Riders Poll 16: Rookie Of The Year Winners
Past Rookie Of The Year winners Frank April and Forest Bailey took the stage to present the nominees and winers. Frank Bourgeois, Spencer Schubert, and Ben Fergunson were nominated for mens Rookie of the year. And although Ben Ferguson's best contest showings were third at the Copper Grand Prix pipe and the Mammoth Grand Prix pipe, he had strong presence this year, bringing standout tricks to his runs like a monster, styled-out double crippler at the US Open pipe. He continued that presence with his butters and surf-style slashes in the opening segment to Snowboarder's Foreward and at Peace Park before landing the cover of Snowboarder's January issue.
Nominees for Women's Rookie Of The Year included Chloe Kim, Mary Rand, and Silje Norendal, and while Kim and Norendal both had strong podium placements in the contest circuit, Mary Rand took the award for killing it in the streets in her Yawgoons part.