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Recap: Kona International Rookie Games 2015

Aug 20, 2015
by Bikepark Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis  
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Tomorrow’s champions need a venue – a stage on which to shine. The Kona International Rookie Games is dedicated to the next generation of riders and the biggest and best riding disciplines. In the very successful second edition this year, young riders from about 16 different countries descended on the Bike Park Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis. They were having a lot of fun and showing extremely high levels of skill. Expect to see more in the coming years! We are looking forward to the Kona International Rookie Games 2016.

Enjoy the Photo and Video Story. All pictures by Felix Oesterle and Christian Waldegger. Video by Julian Pintarelli.

Serfaus Fiss Ladis situated above the Inn Valley surrounded by alpine mountains gave host to the Kona International Rookie Games 2015. The festival saw a mix of pumptrack slopestyle and downhill races with the iXS Rookies Cup on Saturday and the iXS Int. Rookies Challenge on Sunday.

Serfaus Fiss Ladis, situated above the Inn Valley, surrounded by alpine mountains gave host to the Kona International Rookie Games 2015. The festival saw a mix of pumptrack, slopestyle and downhill races, with the iXS Rookies Cup on Saturday and the iXS Int. Rookies Challenge on Sunday.


Friday saw the start of the registration about 220 contestants were registered meaning loooot of those starter packages. There were times when the race office didn t know anymore where to stack them...

Friday saw the start of the registration, about 220 contestants were registered, meaning lots of those starter packages. There were times when the race office didn't know anymore where to stack them...


Registration saw some Fathers scrambling to fill out all necessary forms or entering themselves to the Family Challenge.

Registration saw some Fathers scrambling to fill out all necessary forms, or entering themselves to the Family Challenge.


They were also trying to keep proper hydration going as it was scorching hot out in the sun.

They were also trying to keep proper hydration going, as it was scorching hot out in the sun.


The rookies were trying to soak up as much knowledge about the right line as possible.

The rookies were trying to soak up as much knowledge about the right line as possible.


James Shirley GBR leading the pack during track walk on thursday.

James Shirley (GBR) leading the pack during track walk on friday.


Riders hop on the Waldbahn to be transported 400 vertical meters to the start. A shoutout to the awesome lift attendants whose friendliness kept going throughout the whole weekend

Riders hop on the "Waldbahn" to be transported 400 vertical meters to the start. A shout out to the awesome lift attendants whose friendliness kept going throughout the whole weekend!


Make no mistake even if the event is for racers age 11 to 18 the course is not some easy rolling down affair. ZIBASA Paula LAT winner of both races in a steep and technical part of the track with plenty enough of roots to catch on.

Make no mistake: even if the event is for racers age 11 to 18, the course is not some easy "rolling down" affair. ZIBASA Paula (LAT), winner of both races, in a steep and technical part of the track, with plenty enough of roots to catch on.


Not exactly the Hecklers rock but the amount of noise a Vuvuzela makes in an otherwise quiet forest is amazing and you wouldn t believe just how loud this guy was able to shout.

Not exactly the Hecklers rock,but the amount of noise a Vuvuzela makes in an otherwise quiet forest is amazing and you wouldn't believe just how loud this guy was able to shout.


Part 1 of a quite common sight this weekend WIDHALM Leon AUT leads a train consisting of him his twin brother and his father during training. He went on to win his cateogory U13 male on Saturday and coming 3rd on Sunday.

Part 1 of a quite common sight this weekend: WIDHALM Leon (AUT) leads a train consisting of him, his twin brother and his father during training. He went on to win his category U13 male on Saturday and coming 3rd on Sunday.


Part 2 of the family train WIDHALM Lorenz AUT being slower than his brother this weekend.

Part 2 of the family train: WIDHALM Lorenz (AUT) , being slower than his brother this weekend.


FRANSOLET Maxime BEL in the compression after a big jump on the upper part of the course. Maxime came 2nd in Sundays race.

FRANSOLET Maxime (BEL) in the compression after a big jump on the upper part of the course. Maxime came 2nd in Sundays race.


MERKELI Marcel GER makes his sponsors Mam and Dad proud with a 2nd place on Saturday s iXS Rookies Cup.

MERKELI Marcel (GER) makes his sponsors "Mam and Dad" proud with a 2nd place on Saturday's iXS Rookies Cup.


RICHTER Maurice GER in on of the last corners before finish. Photographers loved this spot I suspect it is because of the nice shade it provided with temperatures soaring above 32 deg Celsius out in the sun.

