- A Mellow Hump Day with Jake Blauvelt
- Jake Blauvelt interview
- Snowboarders and skateboarders have never traditionally thought of themselves as athletes. How do you perceive yourself?
- How does that manifest itself in your day-to-day life?
- In your movie Naturally, there’s a clip of you doing stair runs. Is that normal for you?
- What’s the most gruelling hike you’ve done?
- What’s your snowboarding weakness?
- Which trick that you filmed for Naturally took the most work?
- What’s the next big project you’re working on?
- This Is What Being
- JAKE BLAUVELT: AS NATURE INTENDED
A Mellow Hump Day with Jake Blauvelt
photo Zimmerman/ That's It That's All
Some pro snowboarders are dicks. Whether they are undeserving, cocky, or just unappreciative, this industry has more than a few people who need to go away. But Jake Blauvelt isn’t one of them. In fact, Jake is one of the people on the other end of the spectrum.
He knows exactly how lucky he is to snowboard for a living, and has the talent and drive to make snowboarding even better. Jake has won contests, broken records, and put out insane video parts. But he is getting a YoBeat interview mainly because he is a cool dude, and we need more people him in snowboarding.
YoBeat: So you really seem to golf, what’s that all about?
Jake Blauvelt: Never golfed a full 18 holes in my life. Not even 9 for that matter. Hah.
Y: Weird. Well, how was it growing up in Utah, are you moron?
JB: I hope I’m not a moron, but if by moron you meant Mormon, no I am not Mormon.
Y: Wait, which Jake is this? Not Welch? Oh shit, sorry.
JB: Oooooo you got me! Good one.
Jake is better than you. photo Zimmerman/That's It That's All
Y: Does that happen a lot, what with you two riding on the same team with the same first name and all?
JB: It used to, but I think we’ve both developed our own riding styles over the last few years, so it’s a little easier for people to differentiate. And he goes by The Tugga Kid anyway. Yeah tugga! He’s the man. I was just shredding with him today out here in Montana. So fun.
Y: Hope you are not too offended to continue. I just thought that would be hilarious. So let’s get serious.
What parts of snowboard history do you think are important for “this kids” to remember?
JB: Just for kids to respect snowboarding for what it is. It doesn’t always have to be some stunt man shit.
Watch Craig Kelly’s Let It Ride and you see what I mean. That video got me pumped last year. I dunno that’s hard to put a finger on though as a whole.
Y: Why does it matter to know your history?
JB: So you can remember what style was and still can be.
Danger is Jake's middle name. photo Zimmerman/That's It That's All
Y: Do you ever get any flack for being a mountain academy kid?
JB: Not really. I went to the ghetto one up in Northern Vermont. My mom worked as the secretary so I could go to school there in exchange. I guess they’ve gotten a lot better in the past couple years though.
Y: Why is Northern Vt better than Southern VT (and remember I am from Killington)?
JB: Because we’ve got bigger, steeper hills for sure. Can’t argue with that fact.
Jakes on steroids. photo Zimmerman/That's It That's All
Y: Did growing up in VT prepare you for riding at Mt. Baker?
JB: Yeah, learning how to turn on ice back east helped a lot with board control and all. But Baker pow is a whole lot different then VT pow as I know you know.
Y: Why don’t you think Mt. Baker will blow up—beyond of course, what it has?
JB: Because people don’t really dare. The locals are awesome people up there, and they LOVE snowboarding, and if you get line they will be sure to put you in check. It’s rad. And the mountain is majority owned by a family, I think, so they won’t let it.
Y: So you hurt your shoulder and that’s why you’ve been laying low so far this season. What happened?
JB: Yeah I was out here in Montana for the first time this year about a month ago.
I dropped a cliff to flat and put my back arm out and dislocated my shoulder. It’s the second time it’s happened. It happened one other time last year in December. I just have to keep the muscles around it super tight so they hold it in socket.
I really don’t want to get surgery, but if it pops out one more time I think I gotta go under the knife.
Do you see a landing? Me neither. photo Zimmerman/That's It That's All
Y: Was your bitter defeat in the Banked Slalom really a good choice for your first deal back?
JB: Haha, do you think I was defeated? I thought I did all right. Haha.
That’s the beauty of that race. It doesn’t matter, it’s just a bunch of homies. And the people that win are the guys that can really turn their boards Temple and Terje.
That contest would be sick to win some day.
