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From May 27 – 29, 2024 POW Europe hosted the third in-person meeting for all 11 ZERO project partners in Innsbruck to discuss the status quo and to kick off the 2nd year of the Erasmus+ project.

ZERO stands for “Zero Emission Rides Objectives” and is aiming to develop innovative practices of grassroot snowboarding to increase accessibility and participation of young people in sport activities while empowering them in the fight against climate change towards “zero emission rides”.

The time was well spent with updates on the past year including the “Report on Sustainability” or the “Collection of Best Practices”.  The German Sport University Cologne delivered their analysis of the sustainability survey which was answered by kids all over Europe to find out how much awareness they have for all topics related to the environment and what actions they take in their day-to-day life. POW Europe presented an overview of the workshop for kids held across Europe in collaboration with the respective project partners. The learnings from year 1 will now be integrated to make the workshop experience in year 2 even better for all participants.

One day was spent hiking above Innsbruck for a creative brainstorming session for the upcoming deliverables including a downloadable board game which is planned for the upcoming winter season.

Follow the WSF channels for regular updates on the status quo and find out more about ZERO here.

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World Rookie Snowboard Finals Set for March 19-25 2023

World Rookie Snowboard Finals | Rookie Winner Hiroto Ogiwara (JPN) | Ph Andreas Amplatz 

Kitzsteinhorn Kaprun will host the best rookies of the 2023 WRT season

Maybe it’s still early, but the Black Yeti wants to allow you to mark the dates of the most important youth events of the winter season: all the rookie tour crew will be back once again in Kitzsteinhorn Kaprun/Zell am See in Austria, from 19 to 25 March 2023, for World Rookie Snowboard Finals.

The WRT Finals will attract once again the best young snowboarders from the World Rookie Tour qualifying events to compete for the 2023 World Rookie Freeski Champion title and incredible prizes such as invitation to world-class events, Red Bull Special Experience and much more.

Also, the kick-off and oldest event of the 2023 WRT, the legendary World Rookie Fest in Livigno, Italy, confirmed its 18th edition from January the 14th until January the 21st 2023. The event will be open to both snowboarders (14-18 January) and freeskiers (18-21 January) and will offer also a special training week in the premium Mottolino Snowpark, long-time partner of the Black Yeti.

World Rookie Snowboard Finals | Grom Wm Winner Sara Shimizu (JPN) | Ph Andreas Amplatz


If your dream is to start a professional snowboard carrier, then the World Rookie Tour is the place to be!

Registrations and Information
World Rookie Registration – Skateboard – World Rookie Tour
Phone +39 059.9783397

If you dream to become a professional action sport athlete, then your future starts from the World Rookie Tour! 

The World Rookie Tour is organized by the Black Yeti ssrl in collaboration with World Snowboard Federation, National Snowboard, Ski and Skateboard Associations, and selected action sports agencies. It was born in 2005 as a series of youth snowboard events and it consists now of a selection of high-quality International events for snowboard, Freeski, Skateboard and Surf, the so-called “Rookie Fests”, reserved for riders under 18’s only, in Europe, North and South America, Oceania and Asia. The World Rookie Tour consists not only of competitions: it also features loads of other activities to help rookies to grow in the field of professional action sports, such as photo & video shootings, avalanche, and rescue clinics, meetings with photographers, and international team managers, parties and English talks. Since year zero, it awards tickets to world-class events such as X Games Norway, Audi Nines, The Arctic Challenge, The Air & Style, The World Snowboarding Championships, Red Bull Roller Coaster, Simple Session, Mystic Sk8 Cup, invitations to professional photo & video shootings, and shooting trip all around the world. Every year the tour crowns the World Rookie Champions at the end of the season, during the World Rookie Finals, a unique event format where the best youngsters from almost 30 countries compete and have fun. More information at

The Black Yeti is an amateur sports club dedicated to the realization of Snowboard, Freeski, Skateboard and Surf projects for boys and girls up to 18 years of age, at international level. One of the most successful projects is the World Rookie Tour, the biggest and the most famous tour in the action sports world that attracts 3.000 young athletes from 30 nations to the events called “Rookie Fest”, organized all over the world: Italy, Europe, North and South America, Oceania and Asia. The Rookie Fests program includes not only the competition but also many side activities such as avalanche and rescue clinics, workshops, and English talks. 

