Back in 1993, when his local mountain in Stillwater, Minn. was running low on snowboard instructors, Brennen Swanson’s father – who at the time didn’t even know how to ride himself – volunteered to spend the winter teaching kids the sport. Strapped into boots that didn’t even fit, the younger Swanson’s snowboarding career began that winter, hitting the slopes at the age of three.
After making his first appearance USASA Nationals at the age of six, Swanson picked up and moved to Colorado in 2008 for the chance to ride on a daily basis and push his progression to a new level. The move quickly paid off when Swanson established himself among the amateur ranks of the snowboarding scene, winning the superpipe contest at the Spirit Mountain stop of the 2008 Rev Tour. Proving his skills on the slopes as well as in the pipe, Swanson went on to take fourth in the slopestyle competition at Copper Mountain, also taking third in the pipe at the Rev Tour event.
Known for his unique grabs, Swanson used to be a tap-dancer but it's all about snowboarding now. He finished in sixth place overall on the 2009-10 Winter Dew Tour.