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37. Jess Kimura

Photograph By Ashley Barker

Jess Kimura is fiery, wild and charges at handrails with the type of reckless abandon that would make any parent cringe. But this Vernon, British Columbia, native's willingness to go for broke is one of the reasons she's one of the most exciting and tech-savvy females snowboarding today.

Kimura's breakout video part in Think Thank's 2010 movie "Right Brain/Left Brain" set a new standard for urban snowboarding for women. It's one that she's been pushing higher ever since. Kimura went on to land a part in Capita's predominantly male "Defenders of Awesome" video. She produced her own web series, "Barely," and took silver in the X Games Real Women video contest in 2013.

Kimura's performance on and off the screen has resulted in more awards than any other woman in snowboarding, including a full sweep at the 13th Annual TransWorld awards, where she won "Readers Choice," "Female Video Part of the Year" and "Female Rider of the Year." And just this winter Kimura did it again, taking home Snowboarder Magazine's highly coveted 2014 "Rider of the Year" title.