Originally published in the 30th Anniversary Issue of SNOWBOARDER Magazine, Mountain GOATS celebrates the most influential snowboarders of the last thirty years (1987-2017), otherwise known as the Greatest Of All Time list. With over 70 men and women riding into the ranks of the Mountain GOATS, check back as we release their bios and celebrated accolades over the course of the next few weeks! p: Kealan Shilling
Mountain Goat: Jess Kimura
Since the late 2000s, Jess Kimura has been a moniker synonymous with a pure breed of snowboarding, a rising rider hell bent on metal kinks, cement ledges, and backcountry kickers. She's released a cornucopia of best-in-show video parts, standout segments with Peepshow, Think Thank, SNOWBOARDER, Nike, CAPiTA and more.
In 2010, her opener in Think Thank's Right Brain Left Brain rocketed the British Columbia native straight to the cerebrum of our consciousness as a culture and established Jess as one of the foremost urban assassins stacking clips, male or female. Following that fabled part, Jess made her first appearance in SNOWBOARDER's ROTY, winning Women's Rookie of the Year and making it into the Top Three Women of the Year at the same time, foreshadowing her ascension in the coming seasons. Since then, Jess has earned Women's Video Part of the Year nods for her efforts in both the streets and backcountry and landed in the top three Women's ROTY five out of six years, more than any other female rider to date. These accolades, as well as an X Games silver in the 2013 Real Women video contest, are concrete measures of Kimura's talent on her snowboard, her worthy bag of tricks and her ability to drop into consequential jibs and jumps and emerge victorious.
But what remains unmeasurable is the heart with which she snowboards and how apparent her passion is while riding. There are few snowboarders who leave everything out on the snow each time they strap in, their dedication despite consequence bleeding through in the shots they stack. Jess is the archetype of this classification, transparent through her clips of the battles required to film a video part, a sensibility that showcases her immense grit and dedication to her craft. It is for these reasons that in a herd of Mountain GOATs, there can be only one Danger Pony.