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Your Name (and Nickname): Jessica Zublin Nickname(s): JZ, Zub, Zuby, Jessie
Your Age: 27
Your Location (where do you ride mostly): California
Weapon(s) of choice: i.e. snowboard, skis, wakeboard, wakeskate, wakesurf, snowmobile, dirt bike, skateboard, bmx, fmx, parachute, HD video Camera, Still Camera etc. Let us know what all it is you are into! Snowboard, Wakeboard(I try), Wakesurf(thanks you to), ATV, Photography, Hiking, Climbing, etc.
What’s an average day for you like? Continuously exploring nature’s playground, often my environmental surroundings.
What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? The easiest? Having the courage to keep going and recognizing if you fall to get back up immediately. The easiest part is realizing your participating in something that will change your life.
What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport? The best thing about being female in any sport is adrenaline, I am junky for it. The worst thing is being belittled by gender or being told your not good enough, that’s a bunch of discouraging information women and young girls are subjected to. Don’t believe a word of it. I played ice hockey from when I was 5 years old until I was 20. I can say that I advanced more in my career then any of the boys who made fun of me growing up.
Besides your ability and style factor as an athlete, how would you describe your personal style? Granola-an inside joke to a house I lived in with five guys, however Granola is my style a.k.a outdoorsy.
What are your favorite brands/designers for your sports apparel and for stepping out? Well, SheShreds for starters, also BackCountry, Burton, Oakley, and Prana.
Let’s hear your thoughts on how important looking good is to feeling good. “Being” your personal best? If you feel you look good, you function at your best. Not only does this effect ones mood, but it also effects your outward ‘forward facing’ self in relation to how others perceive you. Looks are not everything(don’t get me wrong) but how you feel about yourself is what matters most.
How dangerous do u really think it is compared to what people do in their regular activities? Danger is the best part. I enjoy rock climbing not for the height’s, risks or dangers involved but because it quiets my mind like meditation. This goes for all the action sports I participate in.
I bet in your experience you have seen some crazy crashes. Describe one. Snowboarding, I have seen several people wreck on features as well as trees. Unfortunately trees do not move. Wear a helmet.
What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport? The first time they successfully take a line down the mountain, or ride a wake, climb a mountain, triumph over what may seem impossible, when in fact everything is possible if you want it to be.
What is your favorite trick? Cest Le Vie, I do not participate in Tricks, I enjoy the sports simply for the ride.
Do you own any other toys? Aside from gear not at the moment.
What gets you pumped up for the day? The possibility of exploration.
What are three things you could not live without? My camera, dog and Subaru. All three have and lead me to amazing experiences in my life.
What are your expectations for this activity/sport? That it continues to grow in a non gender discriminatory way.
Who have been your biggest supporters in getting you to where you are now? My parents. My father used to take me out of school when I was little to go skiing. I started snowboarding when I was 10 years old. My father has always pushed me to work hard and practice. My mother has always supported me with whatever I have wanted to do.
Who’s your favorite rider/shooter (photo/video)? Anything from Teton Gravity Research.
What do you do in your spare time when you’re not riding/shooting/competing? I look for the next big adventure.
How about in the off season to stay in shape? Hiking mostly. But this year…maybe surfing.
What is your biggest goal to accomplish this/next season? Learning how to surf, with relocating out of one my favorite places in the world, Utah to Califronia, I have to stay on a board.
Where would be your biggest dream place to ride and why? Switzerland and Alaska. I want to ride the steep stuff.
What song(s) do you listen to while riding that puts you in the zone? I never listen to music while riding, especially snowboarding. I find that it clouds my mind and I want to hear the turns and the sound of the mountain above all else.
What turned you on to your sport? Because not that many people snowboarded when I was 10. I always wanted to do something other people didn’t, or things I was told I could not do. I’ve always proved people wrong and continue to do so.
What’s your favorite board/bike/sled to ride and why? GNU B-Nice. Im a huge fan of magna traction. Total game changer.
How would you describe your riding style? I ride for me. Whatever feels right is how I ride, I like to take deep turns in the Powder and glide across the snow. Something along the lines of finesse.
What do you want to be when you grow up? I never want to grow up.