Women’s Readers’ Choice Award
While the rest of Riders' Poll awards are decided by each nominee's peers in professional snowboarding, the Readers' Choice award is dictated by the fans – those of you who eagerly read, watch and consume snowboarding, day in and day out. The Readers’ Choice awards are the peoples’ choice, and this year, you have decided that Kennedi, Anna, Chloe, Desiree, and Robin are the 2018 nominees for this prestigious award.
Having established herself with Canada's SRD crew, Kennedi Deck has been on the cusp of recognition for the past couple seasons, but after her two-song opener part in The Uninvited, marked by impressively proper tricks and original spots, Kennedi's awaited arrival is happening. This Rookie of the Year and Video Part of the Year nominee is just warming up.
Anna Gasser is undoubtedly one of the most prominent women in snowboarding right now. The Austrian rider has been one of the best female park riders in the world for some time now, with four X Games medals to show for it and now Olympic Gold. In PyeongChang, she authoritatively took the win in Big Air. And after recently becoming the first female to land a triple, she is truly setting the bar of freestyle progression.
Chloe Kim had a heck of a year. At the age of 17, Kim took Gold at the Olympics in women's halfpipe, putting down back-to-back 1080s. Subsequently seeing the level of celebrity she deserves, she won three ESPY awards this year, including Best Female Athlete. Not slowing down one bit, the now-18-year-old recently stomped the first double in the halfpipe put down by a female.
One of the realest riders out for over a decade now, Desiree Melancon recently battled back from injury to create a signature short film that she directed, art-directed, and starred in called Fait Accompli. Creative is a word oft used in describing snowboarders, but Melancon is truly one of the most artistic and innovative riders around and it's reassuring to see that appreciated.
Robin Van Gyn
Robin Van Gyn is setting the backcountry bar higher each season. This year, her riding shined bright in High Octane, alongside Travis Rice and Austen Sweetin, and in Teton Gravity Research's The Far Out Ones. With a powerful approach to riding powder and exceptional backcountry knowledge, Van Gyn is the epitome of a professional snowboarder emphasizing natural terrain.