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Zeb Powell    

American Professional Snowboarder; First Black Snowboarder to Win Gold at the XGames

Zeb Powell is the stylish goofy foot snowboarder from North Carolina with a knack for melding classic style with creative tricks and modern amplitude. His signature blend of a super-smooth rail game with shifty spins and tweaked-out grabs has been turning heads at his local Carinthia Park for a few years now.

Powell also rides for Nitro snowboards, Thirtytwo apparel, Recess Ride Shop and Crab Grab gloves and stomp pads. When he’s not busy training, competing full time on the Revolution tour and filming with Dylan Demers and the EAST crew, Powell likes to skate, throw double gainers off cliffs, wakeboard and ride with his friends. “What I really love,” he says, “is flying through the air. So I really like anything that involves flipping and spinning.”

An East Coast rider through and through, Powell has no plans to leave the right coast anytime soon. “Copper Mountain in Colorado is a kind of home away from home for me, “ he says, “I also like how creative and heavy Keystone’s park is, but the East Coast is home.”

Ironically, the first time Powell went snowboarding, he hated it. “I was with this really mean instructor who kept making me ride regular,” he explains, “When I finally went back with a friend I saw a little box below the lift. I hit that box on my very first run, stuck it and was totally hooked from then on.”

Since those early days at Cataloochee Ski Area, Powell's kept his focus on riding with creativity, flow and style. “I really look up to riders who inspire me to try out new things. I’m always hyped on riders with smooth style and gnarly tricks.”

What’s his five-year plan? “I definitely want to be filming a lot, I love how creative and free it is, but I also love the competitive side of snowboarding… who knows? I just really like being creative and smooth.”

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