Ole Christian Hagen & Valentina Barengo Win 2013 World Rookie Fest in Livigno

Tom Copsey Tom Copsey

A reliable indicator of who’ll be dominating contest shredding in the future, the World Rookie Fest has wrapped up in Livigno. Check the edit and remember these names… 

Day 3 at the 2013 WSF World Rookie Fest saw many of the most talented under 18 years snowboarders at international level, challenging difficult weather conditions with wind and snow falls. While competing for one of the most wished title of the youth snowboard competitions, they showcased how high is today the riding level of tomorrow snowboard stars.

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After 2 lucky qualification days, where snowy forecast turned in clen sky, the snow falls arrived over Valtellina, creating difficult condition for the finals of the 2013 WSF World Rookie Fest in Livigno. Winds and clouds didn’t scare the 42 finalists (16 male rookies, 12 male grom, 8 female rookie and 6 female grom) which were more than motivated to shred the Mottolino Snowpark even with low visibility and powder snow on the slopes. A real challenge for these young riders.

Among the girls Talie Larochaix from France won the grom category, while Valentina Barengo from Italy resulted the winner among the female rookies with a solid run including rotations on every kickers of the largest line in the slopestyle. “It is my third and last year as a rookie and winning here in Livigno is like a dream come true” said Valentina after the prize giving ceremony.

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The male grom section showcased an insane level of riding since the qualifications where Norwegian ripper Marcus Kleveland stomped a bs double cork 1260. In the finals the challenge was beetwin Marcus and his team mate Isak Ulstein who resulted the best and conquered the top of the podium. Third place for the new comer Tit Stante from Slovenia, another name to remember.

In the male rookie category the battle for the title was amazing with several changes in top position during the 3 runs. At the end the Norwegian Ole Christian Hagen conquered his second victory in Livigno, followed on the podium by Simon Bürki from Switzerland and Rowan Coultas from Great Britain.

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For the 8 time in 8 edition of the WSF World Rookie Fest in Livigno, Norway resulted the best team of the event. Hands up for the Swiss Team which, with its team of 22 rippers, was able for the first time to challange the Norwegian domination.

With 138 riders from 16 nations, and 8 nations rappresented on the 4 categories podiums, the 2013 WSF World Rookie Fest in Livigno resulted the largest and most international youth snowboard event ever organized in the history of World Snowboard Federation and TTR World Snowboard Tour. This event is the place to be if your are looking for tomorrow snowboard stars.

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Full results on www.worldrookietour.com

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