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World Rookie Fest 2023 went down at the Mottolino Snowpark, with more than 180 riders came to Livigno to live one of their best experiences of their life.

It was a week full of tricks, fun and adrenaline in Livigno! New and old friends gathered to celebrate their passion for snowboarding and freeskiing.

Take your time and watch the video highlights from World Rookie Fest 2023, the 18th edition!

Click here for the full Report from the World Rookie Fest 2023 – Snowboard

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The WSF online course for safe snowboarding is in the works.

The WSF and SafeShred project are ensuring young athletes are educated to recognize harmful situations and how to prevent them. SafeShred partners are entering the last year project until the publication of its final output: the SafeShred E-learning.

The SafeShred E-learning is a fun and interactive online course for young riders to acquire basic knowledge of ethics and integrity. The topics covered are manipulation of sports competition, doping, harassment, bullying, corruption, whistleblowing system and basic human rights. It will be accessible to all on the WSF Academy.

On 24 September 2022, managers, trainers and representatives of the snowboard world met in Kloten to test the prototype of the SafeShred E-learning. They navigated through the different modules, put on their critical glasses and gave constructive feedback to the production team. In the following two weeks, young riders from different countries also shared their insights after testing the course. Next stop: publication of the course in English and translation in different languages (German, Italian, Finnish, Swedish).

In conjunction with the E-learning, SafeShred partners are also finalizing the other tangible results: the riders’ guide, the SafeShred training material, the desk research, and the evaluation of the effectiveness of trainings. This material will shortly be available to all WSF members willing to organize their own workshops to empower young riders in facing unethical issues in snowboarding. 

More SafeShred news is coming this winter…

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

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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



The World Snowboard Federation is looking for an Office Manager, based out of Innsbruck, Austria (Part-time position, 20hours/week).

The main tasks of the Office Manager will be:

  • Membership management and administration
  • Financial management: budgeting, accounting, payments and invoicing
  • Event and Ranking Administration
  • Project Management of key WSF Projects

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Membership management and administration (applications, information to/from BoD, answering questions on daily/weekly basis)
  • Finance management: accounting, payments and invoicing (and many reminders) and budget control
  • Board Meetings: preparing agenda, monthly report to the Board, writing minutes
  • Bookings and organisation of meeting (for BOD meeting and for WSF GA)
  • Visits to NSAs / other meetings / presentations to be done
  • All preparation for GA / annual reports / presentation / logistics etc – procedures
  • Supporting events in the application process to the WSPL/WRR and results administration
  • Supplying for all sort of negotiations / contracts

Selection Criteria – essential skills and qualities:

  • Passion for snowboarding
  • Background in administration and project management would be beneficial
  • Fluent in english and german
  • 2 days a week in Innsbruck as minimum

All interested applicants should send a CV and cover letter to

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The 2022 WSF General Assembly will take place in Zurich, SUI September 22-26th. Info and agenda below. Hotel information will be shared shortly. Please confirm you attendance here: Please fill out the following form to confirm your attendance: 


THURSDAY 22.09.2022:
Morning: Arrival for WSF Members
14.00 – 14.30: Welcoming
14.30 – 17.30: Report Part I

FRIDAY 23.09.2022:
9.15 – 12.00: Report Part II
12.00 – 14.00: Lunch Break
14.30 – 17.00: Motions and Elections
19.00: Common Dinner

SATURDAY 24.09.2022:
9.00 – 11.00: Key Note Speakers
11.00 – 13.00: Future Plan
13.00 – 15.00: Lunch Break
15.00 – 18.00: Erasmus+

SUNDAY 25.09.2022: 
9.30 – 12.00: Working Group 1 and 2
12.00 – 14.00: Lunch Break
14.30 – 17.00: Working Group 3 and 4

MONDAY 26.09.2022: 
9.30 – 12.00: Working Group Presentation and Recap
12.00 – 14.00: Lunch and Good Bye
14.30 – 17.00 Board Meeting* (please note that it is requested the in person attendance for the new elected Board Members).


At the General Assembly in Zurich, the following bodies are up for elections:
– the full WSF Board;
– WSF Auditors;
– WSF Appeal and Disciplinary Committee.

