2019 World Rookie Snowboard Finals: ready for the Grand Final!

After travelling all around the world and discovering the future pro riders in Chile, New Zealand, USA, Japan, Switzerland and Italy, the Black Yeti cannot wait to see and crown the next World Rookie Champions in Kitzsteinhorn Zell am See – Kaprun.

Team Finland

From the 25th to the 30th of March 120 riders from 20 nations will gather in Austria and compete in the legendary and the most awaited WRT event, the World Rookie Finals, which will be held for the third year in a row in Snowpark Kitzsteinhorn.

Also this year the best rookies and groms will receive incredible prizes such as wildcards to World Class Events like the Audi Nines, a spectacular event that each year gathers the best athletes of the world, filming sessions with Pirate Movie Production, invitations to World Rookie Tour Shooting Trip to Chile and many tickets to next season World Rookie Tour events.

Moreover, the male and female Slopestyle and Halfpipe Champions will get a spot in the amazing the Audi Nines, a spectacular event that each year gathers the best athletes of the world, and in the 2019/20 FIS World Cup Tour.

Team USA

Today is the arrival day and after having registered riders have the opportunity to see the amazing park and the huge pipe and to have dinner all together in the evening.

In the next days will take place the slopestyle and halfpipe competition and many interesting activities such as workshops with Viva con Agua, Yoga lessons, a first aid clinic, the final party and much more.

Last but not least, thanks to the great partnership with boardriding.com you will be able to watch the live streams of the World Rookie Finals. Stay tuned to get le link! In the meanwhile, save the link for the live scoring microsite which provides real-time standings, start lists and results: http://live.rawmotion.com.

Click here to find all the info about updated program.

Photogallery from Day 1 here

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 (SS) – Livigno, Italy 12.16 January 2019 DONE
USASA Grom Fest (SS) – Keystone, US 10 February 2019 DONE

Indy Park Rookie Fest (SS) – Nekoma, Japan 9.10 March 2019 DONE
Rev Tour Rookie Fest (SS+HP) – Mammoth, US 13.14 March 2019 DONE
Pila Rookie Fest (SS) – Pila, Italy 13.17 March 2019 DONE
World Rookie Finals (SS+HP) – Kitzsteinhorn – Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria 25.30 March 2019

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Ulrik Samnøy won the first edition of the World Rookie Finals Freeski

Freeskiers from all around the world arrived in Seiser Alm to make history and battling for the prestigious, and first, World Rookie Freeski Champion title. Under great conditions, a perfect shaped park by the F-Tech crew, blue sky and a picture-perfect winter scenery, the future stars of freeskiing showed an incredible riding level. 

In Seiser Alm we wrote the first chapter of a new World Rookie Tour history. We nominated the first ever World Rookie Freeski Champion and welcomed here all those rising freeski star in such a unique event is the beginning of a new saga: after scouting in the snowboard community, the Black Yeti is now searching and supporting also the future stars of freesking. And this coming summer 2019 the rookie community will expand also in skateboarding!” Marco Sampaoli, World Rookie Tour Co-Founder. 

Yesterday, the Snowpark Seiser Alm was the center of attention, where the rookies and groms showed their skills in three runs, with the best run counting. 

Rookie Ulrik Samnøy (Norway) took home the win and glory with his impressive third run which consisted of a Leftside Fs 360 Switchup, Rightise Blidside 630 out, Rightside Double Cork 1260 Safety, Switch Leftside Triple Cork 1260 Safety and finishing off with a Leftside Double Cork 1260 Blunt. Second place went to the italian talent Leonardo Donaggio and the third place to the norvegian Tevje Skaug.

The World Rookie Freeski Champion, Ulrik Samnøy, officially started his carrier as professional freeskier winning a spot in the legendary Audi Nines and one in the next FIS World Cup Tour! Moreover, he was rewarded with other incredible prizes: an invitation to the World Rookie Tour Shooting to be held in Les 2 Alpes, France, from the 10th to the 13th of July 2019,  an invitation to the Summer Rookie Trip, a surf trip to Santader by SurftoLive.com and many other goodies offered by Level Gloves, TSG Protections and FATCAN poles. Last but not least, Ulrik was invited to join the Völkl and Marker Freeski Team and won a sponsorship by FATCAN. 

In the Grom category, Matej Svancer (Czech Republic) conquered the podium with his second run: Leftside 270 on, Leftside Blind 630 out, Rightside Cork 720 Safety, Leftside Double Cork 1260 Blunt, Switch Leftside Double Cork 1080 Safety. Matej was followed by Gian Andri Bolinger from Switzerland, who ended up second, and by Noah Ressel from Austria, who won the third place. Also the grom winners were rewarded with many prizes such as: three surf trips by SurftoLive.com, many goodies by Level Gloves, TSG Protections and FATCAN poles and three sponsorships by FATCAN.

Oh my God! I’m blown away by the level of riding! The future of freeskiing has been set to a new standard. I’m super stoked to be part of the WRT and I’m looking forward to give riders from all around the world a chance to take their career to the next level! We will continue to keep the stoke and hope many more riders will join us next year!” stated full of enthusiasm Martin Misof, the International Freeski Guru and member of the WRF Freeski committee.

