Thorgren takes top spot. Photo: Trojer Meinhard

Postponed one week due to high winds, the Chilean weather Gods finally started smiling on the World Rookie Tour.

Swedish rookie Sven Thorgren has bagged himself a place at the Protest World Rookie Finals 2011 in Ischgl, Austria after winning the South American leg of the tour.

Valle Nevado in Chile hosted the comp with Italian starlet Marco Grigis and American Andre Escobar taking podium places and an invitation to the finals in Ischgl.

In the grom section, the locals cleared up with Santiago Gonzales bringing home the bacon for the boys and Roberta Irarrazaual finishing as the best girl.  Both Chileans won invitations to the World Rookie Fest in Livigno, Italy for their gnar.

Hang time with Sven. Photo: Trojer Meinhard

The event was originally scheduled for the week before, but was postponed due to weather.  Instead, the kids enjoyed a week of trips, photo sessions, artificial wave surfing and a freestyle snowboard clinic with Filippo Kratter (RedBull) and Sebastian Geiger (Ride Snowboards Europe).

Kratter was stoked to be involved with the Mall Sport Comp: “
“It was a great trip and the slopestyle showed an unexpected level of riding.”

Check out the action from these budding superstars, and look out for the six year old grom taking on some rails.

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