DOB: 7/13/84 || Stance: Regular || Home Mountain: Bear Mountain, CA
Sponsors: 32, Capita, Union, Smith, Coal, Crab Grab, Magical GoGo
Once again, with finger flipping, one-foot sliding tactics and arguably the best board control in snowboarding’s history, Scott Stevens landed in the top ten, locking down the #7 spot. Scott may be every pro snowboarder’s favorite snowboarder, and judging by the amount of votes and quotes that came pouring in for Scotty Steves, it backs up that sentiment. French powder and pipe powerhouse, Arthur Longo, jumped at the opportunity to shower Scott with praise by saying, “Scott's riding is unique, that's no news, but it blows my mind every time I watch him. I love when people do things their own way and I can tell Scott's riding is only dictated by the amount of fun he has on his board.” And Longo is right. Scotty puts fundamentals and fun at the top of his priority list and coupled with more innate ability than almost anyone alive, the end result is snowboarding that is both heavy and relatable, and it makes Scott immensely popular with his peers and fanbase alike. With a stellar segment in Union’s new release, Stronger, and a viral miniramp session with Mike Rav in Bode Merrill’s backyard in that same flick, Scott showed that he’s still as original as ever, leading Chad Otterstrom to say, “His creativity is on Pater Line’s level,” while former Forumer and now TWS staff member Eddie Wall backs up Chad O. with this: “I've always thought that you can tell if a rider is truly passionate and creative if he can film a video part in the backyard of his house. Scott pretty much does exactly that. He doesn't think outside the box, there isn't even a box, he steps outside the box, then unstraps a foot and jibs the box like a beast. There is no other snowboarder on the planet like him.” And Eddie’s correct. Few are like Scott and even fewer can emulate his true skillset, and that’s exactly why he’s #7 in our Top Ten Rider of the Year list.
- T. Bird