World Rookie Tour Media Manager
Marco Sampaoli – – Tel +39.059.9783397 or +39.340.328.55.69

World Rookie Tour Event Coordinator
Meinhard Trojer – – Tel +43.650.56.37.424

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The World Snowboard Federation (WSF) and the CSCF – Foundation for Sport Integrity are engaged to protect young riders and the integrity of snowboarding.

While the riding season is coming to an end for the grassroots snowboard movement, more than a hundred of young riders have already participated in trainings on key integrity topics across Europe. These interactive and educational workshops have raised awareness on the dangers of doping and sport manipulation, on the prevention of harassment/bullying, the protection of human rights, and the importance of speaking up against any threat and misconduct.

On March 27th, two trainings were successfully integrated as side-events of the World Rookie Snowboard Finals, organized in the historic location of Kitzsteinhorn Zell am See-Kaprun, thanks to the cooperation of the Austrian Snowboard Association (ASA), as project partner and host of the event, the experts from CSCF and the WSF.

“It was a great experience to see how interested and motivated the young people are to work on this project. For us it’s a pleasure to be part of SafeShred and we will come up for sure with more SafeShred Workshops.” Meini

On this occasion, Boris Kilvinger, SafeShred project manager of WSF, and Carlos Gutierrez, operations manager of CSCF, presented the topics of sports manipulation and basic human rights, respectively, to more than 30 young riders and coaches.

“It was nice to see that the workshops developed by CSCF appeal to the youth and that they are a powerful tool to initiate a sustainable improvement for the whole snowboard sport” Boris Kilvinger

We all know that education is a fundamental pillar to raise awareness about the dangers that stem from sports integrity issues. Having the opportunity to share with young riders the concepts of human rights and how it applies in the context of snowboarding was unique. The interest of the young participants was impressive, and the message was clear: Be alert to human rights violations and don’t hesitate to speak up!” Carlos Gutierrez

This was also the occasion for the project coordinators to discuss the following steps of the SafeShred project: the translation and publication of the SafeShred Handbook, the designing of an E-learning program that will be accessible on the online WSF Academy and the organization of a final conference to present these results among and beyond the world snowboard community.

Stay tuned! The winter might come to an end soon, but there is more to come for SafeShred in 2022!

*The SafeShred project is co-financed by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union.


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Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY Kicks Off Its 9th Season In December

In December 2021, the Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY hosted by Blue Tomato and Ride Snowboards will be kicking off into the 9th season. As every year, the popular snowboard tour attracts international riders to travel to Zillertal from everywhere. Under the aegis of the Ästhetiker crew, four tour stops will be held in 2021/2022. The events will be going down in four different Zillertal snowparks, always happening with one day of coaching and training and a slopestyle competition day. This season´s series will be kicking off with the first tour stop on December 18th and 19th at the ski resort of Hochzillertal-Kaltenbach.

Nine years of Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY hosted by Blue Tomato & Ride Snowboards! Thanks to the ongoing support by Zillertal Tourism GmbH, the Zillertal mountain companies, and tourism associations, as well as loyal partners like Blue Tomato, Ride Snowboards, Red Bull, Horsefeathers, and Dana Beanies, the popular VÄLLEY RÄLLEY will be coming home to Zillertal in December 2021 again.

Rider: Mika Schweizer photo: Dan Mullins

Zillertal Tourism General Manager Beate Kassner is looking forward to the event series: “The support of up-and-coming talents in wintersports is an extremely important topic for us in the Zillertal. We are delighted to welcome so many young athletes to the Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY. The tour starts in December is an important date for all of us and we wish all our participants good luck and great success.”

In the past eight years, Zillertal´s famous snowboard tour has become one of Europe´s top events for up-and-coming snowboarding talents. „With the Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY we are providing a platform for young riders to enter professional snowboarding and breathe fresh contest air,“ Ästhetiker prÄsident Steve Gruber explains. „The unique combination of coaching and contest has proven its success over the past years. Young athletes take advantage of our events to push their own level of progression. We are proud to announce that some of them have qualified for the Olympic Games.“

Boardsports fans can look forward to four action-packed weekends in the Zillertal. At every tour stop, the latest Ride Snowboards and bindings will be available for free demo/testing. And while the coaching day stands for freebie freestyle training in small groups and together with snowboard pros, Europe´s rising stars will be throwing their best tricks down all over the slopestyle course on the competition day.

