TransWorld Snowboarding’s Riders’ Poll Awards Wrapped Up on Friday Night in Denver, CO

Photos: Chris Wellhausen, TransWorld SNOWboarding

Alongside a proper eight-piece marching band, Peter Line and Eddie Wall welcomed a packed house for the 17th Annual Riders’ Poll Awards. The night kicked off with a tribute to the late Chris Brunkhart. A chronical of snowboarding’s history, as seen through Burkhart’s photos, were shown – walking us all down memory lane. The night continued with the future of the sport – the rookie’s of the year. Desiree Melancon won women’s video part of the year and in an emotional tribute, dedicated the award to her friend, Jess Kimura: “She is the five-foot giant, carrying the world on her shoulders. I can't imagine the sacrifice, struggle, or heartache that went into Jess Kimura's video part this year. I only saw the outcome. I would like to take this moment, to respectfully, grant the TransWorld Women’s Video Part of the Year distinction, not for this video part, but for every fucking video part she has ever filmed. To my beautiful, strong, amazing friend Jess Kimura.”

The Yawgoons crew, Dylan Gamache, Mary Rand, Dr. B, Brian Skorupski, and Marcus Rand,  grabbed the video series of the year while Dylan Gamache was awarded the standout performance of the year with his classic style and his full part in the Yawgoons series. The Climate Activist Award was given to Gretchen Bleiler for her on-going efforts with Protect Our Winters on Capital Hill, and Barrett Christy was welcomed to the stage by Jamie Lynn to accept the Legend Award.

Check out the full list of well-deserved winners from the night:

Rookie of the Year

Cole Navin

Hailey Langland

Video Part of the Year

Louif Paradis

Desiree Melancon & Jess Kimura

Online Video Series of the Year


Video of the Year

Eversince by Absinthe

Standout Performance of the Year

Dylan Gamache

Rider of the Year

Mark McMorris

Jamie Anderson

Climate Activist Award, Presented by Protect Our Winters

Gretchen Bleiler

Legend Award

Barrett Christy

Readers Choice

Scott Stevens

Mary Rand

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