Birkir Georgsson and Margherita Meneghetti win the 2017 World Rookie Fest

January 19, 2017
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The future of snowboarding looks bright here in Livigno at the Mottolino Snowpark, at the 12th edition of the World Rookie Fest. Under a beautiful blue sky, with perfect winter scenery and amazing snow conditions, the best 44 riders out off the 144 registered athletes showed their skills in three final runs, where the best run counting.

The girls started first and Margherita Meneghetti from Italy landed on the Rookie top spot today with her first run which included a lipslide on the downrail, frontside 540 indy on the kicker line, switch rock&roll and 50-50 boardslide 180 out on the last rails. Margherita won on two Finnish riders: Carola Niemela and Emmi Parkkisenniemi. Also Grom Girls showed their best with two Swiss riders on the first two positions; Livia Tanno took the first place ahead Lena Müller and Annika Morgan, from Germany.

Rookie Girl Winner

Rookie Girl Winner

Boys’ finalists started straight after the Girls’ category; 32 thrilling guys were trying to grab the wanted World Rookie Fest trophy.

Birkir Georgsson from Island scored best in today’s contest with a solid run, winning Rookie’s division with his 94,6 points. He landed a boardslide to frontslide boardslide to 270 out on the downrail, double 1080 mute on the kicker line, stall and cab 270 on 270 out on the last jibbing obstacles. Birkir finished ahead Casper Wolf from the Netherlands and Leon Vockensperger from Gemany.

Rookie Winner

Rookie Winner

Right after the prize giving ceremony, Birkir stated: “I am so stoked! For me, it’s the first time in a World Rookie Tour contest and now I could not be more happy. I didn’t expect to win, the other riders were so good, the contest level is so high! The World Rookie Fest is awesome… I am really excited and I can’t wait to be in Kaprun for the World Rookie Finals“.

Grom Winner

Grom Winner

Valtteri Kautonen from Finland won his first World Rookie Fest in the Groms’ category with a score of 84,4 in his third run landed cab 180 on 50-50 boardslide 360 out on the downrail, frontside 1080 tailgrab, 50-50 stall and a frontside 270 on 270 out on the last features. Rakim Foy (NED) and Nick Pünter rounded out the podium as second and third, respectively.

Another amazing edition of the World Rookie Fest went down with an incredible gang of excited young riders. Black Yeti is pretty sure, these guys and their coaches are the snowboarding’s future wealth!

Find all the pictures about  2017 World Rookie Fest below:
World Rookie Fest – Day 1 – Training Day
World Rookie Fest – Day 2 – Girls Quali, Male Training
World Rookie Fest – Day 3 – Male Quali
World Rookie Fest – Day 4 – Finals

Watch the video with the winning runs here

Find here all the results

Best team: Finland

Best team: Finland

Podium Rookie Men

Podium Rookie Men

Podium Grom Boys

Podium Grom Boys

Podium Rookie Gilrls

Podium Rookie Gilrls

Podium Grom Girls

Podium Grom Girls

Photo Credits by Fizza
On the top: Birkir Georgsson

Thanks to World Rookie Fest sponsors and media partners: Livigno, Mottolino Fun Mountain, Union Bindings, Skipassion, Jet Park, SurftoLive.com, Elleerre, Moon, Boardriding.com, Pleasure, 4Snowboard, Sequence, quattromedia.

Everybody knows it, every kid loves it, and every champion was here! The 2017 World Rookie Tour, along with locations and formats, is as follows:

2016.17 World Rookie Tour – Calendar

South America Rookie Fest (SS) – Valle Nevado, Chile 12-14 August 2016 – DONE
Australian Rookie Fest (SS) – Thredbo, Australia 1 September 2016 – DELETED
World Rookie Rail Jam (Rail) – Modena, Italy 29-3 October 2016 – DONE
Corvatsch Rookie Fest (SS) – Corvatsch, Swiss 15-18 December 2016 – DONE
World Rookie Fest (SS) – Livigno, Italy 14-19 January 2017 – DONE
Transilvanian Rookie Fest (SS) – Sibiu – Arena Platos, Romania 20-22 January 2017
Bulgarian Rookie Fest (SS + HP) – Pamporovo-Mechi Cal, Bulgaria 27-29 January 2017
Trentino Rookie Fest (SS) – Monte Bondone, Italy 08-12 February 2017
Indy Park Rookie Fest (SS) – Nekoma, Japan 25-26 February 2017
Rev Tour Rookie Fest (SS + HP) – Seven Springs Resort, US 09-10 March 2017
World Rookie Finals (SS+HP) –Kitzsteinhorn, Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria 04-09 April 2017

Contacts for: registration, information and booking:
Matteo Fregni: email rookie@worldsnowboardfederation.org, phone 0039.059.9783397

If you dream to become a professional snowboarder,
then your future starts from Rookie Fest!

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