Jordan Brandingen - Wakesurf/Snowboarder - Gibbons, AB

 

 

 Your Age: 19

Your Location (where do you ride mostly): Marmot Basin

Weapon(s) of choice: Burton Talent scout, phase five wake surf board, Honda CRF 100 and my GoPro.

What’s an average day for you like? An average day for me starts with me waking up, getting ready, packing a lunch and driving to work, after the work day is done I either head home for yoga, or horse lessons, or I head over to my buddies house and we bring out the boards and the side by side and head out to the back field where we have built our own mini terrain park to rip up! 

What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? The easiest? The most difficult part would be trying to gain confidence and testing your limits to see what you can really do. Sometimes it can be scary trying new things. The easiest would be making new friends that are associated in the same sport, everyone is really cool and they help you learn and teach you new things! 

What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport? The best would be being able to keep up with the boys, or even outdo them in the park! The worst is being underestimated; most guys don't expect to see women out there in the park, pulling out front side board slides or 180 on and 180 off rails and boxes.

Besides your ability and style factor as an athlete, how would you describe your personal style? Comfy, but cool. I love the long plaid shirts, hoodies, and toques. Every now and then I like to dress up nice and go out! 

What are your favorite brands/designers for your sports apparel and for stepping out? Burton, Vans, Sheshreds.co, Rip Curl, and Moana Bikini.

Let’s hear your thoughts on how important looking good is to feeling good. “Being” your personal best? I always feel more confident and happier when I like the clothing im wearing! Look good, feel good! 

How dangerous do you really think it is compared to what people do in their regular activities? I think its pretty dangerous compared to some sports, such as dance, or badminton. When your snowboarding you are always pushing your limits to become better, so hitting bigger jumps, learning rails, 360's, ect.. is a lot more dangerous then running after a birdie! 

I bet in your experience you have seen some crazy crashes. Describe one. My brother was in the trees going decently fast and caught an edge and went head first into a tree, and had to be rushed to the hospital in an ambulance... This was the first run of the day.....

What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport? I think it’s the thrill of the sport, and how much fun it is! Snowboarding and surfing (in my opinion) are some of the most fun sports out there! 

What is your favorite trick? Back side board slide, 180 offs, indy grabs and tail grabs.

Do you own any other toys? Sea-do, dirt bike and quad.

What gets you pumped up for the day? Pumping sub in the ol' pontiac g5 on the way up to the slopes

What are three things you could not live without?  Family, friends and my boards! (surf, and snowboard)

What are your expectations for this activity/sport? To always enjoy it, always work hard to get better, and meet new friends to ride with.

Who have been your biggest supporters in getting you to where you are now? My brother, John, he was the one who always made me hit jumps ever since I was little! My really good friends and neighbors, Parker & Connor, cause I always followed and did exactly what they did, and my mom, Lisa, for always taking me to the mountains and paying for all my stuff and trips when I was little!!

Who’s your favorite rider/shooter (photo/video)? Mark Mcmorris (snowboarder) Silje Norendal (snowboarder) and Coco Ho (surfer)

What do you do in your spare time when you’re not riding/shooting/competing? I am an equestrian horse back rider (show jumper) and I dirt bike!

How about in the off season to stay in shape? I try to go to the gym at least 5 days a week all throughout the year, not just during off season. There's not much of an off season between snowboarding and surfing!

What is your biggest goal to accomplish this/next season? Master my 360, and get better on rails.

What competitions and other awards have you won? Include your non sports accomplishments also. Multiple first and second ribbons in horse shows, and long distant running events.   

What’s your favorite “way” to ride? Behind a boat for surfing, and park and back country for snowboarding.

Favorite conditions? Loads of powder, and either really sunny, or snowing!

Where would be your biggest dream place to ride and why? Any mountain in New Zealand would be unreal! New Zealand is so nice, it has my 2 absolute favorite things: Mountains and the ocean! 

What song(s) do you listen to while riding that puts you in the zone?

Behind a boat for surfing, and park and back country for snowboarding songs I listen to to put me in the zone: Anything g-eazy sings, anything the Chainsmokers sing, and basically all Eminem as well.

What turned you on to your sport? I've always liked it ever since I was little! I think it is so cool to see girls shredding, especially when they show up the guys! 

Any new tricks you’re working on? 360, and front side board slide.

What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done in your sport? Probably when I was in the mini terrain park at Marmot Basin and all the guys were just simply riding over the box, nothing special, and I went and just did a tail press and they were all pretty impressed, made me pretty happy!!

What other extreme/action sports are you into? I used to play hockey, but am too old for Minor hockey now and wanted to put more of my time into snowboarding! 

If extreme/action sports didn’t exist, what would you be doing with all the free time you’d have? Probably inventing action sports! 

What’s your favorite board/bike/sled to ride and why? I love love love my burton talent scout, it's great for park riding! However, my old ride rapture was a great all mountain board, and a great board for those just starting to progress in snowboarding!

Riding style: Fast but steady in the park

What’s the trick to riding features and not killing yourself? Start small, don’t try anything crazy on the first try, have confidence in yourself and think positive! Practice lots!!

How would you describe your riding style? I like to really rip! Love going super fast, but also loves weaving in and out of trees, as well as hitting up the terrain park! 

What would you say is your signature trick? Probably a method grab... its what I always do! 

Favorite drink of choice to refresh yourself after a long day of riding/shooting? Water or powerade.

What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to own the daycare my mom currently owns.

Any of your own web pages or social media buttons you want links to? Instagram: jbrandingen99 - FB: Jordan Brandingen - Twitter: jbrandingen99