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Travis Rice


  • Jackson, Wyoming's favorite son has come a long way since first strapping in on the steep mountain slopes of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Mixed into Travis' ‘Rider of the Year' accolades are iconic video parts, X Games medals and even his own video game character. Nearly a decade into the game, Travis has and continues to progress snowboarding in its entirety. Whether it be continually raising the bar with mind blowing first ever tricks; experimenting with new board technology; producing and starring in mega-budget snowboarding films; or pioneering next-level contests like the Quiksilver Natural Selection, Travis settles for nothing short of exceptional. With film credits including the award-winning That's It, That's All and his latest multi-year project, The Art of FLIGHT, Travis is not only pushing snowboarding's limits, but bringing that progression to the masses.



“The future of snowboarding is in good hands.”

That’s what Austen Sweetin said after the 2018 Quiksilver Young Guns Snow final. Austen, the YG Snow head judge, had just spent four days boarding with the four finalists — Miles Falcon, Jadyn Chomlack, Jack Macdougal and Cooper Whittier. He was blown away by the level of riding.

He was also blown away by how much fun they’d just had. On the first day, Austen and the boys went heli-boarding with Travis Rice. Not a bad start. They spent the next three days ripping around the mountain, hitting anything and everything, lapping the park, bombarding the lodge, letting loose and having the time of their lives. There were zero down moments.

The result? Some damn good clips, a ridiculous amount of fun, a $10k check for the YG Snow Champ and this edit from one of the best new contests in youth snowboarding.

Meet Depth Perception — Travis Rice’s latest brainchild starring fellow Quiksilver riders Bryan Fox, Austen Sweetin, Roxy’s Robin Van Gyn and the master himself.

Set deep in the layers of British Columbia’s temperate forest, the furthest inland rainforest in the world, Depth Perception returns to the roots of snowboarding and showcases the unique connection each rider shares with nature. The film sucks you into a supernatural wonderland and invites you to enjoy the best backcountry snowboarding this planet has to offer.


Narrated in a style reminiscent of Wes Anderson’s films, Depth Perception gives you the backstory on each of the riders and the BC environment. It will make you laugh, make you learn and most of all make you want to ride.


The movie will be premiered on October 16 in Bozeman, Montana. After that, Depth Perception will be screened at the following locations throughout Europe and North America. Come on out and meet Travis Rice — we’ll see you there.

World Premiere

Oct 16th - Bozeman, Montana

Oct 17th - Jackson, Wyoming

European Tour

Oct 19th - Innsbruck, Austria

October 23 - Munich, Germany

Oct 25th - Moscow, Russia

Oct 27th - London, United Kingdom

North American Tour

Oct 30th - New York City, New York

Nov 6th - Denver, Colorado

Nov 7th - Salt Lake City, Utah

Nov 8th - Newport Beach, California

Nov 9th - San Francisco, California

Nov 10th - Portland, Oregon

Nov 11th - Seattle, Washington

Nov 13th - Vancouver, Canada

‘’He must be out of the fourth dimension or so...definitely out of another space-time continuum.’’

That’s an observation made by one of Travis Rice’s peers, Wolfgang Nyvelt. Wolfgang said it in regards to Travis’ riding – more specifically, his riding last season.

T. Rice had a banner year and put out one of the best movies in snowboarding history, The Fourth Phase, while he was at it. And the payoff? He earned Snowboarder Big Mountain Magazine’s Rider Of The Year. And bagged their #4 Rider Of The Year while he was at it.

Snowboarder put together a sick site for their Rider Of The Year awards. Check out Travis’s page here and Austen Sweetin’s here.

Here’s an introduction to Travis Rice: _________________.

That’s it. He doesn’t need one. He’s one of the greatest to ever set foot on a snowboard, and the man behind some of the best films in the history of the sport. The word legend doesn’t even do him justice.

But this interview by our friends at Transworld Snowboarding does.

They go deep with Travis. Find time to read it. But for now, here’s a taste. And a reminder: we are giving away a free trip to go riding with Travis at Jackson Hole. Seriously. You, yes you, can win. Enter here.

I’m the same person, but I have changed completely. In my early 20s, I was still a positive and compassionate human being, but I was also a fucking rock and roll, party, snowboard animal, living life at volume 11.

We get to decide how we perceive any situation. We are so quick to put something in the bucket of good or bad, but it’s our choosing what a bad thing is. It’s the idea that you actually do have complete control to translate and define any situation in life. Over the years, I have really begun to love the failures. All of the times when shit doesn’t go well, it’s an opportunity to try to apply this grandiose idea.

Over the years I have been trying to acquire more discipline. Part of my lack of discipline is the fact that I need to isolate myself to get to the place I’m trying to go. Hats off to people that are able to find the discipline in their life to meditate, to take an hour in the morning and not stimulate themselves, to check in with reality.

