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The Duder abides in the Pacific Northwest. Flow Snowboarding had a chance to catch up with Nathan Jacobson to find out a little bit more about his background, to recap his strong showing in his snowboarding competitions last winter, what he has been up to over the summer to his plans for the upcoming winter.
Where are you originally from Nathan?
I was born and raised in Bend Oregon. I love it here. There is no place I would have rather grown up. Everyone here is nice and the community is outdoorsy. The mountain is only 20 minutes from town and we had an indoor skate park that I would spend a lot of hours at.
What do you consider your home mountain to be?
Mt. Bachelor is my home mountain.
Did you ski before, or have you always been snowboarding?
I started skiing when i was 2 years old. My dad would carry me around the mountain in a backpack going top speed before I could walk.
Where did snowboarding begin for you?
The first time I went snowboarding I was 5 years old at my home mountain, Mt. Bachelor. My family were all skiers so I think they hoped I wouldn’t like it. I fell like 70 times on my first run. My dad asked if I was over it. I replied, “No way! That was awesome!”
What was it like competing in the Men’s US Open of Snowboarding?
It was by far the most fun I have ever had at a contest. Plus… the half pipe was amazing! I was competing with my childhood heroes. It was cool to be hanging around them, everyone was nice and funny. It also made me realize that I’m at their level now.
USASA Nationals in CO, you placed 3rd in Men’s open halfpipe and 6th in slopestyle. Congratulations… what was that whole event like?
Well that was my 8th year competing at nationals so I have experienced it a lot. Nationals has so much going on. It’s crazy fun. It was my second year riding the open class and first time on the podium in that class. My new coach Spencer, from the US Snowboard team, was there watching and I think that really helped me try to impress him and to try to secure my spot on the team.
What’s it like being on the US Snowboard Team?
Amazing, they help out so much and make sure that we are in top shape for the upcoming winter. They have had team camps through out the summer and fall, so I really have gotten to know my teammates. We are all at a higher level of riding so it is nice to have people pushing me all of the time.
What are a few of your favorite resorts to travel to?
My favorite place to ride is Mt. Bachelor because of the all natural terrain, everything is like a natural halfpipe, wind lips, tranny finding, and natural quarter pipes. That’s why we have so many good half pipe riders coming out of Bend. Everywhere in Colorado and Utah… because there is so much snow and so many different resorts to go to. Breckenridge has my favorite terrain park.
You skate and wakeboard too… what are some of your favorite skate spots? Where do you usually wake board?
We have a lot of good skate spots close to Bend. We just got a new outdoor park this summer which has been fun. Sisters, Oregon has fun bowls and a cradle. We wakeboard in the summer at Prineville Reservoir and sometimes Round Butte.
Who were our influences growing up snowboarding?
Ben Watts was a big influence on me when i was starting out snowboarding. He was a great skater and I skated with him all the time at the indoor park in Bend. All of my friends started snowboarding so I wanted to start too. When Ben made the US Snowboard team, I realized that a goal like that was possible.
Who are your main influences now?
My coaches at Mount Bachelor Sports Education Foundation – they are all great riders and are super positive and amazing coaches.
What is your current ride setup? Board, boots, bindings… Does your setup differ from park to powder riding?
This season I plan to ride on the 153 Black Out snowboard, large Fuse Hybrids bindings and the Hylite Focus snowboard boots, size 9′s. I like camber more than rocker because I feel more stable. My setup does not differ from park to powder. I really like my set up so I ride it in everything.
Where is the furthest you have traveled to snowboard?
Seven Springs, PA
Where is one place you love traveling to, not pertaining to snowboarding?
Florida. It’s warm, DisneyWorld is there and they have the Orlando Watersports Complex for wakeboard cable park riding. Also, there is a huge Van’s skate park.
What is the origin of the name “Duder?”
When I was two days old my dad was calling me “Dude.” My mom was getting mad at him saying “Dude” wasn’t a cute enough name. So they switched it to “Duder.”
Where are you looking forward to riding this upcoming season?
Laxx in Switzerland for the European Open.
What are you focusing on, or your goals for this winter season?
To get really good results in all the contests I compete in. I hope to make it to finals in the Grand Prix and European Open.
Are there any other tricks you plan on adding to the trick bag or mastering to continue to take your riding to the next level?
Right now I am just trying to add more style to my riding and will add new tricks as they come along.
Do you ride with music, what are you normally listening to?
Yes, I listen to Biggie Smalls on Pandora Radio
Any advice to pass onto any of the kids looking to progress their riding, and perhaps one day get sponsored?
Keep snowboarding. You have to have fun with it first before you can be successful.
Are you involved in any projects, events or organizations that you would like to call attention to?
Mount Bachelor Sports Education Foundation, they have been so supportive of me and I want to give a shout out for all of the great things they do for kids in snow sports. I volunteer for their annual fundraisers including the ski swap, Snowball, Pole Peddle Paddle and Cascade Cycling Classic.
Any final words for the Flow customers or followers?
I like the Flow set up because it’s faster strapping in and it makes me feel more connected to my snowboard then other binding brands I’ve tried. Get your gear ordered up… it’s going to be an awesome season! #FindYourFlow
If you’re up in Oregon riding this year, keep your eye out for Nathan “Duder” Jacobson cruising around Mt. Bachelor. Are any of you headed to ride the Pacific Northwest this winter? Flow Snowboarding wants to know where you’re planning on riding. Chime in and connect with us via Social Media and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.