However, as World Rookie Tour tradion, the World Rookie Finals freeski were not just about competition. Skiers had the opportunity to participate in many activities. Indeed, the first day they took part in the event presentation and in the welcome party at Stanglerhof and were entertained by Schuhplattler dancers. Furthermore, in the next days the WRT staff organized two workshops where rookies and groms could have fun, know each others and get a taste of the South Tyrolean culture learning how to cook Knödel and dance the Schuhplattler.

Another World Rookie Tour came to an end! Many thanks to all the riders and crews for this amazing event and congratulations to all the winners. You made the history!

 

Pictures from Day 1 – 2019 World Rookie Freeski Finals

Pictures from Day 2 – 2019 World Rookie Freeski Finals

Pictures from Day 3 – 2019 World Rookie Freeski Finals

 

Photo credits: Ania Grzelka

 

 

EVENT RESULTS

GROM MEN
Rank Bib Last Name First Name Nationality
1 24 SVANCER MATEJ CZE
2 39 BOLINGER GIAN ANDRI SUI
3 23 RESSEL NOAH AUT
4 67 TABANELLI MIRO ITA
5 3 PFEFFER FABIO GER
6 37 LEGNAVSKY GUSTAV NZL
7 1 MERSA MATTIA ITA
8 7 GASSER MARTIN ITA
9 30 AUER THOMAS ITA
10 60 HAUZENBERGER NICO GER
11 33 BASSO RICCARDO ITA
12 35 SANINO TOMMASO ITA
DNS 29 MAIRHOFER TIM ITA
ROOKIE MEN
Rank Bib Last Name First Name Nationality
1 20 SAMNØY ULRIK NOR
2 70 DONAGGIO LEONARDO ITA
3 19 SKAUG TEVJE NOR
4 57 VAUDAUX ADRIEN SUI
5 18 FROSTAD TORMOD NOR
6 75 GOMIS KADITANE FRA
7 31 LEITNER SIMON ITA
8 21 BARCLAY BEN NZL
9 85 SIVIGNON TIMOTHÉ FRA
10 56 RAGETH MIKE SUI
11 50 BOLINGER NICOLA SUI
12 28 LERCHBAUMER MANUEL AUT
13 22 WOLF DAVID AUT
14 26 BIEMBACHER NIC AUT
15 90 HARBONNIER NATHAN FRA
16 32 OBERRAUCH NIKLAS ITA
17 54 NUSSBAUM NALU SUI
18 4 HOFER DAVID ITA
19 6 RABANSER FILIP ITA
20 68 HUBER NICCO AUT
21 53 MANSER NICO SUI
DNS 72 LEVIS FILIPPO ITA
DNS 73 HAPPACHER MORITZ ITA
DNS 74 FACCHIN IVAN ITA

2019 World Rookie Finals Freeski in Seiser Alm: time to make history!

For the first time ever the Black Yeti landed in Seiser Alm, Italy, for the 2019 World Rookie Freeski Finals, where the most prominent freeskiers and the winners of the previous stops in USA, Italy and Austria, will have the chance to compete for a “never seen before” prize money.

Yesterday, Seiser Alm welcomed almost 50 enthusiastic athletes from 8 different Nations, ready to fight for victory in the perfectly shaped Seiser Alm Snowpark. The huge competition set up, the same of the last FIS World Cup and built by F-Tech crew, consists of five sections complete with enormous kickers and multiple rails with different obstacles that can inspire the riders to put down their most creative tricks. During the training in fact, all the freeskiers exhibited a very high level of riding, demonstrated by an impressive style.

In the afternoon, our rookies and groms joined the event presentation and welcome party at Stanglerhof where the Black Yeti prepared a special surprise for them: a demostration of the Schuhplattler dance, the traditional style of folk dance popular in the regions of Bavaria and Tyrol. Tomorrow all the athletes and coaches will have the possibilities to get in touch with the real Spirit of South Tyrol thanks to a special cooking and dancing lesson, learning how to make Knödel and dance the Schuhplattlen.

About the competition, all the prizes are developed in order to support the carrier of the athletes and help them in becoming tomorrow’s stars of freeski. The 2019 World Rookie Tour Freeski Champions, male and female, will be invited to join to the legendary Audi Nines, and will get a spot in the next FIS World Cup tour, while all the strongest skiers will be awarded with prestigious prices offered by the sponsors such as: invitations to the World Rookie Tour Shooting to be held in Les 2 Alpes, France, from the 10th to the 13th of July 2019, an invitation to the Summer Rookie Trip, 6 surf trips to Santander by SurftoLive.com, and many goodies by Level Gloves, TSG Protections and FATCAN poles.

Last but not least, the male champion will be invited to join the Völkl and Marker Freeski Team with an official rookie sponsorship program to support the beginning of his professional carrier and the best groms will win a sponsorship by FATCAN.

So, competition is planned at Seiser Alm Snowpark from the 19th to 20th March with the qualifications and finals, in the presence of the FIS Freestyle Big Air World Champion in charge, Silvia Bertagna! Stay tuned and don’t miss all the update on World Rookie Tour Facebook and Instagram page!

