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: Chris Roach
Backside spins and airs-to-fakie are prime examples of the halfpipe trickery that this Nor Cal native popularized but Chris Roach's acclaim didn't merely derive from what he did on a snowboard. Rather, with Roach, the appeal came more from how he did his tricks. It was as if Chris was allergic to grabbing anywhere but between the bindings. Perhaps the only thing that would keep Chris from claiming his rightful place alongside Terry Kidwell, Jamie Lynn and Peter Line on the Mt. Rushmore of goofy foot methods is the fact that Roach doesn't do methods; instead, he does "grassers." Triple pump "grassers" at that! Once media shifted from still photos to moving pictures, Roach's compact, fluid form as it appeared in 1989's The Western Front was a textbook case of "making it look easy." In 1990, Roach was not only double poking but he was also double dipping by filming for both Mack Dawg's New Kids On The Twock and Fall Line's Snowboarders In Exile.
Although he placed 2nd in the pipe behind Craig Kelly at an OP Pro event at June Mountain, Chris's calling wasn't chasing points on the circuit. After being expelled from the whole nation of Japan over an incident at a World Cup event, Roach's cinematic fate was sealed and appearances in Critical Condition, Roadkill, RPM, and just about every movie of the early to mid-90s that followed.