- a wildcard to the Air & Style will be awarded to the winner -

85 riders from 20 nations landed in Ischgl, Austria, for the most awaited youth snowboard event of the season: the 2013 Volkl World Rookie Finals. The event started with a sunny training day in a perfectly shaped Ischgl snowpark consisting of 3 big table top with kickers, a huge hip and a final multi-rail obstacle. A big surprise was announced during the first day of the event: the winner will be awarded with a wildcard to the first Air & Style event of the next winter season.

All the riders had a great first day on the mountain, with perfect snowpark and weather conditions, showcasing a high level of riding already during the trainings. According to the World Rookie Tour philosophy, the event program included a bunch of life style activities in order to create social and education moments where riders can live unique experiences. The afternoon program of the first day also included a Kopfarbeit Workshop with mental handicap people from local organization "Lebenshilfe Tirol" and the Gummi Love Workshop about sexual education for the rookies only (not for groms!). Among the many other side activities of the upcoming days there will be an introduction to the "History of Snowboarding" by Bob Klein from USA, and a Workshop with "Viva con Agua", a charitable organization based in St. Pauli, Hamburg (Germany), campaigning for clean drinking water worldwide.

"We have a long time partnership with the World Rookie Tour which helped many talented rising stars to get invitations to world class events." said Air & Style founder Andrew Hourmont visiting the event. "That's why we will be happy to award the 2013 World Rookie Champion with a wildcard to the first Air & Style event of the next winter season" ended Andrew.

Enjoy the picture gallery by Patrick Steiner from training day at facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.588571034489055.1073741826.127519233927573&type=1

Watch the video highlights with the Amazing Grom Black Yeti at vimeo.com/63368601

Stay tuned on worldsnowboardfederation.org for the daily updates.

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