Women’s Rookie of the Year
In 2017, the women’s rookie field is stronger than ever, signaling a new generation of girls who are set to take over in both the competitive and video part realms. These three ladies have been pushing the boundaries of what’s possible and what’s to come in the next few years and for that, we’ve rewarded them by recognizing Julia Marino, Jill Perkins and Ivika Jurgenson as our official Women’s Rookie of the Year nominees for 2017. Congratulations, ladies. It’s so well deserved.
There aren’t many women in the world—let alone rookies—that have dethroned the winningest female in slopestyle history, Jamie Anderson, on the world stage, but Julia Marino is officially one of them. Check out these results: 2nd place in big air at X Games Norway; 3rd place in slopestyle at X Games Norway; 3rd place in big air at X Games Aspen and a gold medal in slopestyle at X Games Aspen. If that doesn’t scream Women’s Rookie of the Year then we don’t know what in the world would. Julia is setting herself up for quite the career in the pro ranks, and last winter was her official kick-off party.
Jill Perkins dropped her full part just a few short weeks ago and it immediately catapulted her into Women’s Rookie of the Year contention. With copious sponsor endorsements, solid magazine coverage and a hammer-filled video part featuring one-footers and tail taps off of two-story roofs, Jill is officially on the map and everyone is talking about her. Jill represents the rising ranks of women all over the world who want to spend their time in front of the camera, pushing the limits of progression to new heights, and for that, she got this very nomination.
As an integral member of the often imitated but never recreated Too Hard crew, Ivika’s riding is a representation of the crew’s ethos. They go all out, no matter what, and Ivika’s footage holds up in every regard. She’s stylish, she steps to big stuff and she’s not afraid to slam, and really, that’s what it’s all about when trying to take it to the next level. Peep her part and tell us that’s not ROTY material. The question remains, though: How does it stack up compared to Jill’s footage and Julia’s results? You’ll find out on December 15th.