Published on February 2nd, 2013 | by gatsbyadmin0
TransWorld Snowboarding Riders’ Poll Awards
KBS Photography put the camera down for an evening to attend TransWorld Snowboarding’s 14th Annual Riders’ Poll Awards at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver. The event is held during SIA (SnowSports Industries of America, the largest tradeshow in the industry) each year as a chance for riders to recognize each other and for fans to rub shoulders with their favorite shredders. The awards are decided by a group of approximately 100 professional riders in 6 categories, plus a lifetime achievement award and a people’s choice.
This year veteran winner (Men’s Video Part and Rider of the Year in both Riders Poll 12 and 13) John Jackson joined veteran host GT to tag team MC the event. It was, as always is the case with a room of reveling snowboarders, a colorful event…fellatio featured prominently in several acceptance speeches (props to Best Women’s Video Part winner Desiree Melancon for getting that, ahem, ball rolling) and Best Men’s Video Part winner Mikkel Bang was congratulated by presenters Danny Davis and Jack Mitrani with a PBR shotgun.
Rookies of the Year Corinne Pasela and French Canadian brethren Frank April both kept it short and sweet on the stage, letting their riding speak for itself. We’ll do the same:
Corinne’s Peepshow x Roxy welcome to the team part….
Both Men’s and Women’s Riders of the Year were two-time winners in the evening. Nicolas Müller also won standout performance for three heavy-hitting performances, including the edit that won Real Snow Backcountry. Humbly, Müller demured during his first acceptance: “I don’t see what is so standout about that. I am just a 30 year old kid, playing in the snow”.
No stranger to the Riders Poll Awards stage, TransWorld rider Jess Kimura (who took home a trifecta of trophies to her case last year) won the New Era Readers’ Poll in addition to Rider of the Year Check out this feisty Canuck’s full part Barely. Mens’ Readers’ Poll winner Torstein Horgmo was unable to attend the ceremony, so sent a video via GoPro. In typical snowboarding fashion, Torstein’s acceptance speech was delivered mid-trampoline session as he was “working on octo-corks” and he thanked “everyone who voted for my Norwegian ass”.
The high-gloss, dramatic production (and just as dramatic riding) of Burton 13 snagged the big B the big win for Video of the Year. The award pays homage to the handwork and dedication that entire teams (both of athletes and production) put in year-round to make killer films. On the flip side, the Online Video Project of the Year category gives credit to those projects that provide regular digests of snowboarding adventure…the clips we look to for just that little taste of gnar before we head out for our own sessions. The Salomon/Bonfire Team Vacation took home this digital honor , beating out JJ and his brother Eric’s 15,000 mile RV journey, captured in Brothers on the Run and Eero Ettala and Heikki Sorsa’s Cooking With Gas webisodes.
The evening was dedicated to the late great Tom Sims, the snowboarding pioneer who passed away last September. A slideshow prior to the awards ceremony showcased Sims in his heyday, and the crowd made a toast to the man who did so much to make “a skateboard I could ride in the winter” into a way of life for so many. A living legend, Peter Line was honored as well, with the Legend Award. An innovator in tricks (handplant transfers? thank Peter), design (Forum’s graphics and FourSquare’s outerwear lines, before those brands were terminated last fall), and weirdness (GG loved his Forum Fear and Loathing pro model). The man who coined the term “corking” admitted that he’s kind of relieved he doesn’t have to land double or triple corks these days, and delivered a suprisingly fitting anecdote based on the Sandra Bullock movie While You Were Sleeping. Moral of the story? While snowboarding may be great for bagging chicks, it’s also great for, well, snowboarding! In the words of the man himself “I may not have found the love of my life, but I found snowboarding and so I may or may not need her”