SCOTTY JAMES SNOWBOARDING WITH TUNNEL VISION
SCOTTY JAMES ON SNOWBOARDING WITH A FOCUSED ENERGY, A TUNNEL VISION THAT STEMS FROM HIS ADDICTION AND LOVE OF THE SPORT
Scotty James in an Australian-born snowboarder that has been hitting the slopes since his childhood. First competing on the international circuit when he was 13-years old, Scotty obtained a liking to halfpipe snowboarding and slopestyle events where over the years he has proven himself time and time again as a top contender and serious threat to the competition. Already a multi-time world champion of the sport and considered as one of the best snowboarders in the world, at 23-years old, Scotty James is just getting started.
While Scotty primarily focuses on snowboard tricks that can relate to the halfpipe and slopestyle events, he is happiest when he is simply snowboarding, in any capacity. For Scotty James, being true to something is being true to your passion, and that passion is snowboarding. It’s an addiction. It’s his happiness. And he’s damn good at it!
Keep scrolling for a Q&A with Scotty.
What was the very first snowboard video you watched that got you hooked?
SJ: I can’t remember the first video I ever watched, but one that pops up in my head is JP Solberg’s part from Transcendence in 2002 I believe. I was about eight-years old and watched that movie over and over again!
What was it that made you like that video so much?
SJ: I’ve always loved his style of riding and the bunny suit he wears through most of his part was pretty entertaining, especially for an eight-year old!
How does that video still inspire you today?
SJ: Transcendence and the riders in that movie still inspire me today because it was all about style and how good you could make tricks look without going upside down a thousand times. Riders like Gigi, Romain deMarchi, and Wolle Nyvelt all showed that style, above everything else, is gold.
What activities are you into other than Snowboarding?
SJ: I spend a lot of time surfing whenever I can. It’s the only thing I can really do that relates to snowboarding. I’ve tried to skate, but I just end up in pain someway or another!
Do those activities translate or influence your snowboarding in anyway?
SJ: The fluidity and power that you see when watching surfers is definitely something that I think influences my riding. Working the board and enjoying the ride is what it’s all about.