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Mike Michalchuk, 1998

Photograph By Skye Chalmers

The Open has always been the ultimate showcase of halfpipe talent, and of quick come-ups from mystery riders. In 1998 a relatively unknown Canadian by the name of Mike Michalchuk threw down a then-unthinkable trick, whipping around a double backflip that would go on to bear his name forever.