Otterstrom wins TransWorld snowboarder of the year
A snowboarder can’t win much more than Breckenridge’s Chad Otterstrom did last year. That’s why TransWorld SNOWboard magazine named him the men’s snowboarder of the year for the 2004-’05 season.The award was voted on by 150 professional snowboarders, and the ceremony was held earlier this month. “It’s pretty much the biggest thing you can get,” Otterstrom said. “I’m old, so I’m friends with a lot of people, so that helped.”
In one 12-hour period in March, Otterstrom won the Gravity Games slopestyle competition at Copper Moutain and then the rail jam on Main Street in Frisco. The two wins helped the 29-year-old pocket $26,000. Then In April, Otterstrom earned best rider and best halfpipe rider to lead his team, Academy snowboards, to the team championship at the TransWorld Team Challenge at Snowmass. Otterstrom added prizes to his cash winnings in June at the Abominable Snowjam at Mt. Hood in Oregon. After taking best trick and highest air in the quarterpipe on a 22-foot McTwist, best trick in the halfpipe (switch backside 720) and best overall rider, Otterstrom won a Macintosh computer, a rolex watch, a snowmobile and a Volvo.”He’s recognized as one of the most genuine snowboarders out there,” TransWorld SNOWboard editor Kurt Hoy said Thursday. “When he does do well, people are happy to recognize him.”
At 29, Otterstrom is on the older side of a sport dominated by teenage phenoms and up-and-comers. This award proves he is not only keeping up with the younger, more pliable, riders. He’s still flying above them.”It was just a matter of time that he put a season together where was injury free and motivated to ride,” Hoy said. “When that happens he can do anything he wants.”Otterstrom said making it through the year without any major injuries was his goal, one that he will continue to strive for in the upcoming season.
“I’m going to do the same thing,” he said. “But I’m not going to have any better year than I already did.”Andy Frame can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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