Who will be the next starts of freeskiing? The Black Yeti whishes you all good luck!

Click here to find the 2019 World Rookie Freeski Finals program.

Pictures from Day 1 – 2019 World Rookie Freeski Finals

Photo Credits: Ania Grzelka
2019 World Rookie Tour Freeski provisional calendar
A51 Grom Fest Freeski (SS) – Keystone, USA, 9 February 2019 DONE
FIS European Junior Slopestyle (SS) – Kronplatz, Italy, 23-24 February 2019 DONE
Freeski World Rookie Fest 2019 (SS) – Nordkette Skyline Park, Austria, 2-3 March DONE
2019 World Rookie Finals Freeski (SS) – Seiser Alm, Italy, 18-21 March 2019

2019 Indy Park Rookie Fest: online the report!

Another edition of Indy Park Rookie Fest concluded in the best way possible! From the 9th to the 10th of March Nekoma Hoshino resort welcomed many Japanese young guns who showed once again an incredible riding level.

The first place of the rookie girls category went to Ryo Kimura who impressed the spectators with her run: a Cab 5 Mute Grab, a F7 , a Box Section for Board Slide, a 50/50, a Board Slide, a down rail section Front 50/50 a Front 180 Out !!

The rookie boy winner was, instead, Ryoma Kimata (last season’s winner of Indy Park Rookie Fest) thanks his run formed by: a BWC 10, a FWC 10 Melon Grab, a Canon to Spine Board Slide Pretzel 270 Out, a triple step down rail section C27, a Board Slide 45 Out, a Gap Rail Section C1 in 50/50 Tail Slide and a B270 Board Slide.

In the grom girl category Chihiro Edamatsu arrived third and Suzuha Maeda second. Moreover, the third and second place of the grom boys category went to Taiga Hasegawa and Rikuto Watanabe.

The winners of 2019 Indy Park Rookie Fest are qualified for the legendary World Rookie Finals and the best rookies were also awarded with prestigious prices offered by Level Gloves and Union Bidings and Nekoma Hoshino Resort.

Congratulations!!

Check out the photo gallery here!

Photo credits by Nekoma Hoshino Resort

Adams Gabriel and Saarela Enni won the 2019 Pila Rookie Fest by Rock and Ride!

From the 13th to the 16th of March went down the second edition of Pila Rookie Fest. Riders and coaches from Italy, France, Russia, Poland, England, Iceland, Romania and Finland gathered at Pila, Italy, full of enthusiasm and willingness to show their best. Areaeffe Snowpark was perfectly shaped and offered a great setup which consisted of a down rail, a donkey rail, a up rail, a shoot out (pull jam) and three kickers (medium and big). Moreover, besides the slopestyle competition, all the participants had the chance to visit Fénis Castle and to get in touch with the local culture and to do an avalanche security clinic to learn how to have fun safely.

Watch the video recap here!


The Pila Rookie Fest finals took place under a bluebird sky and riders put all their best to convince the judges, conquered the podium and win a spot in the World Rookie Finals which will take place very soon, from the 25th to the 30th of March in Kitzsteinhorn – Zell Am See – Kaprun, Austria.

The girls started first and Saarela Enni (FIN) conquered the highest spot of rookie podium with her run which included: a 50/50 frontside 360 out on the first rail, a 50/50 backside 180 out on the second rail, a cab 180 on the first kicker, a backside 360 tail grab on the second kicker and a frontside 360 indy grab on the last one. Enni won on two riders: Pizzuto Matilde (ITA) and Vachet Gaia (ITA). In the grom category, Poluzzi Marilù (ITA) arrived first, Fennel Amber (GBR) second and Olejniczak Emma (FRA) third.

Fridbjornsson Benedikt (ICE) won the grom boy’s category. Grassis Marcello (ITA) took the second place and Ershov Petr (RUS) the third place of the podium.

Adams Gabriel (GBR) dominated the rookie boy’s podium and won the Pila Rookie Fest by Rock and Ride Champion title thanks to his incredible run formed by: a switch blunt 270 out on the first rail, a cab 180 in to backside 720 out on the second rail, a frontside 720 on the first kicker, a backside 900 on the second kicker and a cab 900 on the last one. Gabriel was followed by Smith Ethan (GBR) and Hietikko Jere (FIN).

Good job riders and congratulations to all the winners! See you at Kitzsteinhorn – Zell Am See – Kaprun!

 

Find all the pictures about 2019 Pila Rookie Fest by Rock and Ride below:
2019 Pila Rookie Fest – Training – Event Presentation – Fénis Castle
2019 Pila Rookie Fest – Quali Day
2019 Pila Rookie Fest – Finals

Photo Credits: Ania Grzelka

 

Check out the event results here below!

 

 

 

2019 Pila Rookie Fest by Rock and Ride has offically begun!

The second edition of Pila Rookie Fest started in the best way possible and welcomed many young guns from Italy, France, Romania, Russia, Finland, England, Iceland and Poland.

