Craig Kelly’s Guest Editorial

When Snowboard Life asked me to make my contribution to this issue as guest editor, one of my conditions was the opportunity to pay tribute to a few of the people who have meant a lot to my snowboarding. If this comes across as uninteresting or meaningless to you, please consider it an educational experience.

1) George Dobis: Owner of the Mt. Baker Snowboard Shop, Baker backcountry guru, and Saturday-night philosopher.

Photo: Bobby Dobis

2) Jeff Fulton: Longevity–his riding seems to get younger with age.

Photo: Bud Fawcett

3) Carter Turk: Commitment–he set the standard for executing the steepest lines at Baker.

Photo: Gordon Eshom

3)Swannie” (Eric Swanson): Charging it–his why-slow-down-to-look way of devouring the mountain defines confidence.

Photo: Kelly Jo Legaz

4) Mike Ranquet: Progression–he lead us in new directions even when we didn't realize we were following.

Photo: Bud Fawcett

5) “Danno” (Dan Donnelly): Style–hardcore or Hollywood? A combo, for sure.

Photo: Mark Gallup

6) Tex Devenport: The power–for stomping it.

Photo: Aaron Chang

7) Teal Copeland: Potential–he was teaching us new things about

the mountain we'd been riding for fifteen years right up until the day we lost him.

Photo: John Speer

8) Jake Burton Carpenter: For listening. (I have to mention that I had this shot from one of his very early brochures taped to the cover of my Pee-Chee folder in high school.)

Photo courtesy of Burton Snowboards

9) Tom Sims: Early-day carving leader, world champ, and my first board sponsor back in '85.

Photo: Bud Fawcett

10) Terry Kidwell: You can call him the grandfather of freestyle, but to me he will always BE freestyle. My method mentor, Terry Kidwell, doing it in the backcountry in the mid 80s.

Special thanks to Mom, Dad, Kelly Jo, and my biggest fan ever–Grandma Gale.