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: Shawn Farmer
From the epoxy dreadlocks he sported at the Swatch Worlds in ’88 to the 195cm Summit Snowboard he rode in his illustrious Critical Condition appearance, there has never been anything subtle about Shawn Farmer. Hooked on shredding from the moment he stepped on a plastic Sims Lonnie Toft in Missouri in the early 80s, Shawn Farmer migrated to Colorado before most ski areas allowed snowboarding. Once Breck lifted their ban, Farm put on some hardboots and never looked back.
By the time he moved to Mount Baker in 1990 he was a wild man on a mission and sponsored by G&S. Mike and Dave Hatchett put their first film Totally Board into production and Farmer made the marquee by dropping some of the earliest pillow lines ever caught on film and by leaping the Baker Road Gap…shirtless! Many claim that the Farm was the first person ever to do the latter. In 1991 Fall Line Films tapped Shawn to star in their follow up to Snowboarders In Exile, Critical Condition. While Critical Condition is a surefire classic from start to finish, Shawn’s section is easily the most memorable four minutes of footage that Fall Line ever released. Farmer’s fearlessness fills every frame as he stomps a slew of 50′ cliffs that would be considered loco even by today’s standards. Then there is the soundtrack where Farmer himself spits his own “My Way” lyrics to The Doors’ “Peace Frog” loop while driving around downtown Reno in a Porsche 911. This segment, in which a pro’s larger-than-life personality shared the spotlight with their riding, was revolutionary and became the archetype for the modern video part. Whether he was straight lining a chute across from Snowbird for Rap Films’ It’s The Source, appearing with Shaun White, Terje Haakonsen and Hannah Teter in Mountain Dew’s theatrical release First Descent or pulling a backie over a girl-on-girl scene for the adult film Fuck, Rock and Ride, Farmer never stopped performing for the cameras and always stayed true to his “My Way” mantra: “We do it my way, this is my resumé.”