Fathers of Snowboarding: Craig Kelly

Photos and captions: Bud Fawcett

Craig Kelly is known to be the ‘Godfather’ of free-riding. Craig brought so much to snowboarding, from the way we ride a snowboard, to the way we look when we ride a snowboard. Craig was a professional snowboarder up until the day he passed away in an avalanche near Revelstoke, BC.

Head here to see a piece written by Ken Achenbach about Craig from 1992.

Craig Kelly ripping a turn in 1989. PHOTO: Bud Fawcett

More about Craig Kelly Here.

Now we know that these are not the only ‘Fathers of Snowboarding’ but there’s only seven days in a week. Some of the other ‘Fathers’ that we would like to recognize are Sherman Poppin, Bob Barci, Bert LaMar, Tom Burt, Jamie Lynn, Terje Haakonsen, Chris Roach, Shawn Farmer, Damian Sanders, and many more who helped shape the sport into what it is today.

Check out Craig in the TransWorld SNOWboarding Video Magazine Ep1 from 1993 Here