Photo Recap From TransWorld Snowboarding’s 17th Annual Riders’ Poll Awards We call it the red carpet, but it's for everyone, because that's what awards shows should be about. Corey Smith and Ozman enjoying one of several free PBRs provided throughout the night. The red carpet was going off all night with nominees, homies, industry folk, and way more. Getting the crew all together under one roof is something that doesn’t happen often. It’s pretty much the best. The Ogden Theater, lit up in all its glory for the 17th annual TransWorld SNOWboarding Riders’ Poll Awards. As the crowd rolled into the venue, we all watched Mark McMorris take the silver at the X Games big air. Nick Hamilton and most (thanks Gunson, Chris, and Seiver for holding it down behind the scenes) of the TWSNOW crew kicking off the biggest night in snowboarding. Before the festivities, Scott Conerly and Chris Owen take the stage to say some words and remember one of snowboarding’s own gone too soon, Chris Brunkhart. Thanks for a lifetime of work, dedication, and inspiration. His photos will always live on as a constant reminder of his overwhelming spirit and personality. Ring leaders / hosts Eddie Wall and Peter Line led a marching band playing the tune of ‘Last Caress’ into the venue to really get things going. The Ogden was packed to the gills with fans, friends, and homies alike. Blue Montgomery and Bjorn Leines start off the giving away of awards by presenting the men’s and women’s Rookie of the Year nominees. Young Hailey Langland her acceptance speech for Women’s Rookie of the Year, fresh off the plane from her 3rd place X Games slopestyle finish. Not too shabby. Cole Navin makes the journey up the stairs and onto the stage to accept his Men’s Rookie of the Year award. Peter Line coaches Cole through the ropes of proper mic placement, as he says his thank you’s. DCP and DC Bobby teamed up next to present the Video Part of the Year awards. Desiree Moore, no stranger to legendary acceptance speeches, flipped the script this year yet again, giving away her Women’s Video Part of the Year award to Jess Kimura. Jess and Desiree sharing a moment on stage. Seriously – the crowd was feeling the positive vibes. A few happy tears were shed by many in attendance, including Mary Rand, with Amanda Hankinson looking on as well. Everyone took a moment to take in Louif’s mental pre-roll video before DCP and DC Bobby announced that he was the winner of the Men’s Video Part of the Year award. Louif couldn’t be there in person, but he sent over a rad acceptance video which got the crowd hyped. Joe Sexton and Andreas Wiig were up next to present the Online Video Series of the Year award, as well as Video of the Year. The whole Yawgoons crew, minus Dr. B though he was there in spirit, took to the stage to accept their newly acquired award for best Online Video Series. The nominees for Video of the Year were a heavy, heavy stack, but like the highlander, there can only be one. Justin Hostynek took the stage for his first-ever Movie of the Year award for his work on Absinthe’s Eversince. Presenting the nominees for Standout Performance of the Year were Kevin Sansalone and Jeff Keenan. Dylan Gamache takes the stage yet again, with support from the rest of the Yawgoons, to accept the award with a solid, yet brief, ‘thank you.’ Mark Sollors and Eddie Wall introducing the women’s rider of the year nominees. With her contest domination and overall killer attitude, Jamie Anderson sends a cheers to the crowd as she accepts her shiny Rider of the Year award. Seen mostly as a contest kid, McMorris flipped his own script this year by heading more into the backcountry, as well as winning a boatload of contests. An easy selection for men’s Rider of the Year. Jeremy Jones and our own Managing Editor Gerhard Gross presenting the Climate Activist Award presented by Protect Our Winters. Riders' Poll 2016. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen Gretchen Bleiler kills it on and off the hill, including in our nation’s capitol, by being a massive activist for change and action when it comes to our climate. True to form, Gretchen accepts her award graciously, with a reusable water bottle at her side. Always killing it. MFR and Leanne Pelosi dressed to the nines in their matching leopard print, affectionately referred to as pumas, aka cougars in training. The two presented the Readers’ Choice awards. Coming off last year’s win as Rookie of the Year, Mary Rand hits the stage yet again to accept her latest award as the Readers’ Choice, as decided by the TWSNOW audience and subscribers. It’s no secret that Scott Stevens is a crowd pleaser and the TransWorld readership voted accordingly. He took home the men’s Readers’ Choice award. Since he had just gotten off a plane to Helsinki, Stevens couldn’t join us, but sent over video acceptance speech in his stead. Only a legend could truly present this next award, so Jamie Lynn took the stage to present this year’s Legend Award. Barrett Christy’s highlight reel is a couple miles long, easy. It was so rad to watch it all condensed down to the best of the best. Jamie Lynn hands over one more trophy to add to her stack of medals. Jamie Anderson and Gretchen Bleiler were front and center to cheer on Barrett as she accepted her award. After all the awards were given away, Eddie and Peter take the stage one last time to make a big announcement. TransWorld SNOWboarding is proud to present our next feature film, INSIGHT. We've assembled a heavy crew, including the boys from RK1, a couple Victors you may know, and many more. The after party started pretty much immediately, if not during, the awards show. Peter Line was the gate keeper to the green room, if only for a moment. Eddie Wall and our own Nick Hamilton finally ready to go full send. Two legends in their own right. Jamie Lynn and Justin Hostynek. Barrett Christy and B4BC co-founder Kathleen Gasperini enjoy a few celebratory beverages in the green room. Closing out the night with Justin Hostynek and Mark Sollors. That’s all, folks. See you next year. Riders’ Poll ’16 Photo Recap PHOTOS: Chris Wellhausen
After a somber tribute slideshow to legendary snowboard photographer, Chris Brunkhart, who we tragically lost to cancer on January 2, Peter Line and Eddie Wall kicked off the biggest night in snowboarding by leading an eight piece marching band through the crowd to the tune of the Misfits “Last Caress.” With an epic start to winter this year, the energy was epically high the rest of the night as over 1,100 pro snowboarders and industry members packed into the Ogden Theatre in Denver, Colorado to see the world's best snowboarders honored for their accomplishments.
Scroll through the gallery above for red carpet photos and more from the night.
Thanks to all the riders and industry leaders who presented awards and to everyone who came out to celebrate with us.
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