Jess Kimura’s Full Part From Defenders Of Awesome 2: Stay Bad Ass By Capita

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Jess Kimura's Full Part From Defenders Of Awesome 2: Stay Bad Ass By Capita

Over the last few years when people discuss women’s snowboarding, there are a few names that always get tossed out there. The Canadian native Jess Kimura is one of those names. Year after year, she has been putting out video parts that raise the bar of snowboarding for women. For a snowboarder who couldn’t toe side turn her whole first year, take a look where she is now.

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Frontside Wallride. PHOTO: Ben Birk

Interview with Jess Kimura below. 

Who did you have the best session with this year?

Mary Rand for sure, she's such a sick rider and even radder human.  We just click really good and she makes me feel like I need to step my game up.

Whats the story behind your ender trick? The big frontside 360 into the wall.

It took me a few days to get, a day of shovelling and building cause there wasn't much snow left and it was pouring rain, so what was left was melting quick.  I spent the next day trying so hard to get it and I just couldn't ride out of it at the angle I wanted.  We went back the next day and I landed it a bunch of times the way I wanted so we had a few to choose from.  I'm so glad we went back so I didn't have to use a soggy one in my part.  I would have regretted that forever.


Putting in work in Michigan. PHOTO: Ben Birk

What was the hardest trick to land in this video part?

The switch boardslide through the closeout because I had a really badly sprained ankle but was so close to getting it…I had to keep trying.  So I cranked up my music and tried not to think about my ankle, but I was screaming in pain when I was strapping in.  When I landed it and just yelled out "YEAH BITCH!" when I rode away.  Hahah it was pretty funny.

Where did you go on your favorite trip this year?

Revelstoke of course.  Wasted Youth crew for life.

PHOTO: Ben Birk

PHOTO: Ben Birk

When did you feel on top of the world this year?

When I finally finished up filming in the streets and got to get out in the Whistler backcountry last Spring.  Its so epically beautiful and I never want to take it for granted…I mean we had just spent months swimming upstream in the freezing cold, getting frostbite in Minnesota till my toe turned grey and the tip fell off, getting kicked out of every spot, shoveling and chipping at ice till our backs broke, and smashing our faces and knees on icy flat landings…I'll just say that when we finally got up to the alpine on our sleds in the soft and fluffy snow, I wanted to hug everyone I was so happy!!!  Sorry to all the people I hugged who got weirded out…

When did you feel like you wanted to give up?

Well honestly??? Almost every day.  Hahah.  It was a pretty tough season and it was hard to keep the confidence levels up sometimes.


PHOTO: Ben Birk

How many flights did you miss?

I don't think I missed any.  Well maybe one or two.  Vancouver is a bitch to drive through when there's traffic.

Why do you love snowboarding?

Because i'm passionate about it…And some people live their entire lives without ever feeling passionate about something that they do…and that passion makes way for sacrifice in order to keep pursuing it.  Sometimes I feel like I get too emotional about snowboarding, but its because I love it so much.  When I'm on the snow and in the zone, I feel complete.


PHOTO: Ben Birk

What’s next for you?

Get way fucking better at snowboarding.


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PHOTO: Ben Birk