For the past few years, Jason Robinson was the epitome of a kid on the come up. He was young, hungry, and incredibly talented. But all that has changed after a few seasons in front of the lenses of Think Thank and People, as Jason’s efforts have awarded the acclaim that he truly deserves. This interview marks J-Rob’s official introduction to the Anon. global pro team, alongside the likes of Jeremy Jones, Bode Merrill, Mark Landvik, and other members of the established elite. Have a read and get to know a little more about Jason, because we feel little need to inform you that you’ll be familiar enough with him in due time if you aren’t so already.
Tell us what it was like working with the People crew last winter. Your shots were incredible.
Wow, thank you so much. I had a lot of fun and I got to ride and film with some really great people. A couple of the highlights were getting to spend a month up in Pemberton, BC. We rented a U-Haul trailer, loaded it up with four sleds and drove a thousand miles to Cooke City, Montana with Elias [Elhardt], Marco [Smolla], and Leland [McNamara].
Do you feel like you’ve finally made it with your addition to the Anon. pro team?
I’m definitely honored to be associated with such a sick group of riders. I have a long way to go with my riding before I am truly satisfied though.
Who on the Anon. squad are you most looking forward to meeting or riding with?
It would be awesome to get the opportunity to ride with Ryland; he’s insane.
What do you look for in a goggle (pun intended)?
“Fucking magnets…how do they work?”
You’re pretty much one of the best goggle testers in the world seeing as you ride in the Pacific Northwest so much and it gets pretty crazy weather patterns up there.
Good point. Up here in Montana and Washington the weather changes insanely fast, but now I can change my goggle lenses even faster.
How was your trip to Anchorage, Alaska?
It was really tough for me to go to AK for my first time just to ride in the streets. It was still a lot of fun though. I brought all my backcountry gear and a splitboard with the intention of getting ten shots and then heading for the mountains but then I bruised my heel.
What’s your approach to snowboarding in five words?
Go fast and have fun.
You went to China this winter as well. What was that like?
Unreal for sure. It was such a fun trip. The riding conditions weren’t too good but getting to travel to China to snowboard with some good friends was insane.
Does Chinese food in the States taste different now?
After eating the food there you can hardly consider what most of us think of “Chinese food” as Chinese food.
Describe your dream session. The riders, the terrain, the weather, etc.
Heli riding on big mountains and spines in Alaska with A-Rob would be a dream session.
What’s next for you?
This will be my tenth year filming and I plan on driving up to Alaska in March, posting up for a month or two, and riding the biggest mountains I have ever ridden.
It’s so awesome to be part of this great community that we have in snowboarding and I am so thankful for everyone that has had my back along the way. A big thank you goes out to A-Rob, Mo, my Mom and Dad, my brother Sean, Leland McNamara, Sam Tuor and the Manifest crew, Jesse Burtner, Pete Saari and everyone at Mervin, Pierre Minhondo, Dave Orebaugh, Randy Torcom, everyone that loves to snowboard, and you guys at Snowboarder Mag.