21/01/2011 | by Uli Köhler
World Rookie Tour 2010 consist of a global series of youth snowboard events all over the world, from 1 to 4star level. Over 500 kids from 20 nations join the tour in order to challenge for the title of World Rookie Champion and get their chance to became professional snowboarder: infact instead of prize money the rookie tour offer the winner tickets to world class events, photo shooting with international media and video session with film production company.
The kick off event of season 2010 was in Livigno, Italy, with the most progression youth snowboard event in the history of snowboard: the Protest World Rookie Fest. A Swatch TTR 3Star slopestyle which attract 100 of the most talented under 18 years old riders from 20 nations, challanging in one of the greatest snowpark of the season. The winner, Roope Tonteri, got a ticket for the legendary Oakley Artic Challenge in Oslo, Norway, the event founded by Terje Haakonsen, the god father of modern snowboard. Roope hit the TAC with solid run ending the event on 7th place: well done Roope!
Then the tour moved to Andorra, Serbia, Czech Republic and arrived to the end of season big finals: the 4Star Protest World Rookie Finals 2011 in Ischgl, Austria.
Only pre-selected riders from previous stops and from World Snowboard Federation national associations,had the chance to compete in the rookie finals and challenge for the World Rookie Champion title and won amazing prizes: trip to Chile, a ticket to the Air&Style, a filming session with Pirate Movie Production and photoshootings with Onboard Europe.
Roope Tonteri resulted again the best rider of the event and conquered his second World Rookie Champion title: everybody will now look at his name as an upcoming international pro rider!
After the finals a buch of the best europea rookies where invited to the first ever Rookie Fest in South America, to be host in Valle Nevado, Chile. It was an unforgettable trip, with pros, slopestyle contest with the locals and some freeride shooting.
The rookies grew during the season and are now ready to became international pros: the dream is coming finally true.