Photo: Malachi Gerard
Men’s Rookie of the Year: Nik Baden
Nik Baden has been lurking below the surface of snowboarding's mainstream consciousness for a couple seasons now. After shutting down Beta with a standout part, however, Baden is now on the radar of those paying attention. The kid from Steamboat Springs, Colorado, has developed a level of style and trick selection that has caused those in the snowboard world to turn their heads, and this season we him take the clean style and proper trick selection he's honed on groomed features to the backcountry, stomping powder landings with an uncommon ease. Beta director Tyler Orton explains Nik is a "team player" when complimenting him on his first year filming in the backcountry. With a well-rounded approach, Baden will be here for a while.
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.