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: Travis Parker
As a professional snowboarder, hailing from Texas is unorthodox. Then again, so is most everything about Travis Parker—his trick selection, his finger-blade footage in the extras of Optigrab, the brand he helped found, Airblaster, the method of transportation used in Bikecar and his 2005 CAPiTA pro model bearing a dual swallowtail, still imitated over a decade later. To describe Travis’s approach as unique would be understated. He was ahead of his time. His progressive vision helped pave the way for the creative and quirky snowboarding which has found a place of wide acceptance today.
Those who gravitate toward inventive, low-impact riding owe a nod to Travis. Yet, for him, the quick backflips, butters, taps and Natas spins were only one part of the package. Travis was at the forefront of large-scale progression throughout his career—both in the air and on rails, from back 10s to back lips.
Between his parts in Standard Films’ TB8 through 10, Airblaster’s December and April, and DC’s MTN LAB films, he was testing the limits for nearly a decade. But it is the Robot Food trilogy that represents Travis better than any, and his name has become almost synonymous with the production company that changed snowboarding forever, for the better.