Areaeffe snowpark was perfectly shaped and rookies and grom had the opportunity to test the setup which consisted of a down rail, a donkey rail, a up rail, a shoot out (pull jam) and three kickers (medium and big).

In the afternoon riders took part of many lifestyle activities such as the visit to Fénis Castle near at Aosta to get in touch with Valle d’Aosta’s culture and the welcome party where they could rest and know each other.

Ph: Ania Grzelka

CONTEST FORMAT

THURSDAY 14TH MARCH – TRAINING
10:30 – 14.00 – Training All Riders

FRIDAY 15TH MARCH – QUALIFICATIONS
Each rider will take 2 runs – Best Run counts

HEAT 1 – ROOKIE BOYS
HEAT 2 – GROM BOYS

09.30 – 10.15 – Training HEAT 1 + ALL GIRLS Training
10.30 – 11.15 – Quali HEAT 1 (ROOKIE BOYS)
11.30 – 12.30 – Training HEAT 2 + ALL GIRLS Training
12.30 – 12.45 – Reshape 12.45 – 14.00 – Quali HEAT 2 (GROM BOYS)
14.15 – 15.15 – Freeride safety camp at the top of the snowpark
15.30 Qualification Results announcement at the top of the snow park

SATURDAY 16TH MARCH – FINALS
Each rider will take 3 runs (or 2 runs in case of bad weather) – Best Run counts

Advance to Final:
6 Best Rookie Boys
12 Best Grom Boys
All Girls advance to Final

09.30 – 10.30 – Training

10.45 – 13.00 – Finals: Grom Girls – Rookie Girls – Grom Boys – Rookie Boys

Start list: reverse order sending from the qualification

JUDGING
Judges will score each rider using Overall Impression

IN CASE THE FINAL WILL NOT HAPPEN DUE TO BAD WEATHER CONDITIONS

THE QUALIFICATIONS RANKS WILL BE USED AS FINALS RANKS

Download HERE the qualification starting list.

Click here to see the photo gallery!

2019 Rev Tour Rookie Fest: ready to start!

Mammoth Mountain is ready to host another edition of the Rev Tour Rookie Fest, which was designed as a stepping-stone for athletes to make the transition from the grassroots events to the elite level. On the 13th and 14th of March the best junior riders will compete in the spectacular Unbound’s famed Main Park and 22-foot halfpipe.

Main Park is Mammoth’s largest park and offers massive, perfectly sculpted jumps, technical rails and the 22-foot halfpipe. Countless professional skiers and snowboarders have launched their careers right here. Over the years, the park builders have continued to push the boundaries of creativity and fun while keeping the video-worthiness of Main Park alive and well.

Stay tuned! 😉

Click here for further information!

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2019 World Rookie Snowboard Finals: who will be the next stars?

Kitzsteinhorn – Kaprun, Zell am See, Austria
25th – 30th March 2019 

After travelling all around the world in Europe, from South America to New Zealand to and from North America to Japan and seeing the most prominent riders battling to conquer a spot in the World Rookie Snowboard Finals in Kitzsteinhorn – Kaprun/Zell am See, Austria, the Black Yeti is looking forward to seeing the next World Rookie Tour Champions.

Only the best young guns from the previous World Rookie Tour stops will join this legendary event. As is tradition the winners of the World Rookie Finals will be awarded with incredible prizes: wildcards to World Class Events, filming sessions with Pirate Movie Production, invitations to World Rookie Tour Shooting to be held in Les 2 Alpes France from 10 to 13 of July, Trip to Chile and many tickets to next season World Rookie Tour events. Moreover, this year the Black Yeti joined the forces with one of the most famous international competition, the Audi Nines, and the male and female Champions of the 2019 World Rookie Tour Snowboard Finals will win a ticket to this unique event that will take place from the 22nd to the 27th of April in Sölden and in ObergurglAustria.

Snowpark Kitzsteinhorn – Ph Gustav Ohlsson

Last but not least, the World Rookie Tour has established an end of season important partnership which will increase significantly the 2019 World Rookie Finals prizes:  all the 2019 rookie champions, snowboard freeski, male and female, will be awarded with a personal spot for the 2019.20 FIS World Cups.

Takeru Otsuka and Kokomo Murase were the previous WRT winners and started their carrier at the last year finals. Who will be the next snowboard stars?

Takeru Otsuka at the 2018 World Rookie Finals – Ph Gustav Ohlsson

From the 25th to the 30th of March riders from all over the world will gather in Austria for a unique sports and lifestyle event in a great international scenario.  The program of 2019 World Rookie Finals will include World Snowboard Tour Slopestyle and Half Pipe contest and many lifestyle activities: social dinners, workshops with Viva con Agua, Yoga lessons, a first aid clinic the final party and much more.

Halfpipe competition at the 2018 World Rookie Finals – Ph Gustav Ohlsson

If you are a snowboard fan or if your dream is to start a professional snowboard carrier, then Kitzsteinhorn, Kaprun/Zell am See, Austria, is the place to be!

Click here to find all the info about program and booking. Download the registration form here, fill it out and sent it to registration@worldrookietour.com.

