World Rookie Fest 06: Livigno

January 20, 2006
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From 7 to 10 january 2006, the Snowboard League organized the european edition of the WSF World Rookie Fest, a world tour (Japan, Italy, USA and a final in Austria to be defined) for riders from 1988 and up. Every WRF06 counts as qualifing event for the Arctic Challenge by Terje Haakonsen. The WRF in Livigno, totally dominated by norwagian team, with 40 extraordinary riders from 11 country, a spectacular snow park, lots of extra activities and a very good organization, was the best edition of all ever.

camera car7 january. Arrival Day and Opening Contest
The WRF started with a little regional contest in the “medium” snowpark of Livigno with 15 riders from 5 country. Easy contest winned by Bobby Witty (USA) while Britte Van Der Pow was the best woman after one hour of jam session.

Rank SL Rookie Tour . 7 january . Livigno
Boys

1st Bobby Witty (USA)
2nd Tresten Swigard (USA)
3rd Sam Cullum (UK)
4th Thomas Eschwaller (Italia)
5th Pier Frassì (Italia)
6th James KcElvany (UK)
7th Maarten Van der Pow (NL)
Girls
1st Britte Van Der Pow (NL)
2nd Denise Balza (ITA)
3rd Caroline Frassì (ITA)

norwegian team austrians
bobby wittystian aanestad

For the entire day the others rookie teams enter in Livigno while the firsts arrived could enjoy the “snow mini half pipe” owned by Kikko Ciapponi (presenter of the event and nice italian pro). At the first riders meeting in the evenig, the positive vibration of the rookie event were around us. Fortunatly the meteo was supposed good for the 3 days…everything sounds good.


8 january. WRF Training

In early morning all the WRF crew went up at the spectacular Mottolino “pro” snowpark: on the start a car, then a straigh rail 7m long or a rainbow one, after follow the huge table top with 3 kickers (22,15 and 10m) followed by a double step up (15 and 12m). On the finish line a “wave” rail 8m long. During the 3 hours of training, the rookies tried the slope style and all the present focus how high was the level of riding: staff, media, coachs and people around were incredibly impressed for the level of the rookies! Of course, some of them was extraordinary …but the avarege level was really high…Rookie Rulez!

ulrik badertscherstian aanestad
berg truls handstand cristian haller
cristian hallersergey lapushkin
ulrik badertscher maarten van der putten

arvaThe 5 norwegian were incredible and soon some of them became the favorits of the event: Badertscher Ulrik , Aanestad Stian and Sivertzen Stian. Very good training from the swiss captain Cristian Haller, like the Czeck rider Dlahy Roman (which will be the youngest finalist). An other very good riders was Bobby Witty, USA junior champ in half pipe and slope style…not less from the austrians Felix Wander and Sharmer Roland. Good surprise from the belgium team too, arrived with 6 rookies of which De Lange Wonter and Sleeckx Yannik seemed the bests. For Holland Maarten Van Der Putten and Britte Van Der Pouw get a lot of good tricks like the russian Sir Sergey Lapushkin (he get 36 hours of travel alone to join the WRF). Quite interesting the italians, english and pollish even if they need something more to compete with the others.

In the evening there was a Arva /Pinps simulation with training on freeride security and avalache procedure. Later, at the riders meeting, there was a short expanation on the point system of the slope style while there was a video review with the film footage of the morning training.


9 january. WRF Slope Style

Everything is ready for one of the most interesting junior event of the season. Photografers, filmer, coach,s judges, staff and, above all, the 40 rookies were waiting for the start. Another hour of training before the 2 qualifing runs to select the 16 riders for the finals in jam session format. Riders were incredibly positive and everybody smile for the entire day… positive vibrations is what the WRF want to give… and that was.

Qualify runs were quick and the best 16 riders selected soon: all the norwegians enter the finals with their huge rotations and solid rails. Very good performance even from belgium riders (4 on 6 in the finals). Bobby Witty (USA) is 3rd in qualifing and the austrians are very good too entering the finals in 2. Maarten Van der Putten (Nederland) enter the finals like the russian Sir Sergey (check individual rank for more details).

maarten van der puttenstian aanestadulrik badertscher
bobby witty wander de lange

During the finals nothing changes in the attitude of the rookies, everybody was happy and getting a nice riding in Livigno with some friends …but the level incresed sensibly…in the hour of jam session there were a lot of excellent tricks: lots stylish rails and very good jumps like sw900, Rodeo7, 720crk and huge bs1080 by Ulrik. Great level. WRF crew, people and media receive an important vision on the future of snowboarding.