Please find here the “Candidates Form”, which you will need to fill out to propose a new potential WSF BoD member. The proposed names will be presented to the WSF Members and elections will take place during the General Assembly. Applications can be sent in until 24.07.2022, per email to WSF General Secretary, Anna Negri at

For both the WSF Auditors and the WSF Appeal and Disciplinary Committee, please simply submit your application via email to the WSF General Secretary, Anna Negri at

If a WSF member cannot participate in the GA through the representatives of the national snowboarding associations, it can give a written power of attorney to a third party to represent it at the GA. Each nation representative can receive only one proxy.

The power of attorney must be assigned before the start of the General Assembly. Please fill the following form in order to assign the proxy for WSF GA 2022:


If you want to submit any motion to be voted on the General Assembly. Please read carefully: Motions have to be submitted to WSF General Secretary at not later than 13th August 2022 (40 days before the start of the General Assembly).

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The Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY Overall Winners 2022/2023

For the 9th time, the Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY toured across the Zillertal last season. After the popular Snowboard Amateur Series had to be canceled the previous winter, up-and-coming snowboarding talents from all over Europe were happily attending the tour in 2021/2022 again. The glorious overall tour winners were finally crowned new Kings and Queens of the Zillertal VÄLLEY at the last tour stop on Hintertux Glacier.

The Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY unites four exciting snowboard slopestyle competitions, freebie freestyle coachings, side events and free snowboard hardware demo/testing in one unique event series. Established as a part of the international World Snowboarding Tour event series and as an official part of the ASA (Austrian Snowboard Association) AustriaCups, the Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY attracted snowboarders from far and near to travel to the Zillertal.

In every contest, riders gathered points on the World Snowboarding Point List (WSPL) and competitors under 18 years also gained credits for the World Rookie Ranking. Last but not least, all athletes collected points in the overall Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY tour ranking with every contest result. The overall tour winners were finally crowned new Royal Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY family 2021/2022 after the final tour stop at Hintertux Glacier.

Jascha Nuñez

Congratulations to the new Kings and Queens of the VÄLLEY:

Overall Men & Women (o18):
Queen: Anna Tomanova (CZE)
King: Till Strohmeyer (AUT)

Rookies (16-18)
Queen: Noelle Jamnig (AUT)
King: Jascha Nunez (AUT)

Groms (13-15)
Queen: Anna Tomanova (CZE)
King: Floris v. de Velde (NED)

Super Groms (u13)
Queen: Sky Remans (BEL)
King: Tibbe Keizer (NED)

The final tour rankings and winner videos are available at
Winner videos and photo galleries:
Winner videos:

“Congratulations to this year´s overall VÄLLEY RÄLLEY winners here in the Zillertal,“ says Beate Kassner from Zillertal Tourism GmbH, VÄLLEY RÄLLEY title sponsor and main financier. “It is always a pleasure to welcome so many young sports talents in the valley. Therefore we are already looking forward to the start of the 2022/2023 Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY, which will kick off in December 2022. We wish all participants good luck for the new season.“

Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY 2022/2023

Save the dates:

1. Tourstop. 17.-18.12.2022 – Hochzillertal-Kaltenbach, Erste Ferienregion im Zillertal
2. Tourstop: 21.-22.01.2023 – Zillertal Arena
3. Tourstop: 11.-12-03.2023 – Penken Park Mayrhofen, Mayrhofen-Hippach im Zillertal
4. Tourstopp: 29.-30.04.2023 – Hintertux Glacier, Betterpark Hintertux, Tux-Finkenberg

About the Zillertal
The Zillertal is one of the most popular alpine holiday destinations and long since known as Europe´s number one snowboarding mecca. The well-designed and perfectly shaped snow parks rank among the best freestyle parks in Europe attracting some of the world´s best riders over and over again. There are kickers, rails, boxes and other features for all riding levels to learn new tricks and improve freestyle skills quickly. The Zillertal snow parks score high for great shaping, jumps with space for tricks and push creativity throughout all levels. Find out more at

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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.


