"His part in 2032 was so sick and he takes snowboarding in his own direction. His part is timeless and people will be blown away by it for the years to come." - Eero Ettala
"In a day an age of death defying rails and triple corks, Scott has found a way to mesmerize snowboarders around the world by doing extremely creative and unique tricks. He looks at snowboarding in a different way than just about any snowboarder alive. To me, that represents what snowboarding is all about and he deserves Rider of the Year." - Eddie Wall
"Probably the most entertaining snowboarder on earth, Scott's ender in 2032 is full of originality, style and innovation." - Pat Moore
Equal parts creative, unique and innately talented, Massachusetts-born Scott Stevens has taken his inimitable approach worldwide in the last few years, and he is currently hailed as the modern-day NBD king. Need further proof? Just ask the current king of the Quebec-based street scene, Louif Paradis, as he said, “Scott is a true genius and I don't think anyone has ever brought so much innovation to a sport or a culture as much as he has, besides maybe Rodney Mullen. I can't wrap my head around what just happened after watching one of his parts. I think he deserves the highest of honors.” Longtime friend and colleague and last year’s Rider of the Year Bode Merrill agrees, speaking to Scott’s ability to consistently come up with new tricks in an era where snowboard progression in the streets seems to have leveled off. “It's pretty crazy that he can still come up with new NBDs after all these years. His snowboarding is unmatched by anyone.” And while Iceland’s Halldór Helgason and one of the most popular riders on planet earth simple says he voted for Scott “Because he’s the man,” other riders outside the realm of Scott’s riding gave him the nod, which hints at Stevens’ ability to transcend various genres of snowboarding with one video part. Take one of snowboarding’s greatest raw talents, and a man who is very familiar with our Top Ten poll, Gigi Rüf, for example, as he wrote in regarding the fact that Scott simply gets him hyped, as he says “Hands down, his knack and aspiration for snowboarding transpires the stoke.” Last winter, Scott focused his efforts on film for ThirtyTwo’s much-anticipated team flick, 2032 and when all the footage had hit the cutting room floor, Stevens had the ender with ridiculous tricks, lines, one-footers, combos and even a handful of clips in which he placed a skateboard atop various platforms and hit a feature one-footed while landing said unstrapped foot on the skate and finishing the trick. All the madness culminated in a no-footed Caveman boardslide to finish up his segment and leave all onlookers picking their jaws up off the floor. It’s arguable that no other rider has been responsible for more NBDs than Salt Lake City’s own JP Walker, and when he checked the box next to Scott’s name, he summed it up quite perfectly, when he said that Scott was, “Still the most creative and fun guy to watch out there.” So with that, Scott Stevens ends his year with a nod from The Don and a fifth place finish in our annual Top Ten Riders of the Year poll.