Shaun White is the unofficial, uncapitalized god of the extreme sports world. That’s not dramatic.
The dude is The Prophet on a snowboard, and he only doesn’t win gold in skateboarding when he chooses not to. He always seems one step ahead of everyone else, even in nicknames.
Seriously, is there a better one out there than The Flying Tomato?
In the above video – shot and “published” in 2009 – White launches into his own private half-pipe, in Colorado, built by Red Bull and no doubt a couple other sponsors.
The video also gives us a look back at a “simpler” time in Shaun’s life, when perhaps 2010 Olympic gold wasn’t a certainty or the kid’s future wasn’t quite yet cemented.
It’s just overall coolness. All around.
Please, come soon, Winter. We’re getting a little tired of golf.