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World Rookie Tour: Highlights from South America

16:52 16th August 2010 by Tom Copsey
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Sven Thorgren. Photos: Trojer Meinhard

Sven Thorgren. Photos: Trojer Meinhard

The first South American edition of the World Rookie Tour kicked off Saturday, august the 14th, in Valle Nevado, Chile.

This event features some European rookies, RedBull’s pro Filippo Kratter as international guest and a bunch of Chilean youngsters. First days saw a snowboard clinic and a rail jam session. The slopestyle contest, scheduled for Sunday august 15th , was postponed to Saturday August 21st because of a wind storm while all the freeride and cultural activities scheduled for the next days are confirmed.

Chilling in the park.

Chilling in the park.

The European crew at the Mall Sport South America Rookie Fest includes Filippo Kratter, Sebastian Geiger and Andreas “Mone” Monsberger, and an EU Squad of selected rookies from previous stops of the World Rookie Tour: Marco Grigis (ITA), Hakon Hernes (NOR), Sven Thorgren (SWE) and Georg Huber (AUT).

Kratter dropping his words of wisdom on the groms.

Kratter dropping his words of wisdom on the groms.

On Saturday the Mall Sport South America Rookie Fest offered local snowboarders a freestyle clinic with Filippo Kratter from RedBull and Sebastian Geiger from Ride Snowboards. It included a theoretical part to explain Filippo’s carrier from rookie to pro, followed by 2 groups of freestyle clinics.

Marko Grigis front boards the bar.

Marko Grigis front boards the bar.

On Sunday the Swatch TTR 2Star slopestyle couldn’t happen because of a wind storm and it was postponed to the next Saturday (August 21st ). Instead of the slopestyle, a rail jam session was arranged in order to produce photos and film footage with the rookies.

Georgi Huber & squeeze.

Georgi Huber & squeeze.

From Monday august 16th to Friday 20th the first “Freeride Edition” of the World Rookie Tour will take place. European invited rookies and 2 wild cards from Chile will enjoy a week of sports and cultural activities: backcountry shootings in Valle Nevado, one day surf trip, visit of Santiago de Chile and an environmental clinic with the Chilean “Tell A Vision” premiere of “Respira” from Drew Stevenson project 2010 in Brazil.

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The World Rookie Tour is organized by World Snowboard Federation and its member national snowboard associations. The event in Chile is organized in association with Anden, Valle Nevado and Mall Sport. Full list of rookie events, press releases, pictures and video, details about the World Rookie Rank and more is available on www.worldsnowboardfederation.org

Hakon Hernes

Hakon Hernes

Mall Sport South America Rookie Fest – Updated Program

- Monday, August 16th : Start of the Freeride Program with European invited rookies and pros, best 2 South American riders from slopestyle and Anden Crew.
- Tuesday,August 17th : Powder Kicker Session and Photo Shooting with BoardTV and Aestetiker TV.
- Wednesday, August 18th : Mall Sport Freeride Session
- Thursday, August 19th: Chilean Dinner & Party at “A-House” in Farellone by Fabian Giavio and Urban Rail Session in Farellones.
- Friday, August 20th: Night Photo Shooting
- Saturday, August 21st : Slopestyle contest (inscription at 8.00am at Terraza Slalom in Valle Nevado)
- Sunday, August 22nd : final event at “Santa Pizza Wave House” with Chilean Dinner, Skateboarding, Flow riding and Party.
- Monday, August 23rd : Departure day
- Warning: 1 Day Flash Surf Trip to be defined

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