Y: Does having freckles make it harder to snowboard?
JB: Ummmm… yyyeeeaaaahhhhhh rrriiiigggghhhhhttt…
Y: How did you get hooked up with forum? What do you think the future holds for the brand?
JB: I got hooked up by Dan MacNamara on the east coast. He got promoted to the big leagues at Forum and passed the good word along.
As for the future of the brand, everyone is working very hard to keep producing top of the line equipment. I have been much more in the mix with product development, so it’s cool to have an idea and then be able to ride it.
And with Burton backing everything, but keeping it totally separate, it’s nice.
Hey ladies. photo Zimmerman/That's It That's All
Y: Are you bummed you didn’t win whatever TWS award it was you were up for?
JB: No not at all. No one could really contend with Rice after his movie came out. He deserves all the credit. Rice is tight.
If somehow I won VP of the year it would have been on a technicality, cause Rice filmed a whole video and not just a video part everyone else.
And for Rider of the Year, even to be nominated was crazy, and everyone knew who was gonna take that.
Y: What do you think of the amount of videos that come out a year these days?
JB: It’s cool to see different videos coming out. Gives the game variety for sure and puts kids out there. It’s definitely switching up the whole way snowboard videos are sold, but we just gotta change with the times I guess.
Y: What would make snowboarding better? (and don’t say nothing because you know there is something)
JB: Egos and shit that. It’s snowboarding man.
This is Jake doing a trick. Sequence: Zimmerman/That's It That's All
Y: What is the dumbest thing you have ever seen someone do on a snowboard?
JB: I don’t know…. I don’t wanna call anyone out. umm… no comment
Y: Boo. Well, if you could ride with one person, who would it be any why?
JB: I would really to ride with Nicholas (Mueller) in the future. His riding is my favorite as of lately. Gigi too. I can’t put my finger on it, but they look they’re having so much fun when they’re shredding, ya know?
Y: Can you believe you get paid to snowboard?
JB: I know it’s a trip right? Especially with the economy and all, I feel I’ve got it really well compared to a lot of the nation, and I just gotta remind myself to not take it for granted and appreciate every bit.
Y: What is the one story (so far) you will insist on telling your grand kids?
JB: The story of my drive with Danger Dave straight from Vermont to Copper, Colorado nonstop to go shredding for opening day. One hell of a drive I’ll tell you what.
Y: When this snowboard business is over, what are you going to do?
JB: Damn good question. I’d to start a business but not until I’m really passionate about something. But right now I just want to focus on shredding and getting better and riding better terrain.
Soul shred. photo Zimmerman/That's It That's All
Jake Blauvelt interview
Snowboarder Jake Blauvelt is one of the world’s most innovative backcountry snowboarders, equally at home whether he’s using off-piste kickers to throw down death-defying double flips or spraying powder on steep pitches. The 27-year-old American spoke to MF about his training, his injuries and his riding philosophy
Snowboarders and skateboarders have never traditionally thought of themselves as athletes. How do you perceive yourself?
I’m an athlete. Snowboarding is coming to a point where you can’t just roll bed after partying all night and perform well on the mountain. Riders are starting to train more and take things a little more seriously.
How does that manifest itself in your day-to-day life?
I try to get a good amount of sleep and do yoga in the morning before riding. I also hike a lot. Physical training is the only thing about being a pro snowboarder that feels a job, but it can still be fun – and hey, I get to snowboard as a result of it.
In your movie Naturally, there’s a clip of you doing stair runs. Is that normal for you?
We were documenting my recovery process after I dislocated my shoulder. I had to go in for surgery and it was a nine-month recovery so there was a lot of rehab, including general conditioning work. I felt a lot stronger at the end of it.
What’s the most gruelling hike you’ve done?
I’ve never really done multi-day hikes because we mainly use helicopters and snowmobiles to get to far-flung places. Where my fitness really helps is when we’re shooting a trick off a jump and we don’t have a snowmobile so I have to keep hiking back up to have another attempt.
What’s your snowboarding weakness?
Rails. A lot of the time my edges are sharp to help me turn on ice and harder surfaces so I catch them on rails. That’s an aspect of snowboarding that’s totally foreign to me, but I still have a massive amount of respect for what the top guys can do on them.
Which trick that you filmed for Naturally took the most work?