Banked Slalom Events Features News Para-Snowboarding upcoming events

Hybrid Banked Slalom in Sinaia Cota Romania April 15th

The founder of EVO Sport Romania, Cristian Piciorea is organizing a hybrid banked slalom in Sinaia Cota, Romania April 15th. This event is is for both able-bodied and adaptive athletes and is guaranteed to be fun for everyone.

“We want to organize this end-of-season competition for all the snowboarders in Romania. When I say all, I say both able-bodied snowboarders and snowboarders with a physical impairment. Both able-bodied people and people with disabilities can achieve sport performance, therefore we apply this new hybrid format. This is the first competition of its kind in our country, and we are organizing it at Sinaia.

The maximum number of participants is 40, and there are already 20 people that registered, including 4 adaptive snowboarders. We have to limit the registration to 40 because that is the limit imposed by the time registry system (and we want to use the time system to ensure a fair and transparent competition). For this, we collaborate with Bibchip România, who will keep the time results by using individual NFC chips carried by each competitor.

Among the participants we have Mihăiță PAPARĂ (who represented Romania at the 2018 and 2022 Winter Paralympic Games), Toma MORȚILĂ (Alpine Snowboard multiple international champion), and numerous other top-level athletes, coaches, experienced local snowboard instructors and snowboard lovers.

We are pleasantly surprised to see that there is a big interest in the Under 18 category, which means that competition for this segment is in high demand and has enormous potential for performance and growth. “

Competition Schedule and Regulation


Place – Sinaia, Firul Văii Dorului (in front of Apesski Panoramic)

  • Cable transport – from 09.00
  • Competitors at start – 10.00
  • Course inspection – 10.15 / 10.30
  • Competitors at start – 10.45
  • Forerunner at start – 10.50
  • Training run( 1 run / competitor) – 11.00 / 11.35


o          Banked Slalom Competition Start
o          Forerunner start – 11.50
o          Competition start ( 1 timed run/competitor) – 12.00
o          Start interval- 2 min between competitors

Prizegiving ceremony – 14.00 at Apresski Panoramic


All competitors are required to obtain their assigned competition number – race bib (access to the route is prohibited without the competition number);

The competition has 5 categories of participants:

  1. Pro – athletes, former athletes, coaches, instructors (both men and ladies, regardless of age);
  2. Open Men – intermediate and advanced;
  3. Open Ladies – intermediate and advanced;
  4. U18 – boys and girls, under the age of 18;
  5. Para snowboard – people with disabilities (the organizer may decide on a case-by-case analysis);

All competitors are required to wear a helmet and column protection. Without these, the competitor is not allowed to start.

Only those who have registered until 13.04.2022 can start.

The format of the Banked Slalom competition consists of a snowboard race on a slope, in a course with turns, jumps and banked turns. The competitors must limit themselves to their individual sports skills, without endangering their lives or the lived of others;

All competitors must pass over the gates that are set in each turn. If a competitor cannot pass over these gates or if he/she avoids them (deliberately or unintentionally), that competitor is disqualified.

The time of each competitor is measured, and introduced into a table, according to each category. The shortest time wins and there will be a ranking (from the first to the last time obtained). Timing will be closely monitored by Bibchip Romania, each competitor will have an NFC chip. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in each category are awarded. In addition, there will be a prize for the best time overall.

The prizes are in the form of FunRide winter equipment vouchers

1st place – 400 lei, 2nd place – 200 lei, 3rd place – 100 lei, Best time – 1000 lei. The total value of the prizes is 4,500 lei

The maximum number of competitors is 40.

The appeals are submitted in writing after the competition (no later than 12 hours after the competition ended) at email and will be analyzed within 10 days.

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In 2002 the first Spring Battle took place at Absolut Park. Over the years, we always had creative and constantly changing formats and awards. An evolving, up-to-date event mode in tune with the zeitgeist.
For this year’s 20th anniversary, we are presenting a slightly changed format once again: After launching our digitally global online format last year (due to Covid-19 restrictions), we decided to build on the great experiences we’ve made with this mode. And since we are finally able to invite Pro Riders again on site to Absolut Park, we are happy to combine our digital format with the roots of Spring Battle: A fun and challenging event at the pinnacle of the snow season.

