In 2011, after 11 years of Powder Video Awards, only two people had finished first in the Reader Poll: that'd be Shane McConkey and Seth Morrison. But that year, behind the support of the Newschoolers community, urban and slopestyle phenom Tom Wallisch received nearly twice as many first place votes as second place finisher Morrison.
Wallisch was taken aback by the award, and by joining a very elite and small group of skiers.
"I'm honored there's people out there stoked on me sliding around with two sticks on my feet," Wallisch told POWDER's Mike Rogge that night. "Shane was and will always be an inspiration for me, and Seth's segments were a big part of my childhood."
Wallisch backed up the award with another Reader Poll win in 2012. To elect this year's winner, go to powdermag.com/powder-awards/vote.