World Rookie Tour: Australia Trip 2016

As every year during summer time (on Northern Emipshere) World Rookie Tour awards the winners with an amazing trip where rookies have the chance to gain a life experience, this year was time for Australia.

As soon we landed we had our first mission in front of us, let the rookies compete at Mile High, one great event where a lot of pros are shredding together with good and real snowboarding vibes.


Mile High’s contest was definitely from the storm to sun, with more than one days waiting for better conditions until a good final days, our rookies had a great experience competing with the pros, Kokomo impressed with her great level for a 11years old girl, Isak, World Rookie Champion in charge, was not on his 100% due to an injured but he had fun with all the friends down there, and Takeru our Best Grom, missed the finals only for one place, with a great final 13th place.

After some days on snow it was time to go surfing, skateboarding and visiting Sydney. Under a sunny spring weather we had some fun surf sessions, which gave us the change to discover new talents… , we visited and cruised Sydney and nearby until the beautiful Blue Mountains, shred different skateparks and the great Monster Skatepark thanks to Darren and Thredbo resort.


Back to the Snowy Mountains for more snowboarding before leave the kangaroos land, thanks to Thredbo our accommodation was amazing, unfortunately the weather was not the same, Australian Rookie Fest was canceled due to bad weather and heavy rainy days, and for our crew was not easy, but we find a way to shred Thredbo Resort and shoot around and it was fun, you will see on the video which will be released in Livigno during World Rookie Fest 2017.

Thanks to Ishi the legend, Fede, Rich, Philippe and Thredbo, Darren, all the friends met down under, and specially to our rookies Kokomo, Taker, Isak.

txt and pics: Gian Luca ‘Jimmi’ Zanetti

Watch the photogallery about Australia here

2016 Australian Rookie Fest at Thredbo deleted

Unfortunately due to weather conditions, unfavourable conditions leading up to the event and the safety of competitors, Thredbo Resort has decided to cancel the event for 2016.

We would like to thank Capita, Union, Pow Gloves, Mizu and RedBull for their support with this event.

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2014 Australia Rookie Fest


The 5th edition of the Australian Rookie Fest Down Under took place in Thredbo Resort, one of the top ski area in the Southern Hemisphere. Thredbo Super Park welcomed the best rookies and groms from Australia and New Zealand competing for Red Bull Stunt Plane Flights and tickets to the 2015 Volkl World Rookie Finals in Ischgl, Australia.


It was a very tight competition in the rookie male category with 16 year old Matty Cox taking out the title of the event with technical, smooth and stylish runs. Last year’s grom winner Josh Vagne impressed the judges and found himself in second, followed by Sam Christie from New Zealand in third.  Even if some of the rail set up were a bit daunting for the groms, Jack Christie landed a super smooth run and take the top place on the podium, with Alex Brookes in second and Kaleb Vagne in third. Among the girls Tess Coady showed solid spins and style on the jumps to take first place. Zahra Kell was the best girl on the rail section and get the second place, followed by Georgia Crisp in third.




The winners are looking forward to taking their Red Bull stunt plane flights and turning up to Ischgl next year to represent Australia at the 2015 Volkl World Rookie Finals.
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2014 Australia Rookie Fest – Results
Rookie Males
Matty Cox
Josh Vagne
Samuel Christie
Sebastian Judge
Tom Harveyson
Luke Harvey
Campbell Najdecki-Devine
Mo Dinatale
Micholas Masjuk

Grom Males
Jack Christie
Alex Brookes
Kaleb Vagne
Callum Masjuk
Valentino Guseli
Campbell Oatley
Flynn Doolan
Zephyr Ashe
Thomas Krpan
Toby Peterson

Tess Coady
Zahra Kell
Georgia Crisp
Geneva Guy

The 2014 Australian Rookie Fest was possible thanx to Red Bull, Volkl, Adrenaline Boardstore, Monster Skate Park, Semantics and  Thredbo Resort. A special thanks also to Phillipe Lahey from Thredbo for all his help.
With the Australian event the Black Yeti completed his 2014 journey in the Southern Hemisphere. The 2014.15 World Rookie Tour calendar will be revealed soon and many special activities and news will be announced to celebrate the 10th edition of the most famouse youth snowboard searies.

2015 WRT events already confirmed:

– World Rookie Fest, Livigno, Italy, Slopestyle, 10-15 January 2015

– Trentino Rookie Fest, Monte Bondone, Italy, Halfpipe and Slopestyle,

– Volkl World Rookie Finals, 25 Feb – 1 March 2015

The Wsf World Rookie Tour Moves South

The Black Yeti and his Rookie Fest events will go down under in South America and Australia for the summer leg of the World Rookie Tour.

The search for next snowboarding future stars is starting again as the Black Yeti follows the snow and the winter to the Southern Hemisphere and is ready to kick off the World Rookie Tour 2014/15 in Valle Nevado, Chile, and in Thredbo, Australia.



The new WSF World Rookie Tour season will start with the 2014 South America Rookie Fest from the 8th to 12th August, in Valle Nevado, Chile, one of the most incredible event hosting the Black Yeti and his youngsters. The Chilean top quality ski resort Valle Nevado will hosted already 4 time the SARF offering to promising future snowboarding talents in South America a program with a WST slopestyle contest, freeride experience with pros, skate and surf sessions and cultural activities such as a tour in  the capital city of Santiago and a visit to the city of Valparaiso, an Unesco world heritage. USA, Asian and European riders will compete with top South American rookies for a ticket to the 2015 World Rookie Fest in Livigno and to the 2015 Volkl World Rookie Finals in Ischgl.

Watch the video edit from the backcountry day at the 2013 South America Rookie Fest here

The top 2 riders of the event will be invited for free to the next winter’s season 2015 World Rookie Fest in Livigno, Italy and 2015 Volkl World Rookie Finals. All podium riders from both rookie and grom, boys and girls, will be qualified for the 2015 Volkl World Rookie Finals in Ischgl.

Registration & Info

For registration, booking and questions, please contact Arnau Fernandez
Special deals for accomodation are reserved for riders, parents and coaches. Riders will get free lift tickets during the days of event.




For the fifth year in a row, the Black Yeti hits Down Under for the 2014 Australian Rookie Fest. The 2 Star WST slopestyle event will take place from 22nd to 23rd  August 2014 in Thredbo, Australia, where some of the world’s best young shredders will fight for amazing prizes as all podium riders will be qualified for the 2015 Volkl World Rookie Finals in Ischgl Austria and the male and female Rookie winner will also receive all inclusive entries to the event.

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Age Groups
WSF rookie events are reserved to Rookies (born from 1st of January 1997 to 31st of December 1999) and Grom (born from 1st of January 2000 and up), both boys and girls. All contests of the World Rookie Tour will generate valuable results for the TTR World Snowboard Tour Ranks and for the World Rookie Rank developed by World Snowboard Federation.