Jeremy Jones (freerider)

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Jeremy Jones (born 14 January 1975, on Cape Cod, MA) is a professional snowboarder, known for big mountain freeriding. He is sponsored by: O'Neill, POC, CLIF Bar, Scott, Giro, 661 and Blue Bird Wax. Founder of his own freeride-oriented snowboard brand, Jones Snowboards. Currently, Jones works primarily to create and improve his line of snowboards and films that record his adventures climbing and snowboarding mountains around the world. In November 2012, Jones was selected by National Geographic Magazine as a nominee for Adventurer of the Year, based on his, "remarkable achievements in exploration, conservation, humanitarianism, and adventure sports." [1] Jones is also the founder of the non-profit group, Protect Our Winters, which works to reduce the effects of global climate change by means of educational, activist and community based projects. [2]

Early life[edit]

Jones grew up in New England - Cape Cod Massachusetts, Vermont, and Maine. He started riding in 1984 and continued on to Carrabassett Valley Academy, in Carrabassett Valley, Maine, graduating in 1993. He signed with Rossignol in 1989[3] and turned pro two years later in 1991. Jones raced on his snowboard for many years.

After racing for many years Jones began to concentrate on big mountain riding, mainly in his favourite place to ride, Alaska. It is thought that being a former snowboard racer influenced his big mountain snowboarding and that his style was a seminal influence on modern freeriding, henceforward Jones is regarded as a pioneer of professional big mountain riding.

Today[edit]

Jones regularly rides with Xavier de le Rue, Jonas Emery, Mads Jonsson, Victoria Jealouse and Johan Olofsson. The Jones snowboards team consists of Jonaven Moore, Ryland Bell, Forrest Shearer, Miikka Hast and Ralph Backstorm. Jeremy regularly takes part in the Swatch O'Neill Big Mountain Pro tour.[4] When he is not on the road he lives in Truckee, CA, with his wife Tiffany, a real estate agent in the Lake Tahoe area, and his daughter, both with whom he rides with at his home resort of Squaw Valley.[5]

In 2007 Jones founded Protect Our Winters (POW),[6] a non-profit organization dedicated to reversing the global warming crisis by uniting the winter sports community and focusing its collective efforts towards reversing the damage done by climate change. As a testament to Jones' commitment to the environment, he has recently decided to forego the use of helicopters and lifts, opting instead to hike as his sole means of transportation on the slopes.

In 2009 Jones left long time board sponsor Rossignol and announced his own line of snowboards tailored for big mountain and backcountry riding, Jones Snowboards. They are available as of the 2013/2014 season and have a significant share of the growing Splitboard market.

Movies[edit]

Jones has been featured in many snow sports films and documentaries. Some of these are Teton Gravity Research films The Tangerine Dream, Anomaly and Soul Purpose and 2010's Deeper. Also regularly in the annual Standard Films' film, the most recent being White Balance (2004), Paradox (2006), Lost in Transition (2005) and Draw the Line (2007). Jones was featured in That's It, That's All (2008) and The Art of Flight (2011), two Brain Farm productions starring Travis Rice. Jones is also working on a trilogy of documentaries. The first movie Deeper came out in 2010 and the second one, Further, premiered at Squaw Valley on September 7, 2012.

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