The Slopestyle Final of TTR 3 Star event, World Rookie Fest, presented the snowboarders of the future as Stian Aanestad (NOR) & Alicia Bonnaud (FRA) claimed first prize honours, wildcard tickets to TTR main events and 550 TTR Ranking Points.
Over 80 rookie riders from all round the world gathered in Livigno, Italy this week to take part in one of the largest youth-driven snowboard contests in Europe, the TTR 3 Star event World Rookie Fest. Exhibiting an incredibly high level of riding, highlighted by a super-strong selection of tricks including frontside 1260s, Cab 900s & frontside 1080s, the slopestyle jam session resulted in domination by the Norwegian team.
Stian Aanestad (NOR) impressed judges the most delivering solid moves on the kickers such as a clean backside 900 to switch backside 900. Aanestad’s (NOR) win takes him higher up the TTR Ranking List presented by Swatch, but also gives him wildcard access to upcoming TTR 5 Star event Crans Montana Champs Open by Rip Curl, to be held from 8th-11th February 2007, and the 5 Star Ästhetiker Wängl Tängl from 22nd-25th March, 2007.
In the girls’ Rookie session, the contest was tightly fought between French youngster Alicia Bonnaud (FRA) and Norwegian talent Kari Ospel Maeland (NOR). It was Bonnaud (FRA) who finally took 1st place to win her first standing on the TTR Ranking List and an wildcard entry to Billabong World Junior Pro in Leysin, taking place from 6-11th March, 2007.
The winner of the younger age-group, Stale Sandbech (NOR) also wins a wildcard to 3 Star Absolut Park Spring Battle, to take place in late March in Austria.
World Rookie Fest Top 4 – Boys Rookie & TTR Wildcard Prizes
1/ Stian AANESTAD (NOR) - Wildcard to Ästhetiker Wängl Tängl & Wildcard to Crans Montana Champs Open by Rip Curl
2/ Nils ARVIDSSON (SWE) - Wildcard to Billabong World Junior Pro
3/ Gjermand BRATEN (NOR) - Wildcard to X-Box Big Day Out
4/ Simen Neraker (NOR) - Wildcard to Billabong World Junior Pro
World Rookie Fest Top 3 – Girls Rookie & TTR Wildcard Prizes
1/ Alicia BONNAUD (FRA) - Wildcard to Billabong World Junior Pro
2/ Kari OSPEL MAELAND (NOR)
3/ Anna PODGORA (POL)