TTR Protest World Rookie Finals 2011
There will be a serious display of talent on offer at the 2011 TTR Protest World Rookie Finals, as these under 18-year-old riders will take the center stage in Ischgl, Austria over the next week.
The future stars of snowboarding have had the opportunity to compete all year at the many World Rookie Tour stops found all over the globe, from Chile to Romania, which are 1Star to 3Star slopestyle events and each have offered wild cards for the finals.
The World Rookie Fest culminates with male and female WSF World Rookie Champions being crowned at the end of the weekend.
The World Rookie Tour is known as a place where the future snowboard stars test the waters and have the opportunity and encouragement to make a debut into the world of competitive snowboarding. Many top level snowboarders of today including Peetu Piiroinen, Christian Haller, Gjermund Braaten and Roope Tonteri have all been there and the WRF has been a stepping stone for these riders becoming professional snowboarders.
This event does not only award the riders with TTR points and the glory that comes with the World Rookie Champ Title, but also several other prizes will be handed out, such as a ticket to the 6Star Billabong Air & Style Innsbruck rookie challenge, as well as, an opportunity to participate in an Onboard or Cooler photo shoot, or go filming with the Pirate Productions crew, along with some of the worlds best riders.
The riders will take on the huge park setup that includes several 14-18 meter kickers, a hip and a selection of fun jib features. The up and coming stars include Teemu Lamber, Hannes Handle, Lewis Courtier-Jones and Ischgl local Roland Tschoder in the groms category.
On the girl’s side, World No. 22, Katarzyna Rusin will be one to watch out for. She took the World Rookie Champ Title last year and this year came second at the WRF in Livigno and third at the 4Star Horesefeathers Pleasure Jam. Also confirmed is Hungarian Anna Gyarmati, who currently sits in World No. 38, and this year took the first spot at the 3Star WRF in Livigno and 5th at the 3Star Rip Curl Sista Sessions.
Once the 4Star Protest World Rookie Finals has been wrapped up, as well as, the 4Star Billabong Flaunt-It at Sierra-at-Tahoe, USA on April 9th, 2011 the TTR Tour heads to the 4Star USASA National Championships on April 2, 2011 to April 12, 2011 at Copper Mountain, Colorado.