Originally published in the 30th Anniversary Issue of SNOWBOARDER Magazine, Mountain GOATS celebrates the most influential snowboarders of the last thirty years (1987-2017), otherwise known as the Greatest Of All Time list. With over 70 men and women riding into the ranks of the Mountain GOATS, check back as we release their bios and celebrated accolades over the course of the next few weeks!
Mountain Goat: Bode Merrill
In order to stand out in professional snowboarding, power and fluidity speak volumes and perhaps no other rider of this generation has spoken louder and made more of an impact than Bode Merrill. Although incredibly talented, Bode was a relative unknown until 2009 when he landed the ender in Absinthe Films' Neverland. It was this introduction that thrust Bode onto the world stage with double corks in the backcountry and hardway 270s in the streets.
Since then, Bode has cemented himself as possibly the best all-around snowboarder alive, with more Absinthe parts and appearances in Travis Rice's cinematic masterpieces The Art of Flight and The Fourth Phase which have culminated in two SNOWBOARDER Rider of the Year honors and two X Games Real Snow and Backcountry golds.
However, it was when Bode shouldered the burden of headlining his very own signature movie project, Reckless Abandon, that solidified him as a true figurehead amongst his colleagues. Alongside Hans Mindnich, Jesse Paul, Erik Leon, Ozzy Henning and friends, Bode made what is one of the best snowboard action films since Subjekt Haakonsen, capping off the film with one of the most insane enders of all-time. That is what makes Bode one of the greats and we can't wait to see what he's got in store next.