Voice Of Our Community, Gerhard Gross, Passes Away at 39
Today the news has broken that one of our sport's most respected, considered and discerning voices has gone silent. For nearly two decades Gerhard Gross has worn many tuques as a diehard shredder. Like most media icons Gerhard's path began as an aspiring pro bagging covers in the Canadian backcountry alongside his Gnarcore cronies. Gross' passion for snowboarding motivated him to transition into the industry rather than hang up the boots entirely. As the first regional team manager for DC, Quicksilver & Roxy Gerhard mentored the next generation of Canadian senders before putting his intellect front and center as the Associate Editor of Snowboard Canada Magazine.
By the time Gross arrived at Transworld Snowboarding in 2011 it was apparent that his affinity for riding had been matched by a drive to produce quality journalism. With every byline Gerhard would strive to leave no lead untapped, fact unchecked and perspective unresearched. This approach provided a polish and professionalism uncommon within snowboard writing. Assignments on the environment or the competition scene or the latest product innovation became must read pieces and set the pace for other scribes to keep up. When not putting pen to page Gerhard even managed to give back even more to the sport and season he loved by taking on the role of Director of the Protect Our Winters Riders Alliance.
Within one year of Gerhard beginning a new chapter of his professional life as the Content Director of the Dew Tour he was diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer. After nearly two years of treatments and battling to beat the odds Gerhard Gross passed away on the evening of August 14th, 2018. Snowboarder Magazine offers our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends. He will be greatly missed both on and off hill. – SNOWBOARDER Magazine