The Duder Abides: Nathan Jacobson

The Duder abides in the Pacific Northwest. Flow Snowboarding had a chance to catch up with Nathan Jacobson to find out a little bit more about his background, to recap his strong showing in his snowboarding competitions last winter, what he has been up to over the summer to his plans for the upcoming winter.

Where are you originally from Nathan?

I was born and raised in Bend Oregon. I love it here. There is no place I would have rather grown up. Everyone here is nice and the community is outdoorsy. The mountain is only 20 minutes from town and we had an indoor skate park that I would spend a lot of hours at.

What do you consider your home mountain to be? 

Mt. Bachelor is my home mountain.

Did you ski before, or have you always been snowboarding?

I started skiing when i was 2 years old. My dad would carry me around the mountain in a backpack going top speed before I could walk.

Where did snowboarding begin for you?

The first time I went snowboarding I was 5 years old at my home mountain, Mt. Bachelor. My family were all skiers so I think they hoped I wouldn’t like it. I fell like 70 times on my first run. My dad asked if I was over it. I replied, “No way! That was awesome!” 

What was it like competing in the Men’s US Open of Snowboarding?

It was by far the most fun I have ever had at a contest. Plus… the half pipe was amazing! I was competing with my childhood heroes. It was cool to be hanging around them, everyone was nice and funny. It also made me realize that I’m at their level now. 

USASA Nationals in CO, you placed 3rd in Men’s open halfpipe and 6th in slopestyle. Congratulations… what was that whole event like? 

Well that was my 8th year competing at nationals so I have experienced it a lot. Nationals has so much going on. It’s crazy fun. It was my second year riding the open class and first time on the podium in that class. My new coach Spencer, from the US Snowboard team, was there watching and I think that really helped me try to impress him and to try to secure my spot on the team. 

What’s it like being on the US Snowboard Team?

Amazing, they help out so much and make sure that we are in top shape for the upcoming winter. They have had team camps through out the summer and fall, so I really have gotten to know my teammates. We are all at a higher level of riding so it is nice to have people pushing me all of the time. 

What are a few of your favorite resorts to travel to?

My favorite place to ride is Mt. Bachelor because of the all natural terrain, everything is like a natural halfpipe, wind lips, tranny finding, and natural quarter pipes.  That’s why we have so many good half pipe riders coming out of Bend. Everywhere in Colorado and Utah… because there is so much snow and so many different resorts to go to. Breckenridge has my favorite terrain park.

You skate and wakeboard too… what are some of your favorite skate spots? Where do you usually wake board?

We have a lot of good skate spots close to Bend. We just got a new outdoor park this summer which has been fun. Sisters, Oregon has fun bowls and a cradle. We wakeboard in the summer at Prineville Reservoir and sometimes Round Butte.

Who were our influences growing up snowboarding?

Ben Watts was a big influence on me when i was starting out snowboarding. He was a great skater and I skated with him all the time at the indoor park in Bend. All of my friends started snowboarding so I wanted to start too. When Ben made the US Snowboard team, I realized that a goal like that was possible.

Who are your main influences now?

My coaches at Mount Bachelor Sports Education Foundation – they are all great riders and are super positive and amazing coaches.

What is your current ride setup? Board, boots, bindings… Does your setup differ from park to powder riding?

This season I plan to ride on the 153 Black Out snowboard, large Fuse Hybrids bindings and the Hylite Focus snowboard boots, size 9′s. I like camber more than rocker because I feel more stable. My setup does not differ from park to powder. I really like my set up so I ride it in everything.

Where is the furthest you have traveled to snowboard?

Seven Springs, PA

Where is one place you love traveling to, not pertaining to snowboarding?

Florida. It’s warm, DisneyWorld is there and they have the Orlando Watersports Complex for wakeboard cable park riding. Also, there is a huge Van’s skate park.

What is the origin of the name “Duder?”

When I was two days old my dad was calling me “Dude.” My mom was getting mad at him saying “Dude” wasn’t a cute enough name. So they switched it to “Duder.”

Where are you looking forward to riding this upcoming season?

Laxx in Switzerland for the European Open.

What are you focusing on, or your goals for this winter season?

To get really good results in all the contests I compete in. I hope to make it to finals in the Grand Prix and European Open.

Are there any other tricks you plan on adding to the trick bag or mastering to continue to take your riding to the next level?

