Natural Selection Tour | Your Chance To Vote For The Wild Card Entries

Vote for your two favourite riders to join the already impressive team of snowboarders to compete in the Natural Selection Tour

Image Above: Travis Rice. Pic By: Cole Barash / Natural Selection / Red Bull Content Pool

February is just around the corner, with the Natural Selection Tour kicking off on the 3rd if the weather allows. The first part of the tour, the YETI, will run at Jackson Hole, with the debut of the tour playing live exclusively on Red Bull TV. Before the inaugural event you, the people, are being given the chance to have your say!

“Vote for your favourite rider, who you think deserves a spot in the tour”

Today, The Natural Selection Tour announced the news of the Wild Card and People’s Choice Competitions. Head over to Red Bull and check out the submissions and vote for your favourite rider, who you think deserves a spot in the tour:


Check out the full Press Release from The Natural Selection Below.
Eric Jackson spins a huge natural air during filming of The Book of John J, in Whistler, BC, Canada on 17 March, 2016. // Blake Jorgenson/Red Bull Content Pool //

Jackson, WY (January 25, 2020) – Today The Natural Selection Tour announces ten more rider names along with exciting wild card and people’s choice competitions for the final spots on the Tour’s inaugural season. These riders will come together starting next week to compete in the Tour opening, the YETI Natural Selection at Jackson Hole as it debuts live, exclusively on Red Bull TV for two prime days during the contest’s February 3-9 weather window.

Throughout the tour, riders will be competing on the planet’s most exciting natural and naturally-enhanced terrain in Jackson Hole, WY, before heading north to the Natural Selection Baldface Lodge. Top finishers will square off on Alaska’s unmatched peaks at the HempFusion Natural Selection at Tordrillo Mountain Lodge, where the best men’s and women’s all-mountain freestyle riders will be crowned in late March.

Robin Van Gyn puts in a run on the Natural Selection test event course in Jackson Hole, WY, USA on 27 January, 2020. // T. Bird / Red Bull Content Pool //

Mikkel Bang, Hana Beaman, Victor de La Rue, Anna Gasser, Eric Jackson, Hailey Langland, Pat Moore, Blake Paul, Werni Stock and Austen Sweetin have graciously accepted invitations to join the Natural Selection Tour. They will join Elias Elhardt, Ben Ferguson, Sage Kotsenburg, Nils Mindnich, Mark McMorris, Chris Rasman, Travis Rice and Gigi Rüf on the men’s side and Jamie Anderson, Marion Haerty, Elena Hight and Robin Van Gyn dropping in for the women.

“The level of talent and experience coming together here is impressive,” said Travis Rice, pro snowboarder. “The wildcard edits are robust to say the least! I’m especially grateful that riders of this calibre took time to edit these together and I feel for the committee and all of you who will have to somehow pick favourites from the clips. It isn’t easy but it sure is awesome! We are psyched to democratize some of the process! Let the people speak as the Natural Selection is going down with the arrival of Feb!”

Gigi Ruf ollies off one of the features to win the Red Bull Ultra Natural event at Baldface Lodge near Nelson, BC Canada on February 17th 2013. // Scott Serfas / Red Bull Content Pool //

That leaves two spots up for grabs with a final male and female rider able to receive an official Natural Selection Tour invite from the Tour’s Nomination Committee and Red Bull. Snowboarding icons including Jake Blauvelt, Manuel Diaz, Danny Davis, Yuka Fujimori, John Jackson, Sammy Luebke, Bode Merrell, Mary Rand, Jason Robinson, Zoi Sadowski-Synnott and Stale Sandbech have submitted one-minute montages of their best backcountry freestyle riding to prove why the final men’s and women’s spots should be theirs based on progression, creativity, line choice, style, energy, and overall impression.

Submissions are now live and voting has begun at, where people can watch the videos and cast votes for the People’s Choice winner. Both the men’s and women’s wild card winners and the People’s Choice winners, who will be next in line if a spot were to open, will be announced on January 29 on the wild card page. The full winning clips will post on Red Bull and Natural Selection social channels.

Travis Rice eyes up a landing by tossing a snowball on the Natural Selection test event course in Jackson Hole, WY, USA on 25 January, 2020. // T. Bird / Red Bull Content Pool //

With a mission to inspire a global audience to forge a deeper relationship with the outdoors, the Natural Selection Tour aims to make a difference on a larger scale. To further bolster the Tour’s mission, Red Bull will award each of the wild card winners $2,500 to donate to an environmentally focused non-profit organization of their choice.

A manifestation of Travis Rice’s wildest dreams, the Tour’s innovative format will reveal riders’ full creative expression and require a deep knowledge of backcountry conditions to reign supreme. All events will run within seven-day windows to ensure that the terrain is in peak season conditions.

Eric Jackson rides a line in Valdez, Alaska during the making of The Book of John J 2, on April 14, 2017. // Scott Serfas / Red Bull Content Pool //

The Natural Selection Tour thanks BOA, Burton, Jones Snowboards, Mervin Manufacturing, Oakley, Quiksilver, Union Binding Company and VANS for being the founding members of this industry-unifying effort.


Newsletter Terms & Conditions

Please enter your email so we can keep you updated with news, features and the latest offers. If you are not interested you can unsubscribe at any time. We will never sell your data and you'll only get messages from us and our partners whose products and services we think you'll enjoy.

Read our full Privacy Policy as well as Terms & Conditions.