Earlier in the year a lot of us were surprised on the parting of ways with your former, long time, frame sponsor. But things change and you are sounding pumped on the season ahead. Tell us how the partnership with Corsair came about?
So here's the break down. I was hanging out at Greg Watts' house, and we had just got done with an Epic Bowling session with McCaul, and were playing some pool. Greg say's, "Hey Jamie, you should ride for Corsair, I heard Hacksaw's lookin' for a new rider." So obviously I was super excited to hear this. I've been watching Zink kill it on these Konig frames for the last couple of years. So, the next day I shot a call to Hacksaw and he was all smiles. From the second I mentioned I was looking for a new frame sponsor, it was all about making it happen. It couldn't have meshed together any better. These bikes are built and designed for how I ride. Super playful, like going from a cambered race snowboard to a Burton V-rocker/ reverse camber set up. Over the past few seasons you were often on pretty big bikes at slopestyle events, why was that?
Basically it was for the fun of it. I have always liked to ride bigger bikes and miss the good 'ol days of riding DH bikes at Post Office after riding trails. So last year I just rode the lift up and did DH runs down to the top of every slope course, and then did a practice run. Lap after lap. So sick, however I think I will probably have to re-think my strategy. Even though I had the most fun I've had on my bike in a long time, I never put together a good slope run. Got some cool shots though. Ha ha! What types of events can we expect to see you at this season and moving forward?
In a few days I'm heading down to Super Sessions with Carson Storch. We'll teach my big brother Shaun how to do backflips. He's a fabricator, but he's the one that got me into riding back in the day. Then Dave Smutock, Carson, and I have planned a Luxury Motor Coach trip down to Sea Otter for the last hurrah at the Post Office jumps. I'll be hosting the Goldman Games in May and then I'll be heading to Mexico with Carson. After that, lots more filming trips and sitting in the editing room. Adding it all up, it looks like you'll see a lot of Carson and I this year. Kid's got talent! Speaking of events, tell us about the Goldman Games - formerly known as UDUG?
I haven't really ever liked traditional contests, so The Goldman Games will be a little different. We're going to get all the riders together for a two day riding session at my house in Bend, OR. Once everyone is there, we will make teams of 5 or 6, including a filmer. The teams will all get together to film and make an edit with a story line behind it. The riders will have to use their creativity and make a film that will impress their peers. The edits will all be presented on the last night of the contest and all the riders will vote for their favorite team edit. We'll have some awards for best trick and best clip as well. I thought it would be a cool way to let everyone show their story of the weekend. Since there isn't really spectators at my event, it will be the best way for everyone out there to see everything that goes down. So keep your eyes peeled 'cause I can't wait to see what happens this year on the new course!
Besides riding, filming and competing, what have you been up to in the off season?
I've been hitting the books in school. I actually enjoy it quite a lot. Shifting gears back and forth from school and riding keeps me sharp. I've been daydreaming a lot about all the stuff I'm going to build when I move back to Bend after our stay here in Portland is over. I've been doing some trail layouts for Alpine Bike Parks, and doing a lot of coaching at the Lumberyard MTB park. I love to coach and see the expressions on people's faces when they finally nail something they've been scared of. It keeps me humble, and makes me want to learn new stuff.
Thanks to my fans for all the support, thanks to my family and my amazingfFiancé Adrienne, and thanks to all my sponsors for 2013. Let's get wild! Go Ride Your Bike!
-Jamie GoldmanCorsair Bikes
Lumberyard MTB Park
Images by Ian Hylands, Fraser Britton and Tyler Roemer.