Originally published in the 30th Anniversary Issue of SNOWBOARDER Magazine, Mountain GOATS celebrates the most influential snowboarders of the last thirty years (1987-2017), otherwise known as the Greatest Of All Time list. With over 70 men and women riding into the ranks of the Mountain GOATS, check back as we release their bios and celebrated accolades over the course of the next few weeks!
Mountain Goat: Peter Bauer & Jean Nerva
In 1989, just as racing was beginning to succumb to freestyle's universal appeal, Peter Bauer and Jean Nerva arrived in America with asymmetric boards and hardboots and damn near righted racing's course. The duo found themselves shoehorned between tweakers like Craig Kelly and Jeff Brushie in Burton's team video Chill. Speedsuits, gate-bashing and accents aside, Peter and Jean's fluid cinematic arcs charismatically showed turning as never before, and legions of groms set aside their Sorels in favor of plate bindings and plastic boots. Peter and Jean's perpendicular position to the snow became widely regarded in North America as "Euro carving" and the craze took off with Jean's infamous "You carve, you carve, you carve, no slide!" quote from Chill becoming the movement's mantra. The highly impractical asymmetrical Burton PJ pro model boards became coveted by the carving set, and the art house-eque Pachamama, starring Peter and Jean, was released in 1989. However, hardboots, race boards and Euro carving was quickly eclipsed by the Summit County new school jib movement of the early nineties, which came with its own impractical trappings. As of late, Euro carving, or as it is still quixotically called in Europe "Vitelli turning" is once again en vogue proving that everything eventually comes full circle.
Shortly after the original article went to print, we learned of Jean’s passing. We would just like to extend our condolences again to family and friends of the legendary rider, and thanks for all that Jean did for the sport.