"Such a well-rounded rider and it really showed in his video part this year. I mean, who hits Pyramid Gap one footed?" - Scotty Lago
"He won Real Snow and had a 2-song ender in Absinthe that had so many incredible shots. Pretty amazing to say the least." - Dan Brisse
2014-15 was officially the winter of Bode Merrill. If Bode hadn’t cemented his spot among snowboarding’s elite in years past, he has now. After sweeping the Transworld Snowboarding Rider’s Poll in Denver, Colorado by winning Male Video Part of the Year and Men’s Rider of the Year, he can now add SNOWBOARDER Magazine Rider of the Year to his ever-impressive and rapidly burgeoning resumé. Unlike a fewo ther snowboarders who appeared on this list with multiple offerings on the silver screen and in contests around the world, Bode’s placing relied upon video alone, proving that snowboarding’s core votership places one’s efforts in front of a camera above all else. Merrill started off his winter with an X Games Real Snow edit that was a one minute and ten second urban assault chock full of hammers like a backside rodeo to frontboard and wallie boardslide up onto a massive kink that ultimately won him the gold medal. Immediately following that feat, Bode headed off-piste to pack his unforgettable two-song ender in Absinthe’s 'Heavy Mental' with prolific and progressive tricks into powder, proving that he is hands-down the most well-rounded rider in the world right now by stomping double Miller flips in the BC backcountry and most notoriously, one-footing the infamous and gargantuan Pyramid Gap. Bode is at the point where the only way to make the features he hits gnarlier is by unstrapping his back foot and sending it, as noted by the younger of the Jackson brothers, Eric. “That one-foot shit is nuts,” he says. Like Bode, Danny Davis is a creative and innately talented rider, and he gave Bode the nod for number one by saying, “Bode blows me away with some of the street stuff and even moreso in the mountains: big airs, one-footers, everything. He’s a nut.” Also akin to Bode’s ideology is Salt Lake City street savant, Jeremy Jones, who had this to say about Merrill’s impeccable winter, “He killed it all the way through the year from his X Games edit to his nasty exhibit of a million-and-a-half hammers in his Absinthe part. I know how hard it is to gather footage at times and it feels like he was on cruise control and that’s impressive!” And while Bode’s good friend and possibly the most creative rider of our generation, Scott Stevens simply said that Bode is “just ahead of the game,” it might be Bode’s childhood hero, Mack Dawg legend, snowboarding icon and three-time Rider of the Year, Kevin Jones who summed it up the most accurately when he claimed, “Seven-minute parts with no or little filler is hard to do in any decade. That backside rodeo to frontboard was insane. If that’s all he did all season I still would have voted for him ’cause that was the trick of the year for me!” With the top spot in our annual Rider of the Year roster, Bode Merrill has staked his claim as one of the greatest riders of our generation and only Bode knows what’s to come next, but we all know that it’s going to blow your mind. Congratulations, Bode, for a well-deserved win.