 

The 2019 Freeski World Rookie Fest in Innsbruck was a great success!

From 2nd to 3rd March the first Freeski World Rookie Fest in Europe took place in Innsbruck, Austria. Under great conditions, a perfect shaped park by the Skyline Park Crew and blue sky, the international rider field showed an incredible riding level and what we have to expect in future on the Freeski Rookie Tour.

First Place Grom Girls went to Orlova Ksenia from Russia. She showed incredible riding skills and impressed the spectators with a Railslide on the first rail, a stylish Leftside Misty 720 Mute on the first, a Rightside 360 Mute on the last kicker and another railslide on the finish rail.

Huber Nicco from Austria, conquered the Rookie Boys Podium with a nice Blindside 450, a Switch Leftside Cork 540 Safety, a Leftside Double Cork 1260 Safety and a switch Lipslide on the last Rail.

The first place Grom Boys went as well to an Austrian. With a Blindside 450, a Switch Leftside Cork 540 double Japan on the first and a Leftside Double Cork 900 Safety on the second kicker and a Frontside Switchup at the Down Rail Bacher Daniel convinced the judges and is now qualified for the Freeski Finals at Seiser Alm.

Congratulations to all the winners and see you soon at the Freeski World Rookie Finals which will be held at Seiser Alm Italy.

Don’t miss the Facebook photo gallery, click here!

Ph: Simon Rainer

Filmer: Maurino Castellani

2019 World Rookie Champions will participate at 2019.20 FIS World Cups

World Rookie Tour has established an end of season important partnership which will increse significantly the 2019 World Rookie Finals prizes: all the 2019 rookie champions, snowboard and freeski, male and female, will be awarded with a personal spot in the 2019.20 FIS World Cups.

This important recognition was already discussed and included by the FIS Park and Pipe Sub-Commitee and it will be approved in the quota allocation document for the 2019.20 FIS World Cup Tour presented at the June FIS meetings. An important extra prize which will help the carrier of our best rookie athletes, following the philosopy and the mission of the World Rookie Tour: to find and support tomorrow’s stars of action sports. 

Don’t forget also the previously announced prizes for the 2019 World Rookie Champions, both snowboard than freeski: :

– Invitations to the 2019 Audi Nines in Solden, Obergurgl Hochgurgl Austria (for male and female, snowboard and freeski)
– Invitations to the 2019 World Rookie Shooting in Les 2 Alpes, France, in July 2019 (for male and female, snowboard and freeski)
– Invitations to Surf Camp in Santander by Surf2Live.com in summer 2019 (for male and female, snowboard and freeski)
– Invitation to South Emisphere Rookie Trip in summer 2019 (for male champions, snowbord and freeski)
– Sponsorship proposal from Volkl International (for male freeski)
– Many other prizes from all the podium riders from our sponsors Nitro, Union, TSG, Level and Jail Jam.

Save the date of our 2019 World Rookie Tour Finals:
World Rookie Finals Freeski – slopestyle – from March the 18th to the 21st in Seiser Alm, Italy.
World Rookie Finals Snowboard – slopestyle and halfpipe – from March the 25th to the 30th in Kitzsteinhorn Zell Am See, Kaprun, Austria.

For information and registration write to registration@worldrookietour.com.

If you dream to became a professional snowboarder or freeskier, then your future will start at the 2019 World Rookie Finals.

 

Press Office World Rookie Tour Marco Sampaoli – marco@moonsrl.it – Phone +39.059.9783397 or +39.340.328.55.69

World Rookie Tour Coordinator Meinhard Trojer – meinhardtrojer@powdern.com – Phone +43.650.56.37.424

Svancer Matej, Leitner Simon and Bacher Daniel are the winners FIS Junior Freeski Europe Tour

Last weekend, the 23rd and the 24th of March, went down the FIS Junior Freeski Europe Tour organized by Vitamin F freestyle club in the amazing KronplatzFUN snowpark.

21 skiers from Italy, Czech Republic, Austria and Germany were welcomed by two sunny days and a well-shaped snowpark and were ready to compete and show their best tricks to win a qualification spot in the World Rookie Finals Freeski, which will take place at Seiser Alm from the 18th to the 21st of March!

At the end of day Svancer Matej (CZE), Leitner Simon (ITA) and Bacher Daniel (AUT) won respectively the first, the second and the third place and a qualication ticket to the Finals. Furthermore, Lerchbaumer Manuel and Noah Ressel from Austria and Facchin Ivan from Italy also got a spot in the World Rookie Finals Freeski and will join the other young guns in South Tyrol at the end of March.

Last but not least, Svancer Matej, Leitner Simon and Noah Ressel won a surf trip to Santander, Spain, offered by SurftoLive!

Congratulations to all!!

Click here to see the photo gallery and have a look at what happened in Kronplatz last weekend!

PH: Harald Wisthaler – www.wisthaler.com.

2019 World Rookie Finals Freeski in Seiser Alm: a new journey to discover the future stars of freeski will start in Südtirol

The first edition of the 2019 World Rookie Finals Freeski is getting closer and Seiser Alm is looking forward to seeing and hosting the future pros of freesking.

