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ZERO WORKSHOP: INSIGHTS FROM PARTICIPANTS

“I thought I was already quite concerned with the climate, but this workshop has made me realize even more that it is really high time to take action. Even small things can result in big things. I have decided to convince people more to participate in this, that will be my mission :-)”

This is a quote from a young female Belgian snowboarder after participating in the Erasmus+ ZERO Rides Climate Education workshop. Wow. It emulates the exact impact that we wanted to see from these workshops. We hoped that the future generations left feeling empowered to take action and to use snowboarding as a way to do so.

Let’s backtrack first and explain what workshops we are talking about. As part of the Erasmus+ ZERO Rides Project, over two winter seasons, the national federations and Protect Our Winters Europe are working together to put on climate education workshops. Since October, five workshops have been held across five different countries, Finland, Germany, Portugal, Hungary and Switzerland, for children from 12 to 19 years old. Throughout the workshops, young snowboarders (and some skiers too because why keep things so separated?) understand what is happening with the climate crisis and what is the science behind it. Then, crucially, we present what can be done to address it. We frame it as what can be done as a young snowboarder – what power do you and your snowboard have?

When we asked the kids, what they would share with the families when they went home, here is what they said (translated from native language to English):

“Climate change is dangerous and must be stopped not only for snowboarding but for the earth”

“Workshop was engaging”

“That it is high time to pay more attention to the environment and sustainability.”

“Cool presentation”

It can be a bit daunting to discover the impacts of human-induced climate change; it can be a bit daunting to have to teach it. That’s why we have activities. After the presentation (and a break), there are various activities to engage the kids. From a pedagogical perspective, we learn well when we are active both mentally and physically. The kids get up and run doing wheelbarrow races, seasonal food calendars, making decisions related to consumption and overall, letting them explore the climate topic.

From our post-workshop survey, the majority of the participants found the activities to be most enjoyable

Our favorite part was that everyone, from the Protect Our Winters facilitators to the federation people to the kids, can bring their own story and share something to one another, too. Education is a two-way street, here’s what the workshop facilitators and federations have to say about the workshops so far:

“They seemed to enjoy the activities, and overall getting their hands “dirty” with the assignments. They already seemed to be very informed about climate change, and the discussions we had using the questions in the presentation were also interesting.” – POW facilitator for the workshop in Finland

“The stations were really cool and helped a lot to understand the complex topic” – The coaches from the German Federation who watched the workshop

This is not to say that these workshops are perfect. Much has been uncovered about what is relevant for kids, what information works in which countries, and how snowboarders engage with the climate crisis. And we believe we can dig deeper. We, Protect Our Winters, are going to build this feedback into the creation of an e-learning platform and a board game. So stay tuned for the release of that. Also, next winter, we will be hosting these workshops again! We are excited.

To round off, and motivate us all, here are some quotes from these young snowboarders on taking climate action:

“The importance of a small action”

“Climate change needs to be taken seriously”

“Not to waste with the equipment (by buying new stuff too often)”

Words: Gillian Rosh, POW

Photo-Credits: (c) Sneeuwsport Vlaanderen, POW

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SNOWBOARDING’S FUTURE STARS AT THE 2024 WORLD ROOKIE SNOWBOARD FINALS

Slopestyle – Hertzberg and Xiong Rookie Champions
Halfpipe – Jio and Wick Rookie Champions

The best snowboard stars of tomorrow from around the world gathered at  Kitzsteinhorn in Zell am See-Kaprun from 17th to 22nd March 2024 for the World Rookie Snowboard Finals to determine the 2024 Snowboard Champions. 106 riders from 23 nations cavorted in the Kitzsteinhorn Snowpark and showed that the future of the sport is in good hands. These riders are the stars of tomorrow and we will hear and see a lot more from the 2024 World Rookie Champions.

