Snowboarding: the future is in Livigno. From 17 to 21 January 2009, the Protest World Rookie Fest lands in Italy.

It is the first big event of the WSF World Rookie Tour, the itinerant world series for under 18 athletes. This legendary event, promoted by WSF and TTR, will push the concept From Rookie to Pro System to the extreme and will attract the best youngsters from Scandinavia, Australia and New Zealand, North America, Asia and South and East Europe to the first chapter of a saga all international talent scouts have been eagerly awaiting for one year: The Conquer of the Snowboard Age.

The event in Livigno is not just about the contest: beyond the slope style, the Protest World Rookie Fest features fun and learning activities. Rookies can obviously take part in both parties and courses on environmental education sponsored by the international organization Mountain Riders. Moreover, the Protest World Rookie Fest gives the young talents a valuable opportunity to experience first-hand what it means to be a professional snowboarder: riders will be engaged in video and photo shootings, becoming protagonists of an official TV production and will also meet international team managers and professionals in the field.

The over 100 awaited participants from 15 different countries, are turning this event not only into the jewel in the crown of the Swatch Snowpark Mottolino of Livigno, but also into a worldwide top event: it is indeed recognized as the most prominent youth competition of the season, with amazing prizes for the winners. The contest in Livigno is a unique opportunity to see the best young athletes in action in the same day on the same slope style. The riders will be split into two categories: Rookie, those who were born between 1 January 1991 and 31 December 1993, and Grom, who were born after January 1, 1994. Both male and female.

Participants are all strictly pre-selected in their home countries through regional qualifying heats, ensuring that only the most promising riders can take part to this event. The overall technical level of the Protest World Rookie Fests has reached legendary peaks: double cork and cab 1260 are just two of the insane tricks performed in the last editions. The riders’ list is really impressive, featuring names such as Red Bull rider Dimi de Jong, last year’s discovery Giorgio Ciancaleoni and the world reigning champion Kari Ospal Maeland.

During the upcoming event in Livigno, awesome prizes await the best riders: one ticket to the Ästhetiker Wängle Tängle 09 in Mayrhofen, Austria; 5 invitations to the Protest World Rookie Finals in Ischgl, Austria and 5 more invitations to the Protest Surf Camp in Hossegor in summer 09.

If your dream is to become a professional snowboarder, then your future starts from the Rookie Fest!