Travis Rice (born October 9, 1982 Jackson Hole, Wyoming) is a professional snowboarder who grew up and currently resides by Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. He is #13 on Snowboarder Magazine’s list of the Top Twenty Most Influential Riders , and is known for being the “Paul Revere” of the big mountain freestyle movement.
Raised a skier by his father, a member of Jackson Hole Ski Patrol, Rice initially didn’t understand the rave of the new sport springing up on his moutain. However, he would soon catch on and join the local team. In 2001, without a sponsor and only 18 years old, Rice drove to Mammoth Mountain in California to ride at Snowboarder Magazine’s “Superpark”. Recognition from the snowboarding world would come at this event, when Rice launched a backside rodeo off of a 110 foot gap jump Absinthe Films' producer Justin Hostynek immediately approached Rice to begin filming for their upcoming movie, Transcendence, and the rest was history.
Rice has filmed outstanding video parts year after year, producing jaw-dropping shots like his switch 540 over Chad’s Gap in Utah, a 120 foot backcountry gap jump. On top of that, he has won several US Opens, an X-Games gold, and an Icer Air gold, where he landed the first double rodeo 1080 in competition.
In 2008, Rice co-produced (with filmmaker Curt Morgan) and starred in That’s It That’s All. This legendary film featured a dream cast of Mark Landvik, Terje Haakonsen, Nicolas Muller, Scotty Lago, Pat Moore, John Jackson, Jake Blauvelt, and fellow Jackson Hole residents Bryan Iguchi and Kyle Clancy. Rice’s part in That’s It That’s All, which included the first ever triple cork 1260, heavily influenced his sweep at the Transworld Magazine Rider’s Poll. He won Rider of the Year, Video Part of the Year, Standout of the Year, and Readers’ Choice award.
His sponsors are Quiksilver, LIB Technologies, DC Shoes, RedBull Energy Drink, Bluebird Wax, and Grenade Gloves.