by Seth Lightcap. posted on 23 November
The force is strong with this one.
Heavyweight backcountry freeriding, pow jumps, park jumps, rails - there’s no terrain that this guy can’t crush.
Please get up, stand up and give a rowdy holler for the latest rising star we have added to the Jones Pro Team...
We are thrilled to support Jimmy as we are fully backing his style and diverse skill set. He’s a true shredder’s shredder who rides it all with a cool confidence but no ego.
"Jimmy has a bright future," said Jeremy Jones. "He can handle exposure both riding and hiking serious lines, he makes a proper turn no matter the snow and has a full bag of tricks. Combine his skills with his thirst for adventure and his total commitment to snowboarding and you have one of the most diverse and talented riders I have seen in a long time."
Top speed down a tight chute in the High Sierra. Photo - Seth Lightcap
Jimmy is from New Jersey and grew up riding at Mountain Creek. He moved out to Mammoth the year after he graduated high school and has spent the last five years living in the Eastern Sierra. No doubt his ride-anything style comes from shredding Mammoth and the surrounding backcountry 100+ days a season.
"The terrain in Mammoth is awesome because you get a little bit of everything," said Jimmy. "We get deep days to huck and work on your skills, windy days that keep you on your toes riding pow to wind buff to hard pack and a lot of the terrain is really wide open so you get used to opening it up and carrying a lot of speed."
Lappin’ the Mammoth Main Park.
Earnin’ it in the High Sierra. Photo - Seth Lightcap
"I’m excited to ride for Jones because of the opportunity to learn from Jeremy," said Jimmy. "Definitely looking forward to spending as much time as possible in the backcountry with him and learning how to push my freeriding and backcountry skills to the next level."
We’re also excited to have Jimmy riding for us as he has a fine appreciation for a quiver and knows how to switch up his board choice to take full advantage of terrain.
"Jones has a board for everything," said Jimmy. "The Solution and Flagship are great for high speed lines, the Aviator is awesome for park and hard pack and the Hovercraft is sick for pow. All the boards are powerful and just perfect. You can tell every board has been rider proven."
Blasting across High Sierra wind buff. Photo - Seth Lightcap
"Jimmy has been ticking off some of the most proud and remote lines in the High Sierra the last few years," said Jeremy Jones. "His minimalist approach and ability to suffer through the mega days is rare to see in someone his age. Where he takes it from here I have no idea, and that is exactly why we are excited to work with him."
Welcome to the team Jimmy!
Check out Jimmy cruisin’ through the Mammoth park in this video featuring the 2015 Aviator:
by Seth Lightcap. posted on 15 November
Patagonia just dropped a really cool new video featuring four Jones team riders shredding in the Italian Dolomites. Mitch Toelderer, Bibi Pekarek, Ryland Bell and Forrest Shearer ride some gorgeous couloirs in this video produced by Chris Edmands:
by Seth Lightcap. posted on 13 November
We couldn’t be more stoked to announce our first new addition to the Jones Pro Team...
Shredders and Shreddettes... Please welcome one of the most humble, talented and positive rippers you will ever meet...
We’ve been backing Taylor for a few seasons now and what we have seen has blown us away. Taylor is the complete package.
"The combination of positive attitude, skills and giving back that Taylor brings to his snowboarding is second to none," said Jeremy Jones. "And his approach to snowboarding is really diverse, from exploring unridden backcountry terrain to the park and pipe, Taylor can ride it all."
Taylor at work/play in Lake Tahoe. Photo - Jeff Curley
Taylor grew up in Michigan and started shredding on small icy Midwest ski hills like Crystal Mountain. He also got a jumpstart from his father who built him his own personal backyard terrain park complete with a legit jump and a couple rails. He moved out to Lake Tahoe when he turned 18 and has spent the last decade ripping it up in the Sierra.
"I’d define my riding style as a little bit of everything," said Taylor. "I was brought up in the park and bred on trannies but I love riding pow in the backcountry. My focus from here on out is to take that freestyle approach to big natural terrain."
Taylor throws down in the Tahoe backcountry. Photo - Jeff Curley
"It’s an honor to ride for Jeremy," said Taylor. "I’ve never met a snowboard company owner who was so involved in all aspects of the sport. Between Protect Our Winters and Jones Snowboards he puts a ton of effort into snowboarding and it shows. The boards are incredible!"
It’s no coincidence that Jeremy feels the same way about Taylor.
"There’s no better example of why Taylor deserves to be on our team than the ’Rally 4 Rocker’ backcountry banked slalom that he hosted last spring in Lake Tahoe," said Jeremy. "Taylor organized the contest, dug the course, ran the starting gate and after ten hours of working logistics he took one run down, set the fastest time of the day and won the contest."
Taylor invited 100+ of the best shredders in Tahoe to the ’Rally 4 Rocker’ banked slalom. The contest honored a fallen local rider and was a benefit for the expansion of the Truckee skatepark. But of course, he was embarrassed to win. Photo - Seth Lightcap
Taylor’s plans for this season include a powder pilgrimage to Interior B.C. and a whole lotta quality time spent splitboarding in the Sierra and the PNW.
We look forward to seeing radical things from you Taylor! Welcome to the team!
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