Throughout this top 20 we make references to being a "Go-Big" guy. Gator is in the list of the originals and in his time was considered THE go-big guy. But Gator's riding was far deeper than that. He was a hard charger in all aspects of riding, not just amplitude. Progression in his riding was far higher on his list of priorities than self-preservation as Gator would rather put himself at risk for injury than not commit to a new trick or a towering double-up. He won the first ever Readers Poll in 1996 and left his mark on free-riding and wakeboarding as a whole.