Board Test: Tester Bios

Kevin Delaney

Powerful, fast, and knowledgeable, Kevin Delaney was a natural choice for the SnowboardLife Top 25 test team. The guy’s been ISF world champ-ya think he knows how a snowboard shouldwork? Hmm. Besides his competition credentials, Kevin’s also taught countless people how to snowboardthrough his adult camps and is a veteran of Snow Country’s board tests. He’s an all-around snowboardingauthority and still one of the best freeriders in the world. Height: 5’10” Weight: 185 pounds Boot size: 10

Robyn Hakes

Snowboard Life’s newly appointed Associate Editor Robyn Hakes is the ultimate student ofsnowboarding, which means she’s spent the last few years figuring out how to snowboard as much aspossible. And who could blame her? Developing fast as a snowboarder, Robyn represents the experiencedrecreational freerider. Light on her board but full of energy, she’s the ideal rider to test how well the1999/2000 freeriding offerings work for smaller female riders. Height: 5’4″ Weight: 105 pounds Boot size:Women’s 7

Kurt Hoy

Snowboard Life’s own Senior Editor Kurt Hoy brought a superb snowboardingacumen to the Top 25. A veteran of both the racing circuit and boardercross contests, and a highly regardedinstructor (not to mention the four years he’s traveled the globe pissing away this mag’s travel budget), Kurt’sjust about seen it all during his fourteen years of snowboarding. Like Kevin, Kurt also helped SnowCountry (R.I.P) with its board tests-experience that proved invaluable as we conducted our first. A fast andpowerful freerider, Kurt’s mission during the Top 25 was to “find the limits of each board.” Height: 5’11″Weight: 160 pounds Boot size: 9

Amy Louisa

It didn’t take long for the “Aussie Agitator” to start tradinggood-natured barbs with the more fun-loving members of the test team, easily holding her own amidst thefast-flying braggadocio. Amy carried that same devil-may-care attitude onto the mountain, ridingaggressively as she explored each board’s potential. Amy travels from her native Australia every winter tocall Mammoth her winter (or is it summer?) home away from home. When she’s not cracking dry-wittedjokes or testing snowboards, this fully certified AASI instructor is teaching folks how to ride in theMammoth Mountain Snowboarding School. Height: 5’3″ Weight: 125 Boot size: Women’s 6

Wendy Powell

Groomed in Colorado and currently laughing along with the rest of the people living in snow-soaked Tahoe,pro-snowboarder Wendy Powell made the drive down from North Lake to participate in the Top 25.Wendy’s a finesse freestyle/freerider with plenty of experience scrutinizing snowboard performance,including working on her own pro model with a former sponsor. Her gift for design also comes in handywhile creating clothes and outerwear. A strong all-around rider, Wendy demands versatility from asnowboard-whether she’s dissecting the steeps or lofting gracefully out of the pipe. Height: 5’6″ Weight: 120Boot size: Women’s 7.5

Randy Price

Breckenridge, Colorado’s Randy Price was all business when it cameto testing snowboards. Stoked beyond belief for the opportunity to sneak-preview this year’s best freeridingmodels, he rewarded us with maximum effort and enlightening feedback. Randy’s a veteran snowboardteacher, and spends his winters training the American Association of Snowboard Instructors’ best andbrightest in the Rocky Mountains. All those days spent on the hill also makes him a valuable test case for thesunscreen industry, but that’s another story. A light, quick rider, Randy can both carve and boost with stylishaplomb. Height: 5’8″ Weight: 125 pounds Boot size: 7

Jason “J2” Rasmus

Pro-snowboarder JasonRasmus (better known as J2) takes his freeriding with as many lumps as possible, constantly searching outhits, rails, and logs to bust loose on. Chosen to represent the freestyle element of the freeriding equation, J2did just that, making a run through the park a mandatory part of his all-moountain testing. Originally hailingfrom Nueva York, J2’s vibe is all city-down to his gold rope chain and black Corinthian leathersnowboarding jacket. But don’t let the act fool you, this Vail loc can ride. Height: 5’8″ Weight: 160 poundsBoot size: 9.5