Photo: Vernon Deck
Standout Performance of the Year: Side Hits Euphoria
Arthur Longo and Olivier Gittler go way back, and the two have become a dynamic duo of sorts when it comes to capturing the type of snowboarding that gets any rider with a pulse juiced to ride. Relatability is the name of the Side Hits Euphoria game, but with a background in halfpipe riding, and the accompanying edge control, Longo's ability to boost and find small pockets of transition is unparalleled. The second iteration in this series shows Longo in his natural habitat, absolutely ripping the resort. A few resorts, in fact: Mt. Seymour, LAAX, and Areches Beaufort. Sidehits are one of the most innate aspects of snowboarding—the celebrated feeling of finding and launching them, nearly as ubiquitous as any feeling in snowboarding. Arthur and Olivier are the best in the world when it comes to capturing this universal aspect of snowboarding's inherent joy. Thanks for keeping us stoked, guys.
About Riders’ Poll: For 20 years, TransWorld SNOWboarding has polled the professional snowboarding community to find their picks for the best riders of the year. Each season, these awards are decided by the opinions of over 100 pros. While TransWorld SNOWboarding hosts the awards, the winners are truly a reflection of peer acknowledgement—the highest honor any rider can receive.