"By far the best, most technical jibber, while making it look effortless." - Annie Boulanger
"Sick part, sick style" - Marie-France Roy
"Such a good role model, that guy." - Hana Beaman
The same offering that made Jed Anderson our 2015 Jibber of the Year has also put him in the top ten for the second time. In "Crazy Loco", Jed puts on display his freakish ability to ride away from nearly any street feature that he deems video part-worthy. As Forum Snowboards’ up-and-coming contest kid in the mid-2000s, Jed seemed to be set on a path to snowboard superstardom via the rail jam circuit. However, Jed had the foresight in his teens to understand that it was also a path to becoming burnt out, so well before he could legally vote, Jed stepped away from the endorsements, the contracts and the money to pursue snowboarding as a recreation rather than a profession, simply because that’s what made him happy. It’s admirable and it paid off, because a few video segments and a couple online parts later, Jed came back with a vengeance and has since become the heir apparent to modern day street snowboarding. Jed’s Salomon teammate, one-time #2 Rider of the Year and this year’s Men’s Video Part of the Year winner, Bode Merrill had this to say about Jed, “It's almost laughable how good he is on a handrail. This year you could tell he stepped out of his comfort zone and bumped the progression of rail riding up another notch.” And when considering that Bode steps to similar features in the street while stepping one foot out of his binding, those sentiments are nearly exponential. Another rider who stakes his claim in both the backcountry and urban environs is Mark Sollors, who echoed our explanation of why Jed cracked the top ten yet again. “'Crazy Loco' says it all. There are so many good jibbers nowadays, but Jed continues to hang on top after so many solid years.” While it’s certainly his snowboarding that justifies all of Jed’s accomplishments in our culture, little is said about his ideology that centers around doing exactly what he wants to do, and that speaks to Jed as a human being as much as it does a snowboarder. Luckily for Jed, he has the natural talent to allow him to do what he wants, both on and off the hill and in the years to come, he’ll continue to rewrite our history one drop-in at a time.