Spring Battle 2022 will continue to be held as BEST TRICK competition from March 12th till March 16th 2022. The Spring Battle setup will feature a Turbo Knuckle, two big Pro Jumps and a Rail Yard for this year’s categories:

BEST TRICK BIGAIR (on site only on the last Absolut Park Pro Jump)
BEST TRICK RAIL (on site only in the Absolut Park Rail Yard)
BEST 540 (on one of the two Absolut Park Pro Jumps OR anywhere in the world)
BEST TURBOKNUCKLE (on the AP Turboknuckle OR anywhere in the world)

As usual, SPRING BATTLE 2022 will be welcoming the best women and men in snowboarding and freeskiing on the globe to fight for a total prize money purse of impressive 100.000 US$.

How to participate

  • All riders need to register at
  • All registered riders can participate in ALL 4 CATEGORIES on site at Absolut Park’s Spring Battle setup.
  • All registered riders can also participate in the BEST 540 and BEST TURBOKNUCKLE categories by in submitting their entries digitally from anywhere in the world.
  • All entries have to be posted to your instagram channel AND uploaded to our event platform at by the according deadlines.

Each rider teams up with a followcam filmer or other rider to record their entries within the event time window. Each rider‘s best trick (uncut video clip) must be uploaded on their Instagram channel (public, not private, using the award hashtags!) and to our event platform at until 5pm at the according deadlines.

The best tricks will be judged after each deadline and will be presented at the Live Shows the following night.


  • film the best tricks within the 4 days event window (March 12th till March 15th), either on site at Absolut Park or worldwide (Best Turboknuckle & Best 540 only).
  • state your NAME and the CATEGORY you wanna enter before or after the trick with your face visible (no cuts!). If you are shooting long lens with a filmer, make him state your name & category in front of the camera)
  • upload the uncut video clips on your Instagram channel using the following hastags: #springbattle22 plus the according award hashtag (see above) and make sure your account is public
  • upload the uncut video clips to our event platform

The submission / posting deadlines

Best Trick Turboknuckle: March 12th, 5pm CET*
Best 540 Award: March 13th, 5pm CET*
Best Trick Rail: March 14th, 5pm CET*
Best Trick Big-Air: March 15th, 5pm CET*

*5pm CET (Central European Time) equals:
North America: 8am PST / 11am EST
Japan: 1am JST (+1 day)
China: 12pm CST

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VANS x The Thing About Greece Banked Slalom – March 6th

The Thing About Greece in collaboration with VANS is hosting a Banked Slalom race for the 3rd time on March 6th, 2022 at Kalavrita Ski Ristorante in Greece. Wax your board, put on your carnival costume and come to the most fun shred event of the season. Prizes will be awarded for the fastest times in Men’s, Women’s and Children’s categories and  prize for the best costume wins a free Ikaria Surf Camp with The Thing About Greece. A beer pong competition and the music by selected DJs will complete the wonderful atmosphere. You’re not gonna want to miss this!


Entry fee: € 25 (you also keep the athlete’s collectible jersey)

Lift ticket: € 8 (special discount in Kalavrita)

Register for the competition here:

Detailed prizes of the winners:

Best Costume – 1 Spot at TTAG Ikaria Surf Camp, 1 pair VANS MTE, Poncho Ace Play More, Annual Card of HK Kalavrita, Hoodie TTAG, Cap Ace Play More

Fastest Snowboarder – € 100 Cash Prize by VANS, Snowboard Boots VANS, 1 Spot at TTAG Igloo Camp, Hoodie TTAG, Hat Ace Play More

Fastest Skier – € 100 Cash Prize by VANS, 1 pair VANS MTE, 1 Spot at TTAG Igloo Camp, Hoodie TTAG, Hat Ace Play More

Fastest Girl – € 100 Cash Prize by VANS, 1 pair VANS MTE, 1 Spot at TTAG Igloo Camp, Hoodie TTAG, Hat Ace Play More

Fastest Kid – 1 pair VANS MTE, 1 Spot at TTAG Igloo Camp, Cap Ace Play More, Playmobil Game

Event Sponsors: Vans, Ace Play More, Samsung The Freestyle

Supporters: DK Rental, No Hard Feelings, HK Kalavrita