RICHTER Maurice (GER) in on of the last corners before finish. Photographers loved this spot, I suspect it is because of the nice shade it provided with temperatures soaring above 32 deg Celsius out in the sun.


KOSAK Cederic GER and KLAASEN Ike NED born 2004 battle it out during seeding run on Friday. Ike finished 2nd on Saturday and went on to take the win on Sunday in the U13 category.

KOSAK Cederic (GER) and KLAASEN Ike (NED), born 2004 (!) battle it out during seeding run on Friday. Ike finished 2nd on Saturday and went on to take the win on Sunday in the U13 category.


Friday evening had the Dakine Pumptrack Challenge on program . Atis SCERBINIS LAT shows how it s done perfect pumping on his way to victory.

Friday evening had the Dakine Pumptrack Challenge on program,. Atis SCERBINIS (LAT) shows how it's done: perfect pumping on his way to victory.


All sizes of bike were allowed riders used everything from dirtbikes to bmx as did Siel VAN DER WELDEN BEL .

All sizes of bike were allowed, riders used everything from dirtbikes to bmx as did Siel VAN DER WELDEN (BEL).


Always a good event for the crowd the Pumptrack Challenged had riders going against each other in parallel with 2 heats.

Always a good event for the crowd, the Pumptrack Challenged had riders going against each other in parallel with 2 heats.


After winning the pumptrack challenge Siel VAN DER VELDEN BEL goes on to also win Sunday s race in her cateogory.

After winning the pumptrack challenge Siel VAN DER VELDEN (BEL) goes on to also win Sunday's race in her category.


KALBITZ Jannis GER concentrates on his race run in the steepest part of the course. And let me tell you this part is a lot steeper than it looks.

KALBITZ Jannis (GER) concentrates on his race run in the steepest part of the course. And let me tell you, this part is a lot steeper than it looks.


Till ULMSCHNEIDER GER had high hopes and good chances to win one or both races this weekend. Unfortunately a crash on Saturday saw him injured taking him out of contest. We wish a speedy recovery

Till ULMSCHNEIDER (GER) had high hopes and good chances to win one or both races this weekend. Unfortunately a crash on Saturday saw him injured, taking him out of contest. We wish a speedy recovery!


Ottilia JOHANSSON JONES GBR also has a similar sponsor to Merkeli Marcel Mum and Dad . Here she enters the last wood section of the trail and showing no sign of being tired.

Ottilia JOHANSSON JONES (GBR) also has a similar sponsor to Merkeli Marcel: "Mum and Dad". Here she enters the last wood section of the trail and showing no sign of being tired.


Right at the beginning of Satuday s race run a severe thunderstorm started to close in. Some proper thunders had Marshalls scrambling for rain cover racers debating whether to put on rain tires but fortunately only a light shower actually hit the venue. After 20 mins everything was over and the rain only improved conditions by settling down the dust.

Right at the beginning of Saturday's race run a severe thunderstorm started to close in. Some proper thunders had Marshalls scrambling for rain cover, racers debating whether to put on rain tires, but fortunately only a light shower actually hit the venue. After 20 mins everything was over and the rain only improved conditions by settling down the dust.


This is the only casualty of the rain I saw FRANKE Jonas GER had his front wheel slipping on that slightly damp log leading to an awesome picture but also to a taco ed front wheel.

This is the only casualty of the rain I saw: FRANKE Jonas (GER) had his front wheel slipping on that slightly damp log, leading to an awesome picture, but also to a taco'ed front wheel.


RIBARICH Moritz AUT lays down an amazing time to win the Pro 17 Youth category of the iXS Rookies Cup on Saturday as well as the Int. Rookies Challenge on Sunday.

RIBARICH Moritz (AUT) lays down an amazing time to win the Pro 17 Youth category of the iXS Rookies Cup on Saturday as well as the Int. Rookies Challenge on Sunday.


SOHLER Jakob GER on his first run in the Int. Rookie of the Year Slopestyle contest held on Saturday.

SOHLER Jakob (GER) on his first run in the Int. Rookie of the Year Slopestyle contest held on Saturday.


Hard to enjoy the view if you re upside down but Peter KAISER AUT doesn t seem to mind.

Hard to enjoy the view if you're upside down, but Peter KAISER (AUT) doesn't seem to mind.


What could have be the winning run ended in a botched front flip for Jakob SOHLER GER and the photographers favorite sequence. Or as the announcer put it No bike no shoe no win . But 3rd place isn t too bad either.

What could have be the winning run ended in a botched front flip for Jakob SOHLER (GER) and the photographers favourite sequence. Or as the announcer put it : "No bike, no shoe, no win". But 3rd place isn't too bad either.