From the 18th to the 21st of March the most prominent athletes and the winners of the previous stops in USA, Italy and Austria, and the best skiers of the official national qualifying series in Europe, will have the chance to compete in the amazing Seiser Alm snowpark, on the same premium slopestyle facility of the FIS World Cup, built by F-Tech, one of the best shapers’ crew in Europe.

The prize money of this event follows the path of the World Rookie Tour philosophy: every prize was developed in order to support the carrier of the most talented athletes of the event and help them to become tomorrow’s stars of freeski.

First of all, the 2019 World Rookie Tour Freeski Champions, male and female, will be invited to join to the legendary Audi Nines, which will be held in Sölden, Obergurgl-Hochgurgl, Austria, from April the 22nd to April the 27th 2019.

Moreover, the strongest skiers will be awarded with prestigious prices offered by the WRT sponsors and partners such as: invitations to the World Rookie Tour Shooting to be held in Les 2 Alpes, France, from the 10th to the 13th of July 2019, an invitation to the Rookie Trip in the South Hemisphere, 6 surf trips to Santander by SurftoLive.com,  and many goodies by Level Gloves, TSG Protections and FATCAN poles.

Snowpark Seiser Alm

Furthermore, the male champion will be invited to join the Völkl Freeski Team with an official rookie sponsorship program to support the beginning of his professional carrier and the best groms will win a sponsorship by FATCAN.

However, the program of the 2019 World Rookie Finals freeski will include not only the slopestyle contest but also also many lifestyle activities such as social dinners, and the “Knödel” and the “Schuhplattlen” workshops where rookies and groms will get in touch with the South Tyrol culture and learn how to make a traditional dish and dance.  The event program also includes a final party and a photo-shooting day to create the typical taste of every World Rookie Tour event.

Last but not least, the World Rookie Tour establish an end of season important partnership which will increase significantly the 2019 World Rookie Finals prizes:  all the 2019 rookie champions, snowboard freeski, male and female, will be awarded with a personal spot for the 2019.20 FIS World Cups

PROVISIONAL PROGRAM
Monday 18th March: Registrations and training (optional); welcome party and event presentation.
Tuesday 19th March: training day for all and competition for groms; workshops.
Wednesday 20th March: competition for rookies; afternoon party.
Thursday 21st March: reserve day (for extended competition time schedule and/or bad wheater day) or photo shooting day.

NOTE:
– pre-registration and check-in will be possible also on Sunday the 17th March.
– in case the number of registered athletes will exceed the 100, the organization will evaluate to change and/or extend the event program with one extra day.

ENTRY FEE AND ALL INCLUSIVE ACCOMODATION PACKAGES
The Seiser Alm Touristic Board and WRT Organizing Committee offer all-inclusive packages which include:
– 3 nights in three stars hotel (double room and half board) check in 18/03, check out 21/03;
– 3 days lift tickets from 19th to 21st of March;
– competition fee (only for athletes);
– welcome kit, event pass to all areas and participation to all lifestyle activities.

Costs for athletes: 350€
Cost for coaches and parents: 330€

Extra costs:
extra hotel nights: 70€/night
extra lift tickets on March the 18th: 20€/day for athletes, 35€/day for coach-parents
single rooms: additional 20€/night

Cancellation policy: for no-show not communicated at least 5 days in advance a penalty of the full amount of the hotel reservation will be charged to the national snowboard association or team.

IMPORTANT ABOUT ACCOMODATION BOOKINGS: if you have any special request for your accommodations such as check in and check out in different days, additional lift tickets and special rooms just contact us and will take care of your requests.

WORLD ROOKIE TOUR FREESKI – GENERAL RULES 2018.19

AGE GROUPS
2018/2019 WRT rookie events are reserved to Rookies (born from 1st of January 2001 to 31st of December 2003) and Groms (born from 1st of January 2004 and up), both boys and girls.

QUALIFING CRITERIA FOR THE 2019 WRT FREESKI FINALS IN SEISER ALM
– All the podium athletes on the previous World Rookie Tour Freeski events held in Keystone (USA), Kronplatz (Italy) and Innsbruck (Austria), male and female, rookie and grom, are entitled to participate in Seiser Alm.
– All the top athletes of the official qualifying national series (such as Italian Freeski Tour, South Tyrol Slopestyle Tour) male and female, groms and rookies, are entitled to participate in Seiser Alm.
– Every national ski association and/or national freeski team, is entitled to assign up to 10 wild cards to his selected athletes.

INFO AND REGISTRATIONS:
Anna Negri
mail: registration@worldrookietour.com
phone: 0039.059.9783397 or 0039.338.1713960

 

What are you waiting for?
Join the World Rookie Finals Freeski and register now: your professional carrier will start in Seiser Alm!

 

Click here to find all the info about program and booking.

Download here the registration form, fill it out and sent it registration@worldrookietour.com.