Slopestyle – With the best weather and park conditions, the decision in Slopestyle was on Wednesday. In the rookies (U19) category, 15-year-old Norwegian Fabian Hertzberg impressed with a frontside and backside 1080 on the kicker and confidently won the World Rookie Champion Slopestyle title. In the girls’ category, the Chinese Shirui Xiong prevailed and thus brought the first World Rookie Champion title to China. In the Grom category (U15), the Japanese Hakuto Kitayama and the Belgian Sky Remans were crowned winners.

Halfpipe – On Thursday the focus was on the halfpipe. Despite a bad weather front, the youngsters performed well! Success across the board for Team Korea, as Lee Jio (Rookie Boys) and his compatriot Lee Suo (Grom Boys) beamed from the top spot on the podium. Among the girls, the Swiss Lura Wick (SUI) triumphed in the Rookie Girls category and won the World Rookie Tour title for the second time in a row, although in the U15 category in 2023. The American Boday Gabriella (USA) is the new Grom Champion.

Head judge Iztok Sumatic was enthusiastic: “My highlight of the 2024 edition was the halfpipe competition. For both the girls and the boys, the top four places in particular showed technical riding at a very high level. It’s best to memorize the names now because we’ll be hearing a lot more about these talents.

Aside from the sporting competitions, the World Rookie Finals offered a variety of supporting events, from a tattoo workshop to a climate change workshop by the WSF (World Snowboard Federation) and POW (Protect Our Winters), to promote awareness of environmental protection and sustainability among kids and teenagers.

Watch the highlight at the following LINK

 

Photo-Credits: World Rookie Tour, Amplatz, Grzelka

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News World Rookie Tour

2024 WORLD ROOKIE TOUR FINALS: WHO WILL BE THE NEXT STARS?

The World Rookie Snowboard Finals are an iconic event in the world of youth snowboarding, where emerging athletes have the chance to test themselves and compete against the best in their category becoming a star!

Finals are back in style at the historic location of Kitzsteinhorn Zell am See-Kaprun  this week (March 17 – 22), for a six-day contest and non-stop activities, providing an exceptional setting and unparalleled snow conditions for this high-level competition.

This prestigious event will determine the new 2024 World Rookie Champions for Snowboard Halfpipe and Slopestyle, who will earn the opportunity to participate in renowned international competitions and training camps in 2024: 2024 Absolute Spring Battle, Prime Park Session in Stubai, Kitzsteinhorn HP Trainings Camp and Surprise Ticket to World Class Event 24.

World Rookie Snowboard Finals, featuring both slopestyle and halfpipe events, alongside numerous recreational activities: social dinners, workshops with Gummi Love, World Snowboard Federation, Blue Tomato, and much more. The World Rookie Tour is not just about competition; it’s a celebration of snowboarding culture and community spirit!

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Photo-Credits: (c) World Rookie Tour

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THERE IS A NEW TOUR IN TOWN: THE LEGENDS WORLD TOUR 2024

Individual Legends Snowboard events have been popping up worldwide for at least 25 years! As the first string of grassroots and international world cup riders continue to shred into their 40’s, 50’s 60’s, 70’s, maybe even their 80’s, we find a need to accommodate these diehard riders in providing a space for them to continue to enjoy sharing themselves, international comradery, and competition.

 

The Legends World Tour “LWT” celebrates the true international history of snowboarding by selectively integrating its races into already iconic Legends events, such as the Legends of Tahoe, Soda Springs, Ca, USA and the Long Board Classic Stuben/Arlberg, Austria.  Riders and spectators will experience local snowboard history when they participate in these events as they were created by some of the founding fathers of the sport at their home mountains.  Following the tour provides a unique opportunity to discover international snowboard history firsthand from the people who lived it.

 

The LWT ignites a true global movement and welcomes legends past, present and future. We are doing this because we believe that “Legends are Forever”. As we lose our Legends riders, those of us who remember them will share their stories. This is where current legends honor their founding fathers and inspire future generations, who in turn, become legends themselves and so on.

