Standing strong in the 8th spot is backcountry freestyle assassin Jake Blauvelt.
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Progression. It’s one of the most overused words to talk about the current state of snowboarding, yet it is hard to ignore the fact that there is a select group of snowboarders who are challenging the way we all look at snowboarding. Jake Blauvelt is one of those riders. He is a true visionary, changing the way we look at the mountains and forcing us to alter our notions of what is possible on a snowboard.
In the early days of his career you could find Jake following the traditional path of chasing the contest scene. With solid skills earned from growing up on the icy slopes of Vermont, Blauvelt quickly gained attention for having one of the best styles in snowboarding, and his US Open Slopestyle win in 2004 launched him into the spotlight. His part in Forum’s That blew people away as it was impossible to ignore just how good he was riding natural terrain. In the backcountry, Jake had found his home.