With the conclusion of 2009 and the first decade of the 21st century just days away Yobeat.com has decided to dedicate this week to the best of 2009. To start this week of wonder we bring you our first, our only, 2009 “You Choose” Awards Poll. Below are various polls to click n’ pick from and if you feel we did a bad job, well, that’s what comments are for. Happy New Year!
Rider of 2009: Five riders made the cut for our first Rider of the Year. Up first is Bode Merrill, and for good reason. A last part inÂ Absinthe’s new flick “Neverland” that included everything from those double flips to the rail spins set Bode apart as a new super threat within the snowboard industry. Mr. Merrill has taken all aspects of snowboarding, pushed them, and entwined a unique and creative edge that stood out among his peers. Bode also held a few celebrated moments on YoBeat this year and we just love that. Shaun White made this list because he’s rich as hell, wins a lot of stuff, and we want him to send us a Wii and a bunch of other stuff. Louie Vito is not only Shaun’s main competition in the U-ditch this year, but as far as mainstream Shredlebrities go Vito got a huge boost from his participation on Dancing with the Stars. The little cheesedick from Calgary, Jed Anderson, made the list because at a whopping 18 years-old Jed might just be the best rail rider on earth. His win at the Canadian Open (in Halfpipe) wasn’t too shabby either. Finally Pat Moore closes this list out because his part in the new Forum video (Forever Forum) places Pat as my personal pick for best overall snowboarder on Earth. Pat can hit jumps with the best of them (with style) and always has a handful of gnarly rail moves as well. Click away.
Come Up 2009: They say the youth are our future and these kids prove it. Jed Anderson is a baby who makes grown men look pathetic. HalldÃ³r Helgasen, the Icelandic sensation, not only had an amazing part in the Pony Tale movie but has been slaying contests and street rails in rapid succession this past year. To put it simply, he’s a rail kid who can throw the newest tricks over the biggest jumps. Tyler Flanagan is a fetus (he’s only 16 years-old) who spins tens left and right. Having already won two contests this season, Tyler’s career is about to blow up. Keegan Valaika made the list for having the best part in the Burton “B” movie, four or five other parts, and a bag of tricks deeper and more stylish than 99% of his fellow pro shreds. This list has been sausage heavy, but Marie Hucal will help mix it up. Marie is in many riders opinion the future of female shredding. Jumps, rails, and random crap, Marie has some serious style and a growing list of bangers.
Retire Already 2009: You’re reading Yobeat, and if we didn’t piss someone off we’d be letting you down. While this next award is sure to spur laughter I’m sure it will also cause plenty of drama and some hurt feelings. In fairness three of our four nominees were chosen because they are old, only one was chosen because he really should.
Video of 2009: Six videos stood out as possible Video of 2009 candidates. Neverland is the big budget gate keeper with amazingÂ sceneryÂ and unreal backcountry. Videograss is the new flick by the Ashbury boys, Mikey LeBlanc, and Darrell Mathes. VG is chalk full of good riding, laughs, and has the absolute best “girl” part of all time. Get Real and Nice Try have tight pants guys and baggy pants guys. They are similar but different. A stand out part by Jed Anderson in Get Real and some entertaining editing and riding by the People Crew (Nice Try) make them both worth whatever the shop is charging. Technine’s Hard to Earn was a big hit among the food court gangster population, and Lucas Magoon’s knee shattering stunts are pretty damn impressive. YoBeat is throwing Skeleton Crew on the list for one reason, carnage. Heavy Metal, blood, guts and snowboarding, not a bad movie at all.
Team Manager of 2009: These guys don’t get enough credit. For one, they babysit a bunch of snowboarding divas. Two, they play clean up, they often deal with the crap no one else wants to, and they don’t get paid as much as they should. All of that said, Kevin Winkel is first up because he offered cold Vitamin Water at SIA when I needed it most. Kevin has also helped put together one of the best Am teams in snowboarding. Java Fernandez is up next for being cool. Java manages the Salomon team, was kidnapped by Hezbollah while on the job this year, and has pieced together (sorry Kevin) the best Am team in snowboarding. The Salomon Pro team isn’t something to mess with either. Up next is Lance Hakker, TM for Ashbury and apparently Kr3w. I don’t care about Kr3w, but Lance has done wonders with Ashbury. Grabbing up plenty of riders who could get big bucks from big companies Lance has somehow tricked some of the best riders of our era into riding for stickers and t-shirts. The categories Wild Card entry is Blue Montgomery. Blue, TM and owner of CAPiTA, has recently put Laura Hadar onto the team. Not only is this the best fit ever, but it marks the first female pro on CAPiTA, a big sigh of relief forÂ feministÂ boarders.
You Blew It 2009: This category should rile up the chatter. First up, Burton’s choice to let Gigi RÃ¼f slip away. Oops, that one back fired, I don’t think Gigi has had such a good year since Lucas Magoon was wearing tight pants. Rumor has it half of the Canadian resorts banned jumps. All I can say is, “What?” Funny man Todd Richards is an Olympian, legend, announcer, and now MTV2 host? You decide if that’s a “oops” or not. Finally at the last TWS rider award ceremony Nick Dirks was not nominated for rookie of the year after filming arguably the best part in last season’s Transworld movie.