Boarder Patrol: Jess Kimura

The passion player reflects on her role in women's snowboarding

Surf and Sports // Sharon Steel // 12/09/11
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Jess Kimura

Sometimes the best wetsuit in the world can't help you deny the fact that it's cold out there. This time of year, we like to look to the mountains for a different kind of boarder– and the ladies who make it look so good.

Boarding since: Age 14.

How long have you been boarding professionally?
I went pro last year. It was a long and hard road for me, so once I got there, I [appreciated] being able to turn my passion into a career.

What keeps you going?
The thing I love most is snowboarding itself is being outside in the mountains and working hard for the goals I’ve set.

What’s your top gear right now and why?
Volcom’s outerwear and streetwear—the shape, style, and cuts are great on and off of snow.

Anything you want to get off your chest about women's snowboarding?
I want people to take women’s snowboarding seriously and the only way I can have an impact on that is if I go out and do it myself. What I do isn’t just a sport with one goal in mind; its a combination of style, passion, creativity, art, and athleticism.

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