A double cork [off-axis spin] I dislocated my shoulder doing in British Columbia, Canada. We were jumping into firm snow so there wasn’t much of a cushion. During one botched attempt I put my back arm down and my shoulder popped out.
I had to go into surgery, it took nine months to fix and I was thinking about that one double cork the whole time.
We managed to get back up to BC a year later and I stomped it first try! I think all the visualisation I did while recovering helped.
What’s the next big project you’re working on?
The Mountain Light Project (themountainlightproject.org), which I’m doing with my fiancée. It basically provides funding for kids and young adults to participate in mountain-based sports and education programmes. A lot of kids love snowboarding but they don’t have the opportunity to pursue it, so we’re trying to help them.
Jake Blauvelt is sponsored by Oakley, visit uk.oakley.com for more information
This Is What Being
Jake Blauvelt embodies the concept of being Off Course. Not in the sense of delinquency, but within the idea of straying from the herd in search of greener pastures. What separates Jake from others that have tried to do the same is how he actually found them.
When he made the decision to focus his riding to not just backcountry terrain, but natural features, he took considerable risk to manifest his vision of snowboarding. By no means was it easy. Where he stands today is a testament to his tenacity and commitment to make snowboarding look incredible, natural.
This brings us to motivation behind Off Course, an expedition to the heart of Interior British Columbia. For three weeks in January, Jake and RIDE Snowboards brought together an eclectic group of individuals to represent snowboarding in a way that invites people into our culture through fun and friendship.
Join him in conversation, and you will see why Jake’s thoughtful, genuine nature has helped him become one of the most respected riders in professional snowboarding.
And yet, it’s hard to imagine him ride down a mountain with explosive power in the way he does.
Just remember where he came from, and you’ll realize that while his body may be sending a method into the abyss, he is content within the green pastures of his mind.
All photography courtesy of RIDE Snowboards and Cole Barash
You had a more trip-based winter this year? It doesn’t seem necessarily low key, but in comparison to some of your other seasons you had a different focus.
We started off doing Off Course. Otherwise, it was Japan with adidas, then two different B.C. trips with The North Face and Smith. At the end of the Smith trip, I realized that my knee wasn’t healthy, so I went for a quick meniscus scope, and it feels much, much better.
How did that happen?
I pretty much dragged Kazu [Kokubu], Forest [Bailey] and the rest of the crew up this one mountain in Japan. I was thinking that there was going to be something to film or some feature to hit. There wasn’t shit to film.
So I offered to take the camera so the cameraman could get a free ride down. He didn’t want me take his RED [camera] pack because he knew how heavy it was, but I insisted. I didn’t feel a tweak or anything, but that night it just swelled up it never had before. It’s so funny.
Take the gnarliest bail and no problem, but put a heavy backpack on…
So your knee is taken care of?
Yeah. Every time I went out to ride it would swell up on me. Physically I could feel it, but I noticed it a lot mentally. I wasn’t confident dropping into lines and whatnot, knowing that my body wasn’t 100%. That’s what almost scared me the most. It’s crazy how poppy and crackly it was. Now it’s just all smooth and glides really well. It feels strong. Good to have it back.
Your board, the RIDE Berzerker, you helped design it for six years now. What was on your mind as you have been evolving it?
It’s the all-mountain board. We designed it with that in mind. It can float in pow, but it can rail an edge on hardpack as well. My home mountain is Mt. Baker, so you can get all ranges of conditions there, from neck-deep powder to super hardpack, icy moguls, and everything in-between.
We did a lot of the testing for it to ride any piece of terrain. It’s hybrid camber, with a lifted nose and camber underfoot. Over the last two years, we have really dialed in the camber profile and matched it up with the shape. I was riding it at Mt.
Hood in the pipe, and it rides well there, too.
Through the trees, through the alpine, what’s your favorite place to ride it?
Alpine terrain. Not even too deep, maybe just a foot of good powder that progressively gets more dense. We call it sporty snow. You can dart in and turns. You don’t just have to be going straight down in deep snow. You can traverse over to one side hit, then get back to the other one.
That’s where the board really shines because it’s that blend of being able to make your camber work, snap in and turns, and hold edges. That’s the terrain we ended up getting in Interior B.C. during those twenty days. We didn’t really have to worry about the snow being cooked, even on south aspects where it’s getting sun the whole day.
But it was seriously -20 degrees for two days.
You had a couple different people cycle through right?