 

Event dates 2024

March 29 – March 31, 2024: Legends of Tahoe, OG Halfpipe, Donner Ski Ranch Ca, USA

April 13, 2024: Long Board Classic, Chinese Downhill, Stuben, AUT

Mystery Poach Event GS/Downhill/Banked Slalom? – You must guess the location and the date.

 

For tour details please visit: https://legendsworldtour.com/

 

Photo-Credits: (c) Tom Hseigh, Keith Kimmel

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Events News WSPL

IT’S A WRAP: SPRING BATTLE 2024 AT ABSOLUTPARK, FLACHAUWINKL (AUT)

The 2024 edition of the legendary Spring Battle in Flachauwinkl is in the books! This is one of the most exciting WSF events of the season going down every year mid-March with AbsolutPark in the spotlight. For 2024, the Slopestyle competition was back with a course in full size and despite challenging weather conditions the shape crew did a fantastic job preparing a fun and challenging slopestyle for the riders.

 

An international field of riders showed up for one of their favorite weeks of the season. Flachauwinkl and AbsolutPark offer it all, from great and familiar accommodation to the Chill House at the bottom of AbsolutPark to hang out during riding breaks. So it’s no surprise that AbsolutPark is like home for many of the world’s best riders, who share quite some time there during the season.

 

SLOPESTYLE

 

In the end, Australia’s Tess Coady took home the Slopestyle win with Austria’s own Anna Gasser and Reira Iwabuchi from Japan completing the podium on 2nd and third.

 

The men’s Slopestyle podium was dominated by the Japanese riders with Hiroto Ogiware crowning himself to the 2024 Spring Battle Champion and his fellow countryman Ryoma Kimata on third. Niek Van Der Velden (NED) stepped up for the Europeans and claimed 2nd place.

 

 

Results 2024 Spring Battle – Slopestyle Snowboard Women

  1. Tess Coady, AUS
  2. Anna Gasser, AUT
  3. Reira Iwabuchi, JAP

 

Results 2024 Spring Battle – Slopestyle Snowboard Men

  1. Hiroto Ogiwara, JAP
  2. Niek Van Der Velden, NED
  3. Ryoma Kimata, JAP

 

Mark the 2025 Spring Battle date already in your calendar: March 8 – 15, 2025.

More information.

 

 

Photo-Credits: © Markus Fischer

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Events News WSPL

SPRING BATTLE 2024 AT ABSOLUTPARK FLACHAUWINKL (AUT) – SLOPESTYLE IS BACK!

Since its inaugural edition back in 2002, AbsolutPark’s SpringBattle has always used creative and constantly changing event formats. An ever evolving, up-to-date contest mode in full tune with the zeitgeist. For this year’s SpringBattle, the AbsolutPark crew went all the way back to their roots, finally bringing back Slopestyle as the main event category! A full top-to bottom run, embedded in the very heart of AbsolutPark’s Pro Kicker Line. The Slopestyle is fully WSF sanctioned, counting as an WSPL Elite Level event.

 

Besides the Slopestyle, organizers will continue to hold two extra categories: ‘Best Trick Rail’ with its very own rail setup right next to the Pro Kicker Line and the ‘Best 540’ category that can also be joined from anywhere in the world through their online event platform.

 

The total Prize Purse for this year’s event will be insane 110.000 US$!

 

Unlike any other contest, SpringBattle offers plenty of time for the competitors to film their very best riding possible throughout the full duration of the event. The best clips of the submitted slopestyle runs and individual tricks will be judged by a board of international and WSF judges by the end of the week.

 

Everyone who can’t make it to Flachauwink this week, you can also join from everywhere around the world!

