2019 Southern Hemisphere Rookie Fest events announced

After the kick-off event in Les 2 Alpes, France, with the first edition of the multi sport “Summer Rookie Jam”, the Black Yeti moves to the Southern Hemisphere for the annual events in Chile and New Zealand.

NZ Freestyle Open Rookie Fest
Cardrona are stoked to host once again, the 2019 NZ Freestyle Open Rookie Fest! The event is a FIS Continental Cup and a WSF World Rookie Tour event including slopestyle freeski & snowboard competition. The partecipants will collect FIS points and will have the change to qualify for FIS World Cup events. Moreover the riders will get points for the World Rookie Rank and all the podium athlets will be automatically qualified for the 2020 World Rookie Finals in Kaprun, Austria, for snowboard finals in halfpipe and slopesyle, and in Seiser Alm, Italy, for Freeski Slopestyle finals.
The program of the slopestyle competition will include qualifications on Wednesday 14.08.2019 and Finals on Thursday the 15.08.2019.

Cardrona Alpine Resort is New Zealand’s most popular ski area, attracting all kinds of snow enthusiasts, from beginners & families, to Olympians & X Games athletes. Take a short drive from Queenstown or Wanaka tand you will be welcomed with the genuine Kiwi hospitality to NZ’s ultimate winter playground.

Download here the NZ event info and program

Download here the NZ registration form

South America Rookie Fest
After many editions, the South America Rookie Fest in Valle Nevado, is a unique snowboard event by Black Yeti. With a unique program combining snowboard slopestyle competition, with freeride experience, skateboard session, surf session and and full immersion in South America culture, it is definetly the event to go. If you never been there, then you shuold seriously think to make it at least one time in the life.

Date: 29 august – 1 of september
Location: Valle Nevado, Chile
Contact for info and registration: registration@worldrookietour.com

Download here the Chile event info and program.

Download here the Chile registration form

2019.20 World Rookie Tour – Provisional Calendar
Summer Rookie Jam (Snow+Freeski / BG+HP) – Les2Alpes, France 15-20 August 2019 – DONE
NZ Freestyle Open Rookie Fest (Snow+Freeski / SS+HP) – Cardrona, New Zealand 14-17 August 2019
South America Rookie Fest (Snow / SS) – Valle Nevado, Chile 29 August – 1 September 2019
World Rookie Fest (Snow / SS) – Livigno, Italy 11-16 January 2020
World Rookie Freeski Finals (SS) – Seiser Alm, Italy 23-27 March 2020
World Rookie Snowboard Finals (SS+HP) – Kitzsteinhorn, Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria 31 March 5 April 2020
and many more events to come.

Great Success for the 2016 South America Rookie Fest

The 10th edition of the South America Rookie Fest took place in Valle Nevado, Chile, attended by the best youth riders from Chile, Argentina and United States.


South America Rookie Fest was a full event of action packed activities surrounding a slopestyle contest: surfing on the beach, skateboarding in the beautiful city of Santiago, an exciting powder day and another awesome surfing day in the Mall Sport wave house. Special thanks to the sponsors Mall Sport, DC Shoes, Valle Nevado, Santa Pizza and Red Bull.

Check out the 2016 South America Rookie Fest wrap up videos here:
https://vimeo.com/180547224  Day1 (Freeride, Surf and Skate Session)
https://vimeo.com/180547228  Day2 (Slopestyle Contest)

2016 South America Rookie Fest – Rankings


  1. Graham Haley USA
    2. Drake Mechigian USA
    3. Lucas Fuenzalida Chile
    4. Lucas Alfonsin Argentina
    5. Lucas Silva Chile
    6. Lucas Russo Argentina
    7. Francisco Arias Chile


  1. Alvaro Yáñez
    2. Pascal Uranga
    3. Lolo Machicao
    4. Benja Yáñez
    5. Julian Cortes
    6. Vicente Bañados
    7. Matias Medina
    8. Kasimir Wismeier
    9. Nicolas Villegas
    10. Matias Medina
    11. Felipe Bañados


  1. Antonia Yáñez
    2. Teresita Bañados

Photos of the 2016 South America Rookie Fest are available on the WRT Facebook Fanpage:

Style and Legends at the 2015 South America Rookie Fest

For the sixth year in a row the last weekend the World Rookie Tour shredded down to Cile for the South America Rookie Fest 2015 in Valle Nevado, thanks to Mall Sport & DC Shoes.


With the participation of the best rookies of Chile, Argentina and Brasil, and the invited World Grom Champion in charge Wendelin Gauger, another great edition of this unique event went on. The rookies enjoyed an amazing life experience meeting new friends from different countries, learning different cultures and living the true boardsports lifestyle.


