Chalk it up to being 18, hopped up on testosterone and Red Bull, and really, really good at what he does, but Sean Pettit doesn’t appear to be scared of anything. He charges, balls out, throwing 360s off of 80-foot cliffs and straightlining vertical faces.
This year, he stole the show in Matchstick Production’s “The Way I See it” with aggressive skiing as well as his ability to look comfortable making pow turns in his underwear, then won both Red Bull big mountain events: the Linecatcher and Cold Rush, the latter for the second year in a row.
The Cold Rush win is particularly notable because the other competing athletes, like Sage Cattabriga-Alosa and Dane Tudor, voted for the winner. Pettit’s ability to attack (and stomp) big lines hasn’t gone unnoticed among his peers, and we’re paying attention, too.-Heather Hansman