It might surprise you to know that pro level snowboarders aren’t just sprung from the ground, and many of them, like us, go through the illusive stages of teenage-hood too.
While working their way up and learning how to be the next comp-crushing internet stars, there are various circuits that act as a proving ground, and none more prestigious than the World Rookie Tour (unless you skip that stage altogether.
Above and below, you’ll see some highlights from the current class of Rookie rising stars, with video highlights and podium shots from the halfpipe and slopestyle sessions in Kaprun, Austria.
Taking three out of four top spots at the end of this winter, it seems the Japanese team have been killing it, with both Slopestyle World Rookie Champions Takeru Otsuka and Kokomo Murase under their tutelage, as well as Sena Tomita in the pipe. Chase Blackwell held it down for the USA to take the men’s pipe title home.