DOB: 4/25/99 || Stance: Goofy || Home Mountain: Dombas Skiheiser, Norway
Sponsors: Red Bull, Volcom, Nitro, Electric, Garmin, Skullcandy
Winning the SNOWBOARDER Magazine Rookie of the Year title is no small feat, even for a youngster like Norwegian Marcus Kleveland. In years past, former Rookie of the Years have gone on to have long, illustrious and monetarily successful careers, and we pride ourselves on that. This year seems to be no different, as Marcus was voted in by a jury of his peers (or elders, as one might say) and they were due to his competitive results as well as his abilities on the hill when he’s not donning a bib. One of the most coveted icons of our sport, Peter Line—who is no stranger to inventing tricks—praised Kleveland on his ability to ride at a competition level but also show some creativity when he’s lapping his local hill. Pete says, “So fresh and fun, from quad corks to backside 7 rewinds to double corks off knuckles, all with style.” Canadian sensation Mark Sollors also chimed in, singing praise for Marcus and echoing Peter’s sentiments. “There are a lot of new shreds coming up on the scene that are quickly making a name for themselves. This category is getting harder and harder to vote for. Marcus is an amazing snowboarder, hands down. He's got the podium tricks as well as creative rewinds that confuse the hell out of me.” With a second place finish at the Air & Style in Innsbruck Austria in February of this year and his first big win in a major competitive setting at the Beijing Air & Style just a few short months ago, Marcu is well on his way to contest domination in the coming years, what with the Pyongchang Olympics coming up, and the fact that he was one of the youngest riders to ever land a quad cork says a lot about this rookie, it’s what he will do in the coming years that many people are wondering. Will his talents translate to the silver screen or will he choose to chase the likes of his peers in the contest scene. Either way, this may be the first you’ve heard of him but it won’t be the last, because, as Whistler wonderboy Mikey Rencz puts it succinctly, “Man, that dude can ride a snowboard.” Congrats, Marcus. Keep doing what you do.
- T. Bird