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

World Rookie Fest Livigno: 9.14 January 2016

The most famous youth snowboard freestyle event in the world is announced and confirmed for the 11th edition: the 2016 World Rookie Fest will be held one more time at the Mottolino Snowpark, in Livigno, Italy. Before competing in the Winter Olympic Games, the X-Games and the TTR Elite events, riders such as Roope Tonteri, Seppe Smith, Staale Sandback, Mons Roisland, Christian Haller, Gjermund Braaten, Sven Thorgren, Tim Kevin Ravnjac and many others, came to the World Rookie Fest. If you dream to become a professional snowboarder, then your future starts in Livigno at the World Rookie Fest: where new stars shine.


The 11th edition of the World Rookie Fest will take place, as always, in Livigno, Italy, at the Mottolino Fun Mountain next January, from the 9th to the 14th. WRF will starts its second dacades with a special edition where all families and fans are welcomed: for all the kids, the World Rookie Camp will be held, and all visitors will be admitted to all the activities to get closer to the freestyle scene and take part to the event even without competing.

The international slopestyle event.
The 2016 World Rookie Fest will feature a World Snowboard Tour slopestyle contest, at the beautiful Mottolino Snowpark: it will be open to 4 different categories, Female and Male Grom, Female and Male Rookie. More than 150 preselected riders from 20 nations arrive every year in Livigno to compete and challenge for prestigious awards: 2 all-inclusive tickets for the 2016 Volkl World Rookie Finals in Ischgl and 2 for the 2016 Trentino Rookie Fest in Monte Bondone, 2 tickets for the end of season Rookie Shooting, 6 surf camp in Spain by, and other prizes offered by Volkl and Guasto. All the athletes on the podium will be qualified for the 2016 Volkl World Rookie Finals 2015 and the event will give out points for the TTR World Snowboard Tour and for the World Rookie Rank.

The lifestyle activities.
A lot of lifestyle activities will make the afternoons pleasant and amusing for everybody so that all the rookies, groms, coach and crew will be able to relax during the free time: workshop about the safety in freeride, a yoga lesson, film premiere “2015 Rookie Trip to Chile”, dinners and parties to meet the other riders and make new friends coming from the all over.

World Rookie Camp: Ride with Them!
Also for 2016 the World Rookie Fest will offer a new program with a special focus on families: the World Rookie Camp in collaboration with Madness Snowboard School. Beside the established contest for the under_18s, a 3 days Kids Camp for the under-16 will be offered. Part of the camp will happen in Mottolino Snowpark, where the slopestyle competition will happen in order to experience their first international event and see the ‘older’ snowboarders event (Ride with them!).

Note about all-inclusive package for the 2016 World Rookie Fest in Livigno:

– WRF All Inclusive Packages for riders, crew, coaches including: 5 nights in half-board in 3Star hotel (double room), check in 9th January – check out 14th January, 4-days lift-tickets, WRF event pass to all lifestyle activities and party, race inscription for athlets, gifts, at a fixed rate of 495€ in double rooms. For hotel no-show not communicated at least 5 days in advance, a penalty of 325€ will be charged to the national snowboard association. The name and address of your hotel will be communicated a few days before the event via e-mail or directly to the Race Office. Accomodation in single room: plus 75€.
WRF Event entry fee (without hotel) for riders, crew, coaches including 4-days lift-tickets, event pass, race inscription for athlets, gifts at a fixed rate of 170€ to be paid directly at the WRF race office in Livigno.
Kids Snowboard Camp: 3 days camp with 3 hours lessons per day and event pass starting from 100€, depending on the number of level of the partecipants. Lift ticket is not included.

Info and registrations for the World Rookie Fest in Livigno, Italy: Matteo Fregni
Contacts:, phone: 0039.059.9783397 or 0039.349.2210017
Download link for full program, event info and registration form:


Age Groups
2016 WSF rookie events are reserved to Rookies (born from 1st of January 1998 to 31st of December 2000) and Grom (born from 1st of January 2001 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.

2015.16 World Rookie Tour – Calendar

South America Rookie Fest (SS) . Valle Nevado, Chile 21.23 August 2015 – DONE
Corvatsch Rookie Fest (SS) . Corvatsch, Swiss . 17.20 December 2015
Iceripper Rookie Fest (HP) . Laax, Swiss 06.09 January 2016
World Rookie Fest (SS) . Livigno, Italy 09.14 January 2016
Peyragudes Rookie Fest (SS) . Peyragudes, France 21.24 January 2016
Transilvania Rookie Fest (SS) . Arena Platos, Romania 05.07 February 2016
Indy Park Rookie Fest (SS) . Nekoma, Japan 27.28 February 2016
Trentino Rookie Fest (SS + HP) . Monte Bondone, Italy 02.06 March 2016
Bulgarian Rookie Fest (SS + HP) . Pamporovo, Bulgaria 15.17 March 2016
Revolution Rookie Fest (SS + HP) . Seven Springs Resort, USA 15.16 March 2016
Völkl World Rookie Finals (SS) . Ischgl, Austria 05.10 April 2016

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If you dream to become a professional snowboarder, then your future starts from Rookie Fest!


The World Snowboard Federation (WSF) is the international organization exclusively working to develop the sport of snowboarding at all levels. Program areas include: competitions, Para-Snowboard, judge and shapers, education and certification, and snowboard activities for riders of every age. The WSF represents a network of National Snowboard Associations (NSAs) who work together at a worldwide level to promote the development of snowboarding. NSA members can find a source of inspiration and support from the WSF for the activities they are conducting within their nation and by working towards the same goal: progression of snowboarding from the ground up. The WSF collaborates with the TTR Pro Snowboarding, the owner and operator of the TTR World Snowboard Tour and the TTR World Ranking System. Through this collaboration and coordination of events at the TTR World Snowboard Tour, The WSF and the TTR want to create an environment that fosters the development of competitive snowboarding. In February 2012, the WSF and the TTR hosted the inaugural World Snowboarding Championships in Oslo, Norway, an elite level event to be held every four years in alternating cities around the world. Official website:

About TTR Pro Snowboarding & World Snowboard Tour
TTR Pro Snowboarding is a non-profit organization that oversees a professional network of events and athletes. Our objective is to develop and showcase the sport of snowboarding through the World Snowboard Tour, while facilitating a fair and open competition environment that includes innovative judging and ranking systems. We encourage riders to develop from rookies into world-class athletes through a 6 Star level rating system; which will be replaced by a new 4-tiered structure from October 2014. Under the new World Snowboard Tour 2.0, the 4-tiered structure will encompass Elite, International, National, and Regional event levels. Elite events will comprise the WST Pro Series (current working title). The Regional, National, and International levels of the WST 2.0 will make up the WST Qualifying Series (working title).

Info and registrations for the World Rookie Fest in Livigno, Italy: Matteo Fregni
Contacts:, phone: 0039.059.9783397 or 0039.338.1713960

Download link for full program, event info and registration form: