If there were ever a stereotype that questioned our intellect as snowboarders, Gerhard Gross would defy it as soon as he spoke. A man that spent many winters between the backcountry and the media corral at snowboarding's marquee events, providing the editorial voice for this publication, could easily have held his own in the most high-brow conversation at an alumni dinner for a prestigious school covered in vines. This exceptional intelligence was backed up by extraordinary talent on a snowboard. Given this rare combination of skill and acumen, it's not surprising that Gerhard transitioned from riding professionally to writing professionally. Journalism is based on credibility, and Gerhard had it.
After making a name for himself in the British Columbia snowboard scene, he took his first full-time editorial gig with Snowboard Canada before assuming the managing editor role at TransWorld SNOWboarding. Here, Gerhard set a new precedent--one we strive to uphold today. Apparently that didn't keep him busy enough, so he worked with Protect Our Winters on the side. This is what Gerhard did. He raised the bar. His presence alone pushed those around him to try a bit harder, to hike a few steps further, and to send it a little deeper.
It's been twenty months since we received the news that Gerhard had been diagnosed with stomach cancer, shortly after embarking on a new chapter as content director for the Dew Tour and fathering a son, Gerhard IV. With the incredible tenacity that he possessed, Gerhard battled every day since as hard as he could. With great sadness, we must accept that Gerhard is no longer fighting that battle. Our most sincere condolences go to those closest to him.
Gerhard, we apologize for any grammatical errors in this article, and we hope it's deep wherever you are.
-- TransWorld SNOWboarding
From his friends, family, colleagues, and those who he influenced all over the world:
Struggling to put into words the devastating loss of a dear friend and colleague. We shared many great years at TransWorld together, traveling the world, exploring, and snowboarding. He has left a beautiful legacy across the snowboarding community and beyond, which can be felt today with the outpouring of fun stories and memories being shared from across the globe. Gerhard had so much passion, so much fight, so much determination. Unfortunately after 20 brutal months of battling stomach cancer this world has lost an amazing person. Gerhard was truly one of the greats. Rest easy, G. You will be missed greatly.
Today we mourn the loss of a great friend, former coworker and incredible human. Gerhard Gross served as our Managing Editor from 2007-2011 and brought a massive scope of knowledge and passion about snowboarding to our publication. Those who met him will continue to remember the positive impact he had on everyone he met. Our community has not only lost an incredible ambassador to snowboarding but also an amazing human being. Much love to all his friends and family. Ride in peace, @gerhardmg #FuckCancer
One of the proudest moments Ive had in my whole life, and sharing it with you: G, I looked up to you, respected you, and learned so much from you. Being welcomed into such a rad and crazy group of more than friends was pivotal for a young Burns in all the ways that matter in life. Seeing you on the cover of this mag made me fell that the truly great humans in the world will always have the best impact on those around them, weather or not they even know it. G, you're one in a million
heartbroken to hear that you moved on from this world and on to the next – this cover is how I forever think of you. I will never forget how overwhelmingly concerned you were about my well-being after breaking my wrist on a @twsnow trip you boys sent me on and how you carved time out of your day to write out a long list of steps I needed to take to get my health back the quickest and most efficient way possible. You even made to sure to cruise by and check in on if I was following through with your notes, haha. Was always sorry for interrupting you while you were in your writing flows, but always loved your probably very frustrated reaction – which I think I found fun to watch, as it is often my same reaction to these type of instances as well. Which, when this does happen from time to time, i can't help but think of these times with you. You will be more than missed here – although I'm sure you're finally strapped back in cliff dropping already. ❤️ we love you @gerhardmg ❤️ #fuckcancer
When alive so rarely does one think about death. Yet when death appears one's passion for life ignites. The way we pursue life and mitigate death has been heavy on the mind with the passing of @gerhardmg recently. He had a lot of fire for snowboarding and storytelling. We shared many laughs, words and turns together working @twsnow over the years. Gerhard lived a beautiful, yet tragically brief life. I can't imagine what he @_krisgross @gerhardmarkiv and the rest of his family went through battling stomach cancer. G, I hope you're free of pain and in peace now.