All four competitions come along with medals, prizes, and prize money. And while Ride Snowboards hands out brand-new snowboards to the winners, presenting partner Blue Tomato will be organizing side events and fun competitions on the coaching day. Horsefeathers will deliver a brand-new outerwear combo for the Horsefeathers best trick winner at every tour stop.

2020’s Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY overall tour winners showing off their goods. Photo courtesy of Zillertal.

With every contest result, athletes will accumulate points in the Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY overall ranking. The Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY 2021/2022 overall tour winners will be crowned into the new Royal Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY family at the fourth and final stage at Hintertux Glacier. Riders participating in the tour will automatically be collecting points for the International World Snowboard Point List (WSPL). The points of the first three VÄLLEY RÄLLEY events further count as ASA (Austrian Snowboard Association) Austriacup results. According to the accumulated points after the first three events, the best man, the best woman, and top rookies (U18) are qualified for the Austrian Master’s Slopestyle Finals. Rookies (U18) are collecting points in the World Rookie Ranking to qualify for the World Rookie Tour Finals. More info about the international points system can be looked up at

Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY event schedule 2021/2022:

1.Tour stop – 18.-19.12.2021 – Skiregion Hochzillertal-Kaltenbach, Erste Ferienregion im Zillertal
2.Tour stop – 15.-16.01.2022 – Zillertal Arena, Zell-Gerlos
3.Tour stop – 26.-27.02.2022 – Penken Park Mayrhofen, Mayrhofen-Hippach im Zillertal
4.Tour stop – 23.-24.04.2022 – Hintertux Glacier, Betterpark Hintertux, Tux-Finkenberg

It’s understood that the actual safety precautions and conditions will be communicated, controlled, and complied at all Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY events. Late contest registrations will not be possible on site. Check and for categories, age groups and registration.

Zillertal’s parks are made for all levels, from freestyle newbie to super pro. Photo courtesy of Zillertal.

About the Zillertal:
The Zillertal counts among the most popular alpine destinations. It’s well-known as Europe’s number one valley for snowboarding. Zillertal’s snow parks rank high, attracting the world’s top snowboarders to train in the valley since time immemorial. The choice is huge and there are jumps, rails, and boxes available for all levels. No matter, if you’re a freestyle newbie or snowboard pro, Zillerta’s snow parks deliver the perfect playground for any kind of tricks, jumps, and creativity. Find out more at

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Junior Freestyle Tour 2018 by Snowboard Germany!


Snowboard  Germany hosts the very first Junior Freestyle Tour in Germany!

You’ve never taken part in a snowboard competition but you want to give it a try? Or have you been to some contests and want to improve your game? Then be part of the very first Junior Freestyle Tour in Germany! No matter if you are a rookie or pro – all kids who want to show off their skills in pipe and park are welcome!

A special highlight of the tour will be the competitions for the German Championship and the German Youth Championship in Big Air, Slopestyle and Halfpipe (Age groups U12, U15 and Open).
For the first time we will also play the Game of S. N. O. W. !

You can find the registration for the JFT and further informations here:

In order to participate you’ll have to sign the liability exclusion and the arbitration agreement. For your own security carrying a helmet is obligatory – other protectors are recommended.


01.-03.12.2017 Worldcup Big Air, Mönchengladbach

03.-04.02.2018 Junior Freestyle Tour, Game of S.N.O.W., Sudelfeld

24.-25.02.2018 Burning Boots Banked Slalom 2018 Brauneck/ Idealhang (Stiealm)

01.-03.03.2018 Europacup & German Masters DM Big Air Götschen

03.-04.03. 2018 Junior Freestyle Tour, Game of S.N.O.W. Götschen

10.-11.03.2018 Junior Freestyle Tour, Bayerische Meisterschaft Slopestyle, Garmisch-Partenkirchen

22.-25.03.2018 German Masters DM & DJM Slopestyle + Halfpipe, Finale der Junior Freestyle Tour, Kühtai