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Florian Fischer wins the first World Rookie Rail Jam by Skipass

Sun and warm temperatures welcomed enthusiastic spectators to ModenaFiere to witness the first urban rail contest in the history of the World Rookie Tour. Set up was definitely one of the Europe’s best urban rail set in the last years, designed and built by the wise shapers of F-tech Company based in South Tyrol.


33 invited Rookies from 9 different Nations battle it out but it was Florian Fischer from Switzerland who conquer the event with his technical and loose style. All the Rookies gave a spectacle to the hyped crowd and after an exciting contest day, the Helvetic won with a Kamikaze Bs board Pretzel 2 out e Fs 2 in 2 out. Second place for another Swiss rider Gian Andrea Sutter with Kamikaze Fs270 in and Kamikaze Bs 180 in, third place for the Italian Nicola Liviero with a 50-50 to Gap Fs Board Kamikaze and 50-50 to transfer 270 out of the wall.

Rookie Podium
Rookie Podium

Scott Walsh from Great Britain took the first place in the Grom’s category with an impressive Bs 270 in 50-50 to frontflip out. Nick Punter (SUI) and Alex Lotorto (ITA) earned second and third place.

Grom Podium

The massive structure consisted of 8 meters down rail, 9 meters double kinked, 12 meters step down rail, pol jam, wall rider, 5 meters rainbow rail, 3 meters straight rail to 3 meters transfer. The athletes performed to the best of their abilities, and pleased judges and crowds alike.

For the Rookies the experience was unforgettable, especially for the great visit at the Ferrari Museum in Maranello, a nice overview from the old vintage cars to the new prototypes. Rookies and Black Yeti really enjoyed it! Back to the fair, during the Cash for Trick Night Contest the world’s best rookies rails rippers fought it out for the crowd’s approval. This format allowed the riders to show off their best tricks to the approving cheers of the numerous onlookers.

Ferrari Museum
Ferrari Museum

WRT continues with many stops around the world. Many other events are next to be included. Have a look at the World Rookie Tour events agenda below and see the closest event to you! Next stop will be in Corvatsh from 15th to 18th December 2016 for the Corvatsch Rookie Fest!

Cash for Trick Contest

Please download full ranks and pictures of the 2016 World Rookie Rail Jam by Skipass here.

Photo Credit by Federico Romanello

Please refer to the following links for more pictures about World Rookie Rail Jam by Skipass:

World Rookie Rail Jam by Skipass – Day 1 – Ferrari Museum
World Rookie Rail Jam by Skipass – Cash for Trick Nigh Contest
World Rookie Rail Jam by Skipass – Quali
World Rookie Rail Jam by Skipass – Finals and Prize Giving

2016.17 World Rookie Tour – Calendar
South America Rookie Fest (SS) – Valle Nevado, Chile  21.23 August 2015 – DONE
Australian Rookie Fest (SS) – Thredbo, Australia 1 September 2016 – DELETED
World Rookie Rail Jam (Rail) – Modena, Italy 29.30 October 2016 NEW!
Corvatsch Rookie Fest (SS) – Corvatsch, Swiss 15.18 December 2016
World Rookie Fest (SS) – Livigno, Italy 14.19 January 2017
Bulgarian Rookie Fest (SS + HP) – Pamporovo, Bulgaria 27.29 January 2017
Trentino Rookie Fest (SS) – Monte Bondone, Italy 8.12 February 2017
World Rookie Finals (SS+HP) –Kitzsteinhorn, Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria 04.9 April 2017

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2016 World Rookie Rail Jam by Skipass

The Black Yeti, the most famous mascot in the snowboard’s world, will arrive in Modena (Italy) for the first edition of the World Rookie Rail Jam by Skipass. A new World Rookie Tour contest that will take place during the Tourism and Winter Sports Fair at ModenaFiere, the 29th and 30th October 2016.

Skipass, the most important event for mountain and winter sports lovers with more than 86.000 visitors, will be the amazing stage for the first “urban” date ever organized in the history of the World Rookie Tour. Skipass Pro Rail, one of the Europe’s best urban rail set in the last years, is designed and built by the wise shapers of the F-tech Company based in South Tyrol.


In addition to 3 wild cards for the 2017 World Rookie Finals in Austria, the World Rookie Rail Jam’s winner will participate at the Invitational Rail Contest “Street Fighters” with the best international pro riders. Street Fighters will take place Tuesday October 1st 2016 on the same pro rail set, with a prize money pool of 5.000€.

As has become the tradition at the World Rookie Tour events, organization will offer the opportunity to attend many side activities, that will make the Rookie experience in Modena even more memorable. Cash for Trick Session under floodlights, unmissable visit at the Ferrari Museum in Maranello and the big Skipass final party.

To make the event even more special, 24 invited riders will participate for free, included accommodation for 2 nights (29-30 October), entry fee and fair tickets. Every national team has 3 “all-inclusive” spots for the riders. Coaches and families are welcome with special hotel offers and Skipass fair ticket for free.

For those who come by airplane, pick-up service will be available from Bologna airport or from train station “Reggio Emilia Medio Padana”.

For more information about event, registration and booking please contact Matteo Fregni at or  0039.059.9783397

Schedule World Rookie Tour Rail Jam by Skipass

Saturday 29 October
Check in and registration                     10.00 – 19.00
Ferrari Museum                                   15.00 – 18.00
Training and Cash for Trick Session    19.00 – 20.30
Skipass Night Party                              22.00 – 23.00

Sunday 30 October
Training                                                  11.00 – 12.00
Qualification                                           13.30 – 15.00
Final                                                       16.30 – 17.30
Final Party (location tba)                        from 22.30

Monday 31 October
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Prize money pool:
3 wild card for the 2017 World Rookie Finals in Austria
1 wild card for the Street Fighter Rail Invitational scheduled for Tuesday 1st November 2016 (includes free accommodation on Monday 31st October night)

Registration and accommodation:
Black Yeti offers entry fee, entry ticket for the Skipass fair, accommodation for 2 nights (check in Saturday 29 October – check out Monday 31 October) until reaching 24 athletes. Each WSF national snowboard association will have 3 all inclusive free sport.  To all riders and coaches registration fees and fair tickets are free. Riders, coaches and families will be hosted in the same hotel. Special hotel rates are available for coaches and families (approx. 40€/night).

For national teams who want to participate with more than 3 athletes, information will be announced later (registration fee and fair entry tickets will be free, special rate for hotel).

Contacts for: registration, information and booking:
Matteo Fregni: email, phone 0039.059.9783397

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