 

Register at https://my.spring-battle.com

Registered riders can participate in the BEST540 CATEGORY from anywhere in the world. All entries for ‘Best 540’ have to be posted to your instagram channel AND uploaded to AbsolutParks’s event platform at https://my.spring-battle.com by March 6th, 7pm CET. The instagram posts HAVE to contain the category’s hashtags (otherwise we can’t find them!):

#springbattle24 #springbattle24best540

 

More of the course features:

 

 

Foto-Credit: (c) AbsolutPark Flachauwinkl

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Banked Slalom Events News

COMING UP: BANKED SLALOM PRESENTED BY JONES SNOWBOARDS AT AXAMER LIZUM (AUT)

The snake run is back in Innsbruck! It’s that time again: Banked Slalom, this year presented by Jones Snowboards for the first time, invites you to ride together at Axamer Lizum on Saturday, March 16, 2024. After the successful event last winter, the popular format for young and old is returning and will focus on the passion for shredding together in the banks. Although there are age categories, the focus is on the shared experience for snowboard enthusiasts.

 

The most original discipline combines the roots of snowboarding, surfing and skateboarding in one “ride”. The popularity of this spirit was already proven at last year’s Banked Slalom in the Axamer Lizum with over 120 starters. Snowboarders from young to old, male and female, with snowskates or regular snowboards, took part in the popular “snake run”.

 

An adrenaline-charged ride through the steep bends.

 

The challenge in banked slalom is to negotiate the manually “shaped” banked turns as quickly as possible. Even though the tracks become deeper and deeper as the race progresses due to the frequent use of the banked turns, it is important to find the optimal line. In various age categories, participants have the opportunity to compete with like-minded people and put their skills to the test. The Banked Slalom presented by Jones Snowboards offers a platform for everyone, from the youngest to the most experienced, in some cases former professional riders. In addition to the individual categories, there will once again be the unique and popular family classification, which allows parents and their children to compete side by side and take on the challenge of the Banked Slalom together. This special classification underlines the family character of the event and promotes togetherness across generations.

 

 

Axamer Lizum provides stage for Banked Slalom presented by Jones Snowboards

 

Only a few kilometers away from Innsbruck and perfectly accessible by public transport, the Axamer Lizum offers the ideal terrain for the Banked Slalom presented by Jones Snowboards. Not far from the slopes, there are perfect terrain structures as the basis for the “snake run”. The contest is framed at the start and finish area by great DJ sounds, moderation and casual “chill-out flair”.

 

With a mixture of competitive spirit and shared enthusiasm, the Banked Slalom presented by Jones Snowboards promises to be an unforgettable experience for participants and spectators alike. However, if you want to be there, you should hurry, as the coveted tickets usually sell out quickly.

 

All information about the Banked Slalom presented by Jones Snowboards and registration can be found at www.bankedslalom.tirol! Save the date and share the stoke!

 

 

Foto-Credit: (c) GOTiT

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ZERO PROJECT NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT FOR SURVEY

You want to make an impact on your community and snowboarding? Then this one is for you.

 

In order for the WSF and its project partners to better design our “ZERO project” for you, we would like to know more about you as a snowboarder and your relationship to the environment. Please give us 10 minutes of your time to fill in the questionnaire.

 

Survey in German.

Survey in English.

 

Thank you very much!

Photo-Credit: (c) Banked Bakony, Hungary

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Banked Slalom Events News

WSF BANKED SLALOM TOUR: Full house for Banked Bakony 2024 (HUN)

Despite the unusual weather conditions in February organizers were able to hold the event and created a super fun spring session in the banks. Once again, the Eplény Ski Arena hosted the eagerly awaited Banked Bakony freestyle meeting, showcasing a fusion of various snowboarding styles. This year’s event saw a remarkable turnout, with 128 riders competing across eight categories on Saturday. The youngest participant was a mere seven years old, while the oldest rider, aged 56, demonstrated their enduring passion. In addition to the Hungarian snowboarders, the competition welcomed participants from Austria, Germany, Romania, Wales, UK, USA and even from Argentina.

