Volcom PBRJ | Champ’s Interview With Nick Kolkman & Jesse Paul


Jesse Paul

1st place, Men’s Open division at 2011 Volcom PBRJ Championships

Where are you from?

I grew up in maple grove, Minnesota.

Where do you currently live and where is your favorite place to ride?

Right now I live in a dorm at the U of M in Duluth, Minnesota. My favorite place to ride is Elm Creek in Maple Grove. Not many people have heard of it, but it’s so sick! It’s a little place with 2 high speed tow ropes, a ton of fun rails, tiny jumps, and no chairlifts. It’s basically a skatepark for your snowboard. I grew up riding there and it’s great if you love rails because you get 100+ laps a day.

How long have you been riding?

This year was my sixth season.

What is a perfect day of snowboarding to you?

Riding with a bunch of my friends on a tow rope in 30 degree sunny weather.

What is your favorite thing about the PBRJ?

My favorite thing is seeing all the different kinds of riders throw down and seeing how much the level of riding progresses each year.

What was your highlight or highlightS from the Championships?

The entire weekend was a highlight! Minnesota’s season is long over and I was stoked to be able to ride again. My favorite moment of the weekend though was being handed a big check by Seth Huot. I’ve never had a giant check before!

What are the keys to PBRJ success?

Do the whole S rail! Haha. Really the biggest thing I realized is that you can’t get too caught up with landing everything because then you just get nervous and it’s frustrating when you don’t get your tricks. Also it’s best to pace yourself. I got so tired in the qualifiers so I just took my time in the finals and it worked out!

Where do you hope to be in five years?

What I want most is to still be able to ride every day. I’m just going to finish college and see where that and snowboarding takes me. I still don’t even have a major, so we’ll see what happens.

Thank you’s and sponsors?

Huge thank you to my family and Lizzy for supporting me and my friends for making snowboarding that much better. To Josh Tranby and whoever else helped plan our trip. Thanks to Salomon and bonfire for hooking me up this year. Thanks to Don Lee and Analog for flying me out to bear. Thanks to Jeff Arnold and everyone else at Volcom. Thanks to Common Apparel. And Thanks to The Hut (which unfortunately just went out of business).

For a complete event wrap up, photos and results see: Volcom PB & Rail Jam Championship at Mammoth