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Gjermund Braaten Victorious At 3-Star VELkl World Rookie Fest To Become 2008 World Rookie Champion


Ischgl, Austria – April 22, 2008: The Swatch TTR 3-Star VElkl World Rookie Fest took place this weekend showcasing an incredible array of future snowboarding stars. Norwegian rider Gjermund Braaten took first place among the male rookies, claiming 550 TTR Ranking Points and the title of World Rookie Champion 2008. He is now in World No. 53 of the Swatch TTR ranking. Kari Maeland from Norway was the victor in the female rookie field moving her into TTR World No. 35 while Dimi De Jong (NED) came out on top among the male groms. The set up of the last World Rookie Fest of the season, powered by VElkl, was highly impressive with two kickers and several rails making up the Slopestyle set up. The competition format was based on a three-run format with judges scoring riders on overall impression on both the rail and kicker lines. On the qualification day thirty-five selected youngsters from twelve countries fought for the last few spots in the finals of which eight were already assigned to the standout snowboarders from the previous World Rookie Fests in Italy and Czech Republic as well as several 1 and 2-Star rookie events world wide. The level of riding was sick and culminated in a great finale on Saturday. Gjermund Braaten emerged as the most impressive rider of the event with a massive switch BS7 and Cab 9. For his impressive riding and accomplishments, Gjermund was awarded the 2008 World Rookie Champion title, a ticket to the Nokia Air & Style rookie challenge in Munich, a trip to Canada to be featured in the next Pirate Movie Production Boarbegged and finally a