Gingers

Gingers. Ginners. Rangas. Bloodnuts. Copper tops. Carrot heads. The English speaking world has more words for ginger haired people than Inuit’s have for snow (which, at last count, was in excess of 75, the daft sausages).

One of the few things that genuinely unites the world is making fun at the expense of gingers. But we’re not going to join in with this pan-global bullying. Far from it. We’re here to celebrate the flame haired heroes.

Whether the lack of melanin in their skin lets them fly higher, or the lifetime of bullying has made them tougher, these five-and-a-half action sports gingers absolutely rip.

1) Shaun White - Snowboard

The flying tomato is the best known snowboarder on the planet. Heck, if I wasn’t for one Tony Hawk, he’d probably be the best known action sports persona full stop.

On a snowboard, he’s dominated both the Winter Olympics and the Winter X-Games. He’s gone on to release a series of successful video games, started a middle-of-the-road rock band, stumped up the cash to buy the entire Air And Style snowboard event, and got slagged off in snowboard magazines the world over, all while being a ginger.

2) Ryan Nyquist - BMX

Ryan Nyquist seems to have been on top of the BMX world for as long as we can remember. And despite having a shaved head for all of this time, just like mental chef Heston Bumpercar, there’s no disguising the fact that he’s a fully fledged ginge’.

King of the bar spins, Nyquist has been a regular on the podium of the X-Games Since he first competed way back in 1996.

3) Pat Moore - Snowboard

Not to be confused with the late astronomer and former Games Master Patrick Moore, Pat Moore is the back country snowboarder’s back country snowboarder. The lumber-sexual ripper who’s more at home riding the steep parts of the mountain that more people are, well, at home.

Owner of arguably the finest beards in snowboarding, Moore is one of those people who has the colour of their head hair completely ignored because their beard is big, and massive, and – of course – ginger. No word on his pubes.

4) Wieger Van Wageningen - Skateboard

Van Wageningen is not only the proud owner of a name that’s virtually impossible to pronounce while drunk (and pretty tricky while sober - go on, give it a bash).

The Dutch charger is known for his super tech street skating, frequently having The Smiths (who he probably doesn’t call The Schmithsh) on his edits, and having to take nothing less than factor 50  sunblock with him to any country that’s hotter than a witches tit.

5) Cheyne Magnusson - Surf

Despite the fact that A) the sun occasionally dyes his ginger locks blonde and B) the fact that his name would be spelt Shane Magnason if he was from Wolverhampton, this Southern Cali' surfer is our favourite aquatic redhead.

The son of a pro skater (Tony Magnusson – the founder of Osiris skate shoes) and part of a family that moved to Hawaii when he was just seven years old, our Shane (we’re sticking with it) always appeared to be headed towards the pro surfing ranks. His talents and personality took him onto the cast of MTV reality surf show Maui fever, which we’ve never seen, but think looks a bit shit.

6) Shaun White - Skateboard

Shaun White? The same Shaun White as back at number one? The snowboarder? The Flying Tomato? Yes. That Shaun White. El Blanco isn’t just a snowboarder, or a rock star, businessman, and Halloween mermaid.

Heck no. Shaun is also handy on a skateboard as well. In fact, the Ginger King is more than handy. He’s had no less than five X Games medals, two of them gold, hanging around his neck for skateboarding.

Not only is this ginger action sports overlord super successful at most board sports he tries, and blessed with lush auburn locks, he’s also stinkin’ rich. Fear not though, if it’s all starting to get a bit too much, he’s doesn’t have it all his own way. His middle name is Roger. Roger. The poor bastard.

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