Home Mountain: I don’t know anymore.
Height: 5′ 11″
Stance: Regular, Front: +15°, Back: -3°
Board: Salomon Rumble Fish: $489.00
Boots: Thirty Two Women’s Lashed Desiree M. Pro Model: $214.00
Bindings: Salomon Mirage: $239.00
Jacket: Vintage Sponsor Champion Hoodie: Priceless
Pants: Volcom L Gor-tex pant: $280.00
Mitts: Owner Operator
Goggles: Smith Optics Riot Desiree M Pro ID: $80.00
Accessories: Coal Headwear Summit Hat: $20.00
Salomon, Smith, ThirtyTwo, Coal, Drink Water, Cobra Dogs, AF1234, Mtn. Approach, Crab Grab, Volcano Cones, Airblaster
Words: Gerhard Gross
Desiree Melancon has a reputation for legendary Riders’ Poll award speeches after her theatrics while accepting the 2014 Women’s Video Part Of The Year, 2014 Women’s Rider Of The Year, and 2013 Women’s Video Part Of The Year awards.
This year, Desiree did not disappoint. Although she picked up the Women’s Rider Of The year award for a second time, she granted the award to Jess Kimura who was not only recovering from an injury while filming part for Snowboarder’s SFD, but still processing the lost of her boyfriend Mark Dickson, who passed away in 2014 after a head-on collision while riding his motor bike.
“I would like to take a moment to recognize someone who has given all of herself to snowboarding,” Desiree said. “Someone who has overcome the worst odds, not just in snowboarding, but from the very beginning. Someone who has inspired me above all others, and she is the reason I’m standing on this stage today.”
“She is the five-foot giant, carrying the world on her shoulders,” Desiree continued. “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 Rider 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.”
Desiree always entertains and surprises, so to keep up, give her a follow on Instagram at @UnitedSlopesOfAmerica as she attempts to ride every ski hill in the US this season.