"Slaying rails and backcountry like no other! Always being innovative, and a few NBD tricks in the mix!" - Eero Ettala
"Bode’s part is f**cking crazy! I can't imagine trying to attempt the tricks in his part. He is pushing snowboarding in a crazy direction that does not exist on any map." - Eddie Wall
For Bode Merrill, recipient of our Men’s Video Part of the Year award, the amount of votes he got was almost as ridiculous as the ender in Absinthe’s "Heavy Mental" that earned him this accolade. Look at the voters and it’s truly baffling: Louif Paradis, Scott Stevens, Ross Powers, Chad Otterstrom, Pat Moore, Andreas Wiig, JP Walker, Gigi Rüf, Mark McMorris, Dan Brisse, John Jackson, Eero Ettala, Eddie Wall, Torstein Horgmo and Halldór Helgason all gave him a checkmark in the number one spot on the ballot for his efforts, but it gets even more insane. SLC’s street luminary Jeremy Jones also put Bode at numero uno…for his Real Snow part that earned him an X Games gold medal! Plainly put, Bode’s video part was one of the most progressive collection of clips in snowboarding’s canon and the fact that he can put out a part that features equally heavy street and powder riding is reason enough to give him the title. Two-time double X Games golden boy, Mark McMorris realizes the harsh reality of filming even though his specialty is slopestyle courses, and when queried about Bode’s part he said, "The amount of A-shots he manages to get in a season is baffling." The man who reinvented snowboarding in front of a camera, JP Walker said, "Dude is gnar. With lots of the jib stuff these days, peeps are kind of on a similar level. Bode has that extra gnar factor that's a notch up on most. He has the full backcountry bag, too and even takes the sometimes borderline gimmicky one-foot stuff to way beyond another level." Former SNOWBOARDER Magazine Rider of the Year, Gigi Rüf took a different approach to the justification of his vote for the Bodeman’s ender, saying, "He’s got two parts…well, one is only one-footed." And Icelandic madman and all-around ruler Halldór Helgason hinted at a larger topic in his response by stating, "Bode is one of the best all-around riders of all time. His part in ‘Heavy Mental’ was insane. He sends it in pow, the streets and one-footed! He’s creative with everything you can possibly (do in) snowboarding and I still feel like he has always been underrated. It’s about time he wins Rider of the Year, too, and gets recognized!" But, perhaps the biggest compliment came from Pat Moore, a man whose efforts in Volcom’s "Mr. Plant" were on par with Merrill’s merits this winter, when he said, "Bode’s part in Absinthe is just insanity. He’s truly one of the best snowboarders ever." We agree with Pat, and this part will undoubtedly add to Bode’s budding legacy and the only thing more mental than what he accomplished last winter is what lies ahead in the coming years for Bode Merrill.
Action Photo: Oli Gagnon