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!
Mountain Goat: JP Walker
To list off JP Walker’s accolades in totality we’d need lots more space and plenty more words, but even the abridged version reads as one of the most impressive strings of accomplishments in snowboarding. For more than two decades, JP has been a staple in the streets, continuously raising the bar, no matter how many kinks or closeouts.
In the late nineties, The Don was a major player in the jibbing movement that altered snowboarding forever, lionizing Salt Lake City as a mecca of metal, and JP as one of the foremost forces in the urban environment. Handpicked by Peter Line, JP joined the Forum 8 and stacked seminal video parts in Mack Dawg films like Simple Pleasures, Technical Difficulties, The Resistance and True Life, among many others. Like his film canon, the list of NBDs this SLC icon lays claim to is too long to list—a combination of raw talent and ingenuity that embodies his riding. In addition to being the premier pioneer in the streets, while filming for Shakedown in 2003, JP stomped the first-ever double cork, a frontside double 900 in the backcountry, no less. The trick inspired fellow GOATs Travis Rice and David Benedek to put their own spin on double dipping long before the trick became standard practice in slopestyle events. The bottom line: JP’s always on the grind and so has remained not only relevant but influential for over two decades, with no sign of slipping.
He has been counted in the top ten Riders of the Year an unprecedented six times and three-peated as Jibber of the Year from 2002-04. Five years later, the street savant went backwards in order to move forward, filming an entirely switch video part for This Video Sucks. Most recently—following filming with the People crew and his own series, Jibberish, JP linked up with Videograss, yet again playing an integral part in one of the most forward-thinking crews on offer. What will the next decade hold for one of snowboarding’s longtime elite? Only time will tell, but one thing is for sure, trends may come and go, but icons remain.