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: Jed Anderson
Jed Anderson’s natural talent was lauded from a young age. Riding from age six, at ten, he was sponsored by Forum, the winters of his youth more contest than concrete. But Jed has never been one to do things any way but his own, and early on he stepped back from the typical climb up the pro ranks, dulling his edges and quietly taking stock in the Calgary streets. When the Canadian phenom resurfaced into snowboarding’s collective consciousness, he was a bonafide street savant, taking his cues from skateboarding and navigating handrails with a natural finesse unattainable for most of the snowboarding population.
Now, over the better part of the past decade, Jed Anderson has filmed more enders than possibly any other snowboarder during the same period of time. A seasonal staple in the Videograss vanguard, Jed broke out for one season to film his own short film with lensman Tanner Pendleton, Crazy Loco, a thirteen-minute exposition showcasing just why Jed has garnered accolades as one of the best jibbers of his generation.
Jed has been designated SNOWBOARDER’s Jibber of the Year three times, in 2012, 2013, and 2015. But even more than these nods to his edge-to-edge acuity is how obvious his influence is when watching local groms sporting his style at their home resort. Few others possess such unabashed and unmatched impact, and for Jed it’s seemingly effortless. But what really makes him one of snowboarding’s favorite heavy metal hitters is the way he lands mind-bendingly complex tricks with uncommon ease; there’s a fluidity to Jed’s snowboarding that isn’t often associated with concrete and steel. So, as long as he keeps riding, we’ll keep watching.