October 3, 2011
John Jackson is the most positive force in snowboarding and if you haven’t felt his influence you haven’t been paying attention. With raw, powerful style, double-cork ability and a resume that defies convention, John J has tapped into another dimension of backcountry awareness. But beyond the Rider of the Year wins, the cover shots and the jaw-dropping parts, it’s his naturally creative style that keeps expanding out consciousness one sick shot at a time.
Jackson was born a Mammoth local, perfected park at June Mountain and won US Nationals at an early age. He altered our thinking with his opener in Standard’s "White Balance" but it was his double-song ender in the 2009 film "Forum Forever" that left our minds completely blown. In 2010 he earned Rider of the Year and Part of the Year honors from both Snowboarder and Transworld, then followed up with an unprecedented repeat of all four titles for his two-part efforts in Forum’s "F It." A knee injury slowed him in 2011, but his Alaska "Art of Flight" lines gave us a glimpse at freestyle’s future. Now fully healed — and energized with a new brainstorm project — he is poised to tap the true power of his positive charge.