Kevin Jones

Name: Kevin Jones
Sponsors:  Billabong, Bern, Bluebird, Union, DVS
Years riding: 22 years and no plans on stopping any time soon
Hometown: El Dorado Hills, CA
When Not Riding: Skateboarding, flyfishing
Local Mountain: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Music: Willie nelson to slayer, Been into mastodon, of montreal, and wilco lately
Favorite Snowboard: KJ 149, KJ 159
Why Kevin is a Compatriot: “When Jussi Oksanen said of Kevin Jones, ‘The bastard can do everything too good!’ he was speaking the truth. Heavy praise considering Jussi’s status among our sport’s elite. Yet this view of Jones is nothing new. Since the inception of the SNOWBOARDER Magazine Rider of the Year Issue we have conceptualized and evaluated our sport’s top athletes in every conceivable way. Yet no matter the criteria,jury or circumstance one rider has remained atop the heap, and that rider has been Kevin Jones. What has really kept Kevin in the number one position for three years straight is his uncanny ability to balance major film coverage with major contest success. Earning the highly coveted lead in part in a Mack Dawg’s film is no small task and one which many riders drop everything else to attain. Yet on top of his Stand and Deliver opening segment Kevin appears with minor sections in Optigrab and the highly acclaimed True Life. This filming regimen is complimented with stellar wins at the Sims Worlds and X-Games. Of note is the fact that Kevin won the only two major jib contests on the circuit, The Sims Worlds and Nixon Jibfest. What makes these wins considerably more substantial is the fact that both events were peer judged with riders like Jussi Oksanen, Jeremy Jones, and J.P. Walker enjoying the role of the ‘peer.’ Yet for them to truly be Kevin’s peer wouldn’t they have to have spent nearly a third of a decade as the SNOWBOARDER Magazine Rider Of the Year?” — Snowboarder Magazine

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