Life is really fucking fun. I’m blessed. It has been an amazing ride and I look forward for what’s to come, but there came a point when the biggest questions in life were not being answered. I realized that I was using snowboarding as an escape, and not just a conscious celebration of what it is

If you take the word “adventure,” it’s this external seeking; it’s always going someplace outside of yourself. I had a paradigm shift where I realized that adventure is not an accurate word. So I made up the word “inventure.” The more I thought about it, “inventure” is actually a much more accurate description of what adventure really is. It’s the exploration of putting one’s self into situations where you don’t really know how you’re going to react.

It's the deepest fear of anyone who digs riding powder. A wildly terrifying scenario that exists someone out there in the dark realm of chance. It's a nightmare.

But, for Travis Rice, it became a reality.

While filming for The Fourth Phase in the backcountry of Alaska, Travis got caught in an avalanche. He was executing his line to perfection when the slab of snow beneath him started spidering and suddenly turned into a stampede of misty white horses. He was absorbed by the avalanche's power. It threw him off a cliff.

He could've died. Some folks would've died. But somehow, Travis lived to tell the tale — which is exactly what he does in this video.

Hit play and pay attention to the takeaway: if you ride powder, take an avalanche course. It's that simple. For more info, our boy Bryan Fox breaks it down here.

Accidents can happen. And accidents do happen.

Above all else, Quiksilver exists to inspire you to make the most out of life and have a radical time at every twist, bend and turn. But we want you to be able to wake up and do it all over again the next day.

So if you’re serious about riding powder, you should probably consider taking an avalanche class. Our boys Bryan Fox and Travis Rice just took one and came home raving about it. Here, let Bryan fill you in.

So…how was it?

It was cool. A lot of work, but it was all really worth it. Everybody who went loved it.

How long was the class?

Five days. It was intensive — we pretty much went hard the whole time. But it was the type of school that you’re super into, so it was all really fun.

Have you ever been involved in an avalanche incident?

I have. I got buried and a buddy had to dig me up, but it wasn’t that bad in the grand scheme of things. I didn’t get dragged or anything — that’s how must people die, from trauma after getting dragged over rocks or trees. Mine could have been way worse.

One of the dudes who came to the course last year recently had to dig up a guy who would have died. So he came back this year and went though the whole scenario. It was heavy. But it proved that classes like this one literally save people’s lives.


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Do you feel like the class are growing in popularity?

They’ve been around a while and I think they’re getting more popular. I hope so, at least. I think anyone who wants to ride powder should take a class. It’s fun, it’s easy, it’s not that expensive and it could save your life.

What are they all about?

It all goes back to the philosophy of preventive healthcare being better than reactionary healthcare. When people learn about what causes avalanches, they become aware of potential danger. If they understand how things work, they could curb something bad before you have to worry about digging someone up. Plus, they teach you procedures so you’re ready if things actually do go wrong.

What’s was your biggest takeaway?

Always trust your gut and be communicative with the people around you. You need to always have an open line of communication. Most of the time something bad happens, somebody will speak up after the fact and say that they saw or felt that something was off. It can be socially awkward to speak up, but you need to do it when you have a bad feeling. It could be the difference between life and death.

Ever stood on something incredibly high and peered off the edge? Scary, isn’t it? Terror pierces through your psyche as you stare down at the world below and contemplate all the space that exists between you and the bottom. It’s trippy. But what’s even trippier is that Travis Rice stands on the edge of really high places and then throws himself off. Like, for a career.

Madness is his method and his riding can only be described as insane. If you need proof, just tap into this new series from our friends at GoPro. It invites you to join Travis behind the scenes of some of the finer moments from The Fourth Phase. You’ll go to Alaska first, then Wyoming and finally Japan. Press play and go. And, please, mind the edge.

Episode 1

Travis and fellow rider Eric Jackson take us to the top of powder-packed peaks and chutes across Alaska. Travis also goes on a search for the infamous "Alaska Crack." Not only does he slay that line, he goes on a binge, finding a ton of cracks across this zone - and he takes us along for the ride.

Episode 2

Step into Travis’ backyard, Jackson, Wyoming. Far beyond the legendary Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s boundaries, Travis searches for the perfect unridden terrain. With his hometown crew of riders, led by snowboarding great Bryan Iguchi, Travis finds a bowl called “Mars” deep in the Wyoming backcountry – a zone that he has been trying to reach for 15 years.

Episode 3

In this third episode, Travis and longtime partner-in-crime Mark Landvik push the boundaries of the Japanese Alps on huge pillow lines as they chase the notoriously deep powder of this supernatural country. Mark’s sense of humor shines brightly bringing out the lighter side of Travis – and unveils a friendship built on decades of missions in the backcountry.

