The 2004 Shred-idential Elections

Breaking results from this year’s TransWorld SNOWboarding Riders’ Poll Awards.

“Voting has never been more important than right now,” claimed some Democratic Party volunteer lurking outside the coffee shop this morning. And you know what, he’s goddamn right-because we’re not barbarians around here. You can’t expect some full-of-himself pro snowboarder to just show up on the scene, throw his weight around, fudge some votes, call in a few favors from his family, and then claim ownership over everything in sight. No, the world of snowboarding is much more civilized than that-voting actually counts in the TransWorld Riders’ Poll.

With that said, we polled over a hundred pros to find out exactly who they think is the hot shit among their peers. Yup, you need real skills and solid results to earn the respect of your fellow pro riders. Also, revived from a one-year hiatus is the TransWorld Readers’ Choice Award, where we turn over the ballot to you people out there to decide which male and female pro person you dig most. And hey, at least if you don’t like who won this time around, you can vote for someone else next season … instead of having to wait four more years.-Jennifer Sherowski

Rookie Of The Year: Men

The Candidates:

Mason Aguirre

Age: 17

Sponsors: Burton, Smith, Globe, Val Surf, Fender

Lives: Mammoth, California

Pat Moore

Age: 17

Sponsors: Forum, Waterville Valley, C1, Oakley

Lives: Waterville Valley, New Hampshire

Travis Kennedy

Age: 20

Sponsors: Forum, Special Blend, DVS, Ambiguous, Grenade Gloves, Neff, Jack’s Garage

Lives: Mammoth, California

2004 Contest Highlights: Zone One winner at Red Bull Heavy Metal in Salt Lake City, Utah

From Alaska to Vermont to Mammoth, Travis Kennedy has moved around so much in his twenty years that it’s hard to put a marker on his riding style-so don’t try. TK was born on the Kenai Peninsula of Alaska, moving to Stowe, Vermont early on where he attended the illustrious Mount Mansfield Snowboard Academy alongside fellow Forum rookie Jake Blauvelt, before making the trek across Old Glory to Mammoth, California. In all that mileage the kid learned a thing or two about every type of snowboarding. This includes backcountry cliff drops and kicker killage, as well as smooth-out street-rail domination. With a Check Out in TransWorld’s September, 2004 issue and a part in this year’s Promo Copy, Kennedy is in prime position to grab the shred jugular in both hands-and squeeze.-J.S.

Rookie Of The Year: Women

The Candidates:

Laura Hadar

Age: 19

Sponsors: Gnu, Oakly, ThirtyTwo, Grenade Gloves

Lives: Salt Lake City, Utah

Sylvia Mittermà…ller

Age: 21

Sponsors: Oakley, Vans, Ratiopharm, Elm, Isenseven

Lives: Munich and Garmisch, Germany

Leanne Pelosi

Age: 24

Sponsors: K2, Bonfire, ThirtyTwo, Dragon, Lifetime, mgtsnowboardcamp.com, and vitalstore.com

Lives: Whistler, British Columbia

2004 Contest Highlights: First at the U.S. Open Rail Jam, first at the Ripzone Jibzone

If 2003 was the year of women’s halfpipe rookies like Hannah Teter, 2004 saw a changing of the women’s jib guard. That’s right, Leanne Pelosi is at the forefront of a crew of chicks exploring the other side of the snowboard park-the one with the rails and kickers in it. TransWorld first noticed this Canadian quietly practicing 270-ons at Snowpark, New Zealand a little over a year ago. Since then she’s proven herself in multiple ways, culminating in the U.S. Open this March where she won the Rail Jam event and blew up the Slopestyle with near-landings of gigantic frontside-720 combinations on the kickers. So yeah, Leanne-f-king killing it, and this is only the beginning.-J.S.

