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: Louif Paradis
Louis-Felix Paradis comes from a long lineage of street savants who have emerged from the cold cities of Eastern Canada, and while the Quebecois prodigy is of course a product of his environment, he has made it abundantly clear over the past ten years that he is here to humbly set his own standards and provide a proper definition of what is possible in the cityscape of snowboarding.
Louif made his first strides into the upper echelon of video part vanguards with his debut in the Sugarshack films, but it wasn't until his ender in Transworld SNOWboarding's 2008 offering, These Days, that the world became familiar with this maven's moniker and penchant for technical, nuanced NBDs like the first-ever backside 270 to fakie in the streets. Since then, Louif has continued to let his riding do the talking as one of the most talented and humble individuals currently strapping in. In a Lou video part, each and every trick landed is as proper as possible, a nod not only to his ability but also to his discerning standards. After stacking sections in countless VG films, Louif reunited with fellow French Canadian phenoms in 2013 and filmed back-to-back enders in Déjà Vu and Encore, a feat made further impressive due to the movies' heavy roster and the high bar that Big Lou sets for himself, i.e. eschewing assists and going full natty speed for Encore. The resulting segment was a stunning seven minutes long with absolutely no filler.
In 2016, Louif made his first descent into the AK backcountry, an environment that this street slayer has taken to with considerable style and skill. It's no surprise that Louif's abilities have earned him unmatched esteem within the ranks of his peers and he has landed on the Rider of the Year list three times thus far, in 2014, 2016, and 2017, notching the title of Jibber of the Year each time, too. Louif's concentrated skill when it comes to rails, walls, redirects, and drops put him on the map, but as he explores more of the alpine, we expect to see him further affect the paradigm of riding for long into the coming seasons, the mark of a Mountain GOAT through and through.