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! p: E. Stone
Mountain Goat: Lucas Magoon
Tattoo-clad, inhibition-free, and utterly charismatic, Lucas Magoon separated himself long ago from the rest of the snowboard world. Well, that and the fact that it's widely agreed upon that Lucas has more board control than nearly any snowboarder who's ever lived. The forearm-shiverin', snowboard swivelin' icon is equal parts Tarquin Robbins, Noah Salasnek and Chris Bradshaw, and Lucas not only defined, but incepted a new style of riding by utilizing the flatground on the run-in and run-out as features themselves.
In the early part of the 2000s, Lucas was the frontrunner at any rail jam worldwide and as a member of the famed Forum team, Gooner had the resources and sponsor backing behind him as he became one of the winningest competitive snowboarders alive, banking tens of thousands of dollars at each and every stop, while filming cameos and full parts for Grenade Gloves. Lucas would soon relocate to Big Bear, California and saddle up with Technine Snowboards, becoming a product of his environment rather than traveling the globe in search of spots. It is because of this that Lucas—both figuratively and literally—strong-armed his way into snowboarding's subculture as a sort of antihero: a rider that every other pro stopped to watch when he dropped in.
After countless video parts with Finger On Da Trigger, Lucas partnered up with SNOWBOARDER for their last two releases, SFD and Resolution and alongside Scott Blum and Jake OE, put out segments that were as much entertaining as they were an evolution of the riding Lucas is known for—the type in which his creativity shines as much as his character, both on and off the hill.