I personally think that Shaun has consolidated his power much more so than any previous Director — though our information on them is pretty scant. He provides a more consistent policy direction in terms of how to engage with the surface world, whereas previous Directors were not consistent in the face of the Broken Mask Incident or the Massacre of the CPG. Where Father lacks power is due to the inertia of a multi-century old organization and the tradition of semi-autonomy. That dynamic is hard to change in one lifetime, even for someone as powerful as Shaun.
A hyper-competitive perfectionist’s approach to his riding, which means he often isolates himself from others. Other professional snowboarders are often more collaborative, which leads to groups of them perfecting similar tricks at roughly the same time. Because Shaun isolates himself, others are often left to reverse-engineer his tricks after he’s already perfected them, rather than workshopping them altogether. His first mentor was Tony Hawk, a legend in his own right, who nurtured his talent as a skateboarder; most professional snowboarders are also decent skateboarders.