Adams Gabriel and Saarela Enni won the 2019 Pila Rookie Fest by Rock and Ride

Courtesy of Marco Sampaoli – World Rookie Tour

From the 13th to the 16th of March went down the second edition of Pila Rookie Fest. Riders and coaches from Italy, France, Russia, Poland, England, Iceland, Romania and Finland gathered at Pila, Italy, full of enthusiasm and willingness to show their best. Areaeffe Snowpark was perfectly shaped and offered a great setup which consisted of a down rail, a donkey rail, a up rail, a shoot out (pull jam) and three kickers (medium and big). Moreover, besides the slopestyle competition, all the participants had the chance to visit Fénis Castle and to get in touch with the local culture and to do an avalanche security clinic to learn how to have fun safely. 

The Pila Rookie Fest finals took place under a bluebird sky and riders put all their best to convince the judges, conquered the podium and win a spot in the World Rookie Finals which will take place very soon, from the 25th to the 30th of March in Kitzsteinhorn – Zell Am See – Kaprun, Austria.

The girls started first and Saarela Enni (FIN) conquered the highest spot of rookie podium with her run which included: a 50/50 frontside 360 out on the first rail, a 50/50 backside 180 out on the second rail, a cab 180 on the first kicker, a backside 360 tail grab on the second kicker and a frontside 360 indy grab on the last one. Enni won on two riders: Pizzuto Matilde (ITA) and Vachet Gaia (ITA). In the grom category, Poluzzi Marilù (ITA) arrived first, Fennel Amber (GBR) second and Olejniczak Emma (FRA) third.

Fridbjornsson Benedikt (ICE) won the grom boy’s category. Grassis Marcello (ITA) took the second place and Ershov Petr (RUS) the third place of the podium.

Adams Gabriel (GBR) dominated the rookie boy’s podium and won the Pila Rookie Fest by Rock and Ride Champion title thanks to his incredible run formed by: a switch blunt 270 out on the first rail, a cab 180 in to backside 720 out on the second rail, a frontside 720 on the first kicker, a backside 900 on the second kicker and a cab 900 on the last one. Gabriel was followed by Smith Ethan (GBR) and Hietikko Jere (FIN).

Good job riders and congratulations to all the winners! See you at Kitzsteinhorn – Zell Am See – Kaprun!

Download HERE the event results.

Find all the pictures about 2019 Pila Rookie Fest by Rock and Ride below:
2019 Pila Rookie Fest – Training – Event Presentation – Fénis Castle
2019 Pila Rookie Fest – Quali Day
2019 Pila Rookie Fest – Finals

Photo Credits: Ania Grzelka

2018.19 World Rookie Tour Calendar 
South America Rookie Fest (SS) – Valle Nevado, Chile 9.14 August 2018 DONE
New Zealand Rookie Fest (SS+HP) – Cardrona, New Zealand 14.16 August 2018 DONE
New Zealand Rookie and Grom Fest (SS+H) – Cardrona, New Zealand 2.5 October 2018 DONE
Corvatsch Rookie Fest (SS) – Corvatsch, Switzerland 12.16 December 2018 DONE
USASA Grom Fest (HP) – Copper Moutain, US 6. January 2019 DONE
World Rookie Fest (SS) – Livigno, Italy 12.16 January 2019 DONE
USASA Grom Fest (SS) – Keystone, US 10 February 2019 DONE
Indy Park Rookie Fest (SS) – Nekoma, Japan 9.10 March 2019 DONE
Rev Tour Rookie Fest (SS+HP) – Mammoth, US 13.14 March 2019 DONE
Pila Rookie Fest (SS) – Pila, Italy 13.17 March 2019 DONE
World Rookie Finals (SS+HP) – Kitzsteinhorn – Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria 25.30 March 2019


The World Rookie Tour is organized by the Black Yeti ssrl in collaboration with World Snowboard Federation, National Snowboard and Ski Associations and selected action sport agencies. It was born in 2005 as a series of youth snowboard event and it consists now of a selection of high quality International events for snowboard, freeski and skateboard, the so called “Rookie Fests”, reserved for riders under 18’s only, in Europe, North and South America, Oceania and Asia. The World Rookie Tour consists not only of competitions: it also features loads of other activities to help rookies to grow in the field of professional action sports, such as photo & video shootings, avalanche and rescue clinics, meetings with photographers and international team managers, parties and English talks. Since year zero it awards tickets to world class events such as X Games Norway, Audi Nines, The Arctic Challenge, The Air & Style, The World Snowboarding Championships, invitations to professional photo & video shootings, and shooting trip all around the world. Every year the tour crowns the World Rookie Champion at the end of season, at the World Rookie Finals, a unique event where the best youngsters from almost 30 countries compete and have fun. More information at

The Black Yeti is an amateur sport club dedicated to the realization of snowboard, freeski and skateboard projects for boys and girls up to 18 years of age, in Italy and abroad. One of the most successful project is the World Rookie Tour, the biggest and the most famous tour in the action sports world that attracts 2.000 young athletes from 30 nations to the events called “Rookie Fest”, organized all over the world: Italy, Europe, North and South America, Oceania and Asia. The Rookie Fests program includes not only the competition but also many side activities such as avalanche and rescue clinics, workshops and English talks.

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