Colorado’s Bobby Brown is an international freeskiing sensation and one of the sport’s new pioneers. As an 18-year-old, Bobby became the first skier to win back-to-back gold medals at a single Winter X Games by throwing down an incredible performance in Slopestyle and two never-before-seen tricks in Big Air (where he also earned the event’s first-ever perfect score).
Grete Eliassen knows no bounds in skiing. At 21, she’s one of the best all-around skiers today; she’s raced for the Norwegian ski team, won the X Games SuperPipe and U.S. Open Slopestyle multiple times, designed signature pro-model skis and filmed lines in the backcountry.
Born and raised at the foot of Stratton Mountain, Forest is the next in the line of top shredders emerging from the Green Mountain State. Getting an early start on snowboarding, he was shredding as early as six years old.
FSX – or Freestyle Snowmobile Cross – is the wintry equivalent to FMX, and Daniel is like a Travis Pastrana on skids. At the 2007 Nokia Air & Style in Munich, Germany, he stole the show from the snowboarders when his unbelievable backflips left the 30,000 crowd open-mouthed in amazement and earned him the coveted first prize.
It’s always intriguing how a land-locked kid from Idaho can grow up to be one of the best windsurfers in the world. Somehow Levi Siver managed. “My parents were really dedicated windsurfers and it was only natural that my brother Luke and I would get into the sport,” tells Levi.
Snowboarder Louie Vito began claiming international medals in 2005, and between the 2010 Olympics and autumn 2011 he managed the unheard-of feat of earning podium position in 12 out of the world’s 14 major snowboarding contests. (In 2010 and 2011 he also won three X Games medals in a row.) After appearing on Dancing with the Stars and in ESPN The Magazine’s 2011 “body” issue, he’s also familiar to thousands – make that millions – of people outside the sport.
Pat Moore is both jack and master of all trades when it comes to snowboarding. One year he's greasing rails for slopestyle accolades and taking a pass through the Grand Prix halfpipe. The next he's become the new king of massive airs and skipping contests to build banging video parts.
Snowboarder Maddy Schaffrick isn’t just one to watch – she’s one you can’t help but watch. In 2008 Maddy blazed on to the professional snowboarding scene, taking 4th place in her first USSA Grand Prix halfpipe event at the tender age of 14 and continuing the season with a podium finish at the Grand Prix in Killington; In 2010, she was again the youngest competitor at the X Games and again won Best Trick and Most Progressive Rider at the CoverGirl event, adding a seventh-place overall finish in the Grand Prix series, earning a silver medal at the final event of the Winter Action Sports Tour, and narrowly missing a spot on the U.S. Olympic team for Vancouver. After time off for a knee injury, she roared right back into 2011-12 with a second-place finish at the Grand Prix season opener at Copper Mountain.
Known for breaking records and going big in the process, Simon Dumont pushes the envelope every time he drops in. Looked to as a leader in the relatively new world of freeskiing, Simon used his background in gymnastics to become a spectacular aerialist on two planks.
At only 17 years old, Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorris has already shown that he has what it takes to be a world-class competitor despite hailing from the distinctly mountain-free Saskatchewan region and being a relative newcomer to the sport.
Iouri was born in Moscow but grew up in Davos, Switzerland, and it was there, in 2007, that he first revealed his talent by taking two second-place halfpipe finishes -- the first at O’Neill Evolution, the second at the Burton European Open.
Finnish snowboarder Enni Rukajarvi put in a very fine performance when she grabbed third place in the Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle behind first-placed Jamie Anderson and silver winner Silje Norendal and ahead of Canada’s Spencer O’Brien with a best run of 93,66.
Born in Sydney, Henshaw strapped on his first pair of skis when he was three. A dozen years later, encouraged by national under-12 slalom titles, his parents moved to Jindabyne, the golden gateway to the NSW snowfields.