12/09/2011 | by Tom Copsey
The World Rookie Fest caravan pitched up in Valle Nevado, Chile for the Mall Sport South America Rookie Fest. Once again, Sven Thorgen dominated… Read on or watch the video…
Riders from Chile, Argentina, Czech Republic, Sweden, Norway and Austria competed at the second edition of the Mall Sport South America Rookie Fest 2011, hosted in Valle Nevado, Chile. The event was dominated once more by Swedish talent Sven Thorgren who won the title here for the second time, earning himself a free invitation to the Protest World Rookie Finals 2012, set to go down in Ischgl, Austria, in April 2012. Next week end the Tour will move to Australia for the last stop of the Southern Hemisphere session.
The slopestyle consisted of a kinked rail, 2 kickers and a final transfer kicker, while for the Groms division (riders from 8 to 14 years old) they built a second line with smaller obstacles. In the male Rookies category, Sven Thorgren (SWE) once again rode hardest with solid runs including 720s and his unmistakable backside rodeo. On the male rookie podium also were fellow Europeans Martin Mikyska (CZE) and Harvard Bergheim (NOR). Norwegian rising star Fridtjof Sather, despite being in the Groms age group, decided to compete in the Rookie category and ended up in 4th place – a killer result for the mini man. Thomas Gonazales was the best Chilean rookie and was also awarded with an invitation to the Protest World Rookie Finals 2012.
Among the Groms Federico Chiaradio from Argentina was judged best and won an invitation to the next edition of the legendary Protest World Rookie Fest in Livigno, January 2012. The best girl of the event was the Chilean ripper Magdalena Gonzalez, class 2001.
In the tradition of any World Rookie Tour events also the Mall Sport South America Rookie Fest is more than a competition. In fact, for the next 10 days, the SARF will continue with an exclusive “Freeride Experience” reserved to the European invited rookies and the best riders from the slopestyle contest. This special program will include backcountry sessions in Valle Nevado neighborhoods, skateboarding in Santiago del Chile with RedBull pro, Surfing days in Cachagua, cultural visit in Unesco heritage Valparaiso and much more.
The Mall Sport South America Rookie Fest 2012 was organized by World Snowboard Federation in association with Anden, Valle Nevado, RedBull, Santa Pizza, Wave House and Mall Sport. Full list of rookie events, press releases, pictures and video, details about the World Rookie Rank and more is available on www.worldsnowboardfederation.org