Wednesday, the news broke that one of our sport’s most respected, considered and discerning voices has gone silent. For nearly two decades, Gerhard Gross has worn many tuques as a diehard shredder. Like most media icons Gerhard’s path began as an aspiring pro – bagging covers in the Canadian backcountry alongside his Gnarcore cronies.
Gross’ passion for snowboarding motivated him to transition into the industry rather than hang up the boots entirely. As the first regional team manager for DC, Quiksilver and Roxy, Gerhard mentored the next generation of Canadian senders before putting his intellect front and center as the Associate Editor of Snowboard Canada Magazine.
By the time Gross arrived at TransWorld SNOWboarding in 2011, it was apparent that his affinity for riding had been matched by a drive to produce quality journalism. With every byline, Gerhard would strive to leave no lead untapped, fact unchecked and perspective unresearched. This approach provided a polish and professionalism uncommon within snowboard writing.
Struggling to put into words the devastating loss of a dear friend and colleague. We shared many great years at TransWorld together, traveling the world, exploring, and snowboarding. He has left a beautiful legacy across the snowboarding community and beyond, which can be felt today with the outpouring of fun stories and memories being shared from across the globe. Gerhard had so much passion, so much fight, so much determination. Unfortunately after 20 brutal months of battling stomach cancer this world has lost an amazing person. Gerhard was truly one of the greats. Rest easy, G. You will be missed greatly.
Assignments on the environment or the competition scene or the latest product innovation became must-read pieces and set the pace for other scribes to keep up. When not putting pen to page, Gerhard even managed to give back even more to the sport and season he loved by taking on the role of Director of the Protect Our Winters Riders Alliance.
Within one year of Gerhard beginning a new chapter of his professional life as the Content Director of the Dew Tour, he was diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer. After nearly two years of treatments and battling to beat the odds, Gerhard Gross passed away on the evening of Aug. 14, 2018. SNOWBOARDER Magazine (and the rest of the publications in our building) offer our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends. He will be greatly missed both on and off hill. – SNOWBOARDER Magazine
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