Bode Merrill is one of the best all round snowboarders in the game. With epic parts in Absinthe films, X Games Real Snow videos and hammers in urban settings, Bode is taking the snowboard world by storm.
He’s already a favourite rider of legends such as Travis Rice and JP Solberg, and when he can stomp double corks off of back country booters it’s no wonder why. His creativity on the hill can be seen in tricks such as one footed corked backside 720s and 50-50 nollie frontflips out.
He broke out on to the scene in 2009 with a seven minute ender part to Absinthe’s Neverland and continues to rock the snowboard world with his original and technical style. He’s also a man with a good sense of humour, being one of the riders who runs the Harsh Zeach to Scorpion blog.
The blog pokes fun at pro riders who zeach (don’t boardslide straight) and/or scorpion (catching a toe edge and bailing into the ground with your legs over your head!). It’s all in good jest but Bode got in to a bit of trouble when he took the piss out of snowboarding legend JP Walker who didn’t get the joke and threw his toys out of his pram.
In the summer of 2013 the Bode Merrill Mini Pipe Invitational took place at Mt Hood. According to those who were there Bode tried to win his own competition but instead stacked it with a faceplant and got the wooden spoon prize for best bail. It’s nice to know that even super pros have their bad days.
Bode is sometimes known as the Bode-man and JP Walker called him Mode Berrill in a rubbish attempt at an insult. Little did JP know that in German ‘mode’ translates as fashion, so the insult was lost on the German speaking world who now call Bode ‘Fashion Berrill’ (probably). He blogs regularly on the Change That Tape blog.