7 Influential Snowboarders You Should Know About
Posted on December 20 2018
What's happening on this beautiful Friday? Staying warm?
I was looking to get more into snowboarding and found some pretty awesome snowboarders that you should definitely check out.
Snowboarding is a great way to put our heated gear to use after all!
7. Silje Norendal
One of the younger boarders on our list, Silje is only 25 years old. But don't let that fool you, she competes halfpipe, slopestyle, and boardercrpss.
She also won the gold in women's slopestyle in the 2013 Winter X Games Europe, and again in 2015 at the Winter X Games in Aspen.
I'm definitely keeping my eye on her with such a promising career & skill set.
6. Mark McMorris
Also 25 years old, Mcmorris is a pro Canadian boarder specializing in slopestyle and big air events.
He was the first person to land a Backside Triple Cork 1440 as well as the first to land a Double Cork off of a rail.
Mark also won back-to-back gold medals in the Winter X Games for slopestyle.
5. Linn Haug
Hailing from the far-away land of Norway, Linn has been boarding most of her life, but only began competing when she was 15.
She was labeled Rookie of the Year from the Norwegian Snowboard Awards in 2006, as well as being nominated for female rider of the year from the Norwegian Snowboard Awards in 2007, 2008, and 2009.
4. Travis Rice
Coming from the good ol' US of A, Travis ranked #13 on Snowboarder magazine's list of the 20 most influential snowboarders of the last 20 years, and was named best snowboarder of the year by Red Bull in 2013.
Being featured in over 20 snowboarding movies, Rice has established himself as a force to be reckoned with.
Most notably when he launched an absolutely massive backside rodeo across a 117-foot gap jump.
3. Torstein Horgmo
There's a reason why this shredder is right above Travis Rice; he beat him in the finals at the 2008 Winter X Games.
He even beat master Shaun White in the Dew Tour winter of 2009-2010 twice.
To top it off, he was the first to land a triple cork off a 100 ft jump in the summer of 2010. How he managed to snowboard in the summer time is beyond me.
2. Hannah Teter
Hannah makes her way to the top of my list mainly because she is an Olympic champion. She was the gold medal winner in halfpipe at the 2006 Winter Olympics as well as the silver winner at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
In 2010, she was one of four American athletes who modeled for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue dedicated to Winter Olympians.
But most importantly, she is quite charitable. She found her own charity called Hannah's Gold to support the village of Kirindon, Kenya.
1. Shaun White
You just can't have a snowboarding list without the master himself!
He still holds the record for the most X Games gold medals, most olympic gold medals by a snowboarder, and won 10 ESPY Awards.
He is so popular and influential that people who don't even know anything about snowboarding are familiar with his name. He's been featured on Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Fallon, and many other insanely popular TV Shows.
He's only 32 and showing no signs of slowing down, and if he's already accomplished this much, I can't wait to see what else he can pull out of his hat.
Thanks for reading, what did you think of the list?
Did I forget someone really important?
Let me know in the comments!
Have a great weekend,
Author / Ice Man