Red Gerard nominated for Snowboarder Magazine Rider of the Year award
COPPER MOUNTAIN – Snowboarder Magazine announced on Tuesday that Summit County resident and Ohio native Red Gerard is one of three finalists for the magazine’s Rider of the Year award, which will be presented Thursday at the inaugural ceremony of the Snowboarder Awards at 7 p.m. at Copper Mountain Resort’s Grand Hall.
In a social media post, Gerard said he was grateful for the nomination and honored to be part of a group with finalists Sage Kotsenburg and Travis Rice.
“Wow, thanks a lot guys,” Gerard wrote on Instagram Tuesday. “It’s crazy.”
Kotsenburg has devoted time to backcountry snowboarding since winning gold in slopestyle in Sochi in 2014, including co-starring with Gerard in the movie “Joy”, which chronicles their backcountry ride last year with the professional snowboarder. Ben Ferguson and other friends. “Joy” is one of the finalists for the Snowboarder Film of the Year award.
Rice has been a mainstay for the past decade on various Runner-of-the-Year lists, and this year has been nominated for several accomplishments, including his December film “Dark Matter.”
As for Gerard, his victory at last year’s Burton US Open slopestyle competition combined with “Joy” and the opening of his free Red’s Backyard Rail Gardens at stations across the country – including Copper Mountain – have led in the nomination for the 2018 Pyeongchang Slopestyle Gold Medalist.
“It’s no small feat balancing the rigors of contest season with filming a movie,” Snowboarder reps wrote of the 19-year-old. “It is also remarkable to compile a collection of the year’s most popular music videos in competition. And it’s even more impressive when those clips represent your first foray into the backcountry of a season, and when you weren’t riding powder lines and sending wedges of cheese, you won. the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships with a triple backside (1440 cap) on the last jump.
“In 2019, that’s what Red Gerard did,” the magazine continues. “In ‘Joy,’ a film that followed Ohio-born Gerard as he traversed the off-road with Sage Kotsenburg and Ben Ferguson, Red’s innate style was unmistakable. Oh, and he opened parks of the same name called Red’s Backyard, inspired by the infamous area behind his family’s Colorado home in the Woodward Mountains across the country.
For more information on the award ceremony, visit Snowboarder.com/prix.