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With the internet engaging full on end times meltdown at the end of last season due to a couple of kids going upside down and spinning around a bunch, we thought it would be good to offer a counterpoint to remind you that there is hope for snowboarding's future.

Though the technical boundaries of freestyle riding will continue to be pushed, many of these multi-corking maniacs also have a solid grounding in style and you can be sure that, as has happened with the now common-or-garden double cork, we'll soon see some more aesthetically pleasing body contortions being blended in to the triples and 1440s requisite to dine at snowboarding's high table.

And arguably there's no finer barometer of style than the humble Method air. It's a trick so simple that anyone from rookie to pro can do, but to do it well is another thing entirely. There's a subtlety in the way you contort your body that separates a classic Method from one that's just a bit shit, and it's really a case of 'if you have to ask, you'll never know' as to why. Great ones look great due to a certain angle of the board, the gap between the knees, the amount of back leg poke, arm position, a dusting of personality and a dash of je ne sais quoi.

A killer Method slaps onlookers in the face with a leather glove and screams 'I have style and know how to use it!' and you don't have to be doing it across a yawning chasm of doom or 20 feet out a superpipe to turn heads, either. So we've cobbled together a list of riders aged 25 or under who have proper legit methods, the kind that would have Jamie Lynn or Terje no doubt nodding in approval.

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Ben Ferguson has got all the new tricks any aspiring young whirlyboarder should have, but he's got a solid grounding in the more aesthetic aspects, too. The fact that he spent last winter alternating between savagely technical pipe hits and classic Methods - all on a limited edition Custom adorned with the 2000 version's Shaft graphics - makes it clear Ferguson can be relied on to respect the roots while in the pursuit of raising the bar.

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You may not remember much from the full-on shitstorm that was the Winter Olympics in Sochi last year, aside from Sage winning it for snowboarding, Shaun White not winning it at all, and what seemed like an infinite stream of people complaining about everything. One thing we recall clearly is a relatively unknown Aussie by the name of Kent Callister tweaking out the sickest looking Methods on his first hit. We had the pleasure of watching Kent ride at our Send Off Session in Levi this year, and believe us when we say that it's every bit as good in the flesh.

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There must be something in that Swiss chocolate and cheese, because Switzerland has tended to be a veritable gold mine when it comes to riders who can properly kick one out. Christian Haller has been bouncing round the planet chasing white semi-barrels since he was a nipper, and is always one of our favourite pipe riders to watch thanks to his penchant for kicking his runs off with perfect triple-overhead Methods like this.

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With all the talk about McDoubles and McTriples, it can be overlooked that Mark McMorris is a sommalier of style, occasionally serving up vintage Methods to complement the Jägerbombs that often make up his contest runs. When we were searching for a cover for our 150th issue we wanted something timeless, and when this shot of McMorris landed in our inbox, it was the perfect choice.

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Ståle is a freak. He's one of the few riders you can identify from a distance just by their style alone. Whether it's front 3s or back 14 triples, he always manages to make spins look good and, unsurprisingly, it's the same with the good ol' Method.

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Another Swiss kid who grew up on a diet of Nicolas Müller, Fredi Kalbermatten and Michi Albin, Max Buri makes snowboarding look hella fun and hella good. From minishred and side hits to the backcountry, he can kick his back leg out with the best of them.

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The most memorable Method in snowboarding was pulled by Ingemar Backman, so it's perhaps no surprise that the new generation of Swedish swordsmen look to have been indoctrinated into the art of Scandi style from an early age. Sven Thorgren is arguably the most technically gifted Swede of his generation, but it's clear he's not forgotten his heritage.

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Another Swede who can effortlessly mix cutting edge triple dippers with the finer things in life is Tor Lundström. We're of the opinion that he's got one of the best front 3 Stales in snowboarding right now, and the dedication to the aesthetic continues with his textbook Methods.

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We're of the opinion that Torgeir Bergrem is somewhat underrated. Coming up at a time when every emerging talent seemed to be out of Norway might have preventing him from standing out as much as he could have, but in terms of raw style there are few snowboarders better. The dude's got a mind focussed on poking and boning as much as cranking up the washing machine settings (he was the first bloke we saw land a back triple 16, mind you), and his Method is as textbook perfect as they come.

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Mikkel Bang has been around so long it's easy to forget he's only 25. Coming up with a crop of equally talented minishred on the Burton Grom program meant they'd get to regularly rubs shoulders at the drop-in with the likes of Terje, Nicolas & co. Clearly Bang paid attention in Method class.

So that's 10 young bucks whose donkey kicks we dig. Who's on your list? Holla below to let us know.