Ulsletten and Rusin are the WSF World Rookie Champions 2011

The 4Star Protest World Rookie Finals are finally concluded and Emil Andre Ulsletten from Norway and Katarzyina Rusin from Polland conquered the World Rookie Champions titles 2011 in Ischgl, Austria. Among the many prizes awarded, there was also an additional ticket to Oslo 2012 World Snowboard Championships for the male rookie champion.

Emil Andre Ulsletten (NOR)

In a slopestyle consisting of 4 table tops and a big jib area, all the riders showcased an high level of snowboarding for the end of season Protest World Rookie Finals 2011. Also, in the tradition of the World Rookie Tour, the event was not only a competition but included many other activities in the 5 days program: avalanche clinics by Pieps, art workshops with “special” people by We.Art, shredding with snowboard legends from USA (Mike Ranquet, Terry Kidwell and Bob Klein), video premiere about the History of Snowboarding, and a presentation of Oslo 2012 World Snowboard Championships and W.A.S (We Are Snowboarding) by Henning Anderson, CEO of The Arctic Challenge.

The male winner of the event and new WSF World Rookie Champion 2011 is the norwegian rising star Emil Andre Ulsletten, who impressed the jury with frontside 1080, cab 900 and tons of style on the rails. Sven Thorgren from Sweden and Haaverd Bergheim from Norway completed the male rookie podium: all of them won a freeride trip to Chile with international pros to join the South America Rookie Fest 2011 in Valle Nevado.

In the girls rookie category, Katarzyna Rusin from Polland conquered her second World Rookie Champion title and moved in the position 20 of the TTR World Pro Rank. Valentina Barengo from Italy got second and Caroline Hockel from Switzerland third.

Katerina Vojackova (Czech Republic)

The groms section, reserved to riders borned from 1996 and up, showcased a great level of riding from very young shredders. Fridtjof Saether Tischendorf from Norway and Katerina Vojackova from Czech Republic resulted the male and female winners in their age groups, both shredding the big kicker line of the snowpark.

Straight after the event, the best male and female riders joined a Cooler and Onboard photoshooting in Ischgl, Kronplatz and Val Senales which will be featured in next season issues to present the rookie fest champions to the international snowboard community.

Male rookie Podium

Protest World Rookie Finals 2011 – Ranks
Male Rookie:
1- Emil Andre Ulsletten – NOR – (World Rookie Champion 2011)
2 – Sven Thorgren – SWE
3 – Haaverd Bergheim – NOR
Male Grom:
1 – Fridtjof Saether Tischendorf – NOR
2 – Lucien Koch – SUI
3 – David Hablutzel – SUI
Female Rookie:
1 – Katarzyna Rusin – POL – (World Rookie Champion 2011)
2 – Valentina Barengo – ITA
3 – Caroline Hockel – SUI
Female Grom:
1 – Katerina Vojackova CZE
2 – Verena Rohere SUI
3 – Chloe Sillieres FRA

Girl Rookie Podium

Download complete ranks of the event at the following link:

Watch the picture gallery from finals and awarding ceremony at the World Rookie Tour facebook page: www.facebook.com/album.php?id=127519233927573&aid=58803

Video highlights from finals and complete event photogallery will be avaible soon.

Prizes awarded at Protest World Rookie Final in Ischgl
– For the overall winner of the event:
o the title of WSF World Rookie Champion
o ticket to Oslo 2012 – World Snowboard Championships
o Filming with Pirate Movie Production
o Photo shooting with Onboard and Cooler
o Freeride Filming Trip to Chile
o Ticket to Air & Style Rookie Challenge 2011 in Innsbruck, Austria.
– For the best girl and the best male grom: a golden ticket to join for free every World Rookie Fest 2011/12
– 5 ticket to Protest World Rookie Fest in Livigno 2012
– other 2 trip to Chile for the best riders of the event.
– and many other goodies like avalanche transceivers from Pieps, Sony and Tech Riders.


The World Snowboard Federation (WSF) is the international organisation exclusively working to develop the sport of snowboarding at all levels including, competitions, education, Para-Snowboard, girls programs, and snowboard activities for riders at every age. WSF represents a network of National Snowboard Associations who work together at a worldwide level to promote the development of snowboarding. Members find a source of inspiration and support from the WSF for the activities they are conducting within their nation. WSF can create added value for everybody involved in snowboarding on a national level and can offer ideas, manuals, and initiatives as a result of being together in one organization with the same goal: progression of snowboarding at all levels. Official website: www.worldsnowboardfederation.org

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Author: mucca