The middle child in a “huge” family of eight kids, Jamie’s made real sacrifices to get where she’s at, she says, “Sometimes I get really homesick because I feel like my little sisters are growing up so fast and I’m like, ‘Shoot this sucks.’ But it’s such an awesome opportunity that I don’t want to miss out on anything. If I wasn’t doing this, I’d wish I was.” And she’s giving it 110 percent all the way around.-A.F.
Hometown: South Lake Tahoe, California
Sponsors: Billabong, Salomon, Electric, DVS, Grenade, Vitamin Water, Sierra-at-Tahoe
How did you make it to where you are now?
I started snowboarding at Sierra-at-Tahoe for fun when I was nine because my sisters did it. Then we all started doing the USASA contests and then one thing led to another, and now I’m here doing bigger contests and doing better in a lot of them.
Who influences you?
I have a lot of influences, when I was growing up my favorite snowboarder was Tara Dakides. I had her poster on my wall-I thought she was frickin’ rad. And then Danny Kass and Travis Rice, those are two of my biggest influences-all-over riders. Ones who are good at everything influence me.
What scares you?
Injuries. I get kind of scared to mess up my knees and ankles. I ride my bike a lot. Also, it’s super scary flying overseas. I’m like, maybe if we crash, there’s still a stupid chance that I’ll live and I’ll find an island.
What’s more important-contests or filming?
I think you have to do a little bit of both, but in the beginning it’s definitely good to get recognized by doing contests. Contests are really good because you can win money right off the bat and it’s fun to compete and ride with all your friends. But filming is so rewarding at the end of the year once you get to watch the movie.
I got so stoked watching my part-it really comes together and you’re like, ‘Woah, that’s crazy. My whole season!’ I want to film more, for sure. I also want to do contests while I’m young, then once I’m over it I can film and ride powder. Really, once I’m out of school it’ll be easier to film and do contests.
What has snowboarding taught you?
It’s taught me to travel! No, it’s taught me a lot. I’ve learned so much from snowboarding-I’m so stoked. I mean, it’s such a part of my life. If I wasn’t doing this, I’d just be like every average Joe, just at school every day, hanging out, going to stupid high school parties, but instead I get to go see the world, learn, meet new people, it’s frickin’ awesome. I’m so stoked I get to be a part of it and do it for a little while.
What is the job part of your job?
Ha, I remember when we were all in New Zealand this summer and we were all so tired, and we had to get up at 6:30 in the morning for the Open, and we were like, ‘Okay this sucks-this is the job part of our job.’ Every few weeks we have to get up at seven o’clock, but we’re so lucky we don’t have to do it every single day. And obviously photo shoots and catalog stuff for your sponsors is a job.
What’s next for you in snowboarding?
I want to definitely start riding pipe more. I’ve always liked it, but I never ride it enough to learn stuff in it. So this season I’m going to get good at pipe and start doing more pipe contests because I have fun in it. I just come unnerved because I kind of suck, but when I dedicate a loot of time to it and learn some new maneuvers …
I also want to film a new video part. Hopefully film with a guy crew someday-that’d be pretty cool. I have to make some goals … I had a goal of going to the X Games and winning it, so I need to make a new goal. I think it’d be pretty sweet to go to the Olympics-if it happens, that’d be cool. It’d definitely be cool to be an Olympian.