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Jesse Parkinson is a 13-year-old grommet from Yaroomba on the Sunshine Coast and is one of the best junior snowboarders in Australia. Not surprisingly for a Sunny Coast grom, Jesse grew up surfing, but after a a family trip to Japan four years ago snowboarding is now his number one passion.
“After that first trip I knew I wanted to be a snowboarder and I’ve been back to Japan every year since.”
Jesse’s dad Dean is a keen snowboarder and Jesse’s brother Jye, also rips, the family make regular trips to Perisher during the Australian winter. Jesse started competing three years ago and now spends much of our season based in Jindabyne, training and riding in Perisher.
Moiwa, Japan is like a second home mountain and the Parkinsons make the trip there every year. However, this past northern hemisphere winter Jesse also trained in Europe in preparation for the World Junior Snowboard Championships which were held in Klappen, Sweden in April. The field of nearly 100 riders are aged 18 and under and Jesse was one of the youngest competitors in the field and finished with a solid top 30 placing.
After watching this edit, you’ll agree that we’ll be seeing a lot more of Jesse in the future.