world rookie tour


KIRKWOOD, CA MARCH 23, 24, 25 2012

Kids, get your passports ready!

Competitive snowboarding is about to change in North America. After nine years of successful events in Europe, Asia and the Southern Hemisphere, it is now time to bring the World Rookie Tour to North America. Legendary pro snowboarder Terry Kidwell sees a great opportunity to create a series of events that will serve as the next level beyond amateur competitions. Currently, there is a large gap between USASA level events and the top tier pro events such as the US Open, Dew Tour events and X Games.

"Right now it is a very confusing and difficult system for the young riders who have goals of becoming a top tier pro", says Kidwell, a 4 time World Champion and known globally as "The Father of Freestyle". "We're filling the gap with events that cater to the rider who has a focus on fun, but also wants to follow a path to greater heights in their personal snowboarding endeavors. The World Rookie Tour is great because they really treat the riders well and give the kids a taste of what it is like to be a pro."

At previous World Rookie Tour events, workshops on avalanche safety, how to be a pro snowboarder and interaction with people from local communities have shown the rookies that there is also a side to snowboarding that has a real, human touch. For example, at last year's World Rookie Finals in Ischgl, Austria, local mentally handicapped people came to the event and interacted with the rookies, sharing personal stories and painting snowboards together. The result is helping kids understand that snowboarding is fun and can be a passion in life, but also that there are real, human aspects to life as well.

Terry Kidwell has had a vision to create unique courses for quite some time and the World Rookie Tour is the perfect place for Terry to realize his vision. "I have always wanted to build courses and pipes with a different eye. I'd like to see the riders utilize the whole slope in a slopestyle, not just a straight jump and rail line, as we see today. Kirkwood is stepping up and shares the same vision of creating an iconic event with a unique course design that should be a benchmark for all future events."

The winners in each division will earn a spot in the Protest World Rookie Finals, held in Ischgl, Austria from April 11-15, so make sure you have your passport in order because the winners will receive at least $1,000 towards airfare and once they arrive in Europe, entry, hotel and accommodations will be paid by the World Rookie Tour. Numerous prizes for all riders, from sponsors such as Sessions, Skullcandy and more!

The Kidwell Classic kicks off on Friday, March 23rd with registration and a welcome party where Terry will explain the unique opportunity for all the riders to be a part of snowboarding history, as it's being made. There will be a workshop, "How To Be A Pro Snowboarder", given by Bob Klein, long time rider and agent for numerous pro snowboarders. The slopestyle kicks off Saturday, March 24th with qualifications and Sunday, March 24th will be the finals, where 3 winners (Groms, Rookie, Girls) will be given those spots for the Protest World Rookie Finals in Ischgl, Austria.

Age groups are as follows:

Groms – Born January 1, 1997 and up

Rookies – Born January 1, 1994 – December 31, 1996

Girls – Both Grom and Rookie divisions (only Rookie Girls winner will receive transportation to Protest World Rookie Finals in Ischgl, Austria, but top 3 in each division will be extended an invite)

Registration is $125 and includes lift tickets for Saturday and Sunday. Friday Lift tickets will be $50, if you want to train on the course. Lodging and food packages are available. Lodging starts as low as $30 per night in a hostel, or $200 for 2 nights in a hotel room, double occupancy.  Check for lodging info.  For any additional questions, please e mail

The West Coast Rookie Fest – Kidwell Classic is supported by USASA and any USASA member under 18 is welcome to compete.

World Rookie Tour Rules
The title of World Rookie Champion will be awarded to the winner of the Protest World Rookie Finals reserved to the top riders from previous Rookie Fests, plus selected riders from National Snowboard Associations and the top 20 riders from the World Rookie Rank (rank at the end of March 2012).

About World Rookie Tour: World Rookie Tour 2012: fun, progression and tons of prizes

The largest youth snowboard series is back for the season 2011.12,  involving the next heroes of snowboarding in the international scene. Today's pro like Peetu Piiroinen, Gjermund Braaten, Roope Tonteri and more, have been crowned World Rookie Champion in the past. Now is YOUR chance to make the dream come true!

