07/03/2014 | by Mike Brindley
A look at the owners of the10 most iconic methods in the history of snowboarding
If you’re new to snowboarding it might look a lot more impressive seeing riders throw down triple corks so fast you think they joined Marty McFly back into the future, than simply grabbing your board with one hand and throwing your other in the air while stretching. Don’t get us wrong here, triples are impressive, especially if done right, and we’re excited about the first rider to throw down the quadruple in the future (well, maybe not so much…), but that’s not all what snowboarding is about.
After all, snowboarding isn’t figure skating so we should take it easy on the whole ‘spin to the win’ thing. (Though, has anyone ever actually bothered to ask a figure skater if spinning as much as you can really is what you’re aiming for? The cool kids probably have their own sick Method and we’re all just too ignorant to realize…) Anyways, that’s not the point we’re trying to make here.
Grandparents might babble a lot of nonsense throughout the day but sometimes they do have a point, like when they say “you know, back in the days, everything just used to be so much better”. Leaving out the possibility that they might be talking about the glory days of a certain leader with a tiny but voluminous moustache, they could have a point.
Browsing through the list of what we consider some of the best Methods of all time, it’s quite obvious that most of them have reached that certain age, with the youngest being Scotty Lago at 26 years old. Were the times when they had their heyday so much better for snowboarding than now? Or why else did so few riders from the younger generations pop into our heads that can throw down impressive and more importantly, memorable Methods? Of course that icon-factor does play a role: it’s not just their Methods but also the personalities they developed over the years that have garnered our admiration.
They’ve had the opportunity to show them off and perfect them for years and on numerous occasions, with plenty of cameras aimed at them. But there’s no denying that younger riders are much more associated with the number of times they can spin and cork than their own personal way of tweaking their Method Air.
Alright, we’re going to stop being that annoying uncle who won’t put down his wagging finger at everybody so you can enjoy our compilation of riders who throw down the sickest Methods.