With a height of 1,80 meters (5'11) our intern Matej always felt a little too tall for snowboarding (sadly, the image above is not Matej...).
He always thought "maybe I can’t do the difficult tricks because I am too tall and too heavy and the smaller guys can do it easier because they are skinnier and also have a lower center of gravity."
Well, most of it is at least a little true. But these 12 guys here can show you that despite being tall, with some amount of effort, stubbornness and talent you can rule the sport you love!
Scroll through below to check out our pick of tall snowboarders who rip:
Sebbe De Buck - 190 cm (6'3)
Young Belgian ripper Sebbe de Buck is not only one of the tallest riders on this list but is also one of the most stylish. Sebbe has been going from strength to strength over the last few seasons, competing in some of the biggest contests, filming with crews such as BYND x MDLS and Shredbots and even throwing down on whopper setups like Nine Knights, Peace Park and our very own Onboard Send Off Session. Sebbe may be lanky but he can poke out grabs and send it to the moon like the best of them. Waffles and hammers indeed!
Louif Paradis - 180cm (5'10)
Louif Paradis may be the shortest rider on this list, but at 180 cm, he's definitely no little person (I wanted to put midget but that's pretty un-pc these days right?). Yep, Louif is still pretty lanky compared to the majority of slighter-framed professional snowboarders.
Despite his height, Louif, along with his unmissable style and enormous repertoire of tricks, is one of the most respected urban snowboarders on the planet.
AARON BIITTNER - 183cm (6'0)
Aaron Biittner has two a's, two i's and two t's in his name, but the excesses don't stop there. At 6 feet tall, Aaron is pretty well positioned to check the weather forecast on a daily basis and his tall guy steez in his hey-day a couple years back was second to none.
The Salt Lake City local is still well-respected worldwide for his super relaxed style on rails and kickers, and making snowboarding look so effortless is definitely no easy feat at bang-on 6 feet in height. Enjoy his full part from MDP classic 'Follow Me Around' above.
Chas Guldemond – 185 cm (6'1)
Chuck G is the perfect example of ‘anything is possible’. With more than 185 cm of height Chas became a real rockstar and back in 2007 he found himself competing with his idols, taking third in Vail Session, second at the Burton Abominable Snow Jam and first in the 2007 Burton Australian Open. Chas was also a nominee for Transworld Snowboardingʼs 2006 “Rookie of the Year" and “Stand out of the Year" awards. After that it just went on like mad leading to a 2011 Euro X Games gold medal in slopestyle.
Scotty Lago - 185 cm (6'1)
People gotta love this infamous member of the Frends Crew. Only days after winning bronze medal at the Olympics 2010 TMZ posted photos of a girl on her knees kissing his medal which he had placed over his…ummm…private parts. One year later Scotty competed at the Winter X Games 2011 with a broken jaw sustained during filming in the backcountry.
He stomped an outstanding run in the Superpipe that brought him the silver medal. He also won the Best Method gold medal. Lago kills it in the pipe, slopestyle and the backcountry, and he's got the respect of his peers for his unique, tweaked-out style.
Andreas Wiig - 185 cm (6'1)
There's a reason Andreas Wiig's nickname is 'Mandreas'. Aside from being a towering 6'1" tall, Andreas is no stranger to stomping the biggest tricks in the backcountry and park. His parts in the Forum movies are all the evidence you need, and look out for him sending it alongside fellow Norseman Torstein Horgmo in the first Shredbots movie.
Mason Aguirre – 185 cm (6'1)
Another member of the Frends family who is a Winter X Games fixture, with 8 appearances in the US and one in Tignes. He's got two medals (Superpipe silver in 2006 and bronze in 2007). He missed the 2010 event after dislocating his shoulder. Mason is focused on smooth style and solid grabs in both Superpipe and Slopestyle. He finished 4th in the Olympic Halfpipe in 2006, at the time the youngest member of the US team at age 18.
Simon Chamberlain – 185cm (6'1)
Canadian rider Simon Chamberlain seems to have disappeared from snowboarding recently, but back in the days he was a rail master. He has hosted his own amateur contest, "Simon Says," at Bear Mountain in California. A Winter X rookie and Vancouver, Canada, rider, Simon says he snowboards more than 250 days a year and it pays off. Along with his brothers, he founded the (now sadly defunct) apparel company Nomis Design.
Frank April - Height unknown, but he's over 6 foot for sure!
We couldn't find Frank April's height disclosed anywhere on the internet, but rest assured, monsieur April is definitely over 6 foot in height. The French Canadian ripper is part of the infamous Deja Vu crew, and has put out some of the heaviest urban parts in recent memory. From massive gaps in the streets to super technical tricks, Frank the Tank has incredible style for a tall dude.
Ted Borland - HEIGHT Also UNKNOWN, BUT HE'S OVER 6 FOOT FOR SURE!
If you've watched a recent Think Thank movie chances are you've come across Ted Borland. This lanky Lib Tech shredder from Brighton, Utah has been churning out creative street parts over the last few years like they're nothing. Ted is equally at home sliding massive handrails as he is getting weird with one foot tricks in the streets and he really lets his riding speak for itself. Ted is the very definition of tall guy style style!
Bode Merrill – 188 cm (6'2)
To quote none other than Travis Rice: “It's amazing when tall riders have good style. It doesn't happen that much. And Bode has an amazing style. And the fact that he's a man of kinda everything, rides everything. He takes pride in it."
I think Travis says it all.
And if you don’t believe him just watch any of the recent Absinthe films!
Mikkel Bang – 188 cm (6'2)
It might be hard for a guy this tall to make snowboarding look easy but Mikkel is doing his best and he does it with style. From early podiums at major events like the Air and Style, Mikkel vaulted straight into film and photo shoots scoring some sick magazine covers and video parts.
After earning his GED, Mikkel went on a killing spree, winning the US Open Slopestyle and shooting some of the best video parts that year. Unfortunately he broke his ankle attempting a backflip in a bar in 2011, which slowed him down a bit. But now he is back again churning out sick video parts.
Look out for him in the recent episodes of 'Burton Presents'.
Are there any riders that we should add to this list? Let us know in the comments section below.