 

2019 World Rookie Tour Freeski provisional calendar
A51 Grom Fest Freeski (SS) – Keystone, USA, 9 February 2019 DONE
FIS European Junior Slopestyle (SS) – Kronplatz, Italy, 23-24 February 2019 DONE
Freeski World Rookie Fest 2019 (SS) – Nordkette Skyline Park, Austria, 2-3 March 2019
World Rookie Finals Freeski (SS) – Seiser Alm, Italy, 18-21 March 2019

2019 Indy Park Rookie Fest is ready to start!

The Nekoma resort in Japan is ready to host another edition of the Indy Park Rookie Fest. From the 9 th  to the 10th of March the best under 18 Japanese snowboarders will gather at the Indy Park Jam to win a qualification spot for the world famous World Rookie Finals in Kitzsteinhorn – Zell am See-Kaprun.

Indy Park Jam’s origins date back to 2002 when the Salt Lake City halfpipe Olympian Michiyo Hashimoto decided to retire and to found a snowboard camp for young riders. Four years later, in the camp started to take place easy entry contests and then organizers also introduced Jam sessions and changed the name of park into Indy Park Jam.

Many Japanese top shredders such as Yuki Kadono, Miyabi Onitsuka, Reira Iwabuchi, the 2018 Oslo X-Games youngest Gold medalist Kokomo Murase and Takeru Otsuka started their carrier at the Indy Park Jam.

Save the date and don’t miss this incredible event!

Online the video of the 2019 Young Guns Rookie Fest

The 2019 Young Guns Rookie Fest was an amazing event! On the 4th of February 34 riders from Japan participated at the first edition of this event at Takasu snowpark and showed and incredible riding level.

The competion went down under a fantastic blue sky and in a perfectly shaped halfpipe. The Japanese riders were full of entusiasm and did their best to conquer the podium and win a ticket to the World Rookie Finals in Kitzsteinhorn – Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria.

Are you curious to see what happened in Japan during the Young Guns Rookie Fest? Watch the video recap now and see what these young guns are capable of!

 

 

A51 Grom Fest Freeski and Snowboard: report online

Last weekend, the 9th and 10th of February, in Keystone, under an awesome bluebird Colorado sky, took place the freeski and snowboard A51 Grom Fest!

The American resort welcomed 96 freeskiers and 124 snowboarders which showed an incredible riding level. The best athletes of the A51 Grom Fest Freeski have been qualified for the World Rookie Finals Freeski which will be held in Seiser Alm, Italy, from the 18th to the 21st of March, where they will meet the best young guns coming from all over the world.

Whereas the three best grom snowboaders (male and female) have been qualified for the World Rookie Finals Snowboard that will take place in Kitzsteinhorn – Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria, from the 25th to the 30th of March 2019!

Check out the results of:
A51 Grom Fest Freeski
A51 Grom Fest Snowboard

Freeski World Rookie Fest 2019: register now!

After 15 years of snowboarding the Black Yeti is now going to find the future stars of freeskiand is therefore happy to announce the Freeski World Rookie Fest 2019 in Austria.

From the 2nd to the 3rd of March the Nordkette Skyline Park in Innsbruck will host for the very first time the Freeski World Rookie Fest.

The park offers numerous obstacles, rails, tubes and kickers for every riding level and will give skiers the chance to have fun and show their best tricks. The winners of the Freeski World Rookie Fest 2019 in Innsbruck will be qualified for the 2019 World Rookie Freeski in Seiser Alm, from the 18th to the 21st of March, where they will meet the best young guns coming from all over the world.

Moreover, thanks to the partnership with the world-famous Audi Nines the male and female winners of the world finals in Seiser Alm will win a ticket to this prestigious event where they will compete against the best pro skiers and will officially start their carrier as professional freeskiers.

What are you waiting for? Hurry up and join the Black Yeti in Innsbruck!

Click HERE to download the info sheet. To register you just need to fill out the registration form in the info sheet and send it to Stefan Plattner sp@mountainpool.net before 28.02.2019.

 

2019 World Rookie Tour Freeski provisional calendar
A51 Grom Fest Freeski (SS) – Keystone, USA, 9 February 2019 DONE
FIS European Junior Slopestyle (SS) – Kronplatz, Italy, 23-24 February 2019
Freeski World Rookie Fest 2019 (SS) – Nordkette Skyline Park, Austria, 2-3 March 2019
World Rookie Finals Freeski (SS) – Seiser Alm, Italy, 18-21 March 2019

The Young Guns Rookie Fest was a blast!

On the 4th of February took place the very first edition of the Young Guns Rookie Fest in Takasu, Japan. 34 young guns from Japan were welcomed by an amazing blue sky and were ready to compete and show their best! Despite the lack of snow, the Global Snow Design crew built a perfect halfpipe which allowed riders to have fun and express their creativity.

Ruki Tomita conquered the Rookie girl podium with her run which included: a Front side 540 Mute Grab, a Back side 540 Mute Grab, a Front side 360 Indy Grab, a Cab 360 Melon Grab and a Front side 720 Melon Grab.  Rio Kuchisuborode like a pro” and arrived first in the Rookie boys category thanks his incredible run formed by a Front side 720 Indy Grab, a Cab 720 Mute Grab, a Front side 900 Tail  Grab and a Back side 900.

