The 18th Annual TransWorld SNOWboarding Riders' Poll Awards are landing in Breckenridge, Colorado, with winners to be announced and awarded at the Riverwalk Center on Friday, December 9th, 2016. The 18-year Riders' Poll legacy blends the ultimate in snowboarding achievement with the Dew Tour's new festival-style format that combines awards shows, music, on-snow events, and action sports culture.
For over a decade and a half, we've polled the professional snowboarding community to find their picks for the best riders of the year. While TransWorld SNOWboarding hosts the awards, the winners are truly a reflection of peer acknowledgement—the highest honor any rider can receive. With the exception of the Legend Award and Influencer Award, which our staff chooses, these accolades are completely determined by the opinions of over 100 pro riders.
Leanne Pelosi will be the inaugural recipient of the Influencer Award, which designates someone whose exceptional contributions are forwarding snowboarding as a whole. Over Leanne's decade-plus career as a professional snowboarder she has provided countless opportunities for others, culminating with the direction of the recently released Full Moon Film.
Devun Walsh, whose professional career currently spans twenty years, will be recognized for his massive impact on snowboarding with the Legend Award. The first Canadian to receive the award, Devun also had his hand in film production this past season with Wildcats Never Die, a movie honoring the heritage and solidifying the relevance Canada's most esteemed snowboard crew.
In addition, the prestigious TWSNOW Readers' Choice Awards presented by Toyota will be announced, as decided by thousands of readers and fans of TransWorld SNOWboarding.
We're proud to announce that this year's nominees are as follows:
Men's Readers' Choice
Women's Readers' Choice
Robin Van Gyn
Online Video Series Of The Year
BYND X MDLS, Season 4 — BYND X MDLS
FLAV — Rusty Toothbrush
Insight Episodes — TransWorld SNOWboarding
Standout Performance Of The Year
Christian Haller, GLUE + record-breaking hip air at Nine Knights
Jérôme Tanon, The Eternal Beauty of Snowboarding
Jesse Burtner, 20 Years of Jesse Burtner
Video Of The Year
Reckless Abandon, Bode Merrill & Jon Ray, Snowboarder
The Fourth Phase, Travis Rice, Red Bull Media House
Men's Rookie Of The Year
Severin Van Der Meer
Women's Rookie Of The Year
Men's Video Part Of The Year
Women's Video Part Of The Year
Robin Van Gyn
Men's Rider Of The Year
Women's Rider Of The Year
Stay tuned for video parts releasing from each nominee!