Travis Rice

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Travis Rice
Medal record
Men's snowboarding
Representing  United States
Winter X Games
Gold medal – first place 2002 Aspen Slopestyle
Gold medal – first place 2009 Aspen Big Air
Bronze medal – third place 2004 Aspen Slopestyle
Silver medal – second place 2007 Aspen Best Trick
TTR World Snowboard Tour
Bronze medal – third place 2007 Overall

Travis Rice (born October 9, 1982[1]) is an American professional snowboarder. He is #13 on Snowboarder magazine's list of the 20 most influential snowboarders of the last 20 years.[2] The 38-year-old has featured in more than twenty snowboarding films. Rice's biggest claim to fame was when he arrived at Snowboarder magazine's Superpark contest at Mammoth Mountain and launched a 'mammoth' of a backside rodeo across a 117-foot gap jump.[3] He has been considered "the Paul Revere" of the big mountain freestyle movement.[4] In 2013, Rice was named the best contemporary snowboarder in the world by Red Bull; Rice was also hailed as one of the greatest snowboarders of all time by numerous writers and publications.[5][6]


Early life[edit]

Rice was born in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He was raised near Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, in Wilson, Wyoming where he continues to reside in the region. Raised as a skier by his father, Paul Rice, a member of Jackson Hole Ski Patrol, Rice initially did not understand the rave of the new sport springing up on his mountain. However, he soon caught on and joined the local team.

He has a sister named Ashley Rice. His mother is Becky Rice.


In 2001, without a sponsor and only 18 years old, Rice drove to Mammoth Mountain in California to ride at Snowboarder magazine's “Superpark”. Recognition from the snowboarding world would come at this event, when Rice launched a backside rodeo off a 117 foot gap jump.[7] Absinthe Films' producer Justin Hostynek immediately approached Rice to begin filming for their upcoming movie, Transcendence.[2]

Films and Other Media[edit]

Rice has filmed outstanding video parts year after year, producing jaw-dropping shots like his switch 540 over Chad's Gap in Utah, a 120 foot backcountry gap jump. On top of that, he has won several US Opens, an X-Games gold, and an Icer Air gold, where he landed the first double rodeo 1080 in competition.[8]

In 2008, Rice co-produced (with filmmaker Curt Morgan) and starred in the snowboarding film That's It That's All. This film featured Troy Blackburn, Jeremy Jones, Mark Landvik, Terje Haakonsen, Nicolas Müller, Scotty Lago, Pat Moore, John Jackson, Jake Blauvelt, Danny Kass, and fellow Jackson Hole residents Bryan Iguchi and Kyle Clancy.[9] Rice's part in That's It That's All, which included the first ever double cork 1260, heavily influenced his sweep at the Transworld Magazine Rider's Poll. He won Rider of the Year, Video Part of the Year, Standout of the Year, and Readers’ Choice award.[10] On September 7, 2011, Rice released The Art of Flight, a film made in collaboration with the same team behind 'That's It, That's All, including John Jackson, Mark Landvik, Nicolas Müller and Jeremy Jones, Scotty Lago, and Mark McMorris. The success of the Art of Flight enabled Rice to once again win the TransWorld and Snowboarder Magazine Rider of the Year awards for 2012 .[11]

In 2012, Rice coordinated with Red Bull to create Supernatural, a backcountry freestyle competition held at Baldface Lodge in British Columbia, Canada. The competition was attended by the world's top snowboarders, including Nicolas Muller, Gigi Ruf and Mark McMorris, with riders competing in naturally created backcountry terrain. The inaugural winner of the event was the competition creator, Travis Rice.[12]

Rice is a downloadable, playable character in SSX. He is the first "real-life" snowboarder to ever be featured in the franchise.[citation needed]

In 2016, Rice released The Fourth Phase.[13] In 2019, he released Dark Matter.[14]


Travis Rice's professional snowboarding career started in 2001. Various competition results taken from EXPN.[15]


  • TransWorld Snowboarding Men's Readers Choice Award[16]


  • 1st, Red Bull Supernatural, Baldface Lodge, BC (Backcountry Freestyle)[17]
  • TransWorld Rider of the Year (4th ROTY Award)
  • Snowboarder Magazine Rider of the Year (2nd ROTY Award)[18]
  • National Geographic Adventurer of the Year[19]


  • 1st (Gold), X-Games Big Air Competition (2009)
  • 4th – CJ – 5Star Red Bull Snow Scrapers (Ticket to Ride (World Snowboard Tour))
  • TransWorld Rider of the Year (3rd ROTY Award)
  • Snowboarder Magazine Rider of the Year