Right now I am just trying to add more style to my riding and will add new tricks as they come along.

Do you ride with music, what are you normally listening to?

Yes, I listen to Biggie Smalls on Pandora Radio

Any advice to pass onto any of the kids looking to progress their riding, and perhaps one day get sponsored?

Keep snowboarding.  You have to have fun with it first before you can be successful.

Are you involved in any projects, events or organizations that you would like to call attention to?

Mount Bachelor Sports Education Foundation, they have been so supportive of me and I want to give a shout out for all of the great things they do for kids in snow sports. I volunteer for their annual fundraisers including the ski swap, Snowball, Pole Peddle Paddle and Cascade Cycling Classic.

Any final words for the Flow customers or followers?

I like the Flow set up because it’s faster strapping in and it makes me feel more connected to my snowboard then other binding brands I’ve tried. Get your gear ordered up… it’s going to be an awesome season!  #FindYourFlow

If you’re up in Oregon riding this year, keep your eye out for Nathan “Duder” Jacobson cruising around Mt. Bachelor. Are any of you headed to ride the Pacific Northwest this winter? Flow Snowboarding wants to know where you’re planning on riding. Chime in and connect with us via Social Media and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

Summer Snowboarding: The Cure For The Summertime Blues (North America)

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You have noticed the next set of storms are coming in but the temperatures are a lot warmer than you would prefer. The chairs have stopped spinning quite a bit ago at your local resort and the corn snow has all but melted away. Before you pack your Flow Snowboarding gear into hibernation for the summer, there are still a few places you can still take a road trip to slide down the snow. Flow takes a look at some of the more popular destinations for us snowboarding refugees, still looking to extend their riding season a little bit longer or even dial in a few more tricks into the bag in the off season. Whistler BlackcombMount Hood, and the Woodward Camps are excellent summer snowboarding camp options if you want to stay in North America to snowboard.

Whistler Blackcomb: North of the Border, Up Canada Way

Whistler Blackcomb will be operating their popular Summer Glacier Camps from June 21- June 27th. Whistler Blackcomb’s Summer Glacier has olympic-sized half-pipes, mogul lanes, terrain park features and multiple camps to choose from. www.whistlerblackcomb.com

  • The Camp of Champions summer snowboard/ski camp is home to the world’s largest private terrain park designed and maintained by Arena Snowparks, the leading terrain park design company with parks featured at world class events, including the Olympics, and ski resorts globally.
    www.campofchampions.com

Mt. Hood: Everybody Gets Better Here Mount Hood, Oregon

If Canada is too far to slide down snow for you, Mount Hood is always a popular destination for snow addicted riders. Flow Snowboarding team riders Tim Humphreys and Nathan Jacobson spend a lot of time at Mount Hood during . The Palmer Glacier has been home to Ski & Snowboard camps for over 35 years. Mount Hood offers on-snow training in snowboard freeride and terrain park and racing. Mount Hood’s motto is: “Everybody gets better here.”
www.mthood.com

The Woodward Way: Woodward Camps

Woodward is designed as an action sports training ground. Woodward camps strive to provide the absolute best facilities in the world, which attract campers and the top pros from around the globe each and every summer and winter. There are three Woodward locations across the US that specialize in off season winter training.

  • At Woodward Copper, you can ride Copper Mountain, CO’s summer version of the Central terrain park in the morning, session the Barn in the afternoon and evening. Those in the know are well aware that Coppper Mountain recieved over 350″ of snow this season. They are breaking out the 13′ pipe cutter to create 13′ quarter pipes and halfpipes this summer.
    www.woodwardatcopper.com
  • Woodward Tahoe located in Truckee, CA is a park riders dream. The terrain park, pipe, full jump-line and multiple jibs lines are all lift accessed. Camps start June 15th and are scheduled through August 9th.
    www.woodwardtahoe.com
  • Camp Woodward in Woodward, PA gives the East Coasters a place for off season winter training. This program uses Woodward’s extensive facilities to improve aerial awareness, balance, flexibility, and strength in a unique dryland environment. Camp Woodward has helped train members of the U.S. National Snowboard team and the USASA.
    www.campwoodward.com

Don’t put your gear in storage, there’s snowboarding to do. What summer snowboarding trips are you now planning for? Feel free to share with us at Flow Snowboarding by connecting with us on Social Media!

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