The 2018.19 World Rookie Tour season started in the best way with the South America Rookie Fest in Valle Nevado from the 9th to the 14th of August and New Zealand Rookie Fest in Cardrona from the 14th to the 16th of August, which hosted the best U18 riders in the world.
2018 South America Rookie Fest
The 2018 edition was a blast! For one week international riders had the opportunity to enjoy many activities and to discover the incredible Valle Nevado resort.
The Slopestyle competition took place on Saturday the 11th in Valle Nevado snowpark, which was perfectly shaped and ready to host the future stars of snowboarding. The set up consisted of a double rail, a 12 meters jump followed by 15 meters jump and a rail. Once again, the riding level was incredible and athletes showed their best.
The riders who had excellent performances in the rookie category were: Alvaro Yañez, who conquered the highest spot on the podium, Vicente Bañados, Gonzalo Baez / Pascal Uranga, who won the second and the third spot.
In the grom category, Lorenzo Machicao arrived first, followed by Felipe Bañados and Pedro Pizarro.
Finally, besides the competition, riders could enjoy a wide range of activities such as a freeride session, a skate session at Mall Sport, surfing and a dinner at Santa Pizza, which made this incredible event memorable and gave the young athletes the chance to share their experience and their best moments.
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2018 New Zealand Rookie Fest
Halfway around the world, halfpipe and slopestyle riders gathered from the 14th to the 16th of August in Cardrona Alpine Resort to win qualifying spots for for the 2019 World Rookie Finals, to be held in Kitzsteinhorn - Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria, from the .
Starting with the slopestyle competition, Japanese riders Yamada Yuto and Cool Wakushimaconquered the highest spot on the podium, respectively in the men and women category, showing an incredible riding level.
Regarding the halfpipe competition, on the 16th of August, World Rookie Tour riders had to face some challenges due to the heavy snowfall. However, despite the difficulties, young snowboarders showed their skills and impressed the Judges.
In the end were the Korean Joon-Sik Lee and Na-yoon Lee who arrived first and won the halfpipe competition.
Last but not least, New Zealand also hosted the legendary World Rookie Trip! European and Asian champions of the previous season had the opportunity to fly to this incredible country and enjoy some days of video and photo shooting and many other activites such as skate sessions and guided tours. More information will follow soon! Stay Tuned!
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Congratulations to everyone! The Black Yeti can’t wait to see you all in March for the Finals!
WORLD ROOKIE TOUR PROVISIONAL CALENDAR
South America Rookie Fest (SS) – Valle Nevado, Chile 9.14 August 2018 DONE
New Zealand Rookie Fest (SS+HP) – Cardrona, New Zealand 14.16 August 2018 DONE
World Rookie Fest (SS) – Livigno, Italy 12.
World Rookie Finals (SS+HP) - Kitzsteinhorn - Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria 25.
Many other events will be announced soon! Stay Tuned!