07/03/2014 | by Sam Oetiker
Who missed the 2014 WSF World Rookie Fest in Livigno can get a sip of what happened watching the 2 wrap up videos consisting of qualification day and the Grande Finale with the best run of the winners Thalie Larochaix (FRA), Henna Ikola (FIN), Rene Rinnekangas (FIN) and Stian Kleivdal (NOR).
The 9th WSF World Rookie Fest in Livigno ended a couple days ago with new impressive riders who will turn soon into the professional snowboarders of the future. On the ladies’ side Thalie Larochaix won the grom category and Henna Ikola was first among the rookie, while Rene Rinnekangas blasted in the grom ranking and Stian Kleivdal the rookie one. 2 perfectly shaped slopestyle courses welcomed the finals in which riders had three runs to determine the winner, the best one counted.
During the prize giving were awarded valuable points for the World Snowboard Tour and prizes for an overall value of 8.000€: Onboard and Cooler photoshootings, invitations to the next Rookie Tour stops (in Monte Bondone and in Ischgl), and invitation to the 2015 WSF World Rookie Fest in Livigno, and many other prizes by the sponsor of the event Volkl and Blue-Tomato. Also the top 3 riders, male and female, grom and rookie, are qualified for the 2014 Volkl World Rookie Finals in Ischgl, where the ‘WSF World Rookie Champion’ titles will be awarded.
The riding level from the rookies of this edition was impressively and proved again that the future of snowboarding is in good hands. Highlight of week was 8-year-old Jacqueline De Jong from Nederland, the youngest competitor of the week.