Athlete Awards

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Best Style: Tanner Hall



Freeskiing has had a shadow cast over it by Tanner Hall for the past decade. His competition dominance, his outspokenness, his personal and professional progression has been fatefully intertwined with the sport. During that decade, his style has changed from bumper to gorilla to where it is now: confi dent, clean and exact. Despite a new generation of young bucks coming up, Tanner’s style is all his own and will be emulated for years.

2nd place: Phil Casabon
3rd place: PK Hunder


Most Underrated: Mike Hornbeck


If you’ve ever seen one of Mike Hornbeck’s park edits or his performances in Level 1’s flicks, you’ll wonder why he’s not a bigger name. Hornbeck oozes style, whether on intimidating urban or lapping one of Summit County’s terrain parks. If he keeps up the way he has been, it won’t be long before he gets the break he deserves.

2nd place: Tim Durtschi
3rd place: Chris Benchetler


Best Contest Season: Tanner Hall


Everyone knows Tanner is a force at the X Games, where he took silver (bringing his overall medal count to about 4,000). The Dew Tour brought a new opportunity for Tanner to flex his pipe skills, where to took two firsts and a second, and the overall Dew Tour Pipe title. He didn’t compete in every event, so ended up lower than Simon in the AFP standings, but a 100-percent podium showing got him the needed votes for the best contest season.

2nd place: PK Hunder
T-3rd place: Simon Dumont & Tom Wallisch

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