Yeah, the first half of the trip was Gabe [Langlois, Off Course Cinematographer] and I, then Shayne Pospisil, Cole Barash, then Jake Welch.
You and Cole grew up together, right?
Yeah, Cole and I grew up together. We grew up ten minutes from each other in Waterbury, Vermont. He actually learned to snowboard before me, but I started riding with him, so I learned to snowboard with him. Then he started shooting photos, and we both got on Forum. I was riding and he was staff photographer.
With Shayne, he is originally from New Jersey, but he was always doing the Vermont USASA contest series. We ended up living together when we were both 18, out in Mammoth. My wife’s sister is dating Shayne. And they’re really serious, so there’s a good chance that Shayne is going to be joining the family.
It’s pretty funny how Shayne might be my brother-in-law pretty soon.
Do those guys push you in your riding?
Definitely, because I trust them in the backcountry. I trust their skills and their knowledge, so it makes you feel more confident when you’re out there.
How does it feel to still have these connections that shaped you as a person and still be able to do these kinds of things with them?
I think that’s what it’s all about for me, to go on these trips with people you hanging out with, that you being around. That’s why when those guys had to leave, Jake Welch came back in.
I love riding with Jake, how could you not? I’ve been riding professionally for 14 years now, and there have been a lot of times when it’s a job, and you have to go to a place you don’t really want to go to with people you don’t really want to go with.
So when you can dictate your own trip and set it up, you’re going to go and ride with people you enjoy being with and inevitably collect awesome footage. That’s when the magic happens.
I want to talk about balance. You have a farm. You moved back to Vermont from Washington. Was there a line that you crossed where you needed something else?
I was too one-dimensional. Just a snowboarder. I wasn’t seeing my family. My wife and I’s families are from here, and we were only seeing them occasionally. It felt something was missing, and I think it was just that; the balance.
So when we did move back here, we started getting into very low scale farming. We have big gardens but I hesitate to call it a farm, because we don’t have any animals or anything. When I did get back on my board, I was so stoked and I had this new energy.
That was a big lesson for me. You don’t have to try so hard to be good at something and dedicate everything to it. If you pull back a little bit and give yourself time to grow in other areas, you end up helping yourself in snowboarding in the long run.
I found my stoke, fire and the passion that was missing.
Are there other things that you really want to learn more about?
I want to learn how to produce good food. Whether it’s just for us and our family and learning how to tide it over with root cellars and whatnot, or selling some of it. It’s not a plan to get rich, but to enrich the community. I would to learn how to build.
My dad is a carpenter, and I’ve been slowly learning skills over the last couple of years. We’re building a mini ramp in my backyard right now, my dad is really showing me how to do it proper.
Knowing how to build something, knowing how to grow the food that you’re going to feed your family. That stuff inspires me.
With that in mind, has your approach to snowboarding changed with this shift in lifestyle or shift in mentality?
I just have more confidence. I have a good relationship with all my sponsors, and I know they back me. It only took fourteen years, but I’m going to do whatever feels good on my board when I’m out there. I do that 90 percent of the time, and ten percent I’m doing for the wrong reasons. I’m still learning to do it all for the right reasons.
I won’t really build many jumps these days, and I just want to ride my board as much as possible. Years ago, we would ride our snowmobiles around all day and maybe find one feature to hit. You build it then you go huck; it didn’t even feel snowboarding. Now we just go out, take a party lap to begin the day, or two or three, and get the stoke level high.
It’s a low-stress attitude, a don’t-give-a-shit attitude.
What are your priorities? Whether it’s in snowboarding, or life. What makes you wake up in the morning and say, “This is important to me?”
I would say my wife, my family, and my health. Just trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Health is first and foremost, because without that, what do you have? You don’t even have your family, you don’t have anything without it. Making sure you have good relationships with the people you love. Those are my two main priorities.
From that, in the wintertime it’s finding good snow, having a lot of fun and producing. My wife struggled with lyme disease for two years. It’s crazy how much it consumed her. Now she’s back to a regular life, which I’m so grateful for. Lyme disease is only getting worse with warming and whatnot. Tick populations are getting crazier every year.
It’s not good.
Speaking of warming, I did the story a while back about the Paris Climate Agreement and gathered statements from some influential people and featured your opinion. You were pretty vocal about it on social media. What was some of the feedback you got from your viewpoints?
