After the stop in Asia, the World Rookie Tour saw a succesfull Swatch TTR 2star event in Serbia from 24 to 26 february while in the first week of march 2009 the tour is ready to move to Czech Republic for the last international stop before the Protest World Rookie Finals in Ischgl, Austria, the only 4star “only rookie event” of the Swatch TTR World Pro Tour 2008/09 .
Tara Mountain Snowpark, Serbia
Slovenian domination at Protest Balkan Rookie Fest
In february Tara Mountain in Serbia saw the first Ticket To Ride event in Serbia, the 2star Swatch TTR “Protest Balkan Rookie Fest”, third international stop of the World Rookie Tour 2009. Riders from Serbia, Croatia and Slovenja joined the event and shred the park in front of an unespected chair man: Emir Kusturica, the world famous film director and resort owner.
Unexpected level to this youth 2 Star event
Most of the best youth from the balkan area partecipated to this event, including the slovenian 12 years old Tim Kevin Ravnjak, who rock the slope style obtaining an easy win among the grom category. Aljosa Krivec (SLO) resulted the best Rookie, while Rovena Jesensek and Taja Korpar, both from Slovenja, won the girls rookie and grom categories.
“We are happy to bring an international rookie slope style in european areas like the Balkans where there are still few infrastructure for freestyle and few projects for the development of youth snowboarding.” said Marco Sampaoli, World Rookie Tour director. “The effort of the local organizers was great and the way they manage a last minute resort change showcase an high level of professionality. We are honored that Emir Kusturica,the world famous film director, owner of Tara Mountain ski resort, presented the prize giving. I coudn’t image a better event for the Serbia stop and of course we will be more than happy to come back there with the world rookie tour 2010.”
The best 2 rookies obtained free invitations to the 4star Swatch TTR “Protest World Rookie Finals” in Ischlg, Austria, togheter with Protest Surf Camp in Lacanau, France.Top riders at Protest Balkan Rookie Fest
1. Aljosa Krivec / Slovenija
2. Luka Jeromel / Slovenija
3. Tim Korpar / Croatia
1. Tim Kevin Ravnjak / Slovenija
2. Andrej Marincic / Slovenija
3. Timon Sturbej / Slovenija
1. Rovena Jesensek / Slovenija
1. Taja Korpar / Slovenija
Ready to Czech with the Protest East Rookie Fest 2009
After the stop in Serbia, the World Rookie Tour come back in Czech Republik for the second time with the Swatch TTR 2stars slope style and half pipe “Protest East Rookie Fest 2009” in Svaty Petr, Spindleruv Mlyn, the best Czech resort. Rookies from all East Europe and riders from Norway, Italy, Austria and Nederland already confirmed their partecipation in order to conquer valuable points for the World Rookie Rank, two invitations to the 4 star Protest World Rookie Finals 2009 in Ischgl, Austria and Protest Surf Camps in Lacanau, France.
Spindleruv Mlyn is the biggest and most popular ski resort in Czech Republic where Martin Cernik organizes his Snow Jam and others important events Czech Snowboarding Association since 1994. For the Protest East Rookie Fest , Spindleruv Mlyn will present both a fine Slope Style than an Half Pipe for a double rookie program! Slope style will include rail, box and platform with three jumps from 8m to 18m long. The final of the slope and pipe are in the center of Svaty Pert, ensuring easy access for spectators.
Yuuki Motoki (JPN) won last season half pipe at rookie fest in Czech – Photo: Raggie Leonora
Gutwirth Filip (CZE) at last season rookie fest in Czech Republik
Prizes for the Protest East Rookie Fest
2 all inclusive ticket to the Protest World Rookie Finals 2009 from 15 to 19 april in Ischgl, Austria
3 Protest Surf Camp in Lacanau, France with a maximum of 300€ travel budget to be declared by the winners.