After the competition a sick skate session went down in the Mall Sport skatepark, right after a super fun sesh in the Artificial Wave of the Mall, and thanks to Santa Pizza a dinner for all the talented, young riders, future stars of the chilean snowboard scene, ended the night.


But there is more. Some of the invited riders joined the World Grom Champion for a snowboard, surf and skate trip around Chile.

There’s nothing better than seeing those kids having a great time and enjoying all the activities of the event. The rookies also had the opportunity to share some time with the snowboard legend Bryan Iguchi and the pro snowboarder Tomi Materi from Argentina, they will never forget the time and things they learned from this experience.

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Slopestyle results:

1. Alvaro Yañez (Chi)
2. Julian Cortes (Chi)
3. Benja Yañez (Chi)
4 Pascal Uranga (Chi)

1. Antonia Yañez (Chi)
2. Mai Gonzalez (Chi)

1. Fede Chiradio (Arg)
2. Wendelin Gauger (Sui)
3. Bruno Natalucci (Arg)
4. Lucas Fuenzalida (Chi)

rookie podium
girls podium
grom podium


Check here the video!!


photo: Gian Luca ‘Jimmi’ Zanetti
video: Federico Romanello

Follow the World Rookie Tour online @
web:  http://bit.ly/ZPO2wI and www.worldsnowboardfederation.org
Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/worldrookietour
Vimeo channel: www.vimeo.com/channels/worldrookietour
Mpora WRT channel: www.mpora.com/worldrookiesnowboardtour/

The Documentary 2014 Rookie Trip to Chile is online!

The Black Yeti is used to travel all around the world scounting for the best riders and, at the end of 2014 season, some of them were invited to join a special Freeride & Video Trip to Chile. The Black Yeti and friends have already travelled down to Chile many times and for many reasons: to enjoy the beautiful backcountry around Valle Nevado, to go skateboarding in concrete skatepark in the capital city of “Santiago de Chile“, to go surfing in Pichilemu and to discover some of the most famous cultural places of Chile such as Valparaiso.

Also this year the crew took part in the 2014 South America Rookie Fest. The video documentary from the “2014 Rookie Trip to Chile” is now online and will show our passion not only for snowboarding, but also for travelling, for nature and for the lifestyle behind boardsports such as skateboard and surf.


Watch and share the video documentary “2014 Rookie Trip to Chile” here: https://vimeo.com/113369453

The crew: Kaito Hamada (Japan – 2014 WSF World Grom Champion), Keita Inamura (Japan – 2014 WSF World Rookie Champion), Federico Chiaradio (Argentina – SA Rookie Fest rider), Gianluca “Jimmi” Zanetti (WSF Board of Director), Shingery “Ishi” Ishiara (WSF Board of Director), Andreas Monsberger (Austria, filmer and editor), Arnau Fernandez (Chile – WRT organizer) and Familia Yanez (Chile, local host).


2014.15 World Rookie Tour – Calendar
South America Rookie Fest / Valle Nevado . Chile / 8-12 Aug 2014 / Slopestyle – DONE
Australian Rookie Fest / Thredbo . Australia / 22-23 Aug 2014 / Slopestyle – DONE
Iceripper Rookie Fest / Laax . Switzerland / 07-10 Jan 2015 / Halfpipe
WSF World Rookie Fest / Livigno . Italy / 10-15 Jan 2015 / Slopestyle
Hellas Rookie Fest / Greece / 23-25 Jan 2015 / Slopestyle
Bulgarian Rookie Fest / Pamporovo . Bulgaria / 30 Jan -1 Feb 2015 / Slopestyle + Halfpipe
Transilvania Rookie Fest / Arena Platos . Romania / 6-8 Feb 2015 / Slopestyle
Trentino Rookie Fest / Monte Bondone . Italy / 25 Feb -1 Mar 2015 / Slopestyle + Halfpipe
Oslo Rookie Fest / Oslo Vinterpark . Norway / 27 Feb – 1 Mar 2015 / Halfpipe
Indy Park Rookie Fest / Nekoma . Japan / 6-7 Mar 2015 / Slopestyle
Völkl World Rookie Finals / Ischgl . Austria / 07-12 Apr 2015 / Slopestyle


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.

Follow the World Rookie Tour online @

Web: http://bit.ly/wrt2015
Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/worldrookietour
Vimeo channel: www.vimeo.com/channels/worldrookietour
Mpora WRT channel: www.mpora.com/worldrookiesnowboardtour/

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 https://vimeo.com/77527769.

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 arnau23@gmail.com.
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.

Registration & Info: stuartdavismeehan@hotmail.com

Follow the World Rookie Tour online @
web: www.worldrookietour.com and www.worldsnowboardfederation.org

Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/worldrookietour

Vimeo channel: www.vimeo.com/channels/worldrookietour

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.