Bernd WINKLER AUT takes the win and the FMB whitestyle - wildcard for the best trick as well.

Bernd WINKLER (AUT) takes the win and the FMB whitestyle - wildcard for the best trick as well.


A common sight this weekend Tim VIAL SUI gripping the handlebar a lot further in to actually being able to reach the brake levers. Talk about fast growing riders...

A common sight this weekend Tim VIAL (SUI) gripping the handlebar a lot further in to actually being able to reach the brake levers. Talk about fast growing riders...


The dusty trails got quite a few riders taking some dirt samples. Some corners felt a little bit like skating on ice.

The dusty trails got quite a few riders taking some dirt samples. Some corners felt a little bit like skating on ice.


Paula ZIBASA LAT and her father SCERBININS Marcis AUT took the second place in the family challenge.

Paula ZIBASA (LAT) and her father SCERBININS Marcis (AUT) took the second place in the family challenge.


Andrew DORRIT GBR takes the win in the U19 category in Saturday s iXS Rookies Cup.

Andrew DORRIT (GBR) takes the win in the U19 category in Saturday's iXS Rookies Cup.


WYPIOR Marta POL age 10 runs as pre-starter for the iXS Rookies Cup.

WYPIOR Marta (POL), age 10, runs as pre-starter for the iXS Rookies Cup.


Three of the Wypior clan from Poland with only Igor missing. All of them raced with Marta being one of the youngest on track. Last year Rafal organized a youth downhill camp in Serfaus Fiss Ladis with 77 kids according to him that was more relaxing the just being here with his family...

Three of the Wypior clan from Poland, with only Igor missing. All of them raced, with Marta being one of the youngest on track. Last year Rafal organized a youth downhill camp in Serfaus Fiss Ladis with 77 kids; according to him that was more relaxing the just being here with his family...


The 2nd youngest of the Wypior clan WYPIOR Igor POL shows that a slightly oversized frame is no reason not to go fast.

The 2nd youngest of the Wypior clan, WYPIOR Igor (POL) shows that a slightly oversized frame is no reason not to go fast.


EICHLER Maxim GER puts down a solid run an wins the Family Challenge together with his father.

EICHLER Maxim (GER) puts down a solid run an wins the Family Challenge together with his father.


HOELL Valentina AUT was not happy with her race on Saturday crashing early in the run but that didn t stop her to win Sunday s race.

HOELL Valentina (AUT) was not happy with her race on Saturday, crashing early in the run, but that didn't stop her to win Sunday's race.


KRU GER Felix GER aimed for a top spot on Sunday but a minor crash destroyed these hopes. But a 2nd place on Saturday is also something to look at.

Kruiger Felix (GER) aimed for a top spot on Sunday, but a minor crash destroyed these hopes. But a 2nd place on Saturday is also something to look at.


Waaaaay too young to race NEWKIRK Ashor USA as a pre-starter. This little and fast guy was born in 2006 tackling a track where some adults have serious difficulties.

Waaaaay too young to race: NEWKIRK Ashor (USA) as a pre-starter. This little and fast guy was born in 2006, tackling a track where some adults have serious difficulties.


Anna NEWKIRK USA fastest girl on Saturday and 2nd on Sunday pulls through the berms in the last part of the track.

Anna NEWKIRK (USA), fastest girl on Saturday and 2nd on Sunday, pulls through the berms in the last part of the track.


Tom OEHLER AUT put on a show after the race drawing as usual quite some crowd.

Tom OEHLER (AUT) put on a show after the race, drawing, as usual, quite some crowd.


This guy already has two kids and was happy to assure Tom OEHLER that he didn t want any more.

This guy already has two kids and was happy to assure Tom OEHLER that he didn't want any more.


Prize giving ceremony U13 male of the iXS Int. Rookies Championship during the Kona International Rookies Games in Tyrol Austria on August 9 2015. Free image for editorial usage only Photo by Felix Oesterle

Prize giving ceremony (U13 male) of the iXS Int. Rookies Championship during the Kona International Rookies Games in Tyrol, Austria, on August 9, 2015. Free image for editorial usage only: Photo by Felix Oesterle


Prize giving ceremony Family Challenge All femal of the iXS Int. Rookies Championship during the Kona International Rookies Games in Tyrol Austria on August 9 2015. Free image for editorial usage only Photo by Felix Oesterle

Prize giving ceremony (Family Challenge All femal) of the iXS Int. Rookies Championship during the Kona International Rookies Games in Tyrol, Austria, on August 9, 2015. Free image for editorial usage only: Photo by Felix Oesterle



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