Back from Czech

Bad weather didn’t stop the Black Yeti and riders from 6 nations to rock at the “Protest East Rookie Fest” in Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic, in order to conquer the last invitation at the upcoming rookie finals. The event saw an high level of riding in both half pipe than slope style competition, re-loading the same format of the 2008 edition in Czech, with an overall rank as avarage of both results.

Saturday was the half pipe day in a very easy format: 2 hours training, 3 run each, best two count for the rank. Even if the pipe wasn’t perfect because of rainy days before the event, the level was pretty high and the norwegians conquered the whole male rookie podium: Eskii Korneliussen, Rudi Oesterhus and Even Solbraa. Czech youngster Martin Mikyska dominate the grom category in the half pipe.

Sunday slopestyle saw a set up including kinked box and jump from 10 to 18 meters The format of 4 run best 2 counts, allowed an high level contest with technical tricks such as bs1080, switch 1080 and double backflip 180. Among the rookies the Czech ripper Darek Bergmann dominate the session with sick tricks, clear landings and smooth style. On the rookie podium other 2 czech riders: Petr Horak and Filip Gutwirth. Thomas Tramnitz impressed judge and spectators with double backflip and double backflip 180.

Diana Augustinova resulted the best girl of the competition, while Martin Mikyska the best male grom.
The overall rank of the event, as combo of the half pipe and slope style results, assigned 2 ticket to the Protest World Rookie Finals 2009 in Ischgl, Austria to the best 2 rookies of the event, and 3 Protest Surf Camp in Lacanau, France to best male rookie and grom, and best girl.
Next Rookie Fest stop:
Protest World Rookie Finals – Ischgl, Austria – 4Star Slope Style – 15.19 april 09
For 1star and 2star regional/national rookie contests check

Overall Ranks of Protest East Rookie Fest 2009
male rookie
1. Eskii Korneluissen (NOR)
2. Rudi Oesterhus (NOR)
3. Darek Bergmann (CZE)
4. Filip Gutwirth (CZE)
5. Even Solbraa (NOR)
6. Petr Horak (CZE)
7. Thomas Tramnitz (AUT)
8. Ruggero Naccari (ITA)
9. Dan Paulicek (CZE)
10. Francesco Brutto (ITA)

male grom
1. Martin Mikyska (CZE)
2. Jakub Kral (CZE)
3. Michal Bisa (CZE)
4. Ondrej Porkert (CZE)
5. Lewis Courtier Jones (GBR)
6. Daniel Porkert (CZE)
7. Dusan Kriz (CZE)
8. Dominik Veleska (CZE)
9. Miki Pajer (CZE)
10. Tamor Roos (NDL)

female grom
1. Diana Augustinova (CZE)
2. Dorota Stenclova (CZE)

Half Pipe Ranks
male rookie
1. Eskii Korneliussen (NOR)
2. Rudi Oesterhus (NOR)
3. Even Solbraa (NOR)
4. Ruggero Naccari (ITA)
5. Filip Gutwirth (CZE)

male grom
1. Martin Mikyska (CZE)
2. Michal Bisa (CZE)
3. Jakub Kral (CZE)
4. Ondrey Porkert (CZE)
5. Dusan Kriz (CZE)

female grom
1. Diana Augustinova (CZE)
2. Dorota Stenclova (CZE)

Slope Style Ranks
male rookie
1. Darek Bergmann (CZE)
2. Petr Horak (CZE)
3. Filip Gutwirth (CZE)
4. Thomas Tramintz (AUT)
5. Rudi Oesterhus (NOR)

male grom
1. Martin Mikyska (CZE)
2. Jakub Kral (CZE)
3. Ondrej Porkert (CZE)
4. Lewis Courtier Jones (GBR)
5. Daniel Porkert (CZE)
female grom
1. Diana Augustina (CZE)
2. Dorota Stenclova (CZE)

Check out all World Rookie Rank previous results here


Only the best rookies in the world will be granted access to the World Rookie Tour big final: the Swatch TTR 4Star “Protest World Rookie Finals” in Ischgl, Austria, from April 15 to April 19, 2009. Only the winners of the previous qualifiers will be able to go to Ischgl, together with the best athletes of the World Rookie Rank on April 5, and the wild cards that single nations give to their most promising rookies. The World Rookie Rank is a classification for under 18’s only and it is developed by the World Snowboard Federation (WSF) in collaboration with TTR. At the end of the World Rookie Tour, the final winner will be awarded with the title of World Rookie Champion. He will be offered a unique opportunity to enter the world of professional snowboarding: an invitation to a Video Shooting with the Pirate Movie Production, a Photo Shooting by On Board Europe and an invitation to an event which is still kept secret are awaiting the winner.

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