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14. Hana Beaman

Photograph By Ashley Barker

Hana Beaman has been pushing the progression of women's snowboarding for over a decade. The Big Bear, Calif., native stepped onto the scene as the first and only female rider for Grenade, back when the crew rolled deep with snowboard heavies like Travis Rice and Danny Kass. She was a fixture in slopestyle in the early-to-mid 2000s, and has three X Games Slopestyle silver medals to show for it. Then she turned her focus to the backcountry, and has been setting the pace there ever since.

In 2012 she became the first woman to throw (and stomp) a 720 over the Mount Baker road gap. The feat, along with the rest of her segments in her "P.S." webisode series, earned her the peer-awarded and highly coveted Snowboarder Magazine "Rider of the Year" title. She followed that accolade up with a bronze in the 2013 X Games Real Women video contest, and a first place at Travis Rice's backyard Hullabaluge event. Despite all the accomplishments, if there was an award for "most humble snowboarder" it's safe to say Beaman might win that, too.