GERHARD GROSS

1979 - 2018

Transworld Snowboarding - - STORYTIME // WORDS TAYLOR BOYD -

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.

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