Episode 4

In the final episode, this GoPro series comes full circle as Travis and his fierce, but fresh-faced friend, Victor de Le Rue tackle some of Alaska’s most challenging terrain.

There is only one person who experiences the world like Travis Rice and his name has already been said in this sentence. Very few people think the way Travis thinks and even less people act the way he acts. He is verifiably insane — that verification comes in the form of his films, which are some of the best in snowboarding history.

The latest one is called The Fourth Phase and you’d be cheating yourself if you haven’t yet watched it. Rectify that error here. But before you do, have a look inside Travis’ mind in this virtual reality clip from our friends at GoPro. Experience a rugged, lonely, powder-packed mountain in Alaska the way that only Travis experiences it. It’s temporary insanity at its absolute finest.


The mind of Travis Rice is a mysterious place. One half of it is consumed with an endless need to throw himself off mountaintops and defy death while strapped into a snowboard. The other is balanced with a calmness that finds solitude floating around the ocean powered simply by the wind.


Today, before premiering the last four years of his life and his third feature film: The Fourth Phase, Travis took us for a ride on the stable side. From the harbour of Saint Jean De Luz, France to the inlet of San Sebastian Spain, Captain T.Rice took the helm and steered a 40 foot catamaran manned with a close crew of friends including; Mark “Lando” Landvik and Victor De La Rue.


As we anchored up in the Old Town and unloaded off the boat, Travis looked relaxed and refreshed. Now it’s time to once again switch back the irrational side and showcase to a sold out Spanish theatre what it really takes to be the world’s most entertaining snowboarder.


We know “The Art of FLIGHT” was a game changer, the pinnacle of snowboarding films. Today we get a peek at into Travis Rice’s highly-anticipated cinematic return “The Fourth Phase.” The film’s teaser marks the first glimpse into the project, which began production in 2013 and has been kept tightly under wraps until today.

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"The beauty of this new project is that we made a vow to never shoot anything that we’ve ever filmed before; it’s proving to be incredibly challenging,” said Rice. "We have a team of some of the most committed riders, and a production crew that has gone all in. We’re headed back into the field soon, but before we go dark again we wanted to share a taste of what we’ve been working on to whet your appetite for next fall.”

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Rice and some of snowboarding's most innovative riders including Mark Landvik, Mikkel Bang, Eric Jackson, Pat Moore, Bryan Iguchi and more have set off on an adventure spanning multiple seasons to some of the most remote locations ever ridden.
“We redefined the action sports film genre, and dramatically expanded it’s audience, with the Art of FLIGHT,” said Scott Bradfield, Head of Production and Development. "Working with a team that can reach the world’s most daunting environments, combined Travis’ vision, and developed highly cinematic narrative; we hope to raise the bar again with our biggest feature film to date.”

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Brain Farm Cinema’s latest arsenal of camera technology is capturing all the action in 4K ultra high-definition with four times the pixel count of HD to bring viewers even closer to the experience and breath-taking scenery. Dolby Vision™ grade and Dolby Atmos® mix will combine spectacular image and sound technologies to deliver audiences a captivating cinematic experience employed only on a select handful of the highest profile, major studio features.

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“Making this film has been one of the most challenging, yet gratifying experiences in my life. Our team has pushed deep into the backcountry with new technology in hopes to capture snowboarding in a way it has never been seen before,” said Curt Morgan, CEO of Brain Farm and co-director of the film. “From the adventure, to the outstanding athleticism, to the very real story that unfolds this film will undoubtedly be unique.”

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Stay tuned to TheFourthPhase.com for more glimpses into the film leading up to the October 2, 2016 global premiere. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram to catch more sneak peeks into “The Fourth Phase” throughout the year. 

If you’re Travis Rice the only way to take time out from making snowboarding films and competing in snowboarding contests is to … snowboard. Travis headed to Baldface Lodge in Nelson, B.C., Canada with Eric Jackson and Mark McMorris to take the pressure off and just ride. And ride they did.

At Baldface there’s also the Natural Selection contest run, a.k.a, ‘the sickest place ever’.  Four years ago, Travis grabbed a chainsaw and worked side by side with the Baldface lodge founder Jeff Pensiero to build the course. And it’s epic. There’s no doubt it’s the future of competitive snowboarding and Baldface is where it began.

Check it out.

Day 1 of shooting has commenced on Travis Rice's latest flick.

Following up on groundbreaking movies "That is It, That's All" and "The Art of FLIGHT" the film's title, projected release date and more will be revealed September this year.

What we know is that the multiple-year project will expand on the achievements of earlier films, employing higher levels of cinematography, the use of cutting edge technology, rich storytelling, and exploring even more remote and untouched locations than ever before.

In the meantime, follow @Quiksilver on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Pinterest and our Snow Blog for all the latest on @TravisRice