11/12/2009 | by Tom Copsey
The new crop of WSF young talents is ready to join the furious Black Yeti in the World Rookie Tour 2009.10 “The Future is Here” edition. Showcasing snowboarding future stars, the Tour will give to young people a fair opportunity to become world rookie champion, enter the professional level and win amazing prizes during the only global series of junior events from 1Star to 4Star Swatch TTR level.
The World Rookie Tour already started in the Southern Hemisphere with a bunch of 1star events in Australia and Chile, and is now ready to kick off in the Northern Hemisphere for a full season calendar. The Tour will culminate in April 2010 with the Swatch TTR 4star “Protest World Rookie Finals 2010” in Ischgl, Austria. Then we will move South for a new event: the “Freeride Rookie Fest”, a photo & film trip in Chile reserved to the best rookies of the season.
The format of “Rookie Fest” was consolidated throughout the years and it includes slope style competitions, sport, fun, didactical activities and get-together moments for riders of different nationalities. Rookie Fests are a perfect example of the “from-rookie-to-pro structure” created by the great cooperation between WSF and TTR. But the Rookie Fest are not just competitions: they feature loads of other activities to help rookies grow in the field of professional snowboarding, such as photo&video shootings, avalanche and rescue clinics, meeting with photographers and international team managers, parties and big big prizes.
Riders who take part to the rookie fests can win a great range of prizes:
- for the World Rookie Champion: a filming session with Pirate Movie Production, an international photo shooting, a freeride trip to Chile and a ticket to a world class event
- the winners from Livigno, Ischgl and the number 1 of the World Rookie Rank will win an all-inclusive trip to the “Freeride Rookie Fest 2010” in Chile to live a one in a lifetime freeride filming experience with international RedBull pros.
- At every stop, winner will get “Tickets to Ride” higher level events
- Before every event many other amazing prizes will be announced, which will support the career of the best rookies who wish to become professional riders.
International Rookie Fest Stops 2009.10
Protest Pyrenees Rookie Fest, Vallnord, Andorra – 2Star – 18-20 December 2009
Protest World Rookie Fest – Livigno, Italy – 3Star – 16-20 January 2010
Protest Balkan Rookie Fest – Iver Mokra Gora, Serbia – 2Star – 12-14 February 2010
Protest East Rookie Fest – Splinderuv Mlyn, Czech Republic – 2Star – 5-7 March 2010
Protest World Rookie Finals - Ischgl, Austria – 4Star – 7-11 April 09
Freeride Rookie Fest - Valle Nevado, Chile – 2Star - August 2010
In addition to these, the Oceania Rookie Fest in Australia is next to be confirmed for summer 2010. In addition, many local rookie stops 1Star will be organized by WSF National Snowboard Association all over (check worldsnowboardfederation.org for complete calendar)
World Rookie Tour Rules
The title of World Rookie Champion will be awarded to the winner of the Protest World Rookie Finals reserved to the top riders from previous Rookie Fests, plus selected riders from National Snowboard Associations and the top 20 riders from the World Rookie Rank. Check it on worldsnowboardfederation.org
All rookie stops are reserved to Rookies (born from 1st January 1992 to 31st December 1994) and Grom (born from 1st January 1995 and up), both guys and girls. All contests of the World Rookie Tour will generate valuable results for the Swatch TTR Ranks and for the new World Rookie Rank developed by WSF in association with the Swatch TTR.
Full list of rookie events, further press releases for each stop, details about the World Rookie Rank will be soon available on worldsnowboardfederation.org