With no snow to start the 2012 season and the chaos of quadcorks on the horizon it’s good to look back, see what a great year 2011 was and make fun and/or award those who truly stood out. Sorry if we missed you, but you can always try harder next year.
Rider of the Year: Bode Merill
Bode Merill was the man in 2011. Sure, he didn’t have his own movie, but he had the best footage in most of them, went toe-to-toe with a legend and kept us all entertained this Summer. For proof of this awesomeness, go check out Absinthe’s “Twelve”.
Don’t bet against Bode. Ever.
Rookie of the Year: Jake Kuzyk
What is a rookie in snowboarding? Seriously, we have no idea. But, we do know that Jake Kuzyk went from small time Canadian kid to big time media heartthrob after putting together the last part in VideoGrass’ “Retrospect”. Good job, eh!
Best Video: Videograss’s Shoot the Moon
Shoot the Moon had everything we needed and nothing we didn’t. We really loved a few videos this year, but in the end Shoot the Moon was the most entertaining Bad Boy City shit on the market. That’s why Yobeat founder Brooke Geery gave her copy away.
Women’s part of the year: Desiree Melancon
Desiree Melancon wins hands down and without question. Go check out the new Peep Show flick and see Desiree push to blur the line between dicks in vaginas. Pay attention, you’ll see plenty of features that show up in man-only flicks too.
Breakthrough Star Award: Darrah Reid
In pornland they give this award to the cum dumpster who makes the most noise in the real world. In snowboard land we give it to Darrah Reid, because being on Tosh.0 is the first step to becoming a Hollywood icon. Congrats Darrah!
2011 Legend Award: Jussi Oksanen
Jussi might only be 32 years old, but after a storied career was reborn this year it’s obvious he is one of the best we’ve ever been lucky enough to watch. Check out last part in the new Burton movie if you don’t believe us.
Shaun White Razor Scooter Award: Shaun White
Money, power, respect. Shaun earned the first ever Shaun White Razor Scooter Award, and if you’re unlucky enough, it might just be you next year!
Scooters = Mad Bitches
Internet Tough Guy Award: JP Walker
JP Walker made every salacious comment, every utterance from Jerm, every negative thought in the world wide web seem like glitter and kittens when he went to battle with Bode Merrill earlier this year. For that, we salute you.
Most Likely to Fail: Transworld Snowboarding.
Come on, laugh.
The Bozung Best Award: Ben Rice
With Nate Bozung on some strung out holiday affair between NYC, Utah and Bear Mountain we thought it only right to create a reward in his honor. So step up Ben Rice, this mother fucker has your name all over it.
Biggest Oops: Lindsay Jacobellis
When Lindsey Jacobellis’ Tangled Remix hit Youtube people shit themselves. When she took it down, because she was embarrassed, it became mind blowing. This woman blew it at the Olympics twice, you’d think she’d be able to stomach some criticism.
Dizzy Bitch Award: Mark McMorris
Mark McMorris, or “Taz” for short, has become the new tripple cork guy. Which we’re sure means something to someone.
Best Trick: The Red Bull Helicopters
This was a close one, between Shaun White making scooters, “Taz” getting dizzy and Gretchen Bleiler getting naked we were stumped. That was until the Red Bull helicopters showed up and shut it all down. You see those things, they were doing some heavy shit. I’d spent hours watching helicopters nose dive in slow-mo at Best Buy, so obviously they win.
Most Likely to Go Pro: Will Tuddenham
Will is on the market and ready to be bought. Let the bidding war begin.
Killing it 2011: Capita Snowboards
Capita Snowboards were the coolest thing about 2011. They put out a team video that we loved. Their graphics are still the coolest in the industry. And, they hired all around bad ass Sean Tedore. Celebration time Capita!
Next Stop Porno: Gretchen Bleiler
Seriously. We called it. You’ll see.
RIP 2011: Weekend/Bond
Who didn’t see that coming, seriously? It was destined for death the minute it hit the Timberline chairlifts a few summers ago. RIP boyz.