December 1997, Innsbruck
Winner: Jim Rippey
Photograph By Courtesy Air & Style
Trick: Rippey Flip
When Huck Magazine tracked down Jim Rippey in 2011, they found the legendary NorCal ripper living a humble life as a minister for the Grace Church in Reno, Nevada. It's hard to believe that 15 years earlier, Rippey was one of shredding's most high-profile stars, with Burton pro models, TB movie cover shots and, yes, an Air & Style win to top it all off. Jim's "Rippey Flip" was a precursor to today's gymnastics inverted tricks. If anyone throws one down at the old-dog "Style Session" taking place on Friday, the win is surely in the bag.