Women's Rider of the Year: Anna Gasser
For a professional snowboarder, the Rider of the Year award is the most coveted of all. To win this category is to cement a legacy and catapult one's status to an elite level, and that just happened for Anna Gasser.
If you've been paying attention, you know Anna has been a force in competitive snowboarding for some time, but it was impossible to ignore the accomplishments the 25-year-old Austrian made this year. Anna stood on three X Games podiums this season--with a bronze in Big Air and a gold in Slopestyle at X Games Norway and a silver in Big Air at X Games Aspen. Directly before Norway, she took first place at the Burton US Open, before heading to the southern hemishphere where she spent her summer perfecting aerial complexities like the cab double 1080. Then she went and nabbed first at Air + Style in Beijing with a cab double 900 and a fronside 720 melon. This was Anna's year, and if somehow you didn't know her before, get familiar, because she's becoming the one to beat. Congrats, Anna!
About Riders’ Poll: For 19 years, TransWorld SNOWboarding has polled the professional snowboarding community to find their picks for the best riders of the year. Each season, these awards are decided by the opinions of over 100 pros. While TransWorld SNOWboarding hosts the awards, the winners are truly a reflection of peer acknowledgement--the highest honor any rider can receive.
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