Remembering Gerhard Gross, Respected Snowboarder Family Member + Much More | 1979 – 2018
This was a hard one. Gerhard was a dear friend since our Whistler days back in 2000 or so. He’s done a lot since then both for snowboarding and otherwise. One of the true intellectuals of the culture that helped more people in more ways than could ever be counted here. Love you G.
If there were ever a stereotype that questioned our intellect as snowboarders, Gerhard Gross would defy it as soon as he spoke. A man that spent many winters between the backcountry and the media corral at snowboarding’s marquee events, providing the editorial voice for this publication, could easily have held his own in the most high-brow conversation at an alumni dinner for a prestigious school covered in vines. This exceptional intelligence was backed up by extraordinary talent on a snowboard. Given this rare combination of skill and acumen, it’s not surprising that Gerhard transitioned from riding professionally to writing professionally. Journalism is based on credibility, and Gerhard had it.
After making a name for himself in the British Columbia snowboard scene, he took his first full-time editorial gig with Snowboard Canada before assuming the managing editor role at TransWorld SNOWboarding. Here, Gerhard set a new precedent–one we strive to uphold today. Apparently that didn’t keep him busy enough, so he worked with Protect Our Winters on the side. This is what Gerhard did. He raised the bar. His presence alone pushed those around him to try a bit harder, to hike a few steps further, and to send it a little deeper.
If there were ever a stereotype that questioned our intellect as snowboarders, Gerhard Gross would defy it as soon as he spoke. This exceptional intelligence was backed up by extraordinary talent on a snowboard. While at TransWorld SNOWboarding, Gerhard set a new precedent—one we strive to uphold today. This is what Gerhard did. He raised the bar. His presence alone pushed those around him to try a bit harder, to hike a few steps further, and to send it a little deeper. It’s been twenty months since we received the news that Gerhard had been diagnosed with cancer. With the incredible tenacity that he possessed, Gerhard battled every day since, as hard as he could. With great sadness, we must accept that Gerhard is no longer fighting that battle, and our most sincere condolences go to those closest to him. Gerhard, we apologize for any grammatical errors in this post, and we hope it’s deep wherever you are.
Struggling to put into words the devastating loss of a dear friend and colleague. We shared many great years at TransWorld together, traveling the world, exploring, and snowboarding. He has left a beautiful legacy across the snowboarding community and beyond, which can be felt today with the outpouring of fun stories and memories being shared from across the globe. Gerhard had so much passion, so much fight, so much determination. Unfortunately after 20 brutal months of battling stomach cancer this world has lost an amazing person. Gerhard was truly one of the greats. Rest easy, G. You will be missed greatly.
Today we mourn the loss of a great friend, former coworker and incredible human. Gerhard Gross served as our Managing Editor from 2007-2011 and brought a massive scope of knowledge and passion about snowboarding to our publication. Those who met him will continue to remember the positive impact he had on everyone he met. Our community has not only lost an incredible ambassador to snowboarding but also an amazing human being. Much love to all his friends and family. Ride in peace, @gerhardmg #FuckCancer
Gerhard I love you. Your friends family and anyone who got the chance to speak an intellectully driven conversation with you will forever be looking up at the stars and thinking about you every time. This loss is much worse then I could have ever imagined but one of the many things that helps me smile is thinking about how I'm still the super street fight turbo for super Nintendo champ sucka! I love you G you were a brother to me and jaimes 2nd God father. If cancer was human I'd make a coin purse out of its ballsack for you. Rest up. You beautiful man you.