"She stepped up on some big spots with a creative approach of her own and mad board control and fluidity." - Louif Paradis
"She’s always pushing women's snowboarding to new levels and always having fun doing it. Handstand twerking and pounding boxed wine while doing huge gap to front boards and handplant transfers makes for the most entertaining women’s part of the year." - Eddie Wall
Surfy, stylish, bitchy, badass, sensitive, artistic, antagonistic, lanky, loud, raunchy, radical, outcast, outspoken, technical, intellectual, innovator, extroverted, dedicated and flatulent. All of these descriptives and more can be said about SNOWBOARDER’s 3rd best Women’s Rider of the Year, Desiree Melancon.
Ten years after first posing with her snowboard in her high school senior portrait, Riverside, California’s Desiree Melancon still brings her stick to every shoot, only now she can hardly be considered a poser. Having graduated from the Big Bear park to the film pro game long ago, Desiree now spends her seasons entrenched in the Think Thank crew, routinely producing some of the most progressive female video parts of all-time. While other ladies labor to defy the snowboarding stereotypes associated with the fairer sex, Desiree struggles to avoid tall guy steeze, which to that end she has little trouble in succeeding. Desiree’s Salomon teammate and 2008 World Quarterpipe champion Bode Merrill flirts with the wraith of femdom by revealing, "She makes women’s snowboarding look cool." How does Des do it? Well, for starters, Desiree might be the first lady ever to claim a legit NBD, let alone one with "man" in its name. In her most recent Think Thank Almanac segment, Desiree debuts the switch backside Andrecht to fakie, aka the fakie mandrecht, for the first time ever. Other standout tricks include a ten-foot tall frontside invert fall away off a second story cement pillar, noseslide hardway 270 out, gap to board and front boardslides, a pair of big ol’ backside tailpress drop downs to fakie, a couple forearm shivers and tripods for flavor, a full Cab to dam, half Cab to nosepress, front board popover to boulder bank and even an ultra-aggro frontside redirect disaster on a chain link fence which is, well, off the chain. Then there’s her method, which is amongst the best grassers in the game today. Beyond the big screen, Desiree is quickly becoming one of the fastest femmes on the banked slalom circuit and her recent win at the Dirksen Derbybested retired boardercrossers and LBS legends alike! And while Ms. Melancon isn’t afraid to fight for a trick or call out others on what she perceives as their bullshit there is no arguing that Desiree is more than deserving of recognition for being our third best Women’s Rider of the Year.