Video: 'This is Home' with Jackson Goldstone in Squamish, BC

Aug 22, 2020
by SHIMANO  


Many mountain bike athletes start their careers early, honing skills well before the first signs of adolescence. Then there’s Jackson Goldstone. The Squamish, B.C. youth shot to stardom in 2010 when a homemade video of him riding, jumping, dropping, and spinning his balance bike on the way to kindergarten went viral. Since then, Jackson has risen to the top tiers of the sport, already demonstrating a signature style in mountain bike films and competing on the international stage, shoulder to shoulder with some of the best racers and freeriders in the world.

Talent has played a large part in Jackson’s extraordinary riding ability, but so has his hometown of Squamish. With one of the most densely packed trail networks on the planet right outside his door, Jackson can challenge himself in any mountain biking discipline he chooses, every day of the year. Whether whipping out jump lines with his friends or pinning long, rugged downhill descents to eclipse his personal record, Jackson always rides to have fun. He thinks you should, too.

Photography: Sterling Lorence @eyeroam


Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

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Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

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Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone with Jakob and Dane Jewett in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone with Jakob and Dane Jewett in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone with Jakob and Dane Jewett in Squamish British Columbia Canada

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Jackson Goldstone and Jakob Jewett in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone with Jakob and Dane Jewett in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone and Jakob Jewett in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Dane Jewett with Jackson Goldstone and Jakob Jewett in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone with Jakob and Dane Jewett in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone with Jakob and Dane Jewettin Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone with Jakob and Dane Jewettin Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

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Jackson and Bailey Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson and Bailey Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

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Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish British Columbia Canada

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94 Comments

  • 123 2
 This was fantastic. Young kids with their heads screwed on doing amazing bike work. Fantastically shot and produced. Really captured the vibe and that scenery - simply breathtaking. I'm giving this my highest accolade the KOALA STAMP!
  • 68 4
 This makes me happy that kids still grow up this way. Most children seem like they are becoming more and more plugged in. And it sucks!!
  • 52 1
 If more areas would invest in the infrastructure to provide these accessible recreational opportunities for kids, more kids would grow up like this, unplug from their devices and get off their couches... and it doesn't take living in a geographic mecca like Squamish for it to happen. You just need trails or jump parks that kids can access on their own.

Northwest Arkansas is a great example of a place doing it without true "mountains." My son, and an ever-increasing number of kids in our area, are living this same life. Riding daily, meeting up and digging together, and constantly socializing with an ever-expanding group of young riders while cultivating even younger groms to progress faster than they were able to at an even earlier age. It's pretty damned amazing to get to witness.
  • 24 5
 @Hogfly: Nah, its definitely the parenting. You can toss a couple of dweebs in the middle of Squamish but they're still going to be dweebs.

Ten years since Jackson rode to school... wild
  • 20 1
 @scott-townes:

Parenting (and the support of parents in a relatively expensive sport like MTB) is definitely a major part of it. But you also need to have the opportunities that are more enticing than another round of Fortnite. Kids are social as hell for the most part. A lot of them get online because they can easily access and socialize with their friends, if they can't provide their own mobility. If you have trails and parks as social hubs where groups of friends gather to ride, that becomes a more powerful draw than getting on Fortnite. And with bikes, kids are able to actually independently travel to these gathering spots... if a community has good connectivity for their trail system.
  • 5 1
 @Hogfly: you nailed it, we have to find things that are just as simple to get into as plugging a computer. I dragged my two youngest to the pump track that just got built in our city and they both loved it !
  • 4 2
 @jerome: Growing up as a free range kid ( isn't that what they are called today ? ) we were able to roam about on our skateboards, bmx bikes ect. and experience what life SHOULD be like. I agree with you and Hogfly, if kids have the opportunity they will have a life long love of the outdoors and everything that comes with it. That being said, this kid is rad as hell !!!
  • 7 1
 @scott-townes: it’s not just parenting either. It’s the summation of so many things. Peer group, for one, is a huge factor. My eldest has all the opportunity, rad trails to ride, and a kick ass bike. Decent bike handler too. But the friends chosen aren’t really into it. Not much you can do about that without seeming like a jerk.
  • 2 1
 @Hogfly: we drive down to nwa all the time. Worth it.
Shuttle laps on leatherwood pack so much riding in.
  • 3 1
 @fruitsd79: The whole "MTB capitol of the world" thing notwithstanding, it's a pretty awesome place to LIVE and ride. Great economy, awesome cost of living, and crazy accessible trails. Just got back from a day at Passion Play in Eureka Springs. If you haven't hit the new Marble Flats stuff, check it out. Soooo good. Almost feels like a proper DH track at times (even if it only takes under 2 minutes to ride).
  • 8 0
 @ATV25: Man. I'm telling you. My kid can go to work with my wife in Bentonville (we live in Fayetteville which isn't doesn't have as good of accessibility), pedal from her store on paved trail and have access to about 75 miles of connected singletrack.

