Reports from Cardrona 2019

The finals of the Spy Optics NZ Freestyle Open RookieFest Slopestyle took place at Cardrona Alpine Resort with competitors battling to earn a place at the World Rookie Tour finals in Austria next March.

The World Rookie Tour is an under 18 snowboard and freeski freestyle international series founded in 2004. Supported since day 1 by the World Snowboard Federation (WSF) and the former TTR World Snowboard Tour, today it is the largest and oldest youth international action sport series, including also skateboard and with events all around the world. It is now partner of some of the most prestigious world class events such as X Games Norway, Audi Nines, Red Bull Roller Coaster, Simple Session and, for snowboard and freeski champions, it award personal spots for the FIS World Cup Tour.

With wind increasing throughout the morning a call was made to cancel the women’s finals and results were taken from yesterday’s qualifying rounds meaning that Eileen Gu (CHN) would take the top spot on the WRT Rookie women’s ski podium with Ruby Andrews (NZ) second and Shuorui Yang (CHN) third. With only one skier in the WRT Grom Girls’ category, Ruyi Yang could claim her spot in the finals.

The WRT podium for women’s snowboard saw Cool Wakushima (NZ) in first, Hikari Yoshizawa (JPN) second and Meila Stalker (AUS) third.

NZ’s Luca Harrington backed up a strong performance in the qualifying rounds to take out the top spot in the WRT Rookie Boys’ Ski division, with compatriot Max McDonald in second. Toma Matsuura (JPN) rounded out the podium in third.

NZ athletes also claimed the top two places in the WRT Grom Ski division, with Gustav Legnavsky in first place and Finley Melville-Ives second. “I’m so stoked,” said Gustav, “it’s the first time I’ve made finals in an open men’s slopestyle comp, I’m just really happy to get that run down.” Gustav put down his top scoring run (72.33) on his first attempt of two, one of the only riders to land a clean run in the first round windy conditions. Gustav’s run was: Front 4 on A frame, k-fed on down flat down, back 6 on cannon, right 9 safety, switch bio 9 safety, cork 7 left safety. Third place went to USA’s Daniel Hough.

A hotly contested Rookie Boys Snowboard division saw China’s Yiming Su score an impressive 98 points from a possible 100, taking out first place ahead of Hiroaki Kunitake (JPN) on 95 points. Yuto Yamada (JPN) finished third.

The Grom Boys’ Snowboard podium went to Taiga Hasegawa (JPN), Chaeun Lee (KOR), Hiroto Ogiwara (JPN).

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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:

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.