  • 1st, Quiksilver Natural Selection, Jackson Hold, WY, (Backcountry Freestyle)[20]
  • 11th, Nokia Air & Style Big Air Competition[21]
  • 1st, ICER AIR, San Francisco, CA (Big Air event). With a best run score of 95[22] for his Double backside Rodeo 1080.[23]
  • 1st Winter X Games Big Air Double Cork 1080


  • 1st, US Open Slopestyle (2007)
  • 2nd (Silver), Winter X Games, Snowboard Best Trick (2007)


  • 12th, FIS World Cup #1, Valle Nevado, Chile (Halfpipe)
  • 8th, Nokia Air & Style, Munich, Germany (Slopestyle)
  • 51st, Chevrolet US Snowboard Grand Prix Halfpipe #1
  • 26th, Chevrolet US Snowboard Grand Prix Halfpipe #2
  • 9th, X Games 10 (Slopestyle)
  • 2nd, Honda Session at Vail, Co (Rail)
  • 3rd, Honda Session at Vail, Co (Slopestyle)
  • 33rd, Ticket To Ride World Snowboard Tour (Season End Rankings, Overall)


  • TransWorld Rider of the Year, Reader's Choice (2nd ROTY Award)
  • Named by Faces Magazine as one of the Top 20 Greatest Athletes Now
  • 3rd (Bronze), Winter X Games 2005 (Slopestyle)
  • 2nd, X-Trail Jam, Tokyo, Japan (Quarterpipe)
  • 3rd, X-Trail Jam, Tokyo, Japan (Straight Jump)
  • 1st, US Snowboard Grandprix, Breckenridge, Co (Rails)
  • 2nd, US Snowboard Grandprix, Breckenridge, Co (Halfpipe)
  • 8th, US Snowboard Grandprix Season End Ranking (Halfpipe)
  • 10th, X Games 2005 (Superpipe)
  • 2nd, Abominable Snow Jam, Mount Hood, Oregon (Quarterpipe)
  • 3rd, Abominable Snow Jam, Mount Hood, Oregon (Slopestyle)


  • TransWorld Rider of the Year (2004)[24]
  • Ticket To Ride (TTR) World Snowboard Tour – Quarterpipe Champion (2003/2004)[25]
  • 1st, Arctic Challenge, Trysilfjellet, Norway (Quarterpipe Overall)
  • 9th, Arctic Challenge, Trysilfjellet, Norway (Slopestyle)
  • 1st, Boost Mobile Pro-Jam (Rail)
  • 1st, Boost Mobile Pro-Jam
  • 4th, Winter X Games 2003 (Slopestyle)
  • 21st, Winter X Games 2003 (Superpipe)
  • 1st, Abominable Snow Jam (Slopestyle)
  • 1st, Abominable Snow Jam (Quarterpipe)
  • 1st, Grand Prix, Breckenridge, Co. (Rail)
  • 1st, X-Rail Jam Tokyodome 2003 (Jam Session)
  • 1st, US Open Rail Jam
  • 1st, The Session, Vail, Co. (Rail)
  • 4th, The Session, Vail, Co. (Slopestyle)
  • 1st, Montana Christchurch Big Air, New Zealand


  • 1st (Gold), Winter X-Games, 2002 (Slopestyle)[26]
  • Ticket To Ride (TTR) World Snowboard Tour – Quarterpipe Champion (2002/2003)[25]
  • 1st, Grand Prix, Breckenridge (Big Air)
  • 4th, World Snowboard Federation Season End (Slopestyle)
  • 4th, The Session, Vail, Colorado (Slopestyle)
  • 1st, The Session, Vail, Colorado (Rail Jam)
  • 2nd, Toyota Slopestyle, Kijimadaira, Japan (Slopestyle)
  • 3rd, US Open, Stratton, Vermont (Slopestyle)
  • 1st, US Open, Stratton, Vermont (Rail Jam)


  • TransWorld Rookie Of The Year
  • 1st (FIS Halfpipe), FIS, Park City
  • 2nd, Vans Triple Crown Series, Breckenridge, Colorado (Slopestyle)[27]
  • 3rd, Vans Triple Crown Series, Snow Summit, California (Slopestyle)[27]
  • 4th, World Championships, Vail, Co. (Slopestyle)
  • 1st, Yahoo Big Air, Breckenridge, Co. (Big Air)
  • 7th, US Grand Prix, Mount Bachelor, Oregon (Halfpipe)
  • 9th, Vans Triple Crown (Season End, Overall)

