Even the athletes we have on a pedestal have their own icons. Terje Haakonsen for one looks up to the legendary Craig Kelly. He was dubbed as the ‘Godfather of Freeriding’.
He was the perfect epitome of a well-rounded person. He took up chemical engineering in University of Washington and was a member of Delta Upsilon.
We have already encountered idealistic riders like Terje who refused to be in the Winter Olympics because he believes that riders should not compete but rather nurture each other. Craig shared the same philosophy in a different level. He refused to be part of lucrative agreements to carry on with his passion for riding the mountains. He was notorious for his spectacular action shots which usually have him looking right through the camera. Like Terje, he too was smooth as a cat on the mountain lines.
Tragedy struck the snowboarding community when Craig died in an avalanche in Revelstoke, BC on January 20, 2003 along with six people as he was earning his certification as a Canadian Mountain guide.