The Trentino Rookie Fest fifth edition kicked off with a fantastic competition day with 62 young snowboarders who showed their best side. Friday morning sunshine and blue bird welcomed the young guns on the Monte Bondone Resort, above Trento.
In the new slopestyle course, including a rail combination, two tables with kickers and a wall-pyramid obstacle, the 48 male and 14 female riders could demonstrate their skills in three runs. In the Rookie men’s category, Italian rider Nicola Liviero earned the highest score with his run: Switch-front blunt 270 out the first rail, Cab 180 in 360 out to the second one, Frontside720 tailgrab, Backside900 mute grab and frontside rock’n’roll at the end of the course. Nicola wins ahead of two others Italian riders, Sebastian Springeth and Loris Framarin. Best Rookie girl was Chloé Silliers from France with her impressive run: boardslide to frontside board, Backside 540 tailgrab, Cab540 tailgrab, indy air over the wall. Second place for Emmi Parkkisenniemi (FIN), third Lucie Silvestre (FRA).
Rakim Foy from Nederland took the first place in the Grom male's category. In his winning run he laid down a Cab 270 in, Frontside blunt 270 out, Switch Backside540 mute, Backside720 mute, Frontside 360 over the wall. Grom boys Joey Van Der Noort (NED) and Gabriel Adam (GBR) came second and third. On the girl’s side, Italian rider Marilù Poluzzi impressed with her style despite her young age. Margaux Herpin (FRA) and Molly Philips (FRA) earned second and third place.
Fresh from their slopestyle contest, in the afternoom the Rookies spent great time in Trento, a city rooted in art and history such us Buonconsiglio Castle, for several centuries residence of the Prince Bishops of Trento, the Duomo with its splendid square and fountain dedicated to Neptune.
The competition at Trentino Rookie Fest is also focused on friendship and life experience. Tuesday’s night was dedicated to the street top speciality of freestyle, with a format always appreciated by the participants: the Cash For Trick Night Rail jam session. For every trick was € 5 valuable for the best riders! Saturday morning a professional mountain guide teach the riders the fundamentals of freeride safety and presented and Artva Camp to try the self security equipment: avalanche tranceivers, pole and shovel.
Remember, all the riders competed for prestigious awards including all-inclusive tickets for the 2016 Volkl World Rookie Finals in Ischgl, Surf Camps in Santander by Surftolive.com and two spots for the 2016 World Rookie Shooting that will take place in Livigno, at the Mottolino Snowpark! All the athletes on the podium are qualified for the 2016 Volkl World Rookie Finals!