The votes are in. @samstillman aka Sam Stillman is the champion of the first-ever Quiksilver Young Guns Snow contest! The Minnesotan rider made was selected not only by his peers on the Quik YGSnow website, but also Quik pro Bryan Fox, who voted Sam’s on hill abilities his favorite. Sam not only wins the respect and admiration of his peers, but a week at High Cascade Snowboard Camp during Bryan’s session when the iconic Drink Water Rat Race goes down! We had the chance to catch up with Sam after he found out he won. Meet the man behind the winning video below, so in a few years you can say you knew he was way back when. This surely won’t be the last time you check out the feed that @samstillman is putting out!
Your home mountain is Hyland Hills and a lot of really good MN riders have come out of there. What makes riding Hyland so sick?
Hyland is sick because everyone rides together, like I can’t think of a night where there isn’t at least four or five people I know. It’s always been my favorite and continues to be!
Who are the Minnesotan riders that you look up to and why?
I grew up watching the Videograss movies and those inspired me so much. Jed Anderson, Jake OE, Louif and Danimals were the shit, no question. As I got older, I started liking younger riders like Boody and Tommy G.
This is going to be your first time at High Cascade, give us your three things you're looking forward to about spending a week at Mt. Hood.
Quarterpipes, Cobra Dogs, and I think it will feel like riding at Hyland, so that will be fun!
Quik pro Bryan Fox deemed your video his favorite, that's a pretty solid thumbs up. How stoked were you when you found out you were the Young Guns Snow winner?
I’m so hyped he liked my video, like he is such a good rider with a great outlook on snowboarding, so it’s cool that he appreciates my riding. I was also beyond hyped to win! This opportunity is huge!
Sum up the vibe of your one-minute edit in one sentence.
This edit is full of edgy tricks that fit an edgy teen lifestyle.
It's the end of the season now, how are you spending your summer before you head to HCSC?
I play ultimate frisbee so I’ll be traveling the country playing and I’m working as a counselor at camp all summer. Then in the middle I get to take a week off and come shred!!!
The siren has sounded and the cream has risen to the top. Sam Stillman (@samstillman) is your 2016 Young Guns Snow champion.
After 650 gram-breaking entries from over 30 different snow-covered countries, Sam's hype video was voted as best by you, super judge Bryan Fox (@bryanwfox) and industry officials Snowboarder Mag (@snowboardermag)
A huge congratulations to Sam and the rest of the final round contestants as well as all 650 of you who took part in this years event. Sam's epic effort is now taking him off to Mt Hood to visit High Cascade before throwing on a jersey as a wildcard entrant at this years annual @wedrinkwater Rat Race event along side Bryan himself.
And before you spill your milk, #YGSNOW will be back bigger and badder next year, so wax ya boards, sharpen your rails and throw your beanie in the ring. You could be the next Young Gun.