World Rookie Tour could not start the 2019/2020 season in a better way. For the first time ever the Black Yeti landed in Les2Alpes, France, for an unconventional summer event in one of the best European resort. On the glacier, 50 snowboarders and freeskiers from 12 different countries including USA, Korea, China and many Europeans, showed their style during the big air and halfpipecompetitions, in a perfectly shaped 18 meters kicker and 6.7 m super pipe by the amazing Les2Alpes Snowpark shapers crew.
Also, a new event format was launched in Les 2 Alpes with a perfect mix between jam session and classic competition: the combination of a “prize for trick” skate format with a jam session open to both snowboarders and freeskiers, ensured a fun and relaxed event for riders, but allowed the judges to create a full ranking working in double-up mode.
To underline also the inclusion in the program of a street contest for the 2019 World Rookie Tour Skateboarding, valuable as direct qualification for the first event World Rookie Skateboard Finals to be held in Portugal on September the 15th.
MVP (Most Valuable Player) of the Summer Rookie Jam
For the 2019 edition, we had a big surprise: ours MVPs, both in snowboarding and freeskiing, were two riders from the Grom category, so under 15 years old.
On the snowboard side, the Korean Chaeun Lee gained the title thanks to the victories in all the disciplines (big air and halfpipe) revealed his massive and versatile talent on the snow. Chaeun Lee won an all-inclusive ticket directly at the World Rookie Snowboard Finals in Kitzsteinhorn-Zell Am See from the 30th March to the 4th April 2020.
On the freeski side, another Grom, Nolan Biewenga (NED) drew attention of judges on his style with solid runs in big air and in halfpipe, gained the MVP award and the all-inclusive ticket for the World Rookie Freeski Finals in Seiser Alm from the 23rd to the 27th of March 2020.
Big Air Competition
On Wednesday 17th of July a Big Air Jam took place on a 18 meters pro jump. Indeed with the new event format both snowboarders and freeskiers, male and female, groms and rookies, competed together for an exciting day full of fun for all the participants.
Rookie boys podium saw Hyunjun Lee (KOR) in first position, Lucas Ferry (USA) and Milco De Feo (ITA) respectively in second and third position. Chaeun Lee from Korea won with a Back Double 1080 Mute in a Grom category, in front of Jukola Ville (FIN) Sangjae Kim (KOR).
For the Rookie girls category we had an Italian podium with Emma Gennero, Anna Forno and Gaia Vachet. Ashlyn Overland (USA) and Andrina Salis (SUI) completed the snowboard grom girls’ podium.
About freeski discipline, Rookie Champion of Les 2 Alpes was Andrea Hersanz from France who conquered the highest spot of the podium. Nohon Fraigne (FRA) won the second place and Anakin Reynaud (FRA) the third one.
First position in the Grom boy category went to Nolan Biwenga (NED), and Alex Gumuchan (FRA) in the second position.
The halfpipe finals took place in a warm sunny day and riders could enjoy the massive Les2Alpes superpipe at its best. Judges and spectators were once again surprised by a mass of enthusiastic rookies. The competition began early in the morning with a fun jam session culminating after 3 runs with an highest air session.
Kangsan Kim from Korea won the prestigious title Rookie boy category. Kangsan was followed by Hjunjun Lee (KOR) and Lucas Ferry (USA). On the Rookie girls side Emma Gennero (ITA) gained the first position, second place for Leonie Hasler (SUI), Matilde Pizzutto (ITA) third. Regarding the Grom boys category, the Black Yeti crowned Chaeun Lee as winner while the podium was completed by Jonas Hasler (SUI) and Jukola Ville (FIN). Andrina Salis (SUI), Ashlyn Overland (USA), Cornelia Osther (NOR) completed the grom girls podium.
Fedor Muralev (RUS) gained the highest score and dominated the Rookie boys category. Mateo David from France arrived second and Anakin Reynaud from France third. Grom boys category Nolan Biewenga (NED), Shen Han (CHN) and Alex Gumuchan (FRA) completed the podium. On the girls side the victory went to Daria Tatalina (RUS), in front of Liu Jingjing (CHN) and Sun Ziman (CHN).
All the ranks are available at the links below:
Big Air Competition
Pictures from the Summer Rookie Jam:
Big Air Competition
Photos by Jacopo Castagno, Chalet Du Fotografie
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