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Dimi De Jong – all photos: Raggi Eleonora

The 4Star Protest World Rookie Fest Finals will see the future stars of the Swatch TTR Tour descend upon Ischgl, Austria from April 15th – 19th 2009.

All throughout the season, new talents have been rising up the ranks at international 1, 2, and 3Star events that were held under the wings of the World Snowboard Federation in corporation with National Associations. Now is their time to shine as they go after the 500 Swatch TTR ranking points and the title of the 2008/2009 WSF World Rookie Champion.

The Protest World Rookie Fest offers up additional prizes such as an invitation to film with Pirate Movie Productions, photo shoots with Onboard European Snowboard Magazine and guaranteed entry to selected Swatch TTR events next season. This event is a true opportunity for newcomers to step onto an international stage. Furthermore, it represents the link between the WSF and the TTR and their rookie to pro structure set up. The world class riding level has already been proven at Swatch TTR rookie events throughout the season. In the bag of tricks are 1260s and Double Front Flips ensuring that Ischgl will witness some progressive shredding.

Staale Sandbech

Italian rider Giorgio Ciancaleoni took out the 3Star Burton Stomp It in November and came second at the 2008 World Rookie Fest Finals. Also confirmed to start is Norwegian youngster and World No.17, Stale Sandbech. Over the season he claimed the 3Star Protest World Rookie Fest title in Livigno and consistently stepped up on the contest circuit at all Star levels.The hype surrounding this kid at the 6Star Oakley Arctic Challenge and Burton European Open was immense and he is earmarked to blow up on the global shred circuit.

Jetting in from Japan are Teddy Koo (JAP) and Yuuki Motoki (JAP) who earned their ‘tickets to ride’ by dominating at the Korean Rookie Fest. Known for their kamikaze characteristics they will be looking to steal glory from the Europeans. The World Rookie Fest brings together riders from every corner of the globe and representing Australia will be current World No.21, Michaela Davis-Meehan. She has taken numerous first places and good results at major events this season and is looking to follow in the footsteps of fellow Aussie, and 2006/2007 Swatch TTR Tour Champion, Torah Bright.

Visit for more information along with for news, blogs, rankings and videos from the epic show that was the 2008/2009 Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour. This is the last 4Star event of the season and the rookies are sure to pull out all stops as seek to break out into the Swatch TTR limelight.


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