05/09/2008 | by Gjermund Bråten
I just arrived in Saas Fee for the first day of the FIAT Rookie Camp… We all arrived in Saas Fee in the sun which became rain after a short and necessary lunch break… Romain de Marchi, the 15 kids and me. The rookies were selected based on small video parts they sent of themselves snowboarding, and invited by FIAT to come spend 3 days with us. We first introduced each of us, the ‘hello my name is, i come from and my favorite trick is… etc’. Then we played beach volleyball in the sand with a soccer ball so right now I’m pretty much soaking wet with about a pound of sand in my hair, two radiating-red fore arms and scratched knees… Oh and guess who is here?!?!?!?! Remember Ramona? The coolest letter I’ve ever recieved? Well, her sister and brother are here… and she draw another really cool pic!
Our first riding day was chilled. I didn’t feel like riding much but it was cool to watch the kids ripping and to feel their motivation. Being in Saas Fee reminds me of when I came here to ride everyday for 4 months. And those kids are in that exact state of mind. They want to shred all day everyday, it’s inspiring! After riding we had a run through the vita course with Romain explaining to the kids how important training is to avoid injuries. And we played some more volley ball.
The second day started with very icy slopes and kickers but got really fun after a couple hours. It was fun to shred and to get some of their motivation. The afternoon was spent with tips on how to contact sponsors, the basics of a sponsorship contract and a couple of what-to-do and not-to-do on interviews. Then we went hitting some golf balls. The cool thing with this camp is that they didn’t know each other before coming here and now they are shred buddies! I’m sure they’ll keepcontact with the others of the camp, and that’s really cool!
Sunny Sunday morning on the glacier of Saas Fee we judged all the kids hitting the last two kickers of the park. It was pretty cool to see the two girls out of the 15 rookies shred. Anais Cettou was doing good on her frontside 360 and 540. The top 3 of the boys rode really well too: Basile Specker got 3rd with stylish and good amplitude on backside 720 to frontside 720, David Bertschinger finished 2nd with good style on frontside 900 to cab 720, and our FIAT ROOKIE 2008 is Patrick who stomped almost each time with great style and technicity, changing tricks on each of his runs, backside 720 to frontside 720, cab 900, switch backside 900 to backflip (those are the stomped ones). Quite impressive for a 14 years old!!
I was stoked to take part in this FIAT camp and get to meet all those young shredders. Hopefully I’ll see them soon again… they’ll probably take my job soon enough!