"Austen is one of the best dudes on a snowboard these days. Disregarding his talents, he is a rad kid who lives and loves it. His part in Absinthe was full of big ass jumps and sick tricks, along with tech and big jibbing. I'm proud of this kid and all of his accomplishments, and I'm excited to see where he goes!" - Pat Moore
"His part in Justin Hostynek’s movie is damn good. Rails, pow, lines. He surprised the shit out of me. Excellent part." - Danny Davis
"His opener in 'Heavy Mental' is the best of both worlds. Austen goes BIG!" - Torstein Horgmo
Exaggerated airs, gigantic jibs, multi-corks, a two-song opener… The only thing understated about Austen Sweetin in 2014 was his stature. What Sweetin lacks in height he makes up for in balls. To some, Scott Stevens is the savior of snowboarding, while to others, his esoteric tricks aren’t butch enough. Nonetheless, CAPiTA’s resident, regular-footed Masshole is a student of snowboard cinema without rival…and apparently, a fan of Austin. “Backcountry, street, flips, huge air…it just felt like a next level video part,” remarks Scott. “And he's a great guy.” Nice guys may finish last, but great guys land the opener, as is the case with Sweetin in his Absinthe "Heavy Mental" debut. In the very first clip, Sweetin not only lands the biggest air of the year, but he also does it switch. Boss backcountry moves like this are interspersed with more subtle, yet equally impressive tricks like switch method stepdowns. Just when the music begins to fade and you think Sweetin has left the grid for good in pursuit of shoulder-deep pow and behemoth booters, his self-styled keyboard score begins to echo, a no-holds-barred urban encore ensures. Two-story Brisse-style gaps are made even bigger when the leaper is so compact. Austen’s fellow Heavy Mental-ist, Bode Merrill may be nearly two-feet taller than Sweetin, yet the tricks he tries are often one foot less. According to Bode, “Austen has so much natural talent and can ride anything you put in front of him.” The 2011 America’s Next Top Pro Model champion adds, “His first year filming with Absinthe he filmed a six-minute video part without a dull moment in it.” With this 2015 10th place Rider of the Year result, Austen has plenty of room to grow and SNOWBOARDER is optimistic that he’ll continue to reach new heights.