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: Torstein Horgmo
Torstein is the type of rider who possesses the uncanny ability to make the unthinkable look easy. As a Scandinavian savant who has been decimating all terrain in his way for the past decade, Tor commands a balance between contest, street, and backcountry—a rare triple threat that has been inherent in this viking destroyer since the early days of his career.
While Torstein came of age in a time when balancing a contest schedule while filming a video part was de rigueur for many of snowboarding's über elite, it's further testament to his work ethic and hardwired talent that seasons after establishing himself as one of the best jumpers in the world—and becoming the first to land a triple cork ever—he maintains status quo by continuing to evolve his off-axis game in one of the most competitive contest eras of all time. It's no surprise that this Norwegian wünder rider has collected hardware from the X Games, Dew Tour and the Burton US Open. He's got five Winter X medals to his name, all in big air—a high-altitude arena in which he has racked up multiple NBDs, including a triple underflip in 2011 and the dizzying first switch backside triple cork 1440 in 2013. But there's much more to Torstein than his big air awareness.
He's a video part veteran, notching sections with Standard as well as his own two-year project in 2012, Horgasm: A Love Story. As one of the founding members of Shredbots, Torstein's ability to ride determinedly while not taking himself too seriously has racked up hundreds of thousands of YouTube views, gold-standard currency of today's internet-driven media culture. After filming for the crew's 2015 full length, Shredtopia, Torstein recovered from a serious back injury to once again raise the proverbial bar, releasing possibly his most impressive part to date and clinching the ender in a video loaded with superstar talent, Union's STRONGER.