 

The banked slalom, a distinctive and increasingly popular discipline in snowboarding, took center stage. Riders navigated a thrilling course adorned with banked turns, undulating waves, and other custom-built features, vying for the best time. The Banked Bakony is part of the WSF Banked Slalom tour, cementing its status on the official competition calendar. The organizers harbored a clear objective: to establish a cherished tradition, showcase the beauty of the Bakony region to both visitors and competitors, and put the Eplény Ski Arena on the international snowboarding map.

 

“We aimed to organize an internationally acclaimed event in Eplény, where not only competitors but also friends and spectators could revel in the experience. The competition format is highly captivating and easily comprehensible for all, even those unfamiliar with snowboarding. Descending the course mirrors the sensation of riding a wave, creating an exhilarating experience for the riders. Meanwhile, the spectators are treated to lively commentary, cold beer and delectable hotdogs. The presence of foreign riders elevated the event to new heights and witnessing the fun and passion they express towards snowboarding was truly inspiring for the local riders and rippers.” shared Gergő Koczka, the main organizer of the event.

 

Jake Simpson, winner of the Elite Men category was crowned by the defending champion Boti Fricz, who was forced to skip this year’s jam due to a knee injury. The british rider was hyped on holding the legendary “Wild Boar” trophy of Banked Bakony high and claimed the victory and whole weekend experience as an unforgettable trip.

 

“The entire ‘Banked’ weekend was an incredible experience! It felt fantastic, but also inconceivable to snowboard in Hungary. When we arrived, Thursday night, we immediately joined the shaper crew and took part in the digging. The course they created was super fun and technical. I loved the tight corners and chest high banks. It felt like surfing and jibbing at the same time! Totally unique experience combined with the crazy night time parties.” said Jake Simpson, the winner of the men’s Elite category, who was accompanied by his fellow brother, Joe Simpson.

 

The race in the Open Women category was also very interesting, dominated by the celebrated German super star snowboarder, Annika Morgan who joined the event directly from the X Games, Aspen.

 

“It was a truly unique experience to shred the local mountain of Eplény. I’ve never been here before, but the picturesque surroundings and beautiful forest just amazed us. Not to mention the banked slalom course, which felt super fun to ride and had a good flow. It was great to come to Hungary to take a break from the major contests and chill with my international friends for the weekend.” claimed Annika Morgan, the winner of the Open women’s category and X Games medalist.

 

 

The Banked Bakony Freestyle Meeting once again etched its mark on the snowboarding landscape, delivering unforgettable moments and fostering a vibrant community. As the event concluded, participants and spectators alike departed with memories to cherish and a shared anticipation for future editions.

 

Elite Men

  1. Jake Simpson (GBR)  27.03
  2. Antonio de Brauw (ARG) 27.49
  3. Zoltan Reisz (ROU) 27.56

 

Open Women

  1. Annika Morgan (GER) 28.35
  2. Emma Toth (HUN) 29.21
  3. Blanca Brunner (HUN) 29.32

 

Open Men

  1. Balint Fodor (HUN) 28.77
  2. Gergely Masek (HUN) 28.82
  3. Zoltan Farkas (HUN) 29.23

 

Masters Gentlemen

  1. Gabor Hodacs (HUN) 29.76
  2. Mariano Gibert (ARG) 29.89
  3. Balazs Barsony (HUN) 30.30

 

Fastest Hungarian

  1. Benedek Nemeth (HUN) 28.38

 

Foto-Credits: (c) Hungarian Snowboard Federation

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THE NEW SNOWBOARD GENERATION SHINES AT LIVIGNO WORLD ROOKIE FEST 2024

Julian Sverresvold and Mia Langridge win the nineteenth edition of the contest, top rider in the overall ranking is Dmytro Luchkin from the Grom Men category.

