Yesterday 90 rookies enjoyed the Swatch Snowpark Mottolino in Livigno for the Protest World Rookie Fest 2009.
Unknown Rider fs bs – photo: Raggi Eleonora
The set up for this 3star slope style event for under 18 years riders included 3 different lines including 3 huge jumps with table tops about 20 m long: simply amazing. During the cloudy training on Sunday the participants already showed an high level of riding: the Norwegian Stale Sandbech, Dimi de Jong from the Netherlands, Teddy Koo from Japan and Nuutti Niemela rode impressively, killing the pro line with sick runs including 7s and 9s. Among the girls Alicia Bonnaud from France seemed the most solid on the large line. At 12.00 a.m. winds came up stopping the trainings on the jumps so the rookies arranged a rail session on the first obstacle of the slope: a huge 25 stairs with straight and kinked rails.
Backside spin by the mystery man – photo: Raggi Eleonora
On Monday 20th January the qualification is planned with 2 run per rider, while Thursday, 21st will see the best 16 male rookies, 8 male groms and 8 girls fighting for tickets to Aesthetiker Wängl Tängl Gang Jam in Mayrhofen, Protest World Rookie Finals in Ischlg and Protest Surf Camp in Hossegor and valuable TTR points.
International Rookie Fest stops:
Protest World Rookie Fest – Livigno, Italy – 3Star – 17-21 January 09
North Face Korean Rookie Fest – Phoenix Park, Korea – 2Star – 4-6 February 09
Protest Balkan Rookie Fest – Kopaonik, Serbia – 2Star – 20-22 February 09
Protest East Rookie Fest – Splinderuv Mlyn, Czech Republic – 2Star – 6-8 March 09
Protest World Rookie Finals – Ischgl, Austria – 4Star – 15-19 April 09
In addition, rookie 1Star regional contests will be organized all over the world by the national associations of the WSF.