What would have been the winning run at the US Open just a couple of years ago is now good enough to land you, maybe on the podium of the World Rookie Finals. This WSF event is such a good thing, we even threw a full-on Onboard photoshoot for the winners into the pot!
The 4Star Protest World Rookie Finals are finally concluded: Emil Andre Ulsletten from Norway and Katarzyina Rusin from Poland conquered the World Rookie Champions titles 2011 in a perfect and sunny day in Ischgl, Austria. Among the many prizes awarded, there was also an unexpected extra ticket to Oslo 2012 World Snowboard Championships for the male rookie champion.
In a slopestyle consisting of 4 table tops and a big jib area, all the riders showcased an high level of snowboarding for the end of season Protest World Rookie Finals 2011. Also, in the tradition of the World Rookie Tour, the event was not only a competition but included many other activities in the 5 days program: avalanche clinics by Pieps, art workshops with "special" people by We.Art, shredding with snowboard legends from USA (Mike Ranquet, Terry Kidwell and Bob Klein), video premiere about the History of Snowboarding, and a presentation of Oslo 2012 World Snowboard Championships and W.A.S (We Are Snowboarding) by Henning Anderson, CEO of The Arctic Challenge.
The male winner of the event and new WSF World Rookie Champion 2011 is the norwegian rising star Emil Andre Ulsletten, who impressed the jury with frontside 1080, cab 900 and tons of style on the rails. Sven Thorgren from Sweden and Haaverd Bergheim from Norway completed the male rookie podium: all of them won a freeride trip to Chile with international pros to join the South America Rookie Fest 2011 in Valle Nevado.
In the girls rookie category, Katarzyna Rusin from Poland conquered her second World Rookie Champion title and moved in the position 20 of the TTR World Pro Rank. Valentina Barengo from Italy got second and Caroline Hockel from Switzerland third.
The groms section, reserved to riders borned from 1996 and up, showcased a great level of riding from very young shredders. Fridtjof Saether Tischendorf from Norway and Katerina Vojackova from Czech Republic resulted the male and female winners in their age groups, both shredding the big kicker line of the snowpark.
Straight after the event, the best male and female riders joined a Cooler and Onboard photoshooting in Ischgl, Kronplatz and Val Senales which will be featured in next season issues to present the rookie fest champions to the international snowboard community.
Protest World Rookie Finals 2011 - Results
1- Emil Andre Ulsletten - NOR - (World Rookie Champion 2011)
2 - Sven Thorgren - SWE
3 - Haaverd Bergheim - NOR
1 - Fridtjof Saether Tischendorf - NOR
2 - Lucien Koch - SUI
3 - David Hablutzel - SUI
1 - Katarzyna Rusin - POL - (World Rookie Champion 2011)
2 - Valentina Barengo - ITA
3 - Caroline Hockel - SUI
1 - Katerina Vojackova CZE
2 - Verena Rohere SUI
3 - Chloe Sillieres FRA
Watch the picture gallery from finals and awarding ceremony at the World Rookie Tour facebook page.
Video highlights from finals and complete event photogallery will be available soon.