Ulrick Badertscher (Norway) was absolutely the best rider of the WRF06 winning a ticket to TAC06 while Britte Van der Pouw (Nederland) was the best woman… but the WRF went above the ranks, giving everybody a positive and memorable experience…again: Rookie Rulez!!!

After the competition, last appointment was at the closing party with the video footage of the finals. Everybody was happy and remember for a log the great time at the WRF06 in Livigno.

From the WRF it’s all folks…of course, until next edition!

jens eriks norway team coachulrik badertscher
cristian haller britte van der pouw

WSF World Rookie Fest by SL, Livigno 7-10 genn 06
Individual Rank

RANK

BIB

SURNAME

NAME

YEAR
OF BIRTH

NATION

BEST
QUAL.

BEST
FINAL

1

22

Badertscher

Ulrik

88

NOR

24,9

26

2

32

Haller

Cristian

89

SUI

17,4

25,1

3

26

Aanestad

Stian

89

NOR

18,7

21,3

4

4

Witty

Bobby

89

USA

22,3

20,7

4

25

Sivertzen

Stian

89

NOR

15,7

20,7

6

12

De Lange

Wonter

89

BEL

18,2

19,6

7

23

Krohn

Sebastian

88

NOR

20,4

19,5

8

14

Sleeckx

Yannick

90

BEL

15,9

19,4

9

24

Truls Handstand

Berg

88

NOR

22,5

19,1

10

3

Lapushkin

Segery

89

Russia

17,5

19

11

11

Wander

Felix

88

AUT

21

18,8

12

6

Van der Putten

Maarten

88

NL

18

18,6

13

17

Reynders

Christophe

89

BEL

17,7

16,9

14

21

Dlahy

Roman

91

CZ

15,8

14,3

15

15

Smits

Seppe

90

BEL

21,1

14,2

16

9

Scharmer

Roland

88

AUT

20

7,6

17

13

Bronkaers

Kevin

90

BEL

15,6

18

16

Smits

Antony

BEL

14,7

19

28

Cullum

Sam

88

UK

13,7

20

7

Massar

Sjors

88

NL

13,5

21

5

Sweigard

Tresten

91

USA

12,5

21

33

Faffenarcht

Fabian

89

SUI

12,5

23

18

Dytkowski

Jakub

88

POL

12

24

34

Krummenazart

Florian

90

SUI

11,8

25

35

Buzzoni

Lorenzo

88

ITA

9,7

26

10

Pribik

Thomas

89

AUT

9

27

41

Frassì

Pier

92

ITA

8,2

28

40

Frassì

Calle

92

ITA

7,2

29

8

Van Der Pouw

Britte

90

NL

7,1

30

29

McElvaney

James

89

UK

7

31

42

Frassì

Caroline

86

ITA

6,3

32

36

Ferrari

Jacopo

88

ITA

5,9

33

39

Sirtori

Carlo

90

ITA

5,7

34

20

Selek

Piotr

89

POL

5,2

35

37

Balza

Denise

88

ITA

4,4

36

19

Szkaradek

Jakub

90

POL

3,6

37

27

Leith

Angus

88

UK


WSF World Rookie Fest by SL, Livigno 7-10 genn 06
Team Rank

RANK

NATION

1

NORWAY

2

BELGIUM

3

SWITZERLAND

4

AUSTRIA

5

NEDERLAND

6

USA

7

ITALY

8

UK

9

POLAND

10

RUSSIA

11

CZEK REPUBLIK

roman dlahycristian hallerberg truls handstand
roland scharmer sergey lapushkin berg truls handstand
kikko ciapponi - the presenter arva cristian haller

For free download of pics, video, interview and extra content about the world rookie fest 06 in Livigno, check the official home page www.snowboardleague.com

Txt: Marco Sampaoli
Pics: Luca “Ciccio” Borghetti and Nicola Carignani

snowboard league core staff

NOTES FOR PRESS USE OF THIS REPORT:

With these report I try to express a complete vision of what the WSF World Rookie Fest 06 was, hoping to transmit the feelings of the riders and crew involved, and explaining what happend in Livigno above the trick and the tecnical details. We trust in the concept of Rookie Fest as a link beetewn amateur/rookie and pros and hope to develope this idea more and more.

Feel free to make any use of these report, using just a part of it or focusing the attention just on what you consider interesting.

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in snowboard we trust

Marco Sampaoli
WSF Board of Directors and Livigno WRF Director

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