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TRAVIS RICE – REAL EXTREME!

In 2018, the American athlete Travis Rice celebrated his 36th birthday. Dry statistics, dry numbers. There are many talented people in the world who have shown themselves to be profitable in one or another sport, many champions, prize-winners, and laureates. And yet, a few units can rightfully be called the prodigies of any particular discipline, the nuggets that were born for the sake of it alone. Rice was apparently born for a snowboard. But who knows, maybe the snowboard has arisen specifically to reveal the brilliant abilities of this guy from Wyoming!

Travis has been familiar with snow since childhood. His father was engaged in a risky craft – he worked as a mountain rescuer, and skiing became for the boy the same familiar household item as for most children – a bicycle. The snowboard turned for Rice into the meaning of life a little later – at the age of 18. Two factors played a major role in his fate: the unexpected victory for many of some unknown upstart named Travis in the Super Park tournament and the persistent interest in the promising young man from film producers involved in the production of films about snowboarding. They were struck by the tricks performed by Rice in the competition, and the athlete was extremely intrigued and inspired by the proposal to star in a documentary to introduce the whole world to his abilities. So Travis became famous.

It would be ridiculous to claim that the glory of Travis Rice is the merit of the Internet and documentaries with his participation. Yes, they allow millions to see everything that the fearless extreme gets up in the wild. But the main thing that made Rice the number one snowboarding star was his unlimited love for this sport and his fanatical devotion, along with his stubborn desire to introduce as many people as possible to snowboard on the board, to turn it into an art for them, which is Travis’s snowboarding a long time ago.

There is no article dedicated to Rice where it would not be said that it is rather difficult to list all his awards and achievements. And it’s true – you can write a separate essay on this topic. Travis is a media personality, both in his home in the United States and in Europe, South America and even in Oceania, in particular, in New Zealand. He has submitted to the international TTR snowboarding competitions, the Arctic Challenge and US Open tournaments, he is a four-time champion of X-Games. In 2004, the surname Rice was on the prestigious list of the 20 best athletes of modern times. 2012 brought the American the title of best extreme according to the ESPY version.

Separately, it is worth noting Travis’s own project “Red Bull Ultra Natural”, implemented in collaboration with and with the support of the global giant Red Bull. Rice’s idea is impressive in innovative thinking and, at the same time, originality of execution: the athlete has proposed unique snowboarding competitions in which participants have to overcome impregnable forest slopes, maneuvering between wooden figures and structures built in at distance. A peculiar obstacle course for the desperate daredevils!

Returning to Rice’s fascination with shooting his fantastic flights against the backdrop of sparkling snow, it is necessary to name the works that fully reveal his amazing ability to interact with the board and the natural features of the landscape where Travis arrived for the next descent. This is “That s it that s all” (2008), “Deeper”, “The Fourth Phase” (2016) and recognized as the best snowboarding film “The Art of Flight” (2011). If you want to get complete information about this discipline – be sure to watch these films and get acquainted with its great representative Travis Rice!

It would be ridiculous to claim that the glory of Travis Rice is the merit of the Internet and documentaries with his participation. Yes, they allow millions to see everything that the fearless extreme gets up in the wild. But the main thing that made Rice the number one snowboarding star was his unlimited love for this sport and his fanatical devotion, along with his stubborn desire to introduce as many people as possible to snowboard on the board, to turn it into an art for them, which is Travis’s snowboarding a long time ago.

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