Ståle Sandbech ~ Slope/Pipe/BA
Photograph By Courtesy of Burton
Ståle Sandbech is not a stranger to contest podiums, but this has been a breakout year for the Norwegian quadruple threat. Aside from solidly winning a silver medal in snowboard slopestyle's Olympic debut in Sochi, he won bronze in both big air and slopestyle at X Games Aspen 2014, and nearly beat Mark McMorris for the slopestyle win at the 2014 Burton U.S. Open.
Because he also competes in halfpipe when the mood strikes, as he did this year at the U.S. Open, Sandbech ended the competition season with both the TTR World Snowboard Tour "Overall" and "Slopestyle Champion" titles. Then he hopped a plane to finish out the winter riding powder in the backcountry, because he happens to be good at that, too.