Sebbe is a talented snowboarder despite hailing from a land without mountains. He first snowboarded and competed on the dry slopes in his home country of Belgium. He’s come a long way since. Sebbe has had articles and photos in major magazines, filmed video parts in the legendary Japanese powder and is a regular on the Air+Style tour as well as a Peace Park attendee. A true switch-stance master, Sebbe rides a snowboard goofy and a skateboard regular — his switch methods will blow your mind. At 6’4, he’ll be the tallest man ever to compete in Snowboard Slopestyle, but his size only contributes to his style, which may be his greatest asset.
Takeru Otsuka is a name to watch for in the coming years. He’s another world-class snowboarder coming out of Japan and has come out in a big way becoming the slopestyle World Rookie Champion for the second year in a row, earning himself a ticket to X Games Norway. Big brands have taken notice of him too, with Burton signing him before any of their competitors too. It just goes to show that Takeru Otsuka is here in a big way, and he’s here to stay.
This 23-year-old Swede made his 5th X Games appearance in both Snowboard Slopestyle and Big Air in Norway last year where he came away with slopestyle gold. He had a stellar 2016 season that included the overall win on the Air + Style tour and a standout award at Superpark 20. He kicked off the 2016/2017 season in style with a win at the Mile High in August. The 2014 Olympian (4th, slopestyle) has a serious bag of technical tricks.
This ripping Norwegian earned Slopestyle bronze in his X Games debut at Aspen in 2016 and has been a staple at all winter X Games since. Mons rides with the flair and subtlety the Norwegians are famous for, and he also has big, technical tricks needed to compete for the podium. With at least three versions of the triple cork in his bag of tricks, including a switch backside 1620, watch for this 21-year-old to be in the mix at every contest he enters. Mons was on the Norwegian national team alongside the likes of Stale Sandbech.
Chris Corning has exploded onto the competitive snowboard scene, going from a relatively unknown name to a member of the elite Quad Club — he first landed a backside quadruple cork 1800 in spring 2017. He’s the 2017 FIS slopestyle Junior World Champion and 2016 FIS slopestyle Crystal Globe winner, and he started the 2018 season by winning the opening World Cup Big Air event in Milan (Nov. 2017) and taking 2nd in Big Air at the Copper Grand Prix/World Cup and in slopestyle at Dew Tour Breckenridge. Chris had his rookie X Games experience at Aspen this year and will be raring to improve in Norway in May.
Markus Olimstad first stood on a snowboard when he was 14, and has made it his top priority ever since, taking Slopestyle and Big Air podiums as he’s come up through the Norwegian Norgescup series and begun competing on the World Snowboard Tour.
From humble beginnings in his local village to double World Champion (2013, big air and slopestyle), Roope Tonteri has been appearing at the X Games for years. The 26-year old Finn has shown his skill around the globe over the years, including being the first to repeat his big air championship in 2015, finishing 2nd in slopestyle.
Another ripping Norwegian, Emil Ulsletten won Beijing Air & Style (Dec. 2014) with a switch backside triple cork 1440. He placed 8th in his X Games Slopestyle debut in 2014 and 7th in 2015 and will be a hometown favourite at X Games Norway. He’s from Dombaas, Norway, roughly four and a half hours drive North of Oslo, and has lived in Oslo since 2014 (when he’s not chasing snow or surf around the globe).
In 2016 Kyle Mack signed his name into snowboard history when he won the slopestyle title at the Burton U.S. Open with a run that included back-to-back triple corks. The 19-year-old Michigander first popped up at USASA Nationals at age seven when he began dominating the twerp-class age brackets in slopestyle and halfpipe. Now a member of the U.S. Snowboarding team with an impressive list of recent Big Air and Slopestyle results, he made his X Games debut at Aspen 2016, finishing 7th in Big Air.
Yuki Kadono became the third Japanese athlete to win gold at an X Games winter event when he topped the Big Air field at Oslo in 2016. Now 21 years old, Yuki joined a small number of humans on the planet to have landed a quadruple cork when he did so in May of 2017. Yuki’s was a backside quadruple cork 1980, the most rotations ever landed on a snowboard. Yuki won the U.S Open in 2015 by landing a backside triple cork 1620 to a switch backside triple cork 1620 — the first time in history back-to-back triple corks were landed in competition.
“Seb Toots” is one of the reasons that men’s slopestyle has been dominated by Canadians since 2011. The 24-year-old grabbed Slopestyle silver at X Games Aspen 2016 and now owns 5 X Games medals in 9 appearances, including two Slopestyle gold: as an XG rookie in 2011 and at Tignes 2013. A double threat in Big Air and Slopestyle, the French-Canadian won the Innsbruck Air + Style event in 2016 and has several top-3 finishes thus far in the 2016/2017 season, including a win at the Cardrona Games in August and December podiums at the Beijing Air + Style and Winter Dew Tour comps. In mid-February last year, he claimed a huge slopestyle win at the FIS World Cup in Quebec, beating X Games medalists Mark McMorris and Marcus Kleveland.
With immense talent and a healthy dose of charisma, Canadian Mark McMorris has been one of snowboarding’s leading men since taking gold in XG Slopestyle and Big Air in 2012. He repeated the feat in 2015, becoming the second snowboarder in history to earn double gold at a single event. At XG Aspen 2014, he slammed his torso into a rail and broke a rib during his final Slopestyle run. He still earned silver. He recovered just enough — and just in time — for the Winter Olympics, where he landed what he called a “dream run” but settled for bronze. But life is good. At 22, McMorris has nine XG medals, snowboards for money, dates pro surfer Coco Ho and lives in a SoCal home that overlooks the Pacific Ocean.