 

About seventy young snowboarders gathered in the splendid setting of the Italian Alps for the historic Livigno World Rookie Fest 2024, now in its nineteenth edition. Coming from all over the world, including overseas, they showcased their skills and athletic abilities in the beautiful location of the Mottolino Snowpark. The event kicked off on Sunday, January 14 th, with the presentation of the contest dedicated to snowboarders at the Cinelux cinema in the city centre of Livigno. There, the participants had the opportunity to preview the new World Rookie Tour TV Show and were welcomed by Ian Rocca, Marketing Manager at Mottolino SpA. He greeted and praised the incredible level of preparation of the athletes and expressed hopes of seeing them compete in the upcoming 2026 Winter Olympics, which will be held in Livigno.

 

The following day, in the afternoon, athletes had the opportunity to compete with tricks at the Nitro Rail Jam at night in the Snowpark20 city snowpark, located in the centre of Livigno. Dmytro Luchkin took home the Best Trick award, and snowboarder Mia Langridge is the best female snowboarder! Girl power!

 

This year, the setup for the slopestyle contest, held at the renowned Mottolino Snowpark, left athletes and coaches in awe, featuring three different lines: L/XL with a rail section, two kickers, a cannon rail, and the M line composed of three kickers and another rail section.

 

The finals took place on Tuesday, January 16 th, with perfect weather conditions: clear skies and mild temperatures welcomed the riders at altitude. The Women Grom and Rookie categories competed first, followed by the Men Grom and Rookie.

 

The winner of the World Rookie Fest 2024 was Norwegian Julian Sverrensvold with the following run: Frontside Lipside Sexchange 450 out, FS Blunt 270, FS 1080, Backside Double 1080, 50 – 50 FS 540. Second place went to Lian Garandel (FRA), and third place to Aron Wagner (SUI).

 

In the Grom Men category, Dmytro Luchkin from Ukraine won for the second consecutive year with a fearless run featuring a Cab 270 in 270 out, Backside 267 in, FS 1080, Backside Triple Cork Stalefish, Fifty-fifty frontside 360, ahead of Samuel Fejgl (CZE) and Leonardo Saraiva (SUI). An impeccable execution that earned him the first place in the overall ranking!

 

Mia Langridge (GBR) won the Rookie Women category with a Cab 180 Backside 180, Switch Blunt 270, Cab 540, Backside 260, Fifty fifty backside 180. Second place went to Nora Hegge (NOR), and third place to Anette Naevestad (NOR).

 

In the Grom Women category, Sky Remans (BEL) claimed the top spot on the podium with a run featuring Switch Blunt 270, Switch Board Fakie, Backside 720, Frontside 720, Fifty-fifty indy, winning ahead of Aono Pordie Okaniwa (FRA) and Emine Kinck Grundvold Mathisen (NOR).

 

All riders on the podium, rookies, groms, males, and females, qualified for the World Rookie Snowboard Finals 2024, which will take place at Kitzsteinhorn Zell am See-Kaprun from March 17th to 22nd.

 

 

 

Finally, the legendary Black Yeti reserved a ticket for the Best Snowboard Team of the event to participate in the international finals of the “Red Bull Hammers with Homies” event, a team contest that will be held in Madonna di Campiglio. The surprises are not over, and in fact, it has been decided to give the ticket to two teams: Norway and France.

This week, we saw the best young snowboarders in action, but it’s not over because these days, another 70 freeskier friends will compete to win a spot in the World Rookie Freeski Finals. Stay connected, today are the qualifications, and tomorrow are the finals.

The future is definitely here!

For those who would like to witness the extraordinary level of these rookies, follow the links below:
Rookie Man Julian Sverrensvold
Grom Man Dmytro Luchkin
Rookie Woman Mia Langridge
Grom Woman Sky Remans

Photogalley Livigno World Rookie Fest 2024 

 

Photo Credits: Teo Trabucchi
Video Credits: Federico Romanello, Mattia Caravello