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Nominees Announced for TransWorld SNOWboarding’s 18th Annual Riders’ Poll Awards

The 18th Annual TransWorld SNOWboarding Riders' Poll Awards are landing in Breckenridge, Colorado, with winners to be announced and awarded at the Riverwalk Center on Friday, December 9th, 2016. The 18-year Riders' Poll legacy blends the ultimate in snowboarding achievement with the Dew Tour's new festival-style format that combines awards shows, music, on-snow events, and action sports culture.

For over a decade and a half, we've polled the professional snowboarding community to find their picks for the best riders of the year. While TransWorld SNOWboarding hosts the awards, the winners are truly a reflection of peer acknowledgement—the highest honor any rider can receive. With the exception of the Legend Award and Influencer Award, which our staff chooses, these accolades are completely determined by the opinions of over 100 pro riders.

Leanne Pelosi will be the inaugural recipient of the Influencer Award, which designates someone whose exceptional contributions are forwarding snowboarding as a whole. Over Leanne's decade-plus career as a professional snowboarder she has provided countless opportunities for others, culminating with the direction of the recently released Full Moon Film.

Devun Walsh, whose professional career currently spans twenty years, will be recognized for his massive impact on snowboarding with the Legend Award. The first Canadian to receive the award, Devun also had his hand in film production this past season with Wildcats Never Die, a movie honoring the heritage and solidifying the relevance Canada's most esteemed snowboard crew.

In addition, the prestigious TWSNOW Readers' Choice Awards presented by Toyota will be announced, as decided by thousands of readers and fans of TransWorld SNOWboarding.

We're proud to announce that this year's nominees are as follows:

Men's Readers' Choice

Bode Merrill

Scott Stevens

Travis Rice

Women's Readers' Choice

Jess Kimura

Leanne Pelosi

Robin Van Gyn

Online Video Series Of The Year


FLAV — Rusty Toothbrush

Insight Episodes — TransWorld SNOWboarding

Standout Performance Of The Year

Christian Haller, GLUE + record-breaking hip air at Nine Knights

Jérôme Tanon, The Eternal Beauty of Snowboarding

Jesse Burtner, 20 Years of Jesse Burtner 

Video Of The Year

Reckless Abandon, Bode Merrill & Jon Ray, Snowboarder


The Fourth Phase, Travis Rice, Red Bull Media House

Men's Rookie Of The Year

Jesse Paul

Red Gerard

Severin Van Der Meer

Women's Rookie Of The Year

Jackie Lammert

Klaudia Medlova

Marjorie Couturier

Men's Video Part Of The Year

Bode Merrill

Kazu Kokubo

Scott Stevens

Women's Video Part Of The Year

Jess Kimura

Kimmy Fasani

Robin Van Gyn  

Men's Rider Of The Year

Bode Merrill

Scott Stevens

Travis Rice 

Women's Rider Of The Year

Danyale Patterson

Jess Kimura

Kimmy Fasani

Influencer Award

Leanne Pelosi

Legend Award

Devun Walsh

Stay tuned for video parts releasing from each nominee!

Find out more about Rider’s Poll here!