He and his friends just ride around all day in groups, going from session spot to session spot. He's been doing this since he was 11 years old. Not many kids get that kind of agency and autonomy these days... and it starts with a badass, accessible trail network.
  • 2 1
 @Hogfly: You are what I would call a Bad Ass Dad ! Good for you and your family !!!
  • 3 0
 Yup good parenting is definitely the answer, and more so, parents who actually enjoy biking and set the example for the kids. So many parents are burnt out and park kids in front of the boob tube, because its the easy way. If the parents tell the kids to do something but they aint doing it, its not gonna fly.. Also some kids just have a natural hankering for bikes, Ive seen it as well, its not just a Squamish thing, BC has a lot of awesome mtn bike communities
  • 4 0
 @Gmang: this. I'm in a similar position with kids afforded many opportunities, decent bikes and good access. They like biking but don't love biking like their old man. That's OK but it still burns ya when a kid has a chance to go ride but his friends get him to meet online for a round of fortnite instead.


That's said the *only* good thing out of Covid is we're seeing way more of my kids and others just riding/skating/scooting around the neighbourhood for hours; try and be home by dark, guys!
  • 2 0
 @Gmang: yes, just show him seasons! for me it was motivation to not stop riding like my friends and start drinking, but to keep on riding ;-)
  • 25 2
 WOW. If this is where these kids are today, the future of mtb is going to be wild. Be safe out there Jackson and Co., save some for the sequel!
  • 13 1
 This kid showed up at our dirt jumps in fernie a couple of weeks ago. His riding is so impressive in real life . And to boot he is such a humble and polite kid . Keep shredding bud !!!
  • 11 1
 Little homeboy came into my shop in Queenstown, raddest, most humble kid! He was so stoked to talk about his new bike and talk about bikes in general. He was in a hurry to head out to the jumps but just hung and chilled with us. Super rad kid!
  • 14 2
 I love this series from Shimano. Vanderham’s is hard to beat though
  • 12 2
 It’s weird that I still remember Finn was “The Kid.” Now, it’s Jackson. Keep doing what you’re doing kid.
  • 3 1
 Well said, and so very true. We've been watching Jackson grow up for years in Whistler and it has been a lot of fun. I remember when he was the five-year-old who would Huck off the stairs to flat in skiers plaza. Good job kid.
  • 6 1
 It's cool seeing the evolution. The next kid is that Harry Schofield dude that rides for YT. Seeing him throw like a 40ft-50ft backflip at Nitro circus is pretty nuts. Massive talent for a 9yro. Apparently solid on a moto too.
  • 2 1
 @Svinyard: Jackson did the Nitro Circus backflip, but Harry is the next evolution too
  • 1 0
 It will be interesting to see how his world cup adventures go. Finn was unstoppable as a jr then saw first hand how big the next step was. Jackson has dominated as the young gun; what will happen when he competes with the older guys (or gasp, becomes one himself)?
  • 2 0
 @plyawn: Could not possibly matter any less. I hope he does really well and achieves all his goals but if he doesn't he seems like a rad dude and will always have a job as a sponsored rider if he focuses on having fun and sharing the stoke.
  • 14 3
 *cough* Rampage *cough*
  • 8 3
 Livin' done right. No reason why a few overall WC's and world Champs trophies won't end up in the bike room, may as well add Rampage to that too. The fact he worked for a bike just makes it even better, Rad.
  • 6 2
 God dam show off checking his watch while doing a manual Big Grin

