The third instalment of Relentless Energy’s film making competition Short Stories has arrived, with the snowboard chapter Permanent Vocation, featuring triple X Games champion and Relentless team rider Jenny Jones, created by talented Finnish filmmaker Johannes Östergård.
Permanent Vocation is a personal portrait of Britain’s most successful snowboarder. From her first turns on dryslope near her hometown of Bristol, England, to making the seasonaires’ pilgrimage to the French Alps as a chalet girl in Tignes, Jones’ innate ability, focus, drive and passion is captured in the film; that same determination and positivity saw her landing front flips on her first winter – and won the first British Championships she entered.
“I wanted something with a straight forward storyline,” explains Östergård. “Jenny sent me a stream of consciousness text on her snowboard-life so far – I liked it and that became the backbone of the film.”
Jones’ has topped the most credible Slopestyle and Big Air podiums across the globe, from two Vans Triple Crowns, the Winter Dew Tour, the Roxy Chicken Jam and her biggest achievement to date – taking gold at the US X Games US in 2009 and 2010, then the first Europe event in 2010.
However, the 30 year old is no park automaton: her passion for powder runs deep, fitting globe-trotting backcountry filming trips around her busy competition schedule: from her debut with ChunkyKnit, to the UK’s legendary Lockdown Productions, MissChief, Runway Films, Jmill’s Stance and many more.
But, behind the goggles and Gore-Tex, who is the real Jenny Jones? Permanent Vocation goes beyond the pro archetype to reveal someone strong, determined and passionate, yet also humble, human and vulnerable. The incredible experiences Jones has clocked up during her ten year career – but also the sacrifices she’s made to reach the pinnacle of her profession: physical (blown ACLs, numerous broken bones, torn ligaments, ripped muscles, scars and concussions) and personal.