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Snowboarder Travis Rice Is Entering a New Phase

Snowboarder Travis Rice Is Entering a New Phase

When discussing snowboarding, it’s tough to bring up the name Travis Rice without also discussing Shaun White. They are hands-down the two biggest names in the sport, but also operate on opposite poles: both are extremely driven, smart and talented, but the similarities don’t extend much past that. White is the contest guy, riding with a competitive fire that has earned him Olympic gold. Rice, while not contest averse, is known more for his adventurous freeriding in far-flung locations that are chronicled in his film projects, the latest of which The Fourth Phase premieres on Red Bull TV on October 2. Each style of riding has its merits and aesthetic appeal, but Rice’s encompasses the human struggle in a much more visceral way. Watching him hop out of a helicopter onto the top of a razor’s edge peak in Alaska, everything is at play: man versus nature, man with nature, man versus himself. The Fourth Phase relays that struggle and the quest to find meaning beyond “It’s fun!” in…