Standout Performance of the Year: Nils Mindnich
Monumental achievements go down every season that don't fit into a traditional awards category. Last year, Jérôme Tanon was acknowledged for his satirical film, The Eternal Beauty of Snowboarding. This season saw another eclectic nominee list, but it was the young Nils Mindmich who earned the Standout Performance of the Year award for a major accomplishment at Mount Baker.
The roster at the Legendary Banked Slalom is unmatched in talent from all of snowboarding's facets. The best riders in the world convene at Baker for an event that is as inclusive and laid-back as it is highly competitive. During this year's 31st iteration, Nils Mindnich did what only one person has done before and not only put down the fastest time in the Men's Pro category but won the switch race as well. Only Terje can claim the same. It is in no way Nils' only accomplishment this year, but it's a massive one that proves his prowess on a snowboard. This is only the beginning for Mindnich, and he's already standing out. Congrats, Nils!
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