Riju Kawahara and Shuichiro Shigeno won in the female and male Grom category. Riju’s run consisted in a Front side Lien Air, a Back side, a Front side 540, a Back side and a Front side Lien Air 360 and a Cab, whereas Shuichiro did a Super high Melon, a Front side 540, a Cab 720 Mute Grab, a Front side 900 Tail Grab and a Back side 540 Mute Grab.

Congratulations to all the winners and see you soon at the World Rookie Finals which will be held in the Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria, from the 25th to the 30th of March 2019. Don’t miss the photo gallery on Facebook!

The next event in Japan will be the Indy Park Rookie Fest in Nekoma from 9th to the 10th of March. Stay tuned!

World Rookie Tour Snowboard partners with the Audi Nines

Since its inception, the World Rookie Tour has collaborated with the most prestigious snowboard events to help young snowboarders to make their dream come true and to enter the world of professional snowboarding.

The Black Yeti is therefore proud to announce that this year will join the forces with one of the most famous competition, the Audi Nines, and that the male and female Champions of the 2019 World Rookie Tour Snowboard Finals will win a ticket to this unique event that will take place from the 22nd to the 27th of April in Sölden and in Obergurgl, Austria.

The Audi Nines is a media event that gathers the most talented freeskiers and snowboarders on an amazing set-up where they can express their creativity and explore innovation. Its aim is to offer athletes special features and obstacles to better express their style and show their skills.

We are very proud to collaborate with the Audi Nines, an amazing event that each year attracts the best snowboarders with an incredible riding level and a unique style. We can’t wait to see the World Rookie Tour Champions participating in this competition and officially starting their carrier as professional snowboarders” stated Meinhard Trojer, World Rookie Tour Co-Founder.

The partnership with 2019 Audi Nines is extended to both the World Rookie Tour Snowboard and Freeski, and all the 2019 WRT Champions will be invited to this legendary event.

2018 World Rookie Finals – Ph Gustav Ohlsson

Do not miss the chance to participate at the 2019 World Rookie Tour Snowboard Finals and to win a ticket to the 2019 Audi Nines!

There are still some qualification events in Europe, Asia and North America to win a spot in the Finals in Kitzsteinhorn, Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria:
A51 Grom Fest in Keystone, US 10 February 2019
– Indypark Rookie Fest in Nekoma, Japan 9.10 March 2019
– Rev Tour Rookie Fest in Mammonth Mtn, USA 13.14 March 2019
Pila Rookie Fest by Rock and Ride in Pila, Italy 13.17 March 2019

 

Click here to have a look at the Audi Nines documentary and to discover what is behind the scenes of this event!

451 Grom Fest Snowboard: only a few days left!

On the 10th of February the future stars of snowboarding will gather in Keystone, USA, for the A51 Grom Fest Snowboard!

The competition will take place in the A51 Terrain Park, which features a 60-acre collection of creative and progressive terrain park features spread across six areas.

The A51 Terrain Park is famous for its jumps, unique features and has consistently been honored with numerous awards, including #4 Terrain Park by TransWorld Magazine and #2 Newschoolers Park Poll in 2017.

The three best grom riders (male and female) will be qualified for the World Rookie Finals that will be held in Kitzsteinhorn – Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria, from the 25th to the 30th of March 2019!

For further information and to register visit rms.usasa.org

Good luck young guns!!

FIS Junior Freeski Europe Tour 2019: registrations are open!

After the announcement of the 2019 World Rookie Tour Freeski, the Black Yeti is happy to announce the partnership with the FIS Junior Freeski Europe Tour 2019.

Thanks to the partnership with the FIS Junior Freeski Europe Tour the best World Rookie Tour freeskiers will have the chance to compete in the finals and to meet the strongest athletes from all over world.

From the 23rd to the 24th of March the snowpark KronplatzFUN will host the FIS Junior Freeski Europe Tour organized by Vitamin F freestyle club. The competition is taking place for the first time ever and it will be a huge opportunity for every young athlete to show his or her skills on international level.

Ph Snowpark Seiser Alm

The three best skiers of the category “Girls” and “Boys”: Age group 2001-2002-2003 and age group 2004-2005 qualify directly into the finals of the World Rookie Tour taking place at Seiser Alm from 18th to 21st March 2019.

Moreover, the two best competitors of the category Boys (2005-2001) will get a surf camp ticket in Santander. The third ticket will be drawn amongst the remaining finalists of the same category. The ticket includes 7 overnight stays with breakfast, 5 days of surf training (two hours a day) including equipment and insurance!

What are you waiting for? Click here and register now (deadline: 21.02.2019)!

The entry-fee costs €35,00 (incl. liftticket), whereas the deposit for bib numbers costs €15,00.

 

PROGRAM

Saturday, 23rd February:
08:00 – 08:45 Race office – Registration
9:30 – 13:30 Training
18:00 Teamcaptains Meeting – Race office Sunday,

24th February:
08:00 – 08:45 Race office – Registration
09:00 – 09:45 Training
09:45 – 09:50 Ridersmeeting
10:00 Qualification Girls & Boys ca.
13.00 Start finale following presentation ceremony at Snowpark KronplatzFUN