Daan Van Der Linden
This year’s youngest Populist entrant first started to gain notoriety in The Netherlands by simply doing it all. The stunning variety of tricks that Daan has mastered runs the gamut of old school, new school, and the purely self-educated. Some of the industry’s most tenured brands—Antihero, Vans, Volcom—have picked up on something unique in Daan and no time was wasted since he was discovered (he turned Pro in August). Reviewing his 2016 footage, from the polished production of Holy Stokes! to the fly-on-the-wall improvisation of Chestnut Hill, you really appreciate an unpremeditated style of skating that can be exceedingly rare these days.