Mostly positive. I try not to be too opinionated unless I feel really strongly about something. I felt strongly enough about that to put it on my social media. You always get some people that say something that doesn’t make any sense.
But there is no convincing, no reasoning with someone that. They’ve got their mind set and that’s how it’s going to be. So I try not to spend too much energy on that. But for the most part it was positive.
I don’t understand how there can be any negative feedback when it comes to protecting the Earth. That’s the health of everyone.
When Marie-France Roy did “The Little Things” a few years ago, she really did a good job of identifying the hypocrisy in all us. Snowboarding is not exactly eco-friendly.
That’s so true. That’s probably the most negative feedback I get. , how am I going to offset all my helicopter, sled, and plane-use?
How do you reconcile that in your own way?
I try to support organizations. We’re putting 24 solar panels down in our field. It’s just trying to make more moves that and voting with your money to companies that you believe are doing the right thing. I think we should be so much further as an advanced civilization than we really are.
Everyone should be driving around in easily affordable, accessible electric cars by now. Fuck, I would think that helicopters and planes would be too.
Whether it’s being a little more politically active, making sure we’ve got the right people making the right moves for society and the environment, or voting with your money and donating to organizations that you think are doing the right thing.
You’ve been on RIDE for quite some time, and they have trusted you to do what is best for not only you, but them and their image. How does that make you feel to have that support?
That was always my goal from the very beginning: to gain the trust of the brand, do what I want to do and see a vision come to fruition. It makes me really happy to be with a brand RIDE that will sign on to a project Off Course because they have the confidence in Gabe and I to pull it off. RIDE is very core, and I’m very grateful to be with them.
It wasn’t always that with Forum right?
With Forum, I loved it. I was filming with my heroes. But it got to a point where fall would roll around and they were pitching ideas at us. It was never where they wanted to hear my ideas and what I could bring to the table. I worked for them, I did what they told me to do, I got paid and it all happened again the next year.
I realized there wasn’t going to be much longevity with a snowboard career if I’m always doing what the brand thinks is best for me. You have to find that balance. With RIDE, we get together, bounce around ideas, and make sure to align so we’re both stoked. I just feel very thankful to be with brands who hear me out, hear my ideas.
Is there anything else you want to say about the idea of “Off Course”?
I’m really excited to see what Gabe has to come up because he hasn’t produced too many of his own projects. He’s such an awesome dude. Great in the backcountry, all around one of my best friends. He’s going to have a very new take on snowboarding, and he’s an amazing rider. Just to see his vision come to life is really exciting.
JAKE BLAUVELT: AS NATURE INTENDED
Jake has spent the last two years filming Naturally, a movie that focuses on the back to basics essentials of snowboarding, fun, fresh powder and shredding with your best mates, instead of the big air and aerial tricks of contemporary snowboard videos This 27 year old freerider ditched the rails and kickers for the mountains' natural architecture. 'We wanted to shoot mainly off piste powder on natural terrain. I think that a lot of snowboard movies, these days, are where you build a jump for two hours and then you just hit the jump doing a bunch of tricks. Our goal for the film was to ride natural terrain, as the mountains give it to us. We just work with the mountains.'
Eric Jackson, Shayne Pospisil, Kazu Kokubo, and Freddi Kalbermatten all feature in the film and there's a creative and free attitude. It's a pure joy of riding natural features with your best mates that helped to make one of Jake’s favourite scenes in the film:
‘We were in interior British Columbia, a super deep powder day and I was riding with one of my best childhood friends. We got this one double line where it was almost a natural halfpipe.
He’s up on top and he sprays a bunch of snow into the bottom of the halfpipe. And I go through the spray, kinda a wave. It’s a really cool and unique shot.
It’s so awesome that it’s with one of my best friends from my childhood’.
Most of Naturally is filmed in the backcountry of British Columbia, but the crew also went to Japan, France and Riksgransen in Sweden. ‘Whenever we were healthy and there was good snow in the world then we’d go. We’d try to keep an open schedule’.
'If you’re not falling, you’re not doing it right'.
However, it wasn’t all good health and plain riding with Jake injuring himself pretty badly in the first year of filming: ‘The first year was a little tough. We started filming in December and I dislocated my shoulder in February.
I tore the labrum, the innermost seal, and the seal is kind of an ACL that just doesn’t heal on its own. I had to go straight in for surgery and so it was only three months [of filming] and then I had nine months of rest after that. It’s a really long recovery.
