To accompany our epic article “Kickers that Changed Snowboarding”, we’ve compiled a collection of videos from these memorable sessions. Each of these videos feature some of the most progressive riding you will ever see from their individual eras. So make yourself a cup of tea, sit back, relax, and enjoy this history of snowboarding, as told through some of its defining landmarks – and the riders who hit them.
The Air & Style Kicker.
Here’s the best of the comp in 2006. Check out Travis Rice’s now legendary winning run – a double backflip late BS180
Here’s the highlights from 2007 when Kevin Pearce took the title.
And here’s the best of the 08-09 Quarterpipe contest – there was no classic kicker comp last year.
The Riksgransen Quarterpipe
Check out Ingemar’s legendary backside air. This still looks stupidly impressive these days!
Chris Dufficy hits this ma-hoosive backcountry booter right at the start of this part, taken from Forum’s film True Life. Not bad for an opening trick!
Mads Jonsson was being towed by a sled down the hill to hit this ridiculous sized hip in Norway. Taken from Burton’s For right or Wrong
Benedek’s ‘Step Over’ Kickers
This is a little clip of Benedek throwing down over one of the ‘step over’ style jumps he pioneered. Ends with a sweet (even if the landing is a little sketchy) double cork by the man that made them famous.
Halifax with the Boys and Blank Paper
Benedek visited Halifax during the filming of In Short to document a bit of the UK dry-slope scene. Local lad Colum Mytton and a young Jamie Nicholls showed what can be achieved.
The Avoriaz Gap
A handful of British pros have killed the gap with supreme style and flair as is shown in this quick montage of the film parts featuring this epic step-down. I think that every one of their claims is well deserved.