J. P. Walker

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JP Walker
Born (1976-10-16)October 16, 1976
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Occupation Snowboarder

John Paul Walker, or JP (born October 16, 1976), nicknamed "The Don", is a professional snowboarder from Salt Lake City, Utah. In the late 1990s he was instrumental in reviving the jib movement.

Walker has been recognized with various awards including Snowboarder magazine’s Rider of the Year list six times (more than any other rider in history),[1] European magazine Onboard’s Jibber of All Time, and his peers voted him for multiple awards in Transworld Snowboarding magazine’s Rider’s Poll.

Over the course of his career, Walker has also produced 17 video parts in many of snowboarding’s highest grossing films. In 2009 he filmed a 100% switch part (riding the opposite way that he naturally does) for This Video Sucks. Yet another accomplishment nobody before him had achieved. Most recently Walker filmed a segment in the movie Good Look from the production company People.

JP has also graced the pages of magazines from around the globe. His exposure includes both mainstream publications like, Men’s Fitness and Complex[2] and action sports magazines like Snowboarder and Transworld Surf. JP actually guest edited the February 2010 issue of Snowboarder alongside long-time friend and pro rider, Jeremy Jones.

JP’s ultimate goal is to continue to push the progression of snowboarding to unexpected heights, primarily through his passion and dedication to the sport.

Sponsors[edit]

Thirtytwo/Etnies, Stepchild Snowboards, Nixon, Oakley, Dakine, Bear Mountain, Milosport, Vertra Suncare, dbot 5 and Raw Rev

Achievements[edit]

  • Voted Jibber of the Year in Snowboarder magazine’s Top 10 three years in a row
  • Named one of Snowboarder’s Top 10 Riders six times
  • Awarded multiple times in Transworld Snowboarding’s Rider’s Poll: SIA Retailer’s Choice, Best Rail Rider, Best Freestyle Rider, Best Video Part
  • Listed as one of Snowboarder magazine’s Top 20 Most Influential Riders
  • Onboard magazine’s Jibber of All Time
  • Recipient of Method magazine’s “Eternal Radness” Award[3]
  • Numerous signature products with sponsoring brands
  • Countless never before done tricks like switch frontside 450 to boardslide and frontside double cork

Media appearances[edit]

  • Made an appearance on NBC’s Today Show because he was the chosen hero of the son of a victim of 9/11
  • Gatefold cover of Future Snowboarding magazine (January 2008)
  • Cover of Snowboard magazine (February 2008)
  • Profiled in Men’s Fitness (March 2008)
  • Cover and 8 page interview in Transworld Snowboarding magazine (November 2008)
  • Appeared on Fuel TV’s The Daily Habit (September 2009)
  • Filmed 100% switch part in This Video Sucks (September 2009)
  • Featured in ESPN Rise (September 2009)

Videography[edit]

  • Mainstream/1994
  • Forward Into Battle/1995
  • Gas Money/1996
  • Warriors/Kingpin Productions/1995
  • Kingpin Chronicles/Kingpin Productions/1996
  • Simple Pleasures/MDP/1997
  • Decade/MDP/1998
  • Technical Difficulties/MDP/1999
  • The Resistance/MDP/2000
  • True Life/MDP/2001
  • Nixon Jib Fest/MDP/2002
  • Shakedown/MDP/2003
  • Chulksmack/MDP/2004
  • That/Forum/2006
  • Double Decade/MDP/2008
  • This Video Sucks/Stepchild/2009
  • Cheers/People/2010
  • Good Look/People/2011

References[edit]

  1. ^ "JP Walker: 2010 Rider of the Year #7". Snowboarder Magazine. 2001-02-07. Retrieved 2008-06-17. 
  2. ^ "Surf's Up!". Complex. 2001-02-07. Retrieved 2008-06-17. 
  3. ^ "METHOD AWARDS 09/10 | Method Magazine". Methodmag.com. Retrieved 14 April 2010.