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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-20-2016, 10:00 AM Thread Starter
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Craig Kelly RIP

Today marks the 13th anniversary of one of snowboarding's greatest ever—Craig Kelly—so if you can, go do some turns this Craig Day to celebrate his life and all of the incredible contributions to snowboarding.

There's some great photos of Craig over here at this old Transworld post: Remembering Craig Kelly | TransWorld SNOWboarding

Does anyone have any stories of Craig? I wasn't lucky enough to meet the man, who was one of my heroes growing up, but I'm sure there are some on SBF who got to know him...
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I never met him, but he was THE inspiration for style for the generation of riders I grew up with.. such an amazing rider..

I also remember Ken Achenbach, rode for Barfoot if I remember correctly...
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Great topic
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I never met him, but he was THE inspiration for style for the generation of riders I grew up with.. such an amazing rider..

I also remember Ken Achenbach, rode for Barfoot if I remember correctly...
Craig = greatest snowboarder of all times for me.

Ken was also the owner of The Snowboard Shop, which was the very first one.
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Me and my riding buddies were lucky enough to see him ride every Fri, Sat and Sun at BAKER, back in those days the ski's were to narrow to ride powder (other then the AIRBEARS) and our boards didnt have steel edges, so we only rode powder. As other people have mentioned you knew if Craig, Dano, Carter and Ranquet were up cause of the single tracks through never ridden before lines.

I was also lucky enough to get a Burton sponsor the same time as Craig, so I had my fair share of Mystery Airs, to this day (other then my marriage and kids) my biggest accomplishment was finishing 5th to Kelly's 2nd at Mt Hood, I'd finished higher in other comps but knowing that I was that close to him was/is huge (I still have that race bib hanging in my garage).

I've always told stories of Craig to guys I ride with today, the last time I seen him was in 2002 at BAKER, my buddy (who'd never met him) and I were getting ready to load chair 6, when I looked up the hill and thought this dude ripping the powder looked like Craigs style of riding and sure as shit he came over to chair 6 so I said hello and introduced him to my buddy who was star struck.

I went up to Stevens yesterday and ran across a guy on the chair riding a new Kelly, we b.s.'d for awhile then I proceeded in making some turns in memory of C.K. R.I.P. (Ride In Peace)
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I still think the way he rode was graceful and fun looking. In particular I'm talking about the forward alpine-ish stance, tucked back knee, and the torso rotated toward down hill. I ride this way quite often despite the current trend toward always being lined up shoulders hips knees ankles over board at all times. I like the way it feels. It's fun. I realize the style belonged to an era, but I think he really defined the style more than anyone else.
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