Rider Profile: Ben Ferguson

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It used to seem like Ben Ferguson took snowboarding more seriously than other kids. He came to tons of our shoots, always was eager, and he did well. Every so often Ben the badass would emerge. I knew he had the fundamentals. His coach James Jackson would have it no other way. Yet I always wondered if Ben had fun riding. Then at the two Launch events at Bear, Ben started to loosen up and really indulge in some real freestyle. He was gaining power, starting to flow and guinea pigging gaps. Then, as the lead up to the Olympics began I saw him entrenched in the pipe training alongside the other contest jocks. I didn’t give him much notice until a month later when I watched him lap a few clicks behind Danny Davis. The team coaches were long gone and Ben appeared to be an entirely different rider. He was strapping in and stringing tricks together with spontaneity. I saw him boosting alley-oop entries, multi pokes to fakie, and effortlessly slow rotations. And then there were those carves! This wasn’t primetime halfpipe riding. This was something way cooler. This was the type of interpretation of transition that I wanted to put on film. – Pat Bridges

DOB: January 21, 1995
Stance: Regular
Home Mountain: Mt. Bachelor, Oregon
Instagram: @ben_ferguson
Sponsors: Burton, anon., Red Bull, Side Effect Snowboard Shop, HCSC, Mt. Bachelor

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