For six months I couldn’t lift anything heavy. It was tragic, I just had to keep sane’.
Yet, Jake believes that it’s part of the process to fall and get hurt. Naturally is full of insane stacks and bails: ‘I think it’s good to show wipeouts. That’s all part of it. And if you’re not taking those falls, not getting hurt every once in a while then it’s you’re not pushing it hard enough’.
For Jake, falling is part of the style of progression: ‘If you really want to go to that next level then you need to take those falls. You don’t have to take those falls if you don’t want to progress, you know, but in order to progress, you have to fall. You have to get hurt once in a while.
If you’re not falling, you’re not doing it right’.
Recklessness though is not Jake’s style, particularly when he has to be so calculated in choosing his best line: ‘I don’t to think of myself as a stunt man or a daredevil. It’s more artistic. I to be creative with the mountains and snowboarding. Not risking it’.
'Snowboarding to me is more about creativity, adventure and exploration'.
It’s this desire to be creative with what the mountains provide that is behind Naturally, and what pushes Jake as an athlete. In 2004, when Jake was 17, he won the US Open and consequently the road of competitions, slopestyle and halfpipes beckoned.
Yet, why choose a man-made halfpipe when you can ride a natural one with your best friend? Jake chose the natural path rather than the constructed road: ‘Competitions are not my style really. It’s not that I’m not a competitive person, because I am. I am very competitive. But, snowboarding to me is more about creativity, adventure and exploration. For me, it’s not about going off a jump.
It’s not about seeing how big or high you can go and how many times you can spin to impress judges. I try and do it for myself. And be creative’.
Creativity endlessly flows from Jake and the crew throughout Naturally. There's no farce, just naturalness. Yet, 10 years on from when Jake won the US Open, all eyes are on the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and particularly the introduction of slopestyle as an event.
Does Jake have any desire to be a part of it? ‘Maybe, if I really wanted to focus on it. But, I don’t think that judges reward creativity. It’s too hard to judge creativity.
It’s easier to judge when someone has done a 1080 or 1260, you know? So that’s kinda why I don’t doing contests so much’.
The competitions began calling, but it was the recognition from winning the US Open that allowed Jake to choose a different path.‘I wasn’t having so much fun with contests. I was starting to enjoy powder more. Being in the backcountry and being more creative.
It was the US Open that kind of allowed me to get with a film crew, allowed my sponsors to believe in me and let me go on my own path. That was the tipping point, after the US Open.
I made my name for myself through contests, and then I was allowed to do what I really wanted to do’.
'[Professional snowboarders] can do amazing tricks, but they can’t turn for shit’.
Jake hopes that Naturally will make aspiring riders realise that there’s fun to be had in what the mountains present naturally, rather than spending hours constructing massive cheese wedges: 'The main goal of the movie is to show what snowboarding is about: it’s about fun.
It’s not about going huge or risking it all. Kids will hopefully realise that they want to turn their boards more. It’s funny, snowboarding’s oldest trick is the turn, but not many professional snowboarders these days actually turn their board.
They can do amazing tricks, but they can’t turn for shit’.
In fact, maybe Jake can instil the need to turn on the kids themselves as he is setting up a new foundation with his fiancé: The Mountain Light Project. It’s aimed at kids who don’t get to experience the mountain lifestyle and surroundings in their daily lives.
‘We are really excited to try and give back to the industry that’s given me so much. It provides funding for kids and young adults to participate in mountain based education programmes. Whether that means going to a camp or a snowboard club.
It’s providing funding for kids to take it to that next level, who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity’.
The Oakley Pro Rider Series
Jake has also been designing his Pro Rider series for Oakley over the past three years: ‘Every year the product gets better and better’.
This season, they’ve created a new technology called Oakley BioZone, which optimizes three types of anatomical zones according to specific physical needs. As Jake explains,‘It’s basically insulation where you need it.
It’s all Gore-tex on the outside, but from within it’s insulated where you need it, around the kidneys, on your butt, on your knees. That’s what I’m wearing in the film’.
So, from using a bit of technology to keep our natural frames insulated, Jake Blauvelt is showing us how to shred as nature intended, and have a hell of a lot of fun while we do. We can all take a lesson from Jake Blauvelt, who looks he’ll be riding backcountry and having fun until his teeth fall out. Naturally.
View Naturally at www.jakeblauvelt.com