Rock Star Of The Year

The Candidates:

Iikka Backstrom

Age: 20

Sponsors: Sims, Quiksilver, APX, Electric, Drake, Active Ride Shop, Grenade Gloves

Lives: Espoo, Finland

Tara Dakides

Age: 28

Sponsors: Jeenyus, Billabon Vans, Von Zipper, Campbell’s Soup at Hand, Pro-Tec Helmets, Mammoth Mountain, Active Ride Shop

Lives: Mammoth, California

Marc Frank Montoya

Age: 28

Sponsors: Sims, Section, Spy, TechNine, DVS, Drop, Zoo York, Kicker, Northwave, Alive, Bluebird, Blindside, The Block At Tahoe, Napster

Lives: Salt Lake City, Utah

2004 Contest Highlights: First-place, ’04 Red Bull Heavy Metal zone two; first place, Boost Mobile Pro Rail Jam; first place, West Coast Invitational Rail Jam; fifth place, X-Games Slopestyle

Marco’s an athlete, an entrepreneur, and a hustler-we haven’t had a star like him since Shaun Palmer in the early 90s. Yet in a category routinely awarded to the biggest lush, Marc strays from the norm. No doubt, MFM is bigger than life-the kid owns two hotels, a skate company, pushes an ’05 Range Rover, and cleaned up 50-thousand in prize money last year. Try to name another rider with their own icon. And Montoya is deeper than his ghetto-boy getup: this guy possesses one of the strongest work ethics in the game-and always takes the time to rap with a li’l homey.-C.D.

Reader’s Choice Award: Men

The Candidates:

Danny Kass

Age: 22

Sponsors: Gnu, Quiksilver, Grenade Gloves, Vans, Jack’s Garage, Agency, Propaganda, The Office

Lives: Mammoth, California

Travis Rice

Age: 22

Sponsors: Rossignol, Oakley, Bluebird Wax, DC, Grenade Gloves, Red Bull, Boost Mobile

Lives: Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jeremy Jones

Age: 28

Sponsors: Burton, Nixon, DVS, Matix, Park City Resort, Milosport, O’gio

Lives: Salt Lake City, Utah

“I had a lot of redemption this year,” says Jeremy Jones about his 2003 season in last year’s TransWorld interview with Cody Dresser. And nothing could be truer-a groundbreaking sponsor change from Forum to Burton shook things up on the business end, and a jaw-dropping part in Mack Dawg’s Shakedown squashed any “washed up” whispers from the doubters and haters. He’s a hard worker, a Republican, a Mormon, and a straight-up snowboarding giant with the skills and drive to back it up. Keep an eye out for Jeremy’s latest conquests in MDP’s new movie Chulksmack.-J.S.

Reader’s Choice Award: Women

The Candidates:

Hannah Teter

Age: 17

Sponsors: Burton, Anon, Mountain Dew, Nixon, The U.S. Snowboard Team, Nikita

Lives: Belmont, Vermont

Hana Beaman

Age: 22

Sponsors: Rossignol, RS Clothing, Vans, Grenade Gloves, Boost Mobile, Red Bull, Smith

Lives: Mammoth Lakes, California

Gretchen Bleiler

Age: 22

Sponsors: Salomon, Oakley, DaKine, Giro, Red Bull, Polar Revolution, Aspen/Snowmass Resorts

Lives: Snowmass, Colorado

2004 Contest Highlights: Second place at the Burton Abominable Snow Jam, Timberline, Oregon

Multiple contest-title holder and last year’s TransWorld Riders’ Poll Female Rider Of The Year, Gretchen Bleiler is, well, prolific. The 2003 season saw Bleiler on a rampage of halfpipe victory. The Vans Triple Crowns, the Grand Prix series, the U.S. Open-she won it all. But a torn ACL at the inaugural Vans Triple Crown in Breckenridge this past season put Gretchen out for the entire winter. However, with so much momentum behind her, the injury was less like a career ender and more like a nice break to work on some publicity, get in shape, and get her head around it all. Come this winter, don’t expect Gretchen to ease back into things. As of right now, she’s 100-percent healthy and has a mean look in her eye. If you ask us, that look says blood.-J.S.

“Gretchen is a great rider with good style and a bag of tricks.”-Ross Powers

Rider Of The Year: Men

The Candidates:

Marc Frank Montoya

Age: 28

Sponsors: Sims, Section, Spy, TechNine, DVS, Drop, Zoo York, Kicker, Northwave, Alive, Bluebird, Blindside, The Block At Tahoe, Napster

Lives: Salt Lake City, Utah

David Carrier-Porcheron

Age: 24

Sponsors: Burton, Spy Optics, Hurley, Globe, Empire

Lives: Whistler, B.C., Canada

Travis Rice

Age: 22

Sponsors: Rossignol, DC, Oakley, Faction Denim, Grenade Gloves, Nixon, Jack’s Garage

Lives: Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Contest Results 2004: first, Boost Mobile pro; second, U.S. Open Slope style; second U.S. Open Rail Jam; first, Artic Challenge Quarterpipe; first Quarterpipe Abominable Snow Jam

It’s hard to believe that not too many years ago, Travis Rice was a complete unknown. But since stepping onto the scene, he’s left an impression that won’t soon be forgotten-winning countless contests and delivering action-packed video parts. This last season was one of Travis’ best to date. He won 80,000 dollars at the Boost Mobile Pro in Chicago, took the quarterpipe title at the Arctic Challenge, and cleared a 120-foot backcountry gap in Utah.

