1979 - 2018
If a stereotype exists that questions our intellect as snowboarders, Gerhard Gross defied it as soon as he spoke. A man whose prowess was honed in the parks, streets, and backcountry of British Columbia, before providing the editorial voice for this publication, could easily have held his own in the most high-brow conversation at an alumni dinner for a prestigious school covered in vines.
Gerhard’s exceptional intelligence was backed by extraordinary talent on a snowboard. Given this rare combination of skill and acumen, it's not surprising that he transitioned from riding professionally to writing professionally. Journalism is based on credibility, and Gerhard had it. His passion for snowboarding was eclipsed only by love for his family, and Gerhard’s wife, Kristin, and son, Gerhard IV, carry on his adventure-driven spirit.
While at TransWorld SNOWboarding, Gerhard set a precedent we strive to uphold today. This is what Gerhard did. He raised the bar. His presence alone pushed those around him to try a bit harder, to hike a few steps further, to send it a little deeper.
Gerhard, we apologize for any grammatical errors in this issue, and we hope it's deep wherever you are.