"His ender made me happy." - Scott Stevens
"His ender in Deja Vu was a timeless video part. Smooth style with the best spots. Louif is one of a kind. He rides street lines with natural speed. His spot selection is one of the best and he backed it up with awesome pow footage." - Austen Sweetin
"Louif is a rider that you want to watch. He's a snowboarder's snowboarder and doesn't even look like he's trying. His video part in Encore is a 7-minute segment that I'll watch start to finish for years to come." - Mark Sollors
After all the votes were tallied, one rider in this year’s poll garnered more votes than anyone else, and that was Quebec’s Louif Paradis. Reason being is that on top of being our 2nd best Rider of the Year, Louif also took home our Jibber of the Year and Video Part of the Year accolades, giving him almost twice the amount of mentions as any other rider on this roster. In 2007, Louif exploded onto the scene in an On Deck in SNOWBOARDER Magazine with a photo shot by longtime friend Oli Gagnon of a 50-plus stair proper nosepress, and it’s arguable that that photo was the start of a revolution in which the French Canadians launched an all-out assault on urban riding and handily took it by force. Together, with his childhood friends Phil Jacques, Alex Cantin, Nic Sauve, Frank April, Laurent-Nicolas Paquin, Ben Bilocq and Will Lavigne, they quickly became the new vanguard of street riding and currently, they’re still regarded as the urban elite. With their sophomore debut, the “French Eight” pulled in fellow Canadians Dillon Ojo and Jake Kuzyk and released Encore, a film that won our Movie of the Year honors and as many had anticipated, big Lou had a six-plus minute ender that resonated with everyone in the snowboard world, regardless of what terrain they like to ride. Finnish phenom Eero Ettala knows a thing or two about how hard it is to compile that much footage, and when queried about Louif, he said “Louif has the best style in the game. His riding is so effortless and his spots are really unique. He has a great mix of creative riding and bangers.” However, Louif is always trying to evolve his riding and over the last two winters, he made a concerted effort to incorporate proper powder shots into his part, as noted by longtime Forum legend Eddie Wall, who said, “Year after year, Louif comes out with the most insane rail shots. His execution is calm, collected and calculated. This year he mixed in some solid backcountry jumps and an awesome Japan section, along with his rail destruction.” Last year’s Rider of the Year and Lou’s Salomon teammate Bode Merrill calls his riding “A thing of beauty” and claims that “This is Louif’s year,” while Salt Lake City street sage Jeremy Jones exclaims, “That’s the truest, purest representation of snowboarding I have seen in a long time. Deep bag of tricks, style and well-rounded. Dang, dude! Homie killed it! He wins!” With three major awards to his name in this year’s Rider of the Year poll, it does indeed seem that this is Louif’s year, much like Bode claims, but there’s still one spot left, and seeing as Louif always wants more, we can only imagine what he’s going to emerge with come this fall.