07/12/2008 | by Onboard
Showcasing snowboarding future stars, the World Rookie Tour 08/09 will give to young people a fair opportunity to enter the professional level and win amazing prizes during a series of international junior events from 1star to 4star level.
The Rookie Tour started last summer with the Australian Junior Series and is now ready to kick off in the Northern Hemisphere with stops in Europe and Asia, for a full season calendar. The Tour will culminate in april 2009 with the Swatch TTR 4star Protest World Rookie Finals 09 in Ischgl, Austria.
The format of Rookie Fest was consolidated throughout the years and it includes slope style competitions, sport, fun, didactical activities and moments for the getting together riders of different nationalities. The World Rookie Tour is a perfect example of the rookie-to-pro structure, which has been working so well also thanks to the great cooperation between WSF and TTR. These rookie fests are not just competition: they feature a bunch 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 prizes.
The range of prizes riders can win taking part to the Rookie Fests can be: Protest Rookie Surf & Beach Camp for summer 2009 in France, an interview on ONBOARD and Tacky, tickets to top class snowboarding events in the world, an invitation to the Pirate Movie Production with photo & video shooting and many other amazing prizes to support the carrier of the best rookies who wish to become professional riders.
International Rookie Fest Stops
Protest World Rookie Fest – Livigno, Italy – 3Star – January 09
Fubu Korean Rookie Fest – Phoenix Park, Korea – 2Star – February 09
Protest Balkan Rookie Fest – Kopaonik, Serbia – 2Star – February 09
Protest East Rookie Fest – Splinderuv Mlyn, Czech Republic – 2Star – March 09
Protest World Rookie Finals – Ischgl, Austria – 4Star – April 09
In addition local rookie stops at 1Star will be organized by WSF National Snowboard Association all over.
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 30 riders from the upcoming World Rookie Rank. All rookie stops are reserved to Rookies (born from 1st january 1991 to 31st december 1993) and Grom (born from 1st january 1994 and up), both boys and girls. All contest 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.
The rookie tour is organized by World Snowboard Federation and its member national snowboard associations. The tour is made possible thanks to Protest Boardwear and Ride Snowboard, energized by RedBull and broadcasted by freecaster.tv.