Video parts[edit]


  1. ^ TTR World Snowboard Tour: Travis Rice Archived 2007-02-02 at the Wayback Machine TTR World Tour 2006. Retrieved April 18, 2007
  2. ^ a b 20 most influential snowboarders of the last 20 years. Snowboarder. Retrieved April 28, 2009
  3. ^ [1], Snowboarder. Retrieved April 28, 2009
  4. ^ Rider Profiles: Travis Rice, Snowboarder. Retrieved April 28, 2009.
  5. ^ Leigh, Ed. "World's Top 20 Snowboarders – No.1 Travis Rice". Retrieved 2016-02-11.
  6. ^ "Travis Rice – Whitelines Snowboarding". Whitelines Snowboarding. Retrieved 2016-02-11.
  7. ^ Quiksilver Snow Team Rider Profiles: Travis Rice. Retrieved April 28, 2009
  8. ^ Ricer Air: Double Trouble Archived 2009-04-07 at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved April 28, 2009
  9. ^ That's It That's All website Retrieved April 28, 2009
  10. ^ Travis Rice Sweeps 09 Transworld Rider Poll Awards, Fuel.TV. Retrieved April 28, 2009.
  11. ^ "Travis Rice Wins Rider of the Year at the 13th Annual Riders' Poll Awards". Lib Tech. Retrieved 2016-02-11.
  12. ^ "Travis Rice wins Red Bull Supernatural contest". 2012-02-05. Retrieved 2016-02-11.
  13. ^ Scott, nate (5 October 2016). "The Fourth Phase: Travis Rice's new snowboard film is a gorgeous (and horrifying) masterpiece". For The Win. Retrieved 21 February 2021.
  14. ^ "Travis Rice's New Flick, 'Dark Matter,' Looks Like a Lunatic's Dream". The Inertia. 3 December 2019. Retrieved 21 February 2021.
  15. ^ Travis Rice Bio EXPN Bio Page. Retrieved May 29, 2007
  16. ^ "2016 Men's Reader's Choice Award: Travis Rice - TransWorld SNOWboarding Riders' Poll 18". Archived from the original on 2021-12-14.
  17. ^ "Travis Rice Wins Red Bull Supernatural Recap Results Photos Pictures Ultra Natural | TransWorld SNOWboarding". TransWorld SNOWboarding. 2012-02-06. Retrieved 2016-02-11.
  18. ^ "Art of Flight Movie". Art of Flight. Retrieved 2016-02-11.
  19. ^ Society, National Geographic. "Travis Rice, Adventurers of the Year 2012 -- National Geographic". National Geographic. Retrieved 2016-02-11.
  20. ^ "Method Mag Travis Rice and Mark Carter Win Quiksilver Natural Selection". Retrieved 2016-02-11.
  21. ^ shralp! video podcast Archived 2008-01-08 at the Wayback Machine Air & Style Full Video Report. Retrieved December 12th, 2007
  22. ^ Esurance ICER AIR 2007 Competition Results. Retrieved November 6, 2007
  23. ^ Onboard Global Snowboarding Archived 2009-06-30 at the Wayback Machine Travis Rice Wins Icer Air With Double backside Rodeo 1080. Retrieved November 6, 2007
  24. ^ "History Of The TransWorlds SNOWboarding Riders' Poll Awards | Page 7 of 10 | TransWorld SNOWboarding". TransWorld SNOWboarding. 2009-01-26. Retrieved 2016-02-11.
  25. ^ a b "History". World Snowboard Tour. 2012-06-05. Retrieved 2016-02-11.
  26. ^ "Travis Rice". X Games. Retrieved 2016-02-11.
  27. ^ a b Transworld Snowboarding Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine V16N05 – 2001/2002 Vans Triple Crown Series. Retrieved May 29th, 2007
  28. ^ Transworld Business Archived 2007-11-17 at the Wayback Machine DC’S MTN.LAB 1.5 to be released in late October. Retrieved October 19, 2007
  29. ^ ESPN Seeking Out Lines. Retrieved November 6, 2007
  30. ^ Lat 34 Quiksilver Announces Signing of Travis Rice. Retrieved November 6, 2007
  31. ^ Transworld Snowboarding Archived 2006-12-14 at the Wayback Machine TRICE – An Interview With Travis Rice. Retrieved November 6, 2007

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