Phoenix Park, Korea welcomed the arrival of Snowboarding’s World Rookie Tour on the 6 February. To give it its full name, “The North Face Korean Rookie Fest” saw competitors from Japan, Korea and Austria battling it out for the chance to compete in the Protest World Final at Ischgl, Austria.
As the only Asian stop on the Rookie Tour, the course is immense, with a series of tabletops of up to 15 metres in length, and a big old wall ride to top it off. Austrian Paul Dreher was on it all day and demonstrated some nice progressions to take third place. The top two places were taken by the Japanese riders Yuki Motoki and Teddy Koo. Motoki showed plenty of precision, landing a clean run and second place, and was awarded “Best Trick” for pulling a super stylish hand plant on the wall ride.
Precocious young talent Teddy Koo, recognised as one of the best on the tour, took the win and an all inclusive trip to Ischgl for the rookie finals. Following his seventh place in Livigno, Koo is quickly becoming a hot favourite for the title.
Taking place at various locations throughout the northern hemisphere, the World Rookie Tour is set up to reward and develop the future slopestyle stars of snowboarding, providing guidance and support to the next generation.