Here we go, into the top 10, as voted by the UK snowboard industry. Unsurprisingly, it features some bona fide legends of both freestyle and freeride…
#10 – Sascha Hamm
Whilst anyone that has met him will instantly tell you that Sascha is a bit of a strange one, it’s hard to think of anyone more quintessentially, well, British (despite technically being Austrian).
Like a WWII RAF pilot, he’s composed, relaxed and totally in his element whilst nature fires on all cylinders against him, taking down steeps, couloirs and Freeride World Tour podium spots without breaking stride.
Somehow though, he’s done all this (and survived some of the most terrifying backcountry stories you’ll hear in this lifetime) without a hint of bravado or fanfare – he simply lives for what he loves. And somehow holds down a nine-to-five job. And still has time to practice free-diving breathing techniques in the bath.
One of our best snowboarders and humans, and by far the most unsung this high on the list. He’s currently on the long road to recovery after a nasty slam on the Freeride World Tour, but we have no doubt he’ll be back to his best soon enough.
“He’s a dick, and a foreigner, and I’d like to give him a severe dead arm. But he sure can ride a snowboard” – Chris Moran, former Whitelines Editor
“Was dropping 40 foot cliffs 20 years ago with the best of them… and switch. Now podiums on the Freeride World Tour, but unlike James Stentiford he believes he can tame the mountain rather than co-habit. Never follow him” – Spencer Claridge, Brits Co-organiser