The first South American edition of the World Rookie Tour kicked off Saturday, august the 14th, in Valle Nevado, Chile. This event features some European rookies, RedBullu2;019s pro Filippo Kratter as international guest and a bunch of Chilean youngsters. First days saw a snowboard clinic and a rail jam session. The slopestyle contest, scheduled for Sunday august 15th , was postponed to Saturday August 21st because of a wind storm while all the freeride and cultural activities scheduled for the next days are confirmed.
The European crew at the Mall Sport South America Rookie Fest includes Filippo Kratter, Sebastian Geiger and Andreas u2;01CMoneu2;01D Monsberger, and an EU Squad of selected rookies from previous stops of the World Rookie Tour: Marco Grigis (Ita), Hakon Hernes (Nor), Sven Thorgren (Swe) and Georg Huber (Aut).
On Saturday the Mall Sport South America Rookie Fest offered local snowboarders a freestyle clinic with Filippo Kratter from RedBull and Sebastian Geiger from Ride Snowboards. It included a theoretical part to explain Filippou2;019s carrier from rookie to pro, followed by 2 groups of freestyle clinics.
On Sunday the Swatch TTR 2Star slopestyle couldnu2;019t happen because of a wind storm and it was postponed to the next Saturday (august 21st ). Instead of the slopestyle, a rail jam session was arranged in order to produce photos and film footage with the rookies.
From Monday august 16th to Friday 20th the first u2;01CFreeride Editionu2;01D of the World Rookie Tour will take place. European invited rookies and 2 wild cards from Chile will enjoy a week of sports and cultural activities: backcountry shootings in Valle Nevado, one day surf trip, visit of Santiago de Chile and an environmental clinic with the Chilean u2;01CTell A Visionu2;01D premiere of u2;01CRespirau2;01D from Drew Stevenson project 2010 in Brazil.