The international scene continues to trust the World Rookie Tour, giving their support with amazing prizes:

  • 4 filming trip to Australia
  • Many tickets for the Protest World Rookie Finals in Ischgl.
  • Video shooting with the Pirate Movie Production 2012.13
  • Photo shooting with Cooler for best 3 girls
  • Photo shooting with Onboard Europe for the best 4 boys.
  • Tickets to World Class Events to be announced
  • Rookie Camps in Val Senales, Italy by
  • Surf Camps in Santander by
  • Many Tech Riders and CHUCKBUDDiES
  • …and many other prizes to be announced before every event!

But it's not all about competition! The World Rookie Tour is also about having fun: travelling, meeting new friends, learning new tricks in the best snowparks and learn new languages!

The World Snowboard Federation (WSF) is the international organization 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. In February 2012, the World Snowboard Federation (WSF) and the TTR will hold the inaugural World Snowboarding Championships, an elite level event that will be held every four years in alternating cities around the world. Official website:

Founded by industry innovators and event organizers in 2002, TTR (Ticket To Ride) PRO SNOWBOARDING is a non-profit, rider-oriented organization that owns and operates the TTR World Snowboard Tour and the TTR World Ranking System. TTR Pro Snowboarding is the credible and authentic home of competitive freestyle snowboarding and has created the highest quality competitive snowboard environment in the world by providing best-in-class competitions, judging programs and ranking systems, allowing riders to progress into world-class athletes and become stars of their sport. Events on the TTR World Tour are rated on a 1Star-through-6Star system, where all competing athletes earn TTR world ranking points based on their result and the star level of each event; a 6Star event holds the highest allocation of ranking points. The TTR awards the following World Tour Champion titles, based upon the TTR World Tour Ranking lists, at the last 6Star events of each season: Overall World Tour Champion, Slopestyle World Tour Champion, Halfpipe World Tour Champion, Big Air World Tour Champion (men-only). With both halfpipe and slopestyle disciplines being practiced on the Olympic-level, TTR Pro Snowboarding strives to foster the massive athletic progress of snowboarding while preserving the unique characteristics and interests of this young freestyle sport and its athletes. Official web site:


Located about 35 miles southwest of South Lake Tahoe, Kirkwood Mountain Resort offers pure high alpine skiing and riding at its best. The ski resort's unique location, completely surrounded by National Forest atop the Sierra Crest combined with elevations ranging 7,800 to 9,800 feet, create a geographical predisposition to receive the lightest, driest and most plentiful snow in the Tahoe region with an average of 472 inches annually. Kirkwood offers 2,000 feet of vertical drop and more than 2,300 acres of terrain from groomed beginner runs to hair-raising cornices, cliffs and the most high-angle grooming around. The resort offers four terrain parks, from beginner to advanced, as well as a Boarder X course. Official web site:

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World Rookie Tour 2012 Calendar
Protest World Rookie Fest – Livigno, Italy – Jaunayr 14-18, 3Star slopestyle // DONE
Transilvania Rookie Fest – Arena Platos, Romania – January 27-29 – 2Star, slopestyle // DONE
Protest French Fries Rookie Fest – Avoriaz, France – February 3-5 – 3Star, slopestyle  // DONE
Halfpipe Rookie Fest – Monte Bondone  Trentino, Italy – February 8-11 – 3Star halfpipe // DONE
Canuck Chuck Rookie Fest Canada – Horseshoe Resort, Canada – February 24-26 – 3Star, slopestyle // DONE
Ride East Rookie Fest – Splinderuv Mlyn, Czech Republic March 16-18 –  3Star, slopestyle

West Cost Rookie Fest – Kirkwood, California, USA – March 23.25 2012 – 3Star slopestyle
Protest World Rookie Finals – Ischgl, Austria – April 11-15 – 4Star, slopestyle
Summer Rookie Camp – Val Senales, Italy-  June 30 – July 14 – Training Camp
Australia Rookie Fest –  Thredbo, Australia – July (date tbd) – 3Star slopestyle
South America Rookie Fest – Valle Nevado, Chile – August (date tbd) – 2Star slopestyle


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