With two gold in less than 24 hours at XG Aspen 2014, Max emerged from the shadows of fellow Canadian stars Mark McMorris and Sebastien Toutant. Parrot became only the second man to win both Snowboard Big Air and Slopestyle at the same X Games (McMorris). The 21-year-old Quebecois added Big Air silver in 2015 and Big Air gold at X Games Aspen 2016, bringing his XG medal total to five. Max is dedicated, driven and practices longer and harder than perhaps anyone at X Games. The second person to land a quad, Max stuck a quadruple Cab underflip in April of 2015. He won the Fenway Park Big Air comp on Feb. 11.
Kleveland’s older sister put him on a snowboard at age 3, and he found much of his early trick inspiration from playing video games. After watching videos of fellow Norwegian rider Torstein Horgmo, Marcus attempted and landed his first double corks when he was 11. His first triple cork 1440 came at 13, setting a record as the youngest rider to land a triple cork. On November 5, 2015, after seeing videos of Billy Morgan and Max Parrot land the first quad corks, he became the third (and youngest) rider to land a quad, making a backside quad 1800 seem almost effortless on Stubai Glacier in Austria.
Cheryl won gold in Big Air at X Games Oslo 2016, becoming the first Dutch woman ever to medal at X Games. It was her first X Games medal after 11 starts in 10 appearances. Cheryl is an accomplished veteran with some of the best style in the game; she was the first woman to land a 900 in slopestyle competition and continues to push the sport. The 34-year-old learned to snowboard on the dry slopes of the Netherlands and has competed four times in the Olympics: halfpipe in 2006 (11th), slopestyle in 2014 (20th), and big air and slopestyle in 2018 (20th and 23rd respectively). Cheryl is married to X Games gold medalist Stine Brun Kjeldaas (Women’s SBD SuperPipe, 2000), and when not snowboarding around the globe is a busy mom to their two daughters, Lara (5 1/2) and Mila (2 1/2). Landed a switch backside 900 at X Games Aspen 2016, becoming the first woman to do so in a competition.
This talented Norwegian won three consecutive X Games Snowboard Slopestyle gold medals (Tignes 2013, Aspen 2014 and 2015). She then showed her skills in Big Air at Hafjell 2017 winning gold. She learned to snowboard with her mom, Marit; Silje was 4 and Marit was 41. Silje came up through the competitive ranks of Norwegian snowboarding, attending the NTG snowboard school as a teenager and eventually joining the strong Norwegian national team. Her riding is stylish and she has serious jump skills — she stomps her landings and lays down solid frontside rodeo 720s.
Reira Iwabuchi may be new to X Games, but she isn’t new to snowboarding. This Japanese phenom started competing at just 7 years of age. By 11, she was winning regional contests and at 14 she was a Slopestyle national champion. In December 2017, Reira stomped a Cab 900 and backside double cork 1080 at the Copper U.S. Grand Prix/FIS World Cup to take the win, standing on the podium above proven veterans (and X Games athletes) Julia Marino and Silje Norendal. This 17-year-old made a big splash at her first X Games, where she made the podium in Big Air in second place. She then added onto her X Games medal count by repeating her result this year at Aspen 2018.
Enni Rukajärvi surprised at Aspen in 2011, becoming the first female snowboarder to win X Games Slopestyle as a rookie. She also became the first Finnish woman to medal at an X Games winter event. Enni took Olympic Slopestyle silver in 2014 and headed to Pyeongchang as a member of the Finnish Olympic team earning bronze. She won the Innsbruck Air + Style Big Air comp and the Laax Open Slopestyle in 2017 and she’s also been spending time filming in the backcountry and the streets. Enni has the tricks and the style to compete with the best — the 27-year-old is back on the X Games podium finishing 3rd in slopestyle.
Meet the 13-year-old pro snowboarder who is taking the snowboarding world by storm. She has already claimed numerous victories in various events, including the 2017 World Rookie Finals. On the FIS circuit, she has recently claimed 4th at a Slopestyle event in Japan. Making her X Games debut at X Games Norway 2018, she’ll be a force to be reckoned with.
At the age of 17, Zoi Sadowski-Synnott has a storied past and is likely to add to that in the future. Born in Australia to American and Kiwi parents, she made her move to New Zealand at the age of 6. Starting out skateboarding, she made her move into snowboarding. After winning a silver medal and placing fourth at the 2017 FIS Snowboard World championships in Slopestyle and Big Air respectively, she joined up with the New Zealand National team. There, she won them their first Olympic medal in the Winter Olympics in 26 years. This year, she is making her X Games debut at X Games Norway and is sure to impress.
Julia “Jules” Marino is a young member of the U.S. Snowboarding Pro Slopestyle Team who will make her debut at X Games Aspen in 2017. One of two women currently landing a Cab double underflip with regularity, Jules is on the come-up. Originally a skier, this 19-year-old out of Westport, CT, started snowboarding when she broke a ski in the trees and had to ride a board the rest of the vacation. Winner of the Big Air at Fenway event in 2016, Jules is no stranger to the big stage.
Anna Gasser is a 23-year-old Austrian who has been snowboarding for just five years. She went from the Austrian National Gymnastics Team to Austrian Olympic Team in a brand new sport: slopestyle, where she finished 10th, not landing her runs. At her first X Games in 2015, she finished 5th. It’s that flipping background that made her a natural, including landing her first Cab double backflip 180 (Nov. 2013).