He was in Fernie last week with his family, I didn't meet him but saw him after the local race at the ski hill, he seemed like a really nice kid. I hope he does well racing next year!
  • 12 1
 Yeah the manual looking at his watch was a bit rude, I can't tell the time.
  • 2 0
 When you start racing remember how much FUN you are having right now. Don't base your self worth or value as a pro mountain biker on your race results. Yoann Barelli had it exactly right in an episode of the privateer when Adam asked how he dealt with the pressure of racing. Yoann responded that as long as you had done all the work leading up to it to be prepared that come race day you should just relax and know whatever the result you did your best. Riding bikes might just be the greatest job in the world so don't forget how much FUN it is! You rock dude. Looking forward to cheering for you in future comps.
  • 2 0
 This video's a life lesson: I remember that first vid, I remember the ones of him doing crazy things at maybe age six and look at where he is now - ready for world cups.

How much better has my riding got in that time? Not much.

What's the lesson? If you want to be better on your bike, don't sit on pinkbike or buy the latest wheelsize. Just go ride your f##ki g bike. *Every* day.
  • 3 0
 these squamish folks have it all too easy. not really a significant achievement in my opinion with all this on the doorstep. enough of this... please give me a mtb hero from kazakhstan... (clearly trolling for down votes)
  • 4 1
 He is so lucky to have a good spot to ride that's why he is good. I know kids that are just as good but are not in the spot light for free ride MTB because they are not in B.C.
  • 2 0
 Jackson is where he is today because of his Parents, his Location, and the extent of mountain biking professional opportunity in Canada. Many kids out there today, Will never have these same opportunities because of their parents and the Location they live in. Though some are privileged like Jackson, and actually make it big in the Sport of MTB, most are not and will never get as far as Jackson. I hope Jackson never takes his current position and future successful career for granted!
  • 2 0
 Yeah man definitely, I'm still young, thus I've got to rely on parents for transport, and even though the nearest bike park is only about on hour away, trying to get my unwilling dad of the sofa is hard enough, so undoubtedly he is very talented, he is very lucky to have such willing parents too. So like you said, I never want to hear him say "I had it hard growing up" cause that would be bs
  • 4 0
 Sterling Lorence @eyeroam amazing photos. You even made a pot of pasta look interesting.
  • 9 8
 I gotta say, as a fellow teenager, I do have a sense of spite towards Jackson, only cause my petty ass is so jealous of him! Keep up the good work jackson! (and try not to make us too jealous!)
  • 8 0
 Fun fact. No matter how good you are there will always be someone better, with the exception of roughly the fastest 20 people in the world. You can ride with a fast local who blows you out of the water who may not finish in the top 50 of a national event. The top 3 guys at a national event will probably struggle to even qualify on the world stage. So don't be jealous, just enjoy having fun and doing the best you can! (this applies to everything in life btw).
  • 2 0
 @friendlyfoe:
Absolutely Bang on the Money!! Smile
  • 4 0
 @Jaib06 - How can these morons downvote your slightly sarcastic, slightly self-depricating, full-on praise of Jackson?
  • 5 2
 I love this series. Thanks for giving us an insight into the talented young bloke!
  • 5 3
 With the plethora of high end sponsors the lil guy's already got, won't be surprised if RB comes knocking on his door someday in the near future!
  • 1 0
 nobody leaves that bike unlocked at the school bike rack unless it's from a sponsor.

Kidding! (sort of; my 11-yr-old got mugged for my bike while I was inside a 7-11 getting him a slurpee a few weeks ago, so super-aware of these scenarios right now)
  • 5 1
 "Being smooth is so satisfying"

This kid has it figured out.
  • 1 2
 @Remedy808: the first part of the video he’s hitting jumps and the last part he’s talking about racing.... I’m confused!
  • 1 0
 @DigRenno: you have to be smooth either way...
  • 4 1
 "It's been my goal to keep getting better and better and I want other people to do the same".
  • 2 1
 I enjoy getting to see his biking journey. It seems like just the other day seeing the balance bike to school video. Kids grow up fast. Hope he keeps it fun, decides his own path, and doesn't burn out too fast.
  • 2 2
 Jackson is a legend in the making. He's inspired so many kids and parents.

How many Kokua Balance Bikes were sold after seeing Jackson's initial video. We bought one for our son & it set him on the path of biking for life.

