Men’s Rider Of The Year Nominees—2020 Snowboarder Awards

Men’s Rider Of The Year Nominees—2020 Snowboarder Awards

We will be dropping the nominees for each category over the next week, leading up to the first annual SNOWBOARDER AWARDS. The winner of each category will be announced during the first annual award show at Copper Mountain on Feb. 6, 2020 (while the Dew Tour is in town). With +350 past, present and future pro riders casting their votes for the individuals and projects that most influenced our culture this past year culminating into one big night, it is poised to be quite the party (FREE TO THE PUBLIC!). Feel free to come join us in celebrating the winners, as well as the top nominees (listed below).

Thirty-two minutes and seventeen seconds into Joy, Sage Kotsenburg drops into one of the most anticipated shots of 2019. In the movie that Sage made with Ben Ferguson and Red Gerard, his snowboarding comes full circle, from young rider watching Travis and Romain in Pop, to contest circuit favorite and Olympic gold medalist, to backcountry vanguard, upping the ante on seminal spots and in doing so, unflinchingly affecting the future of snowboarding. And the final seconds of Joy provide the most distinct proof of why so many of the 2020 Rider of the Year panelists chose Sage as their pick for number one: Sage unleashes the double back twelve Japan heard ‘round the world on Chad’s Gap, an iconic spot that is a relative stone’s throw from where he grew up in Park City…. more on the site!

It’s no small feat to balance the rigors of the contest season with filming for a movie. It’s further remarkable to compile a collection of the year’s most lauded clips while competing. And it’s even more awe-inspiring when those clips represent your first season-long foray into the backcountry and when you weren’t riding powder lines and sending it off cheese wedges, you were winning the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships with a backside triple fourteen on the last jump. In 2019, this is what Red Gerard did. In Joy, a movie that followed the Ohio-born Gerard as he traversed off piste with Sage Kotsenburg and Ben Ferguson, Red’s innate style was unmistakable. Oh, and he opened up namesake parks called Red’s Backyard, inspired by the infamous area behind his family’s Colorado home, at Woodward mountains across the country… more on the site!

Beginning in 2003, Travis Rice has landed in the top ten Riders of the Year and unprecedented ten times. He’s won Movie of the Year honors for That’s It, That’s All and The Art of Flight and video part of the year in 2005 (for Pop), ’09 (That’s It, That’s All), and ’12 (The Art of Flight). He’s been Big Mountain Rider of the Year (2008, ’09, and ’12) and the ROTY in 2005, ’09, and ’12. What this all amounts to, is that for the entirety of his career, Travis has been operating at an unparalleled pace, a pioneer of big mountain riding whose freakishly impressive abilities are matched only by his drive to tackle new terrain. In 2019, Travis continued to bear influence on the current state of snowboarding. First, in January, he won the Freeride World Tour stop in Hakuba, Japan. In February, he won the King and Queens of Corbett’s at his home resort. In April, he released one of the most mesmerizing and panic-inducing GoPro clips of snowboarding to date, offering a POV look at a pillow-laden spine in British Columbia. And finally, in December, Travis released Dark Matter, a half hour of Travis and Elias Elhardt riding Mathematics, an NBD zone in Alaska’s Tordrillos Mountains that Travis has been eyeing for over ten years.

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