Jamie Lynn has had one of the best snowboard careers of all time. His outlook on life, within snowboarding and beyond is almost philosophical. There’s no attitude from him, no disrespect, no bullshit. He just does his thing—he plays music, creates art, travels, works on cars, and arguably, snowboards better then just about anyone in the world.
What are you doing?
I’m here in Mt. Hood. Stuck in an aerosol paint cloud.
What exactly are you doing here at Windells?
Windells has been a long time supporter of Volcom, they acquired a new facility and allocated one of the rooms to Volcom. Volcom then got in touch with me and asked if I wanted to come down to Mt. Hood and spend a couple days putting an authentic Volcom Stamp on the room transforming it into the Volcom snow den. I actually came down here years ago and stayed in this very room—so to come and spray paint the walls in it is a special treat.
Were snowboard camps influential on you when you were younger?
Yeah, when I was beginning to venture into summer snowboarding the only way to ride something decent was to get into the camps. Before I had anything behind me—any hook ups or connections—I used to come up in the summer, camp out in the parking lot, hike up, ask to dig the half pipe, dig for three days, and maybe get to ride a half day before J.P. or Calkins would come kick us out. We would just slave on these halfpipes, and get to ride for maybe an hour before they would come and boot us out. But then over the years as we became more accomplished riders we were getting asked to coach and work with the kids—its such a huge outlet for kids these days instead of going to some boarding school. If I would’ve had parents that could afford it I would’ve done the same thing.
What differences do you see between camps here and camps in South America or Europe?
Snowboarding is all the same. It’s more of a cultural comparison, and a social breakdown of what they have absorbed in their environment and that gets played out on the hill. Over in Europe you see all these DJs spinning at night and shredding during the day. But that’s just being a product of your environment. I have mad respect for anyone who snowboards. We’ve laid down a pretty solid foundation of what snowboard camps do here in the states and it seems that a lot of people duplicate that style all over the world. They seem to have followed in the footsteps of what people have done here at Hood.
Did you know Tim Windell before this particular camp was started?
I was in a contest with Windell in Japan, in 1991 just outside Nagano—it was one of my first professional contests.
How did Tim do?
I think he got sixth place.
It’s pretty rad to see someone like Tim, who has been in your shoes as a pro rider, make this path for himself that has touched so many people in a positive way.
For Tim to do that is rad, to give back and turn kids on to the love of snowboarding is something really special. I respect Tim a lot for having the tenacity and perseverance to keep doing this. It just shows how strong your mind is when you stay on a positive path.
What’s up with your winter?
It’s the winter that never ended. It started twenty years ago—some moons have been good, some moons have been bad.
Did you get to ride in Washington this season?
Yeah, quite a bit—up at Baker, locally up at Snowqualmie, went to Crystal a couple times for shits and giggles. It’s not a winter without a good session up in the Northwest.
How was filming for the Volcom movie (Escramble)?
I was really excited that Billy had the idea to bring the old timers back into the scene a little bit by having a section for us in the video. It was really an opportunity to get together with Guch (Brian Iguchi), and Terje (Haakonsen) to see if we could capture the spirit and essence of what snowboarding once was. Just getting back together with those guys annd riding really sends to the time and space when snowboarding was pure and good. We had nothing but good times all winter.
How was filming for the Community Project last year different from Escramble this year?
Last year with the Community Project, it wasn’t a full on effort. It was more of an after-thought about us being in Jackson and them taking us out. But I got to ride with Travis, which was incredible. To really connect with him as a teammate now on Lib Tech and to see all his talent was amazing. But, it was more of a sympathy-fuck section about having some good days in Jackson. With Escramble it was more of a valiant effort, with committing days to doing it and being excited about the project that Billy put together. One thing with Volcom that I’ve cherished over the years is that when they do a project, they get everyone together and provide a vehicle and a platform to have a good time, and then they just kind of hang back and document it. It’s nothing forced, nothing is rushed. It’s very natural and very comfortable. It’s not status Quo with filmmaking these days but it’s a refreshing change.
What’s it like riding with Terje and Guch now compared to back then?
Nothing’s really changed, that’s the interesting part of it. It’s as if we slip right back into this shoe of comfort with each other. With those guys I’ve never felt anything but positive inspiration. There have never been any weird competitive hang-ups. Even in the gnarliest of contests, it was always looking up at your friend in the finals being stoked that you made it that far.
Do have any of those feelings with other riders?
Yeah, generally the feeling I still pick up from snowboarding is positive. Everyone is really into it because they want to be into it. There’s always the odd entity that’s into it for other reasons but hey, god bless ‘em for it.
How rad is it when Travis, who is at the forefront of it all now, has so much respect for you, Guch, and Terje, and voices that opinion?
It’s such an honor and a blessing to be put in the position I’m in, and then to have kids coming up utilizing what we’ve done in our careers and using it as a foundation for their careers is incredible. I had my inspirations like Palmer, and Kidwell, and had posters of them on my wall. I had one of Palmer doing a method air up at Mt. Rose and I said, “One day Ill be able to do a method air, or try to do one. And what came out of that is what was digested in my own individualistic way, but it wouldn’t have happened without that inspiration.
Have you ever been burnt on snowboarding?
There are certain elements and facets of it that I have been burnt out on to be honest with you, but the actual love of putting the snowboard to your feet and riding down the hill, not at all. As long as I have two solid feet underneath me when I wake up in the morning, I will snowboard the rest of my life.
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