Jackson ought to be an ambassador for biking in general. Yes, he's surrounded by the right people and the right trails. However, his family have the right spirit. Life is about making more of The Great Outdoors and throttling the gaming consoles consumption.

Every day on the bike is a good day .......
  • 1 1
 Superb parenting right here! Well done Smile

The younger generation has it made if they want to pursue something like this... the bikes of today compared to my first mtb...(think ‘94 rigid KONA fire mountain) are so much more advanced and it just makes ripping off jumps and down rooty gardens so much funner and faster ! “They are lucky” is an understatement.

My jaw dropped in the first couple minutes of the video :-0

We have to thank all the parents and volunteers of lower mainland mountain bike associations for where we are today

Thumbs up
  • 1 0
 There's no denying Jackson's talent. He's so stylish on the bike too... My son's been riding since he was 3. He's now 9 and can't even wheelie! I think he's broken, does anyone know how I get a refund?
  • 1 0
 I remember watching this video ten years ago, and thinking "You're gonna go far, kid"

www.pinkbike.com/video/147106

Can't wait to see how far he's gone in another ten years!
  • 5 2
 is there a downvoter hidden in the woods?
  • 15 1
 Well he is a Fox and Shimano kid so must be SRAM Mafia.
  • 3 1
 love that Coast Mountain Culture cover shot , talk about laser jedi focus,seems that kid wasnt kidding.....super RAD
  • 5 2
 Very, very cool. I miss Squamish.
  • 4 2
 So much talent, and so rad to see so much family support! Oh biking....gets ya right in the feels!
  • 2 0
 In Belgium, letting a bike like this at school even with 2 Big locks, will get stolen within an hour
  • 5 3
 Seems like a great kid. Major props to his parents.
  • 6 4
 he must have all the girls at school.
  • 19 15
 or boys
  • 1 2
 @cipisek: haha yer or that
  • 6 5
 This should be my home soon !!! Great video from an amazing place to grow up and ride !! I can’t wait to get there !!
  • 2 16
flag regdunlop (Aug 22, 2020 at 23:00) (Below Threshold)
 Please go somewhere else - the locals dont need someone with pounds at 1.73 to a Canadian dollar to push the price of housing higher . - the house in the picture/ video would sell at 1.2 - 1.6 million . Completely unaffordable to most Canadians - especially in a town where tourism is the largest industry.
  • 5 1
 @regdunlop: nice thanks for the welcome , my son lives and works in Squamish , my daughter in law lives and works in Squamish both contribute massively to the local economy and environment , I am moving there to support them in a business venture that will benefit locals and tourism alike , and I plan to volunteer all my available free time to trail building and environment improvements and comments like your only increase my resolve to help a great community thrive and prosper even more
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  • 1 0
 @scblurlt: let me know when you get settled , and we’ll hit some trails
  • 1 0
 @peytodog: will do for sure !! Cheers
  • 3 1
 seems like a good kid and nice family.
  • 2 1
 Interesting to see where he ends up next year. Trek Teams run Sram, which doesn't seem likely for him to swap.
  • 1 0
 Jackson is a great guy. He's super down to earth humble, and easy to talk to. He deserves all the success he has and more.
  • 1 0
 What an awesome environment to grow up in. Props for the Nevada license plate in the shop.
  • 2 0
 So how do I move to Squamish?
  • 2 0
 damn who cut this video? best editing ever
  • 3 2
 This kid is going places!!! =)
  • 3 2
 Nice place to call home and playground!
  • 3 2
 No captions needed! The photos tell his story!
  • 3 2
 And what a home that is! Amazing
  • 3 2
 The pics!!! Such goooooood piiiiiiiicccs!!!
  • 2 1
 "How could I possibly go to school on a day like today..." love it!
  • 2 1
 Does anyone know what kind of bird was making those whistling calls?
  • 3 0
 The answer will change my life forever
  • 1 0
 @RedBurn: I think it's a varied thrush!
  • 2 1
 @racerfacer: it is! 3 points for you.
  • 2 1
 Mmm, Maple Creams for trail work. Now thats good parenting.
  • 1 0
 That kid is better than I'll ever be.
  • 1 0
 What a pinner. Such great style.
  • 2 0
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  • 2 1
 Absolutely brilliant
  • 3 2
 WOW!!
  • 3 2
 I think he is the STIG
  • 1 0
 Epic Goldstones!
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