Considering he’s only 22 years young, it doesn’t seem like this is the last time Rice will be up for this award.-C.C.

Rider Of The Year: Women

The Candidates:

Hana Beaman

Age: 22

Sponsors: Rossignol, RS Clothing, Vans, Grenade Gloves, Boost Mobile, Red Bull, Smith

Lives: Mammoth Lakes, California

Hannah Teter

Age: 17

Sponsors: Burton, Anon, Mountain Dew, Nixon, The U.S. Snowboard Team, Nikita

Lives: Belmont, Vermont

Janna Meyen

Age: 27

Sponsors: Ride, Volcom, Velvet, ThirtyTwo, DaKine, Side Effect

Lives: Bend, Oregon

2004 Contest Results: X-Games Gold Slopestyle; The Session At Vail-Slopestyle first place, Rail 1st place; Mammoth Vans Triple Crown Slopestyle, first place; Tahoe Vans Triple Crown Slopestyle, first place.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a professional snowboarder, man or woman, who would disagree that Janna Meyen is the best female snowboarder out there right now. To say that she has been killing it for years would be an understatement. While most girls were still dotting their Is with little hearts, Banana was shredding with Jamie Lynn and the Anderson brothers-the girl won the U.S. Open in 1991, for christ’s sake. Thirteen years later, Janna showed up at the X-Games and won the slopestyle with ease-for the second time. Truth is, we don’t understand why it took so long for her to win this little award.-C.C.

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Travis Rice

Age: 22

Sponsors: Rossignol, DC, Oakley, Faction Denim, Grenade Gloves, Nixon, Jack’s Garage

Lives: Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Contest Results 2004: first, Boost Mobile pro; second, U.S. Open Slope style; second U.S. Open Rail Jam; first, Artic Challenge Quarterpipe; first Quarterpipe Abominable Snow Jam

It’s hard to believe that not too many years ago, Travis Rice was a complete unknown. But since stepping onto the scene, he’s left an impression that won’t soon be forgotten-winning countless contests and delivering action-packed video parts. This last season was one of Travis’ best to date. He won 80,000 dollars at the Boost Mobile Pro in Chicago, took the quarterpipe title at the Arctic Challenge, and cleared a 120-foot backcountry gap in Utah.

Considering he’s only 22 years young, it doesn’t seem like this is the last time Rice will be up for this award.-C.C.

Rider Of The Year: Women

The Candidates:

Hana Beaman

Age: 22

Sponsors: Rossignol, RS Clothing, Vans, Grenade Gloves, Boost Mobile, Red Bull, Smith

Lives: Mammoth Lakes, California

Hannah Teter

Age: 17

Sponsors: Burton, Anon, Mountain Dew, Nixon, The U.S. Snowboard Team, Nikita

Lives: Belmont, Vermont

Janna Meyen

Age: 27

Sponsors: Ride, Volcom, Velvet, ThirtyTwo, DaKine, Side Effect

Lives: Bend, Oregon

2004 Contest Results: X-Games Gold Slopestyle; The Session At Vail-Slopestyle first place, Rail 1st place; Mammoth Vans Triple Crown Slopestyle, first place; Tahoe Vans Triple Crown Slopestyle, first place.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a professional snowboarder, man or woman, who would disagree that Janna Meyen is the best female snowboarder out there right now. To say that she has been killing it for years would be an understatement. While most girls were still dotting their Is with little hearts, Banana was shredding with Jamie Lynn and the Anderson brothers-the girl won the U.S. Open in 1991, for christ’s sake. Thirteen years later, Janna showed up at the X-Games and won the slopestyle with ease-for the second time. Truth is, we don’t understand why it took so long for her to win this little award.-C.C.