The 2021 Slush Awards are presented by 10 Barrel, Ikon Pass, GoPro, and Liquid Death.
While there is no denying that Iceland’s Ylfa Runarsdottir is more than worthy of her Rookie Of The Year nomination, the fact of the matter is that she was a handful of votes away from receiving an MVVP nomination as well, which would have been equally justified. To support the latter assertion, Ylfa’s ender in "Uninvited II" is only the beginning. Beyond her superlative showing with Jess Kimura and company, Ylfa also opened up Absinthe’s "Channel Zero," clipped up with Chuuch for "Cloutcam" and stacked for the Swedish flick "Fat & Furious."
The regimen it takes to stand out as a rookie in 2021 would have garnered Rider Of The Year speculation only a few years back, and nowhere is this progression more apparent than within the female ranks. Take 2021 Slush Women’s Rookie Of The Year nominee Savannah Shinske, for example. The Michigan-born yet Carinthia-bred regular footer stepped to multiple multi-kink spots for her "Uninvited II" opener. And when a thirty-some-odd stair wooden down bar wasn’t seeming legit enough she added a picnic table accoutrement to the runway and hit record! We mean, if a down-flat-down elbow rail isn’t the best clip in your part, you know you are sitting on a serious stack!
Twenty-year old Tess Coady has emerged on the slopestyle World Cup circuit as an overachiever from Down Under. The Australian regular-footer perhaps prolonged her ascension to the Rookie Of The Year ranks by tearing her ACL during warmups for the 2018 Olympics, but her most recent contest results, including a third place finish at the 2021 Laax Open in slopestyle, prove that she is back and better than ever. With a healthy mix of stylish tricks like backside 7 double grabs and shifty flips, as well as technical separators like flat spin backside 900s, Tess Coady is primed to become a perennial podium player for years to come.