"What a beast to come back from all those surgeries and go just as big, if not bigger!" - Jake Blauvelt
"His ability to snowboard comes as natural as the rhythm to the beat of the drums." - Gigi Rüf
"Dynamic shredding. His part in Origins is a good mix of everything in the backcountry. Such a pleasure to watch. I’m loving the Saas-Fee shots in there. John can shred the Swiss Alps." - Fredi Kalbermatten
When you grow up riding Mammoth Lakes, California with a younger brother who is just as fanatic and able as you are, you’ve certainly got an edge on this whole snowboard thing. That’s exactly what John Jackson’s childhood was like. Under the umbrella of Jeff and Billy Anderson’s influence, John J quickly became one of the most talked-about young talents to come out of Mammoth and that quickly catapulted him into the spotlight as he began to put out parts with Standard Films that were as incredible as they were memorable. Fast-forward a few years and John became SNOWBOARDER Magazine’s Rider of the year twice and solidified himself as one of the greatest snowboarders alive. This year, he finds himself in the number 10 spot, but this isn’t a drastic drop in rankings for John who is coming off a few years of nagging injuries. However, with a new sponsor list and a revamped outlook on snowboarding, John jumped into winter head first last year and came out with an insane video part in TransWorld Snowboarding’s Origins as well as a gold medal in X Games Real Snow Backcountry. Not bad for his first year fully healthy, huh? Grenade frontman, halfpipe legend and former Mammoth local Danny Kass states, “When he straps in, powder doesn't seem to know what's coming” while mutual praise comes from Danny Davis, who is currently the most influential rider in the halfpipe, as Danny D says, “Epic TransWorld part and Real Snow. Pow, lines, and some huge cliffs. He has a few crazy airs in some lines that were massive. I really liked seeing John back ripping and sending it as always with good style.” Plainly put, snowboarding is glad to have John J back in the mix and healthy and so long as those two things go together, we expect to see him climb these ranks for many winters to come.