2010: With a name like Bjorn, you’d think this guy was some sort of Viking but that’s only part of the story, he’s a country boy from the flatlands of Big Lake, Minnesota, USA. But yes, he does have Norwegian blood in his veins. Taking family trips to Utah in his early days, the young skate-rat Bjorn caught snowboard fever and learned to shred right alongside his younger brother Erik. The two pushed each other eventually both becoming pro riders. Bjorn, with incredible skate-influenced style, was a serious pipe competitor, then Big Air contest killer, Winter X competitor, and original member of the influential Forum 8. Through the late 90s and early 2000s, Bjorn also put down some of the heaviest rail and urban moves yet seen. But that was then. These days, Bjorn is a certified shred legend who rides where he wants, when he wants. For the past few seasons, that has meant zigzagging all over Utah, British Columbia and the ultimate powder playground of Alaska. In addition to his status as the unofficial leader of the Rome Snowboards pro team, he’s generous with his backcountry knowledge and continues to mentor young riders as they take their first steps out of the parks and into the wild. Bjorn is down for life, simple as that.