience in junior snowboard events and international tour organizations, into new sports.” Stated Meinhard Trojer, WRT co-founder and event coordinator. “We had the opportunity to discover and support X-Games and Olympia snowboard medalists years before anybody else heard their name for the first time. Roope Tonteri, Seppe Smit, Manuel Pietropoli, Sven Thorgren, Mons Roisland, Takeru Otsuka, Kokomo Murase are just some of the riders we helped to become pro. And now the new challange is to do it again for skateboard, freeski and maybe some more action sport“.

In shortly the official website www.worldrookietour.com will be upgraded in order to feature new sports, new tour and new contents. Stay connected with the Black Yeti to know more.

In the mean while save the dates:

2018.19 Snowboard World Rookie Tour
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 DONE
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

2019 Freeski World Rookie Tour
Qualification event (SS) – North Park Innsbruck, Austria, date to be announced.
Qualification Italian Tour (SS) – Prato Nevoso 26th January, Pila 10th Febbruary, San Pellegrino 10th March.
Other qualification events in USA and Europe to be announced soon.
Freeski World Rookie Finals (SS) – Seiser Alm Alpe di Siusi, Italy, 18-21 March 2019

2019 Skateboard World Rookie Tour
Qualification events in Austria, Italy, Prague, Swiss to be announced soon.

Kimata Ryoma and Bianca Gisler are the winners of 2018 Corvatsch Rookie Fest

The first 2018.19 World Rookie Tour event in Europe concluded in the best way possible with three days of sunshine and a perfect snowpark with a down box, a down rail, a 13 meters jump,16 meters jump,a flat box and a flat rail.

This year Corvatsch has welcomed almost 60 riders from all over the world: Germany, Switzerland, Great Britain, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Lithuania, Poland, Finland, Austria, Italy, Ukraina,Romania and even Iceland and Japan.

Every young gun had the opportunity to compete in Corvatsch snowpark and to impressed the public with amazing tricks.

The Japanese rider Kimata Ryoma scored best in today’s contest with a solid run. Second and third place for Nick Pünter (SUI) and Valterri Kautonen (FIN). Also grom boys showed their best with Alessandro Lotorto (SUI), Ian Matteoli (ITA) and Mitja Kauranen (FIN) on the podium.

In the girls’ competition Bianca Gisler (SUI) took the first place in the rookie category. Bianca won ahead of two other Swiss riders, Shirly Kolodziej and Lena Müller. On the groms’ side, Isabelle Lötscher (SUI) impressed the judges with her run, Telma Särkipaju (FIN) and Amber Fennel (GBR) rounded out the podium as second and third, respectively.

Congratulations to everyone and see you at the next stop: World Rookie Fest by Rock And Ride from the 12th to the 16th of January 2019 in Livigno. If you want to become a professional snowboarder then your future starts from the World Rookie Fest!

Download HERE the complete results of the event.

Photos of the 2018 Corvatsch Rookie Fest are available on the WRT Facebook Fanpage:

2018 Corvatsch Rookie Fest – Training and arrival day

2018 Corvatsch Rookie Fest – Qualifications 

2018 Corvatsch Rookie Fest – Finals

 

Photo Credits: Ania Grzelka