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As Hillary Clinton was making a run at becoming the first female POTUS, another woman was getting first tracks in the Last Frontier for the Absinthe After Forever film cameras, beginning a campaign that has ultimately led to this accolade. While the white room is a far cry from the White House, there is no denying that as it pertains to Snowboarder’s 2017 Women’s Rider of the Year accolade, the electorate did the right thing in voting for Kimmy Fasani.
Fasani will eagerly tell you that 2016 was all about venturing outside of her comfort zone to explore new terrain with a new crew yet to those who have witnessed the arc of Kimmy’s career, this willingness to embrace the unknown is nothing new for the Lake Tahoe native. From stepping away from teenage slopestyle success to attend college and earn a marketing degree, to fueling female freestyle progression with her double back endeavors, Fasani has never settled for the status quo. The injury inducing lows that she encountered along the way surely make the height of success that much loftier and in turn rewarding.
Never one to take the path of least resistance himself, Protect Our Winters protagonist and freeriding figurehead Jeremy Jones see’s this acknowledgement as less a matter of ‘if’, and more a matter of ‘when’, explaining, “The stars finally aligned for Kimmy and she put together a historic video part in After Forever that will stand the test of time.” Snowboarder’s #3 Women’s Rider Of The Year for 2017, Jess Kimura, concurs adding, “Kimmy put down one of the most progressive women’s backcountry parts ever. She rides with speed and control and really showed what she was made out of with all the stuff she handled in AK. Definitely an inspiration!” As much as Snowboarder would like to end this acknowledgement with another electoral analogy and quip “I’m With Her”, we can’t help but reflect on Kimmy’s After Forever Alaskan accomplishments and amend the creedo to be more like “I’m With Her Till We Get To The Heli Pad.” Congratulations Kimmy on earning our 2017 Women’s Rider Of The Year honors!
– Pat Bridges