Jackson Goldstone California Dreaming

Apr 22, 2013 at 11:08
by Rob Dunnet  
road trip

Ron and Jackson Goldstone drove from Squamish to California for an event at Woodward West. They picked me up at LAX after a twelve hour flight from Taiwan. The plan was to attend the Santa Cruz Bike Festival and Sea Otter, but we had the whole week to kill in California before heading north. Our first stop was the new Fox Racing office in Irvine.

Jackson's style fits in perfect in Southern California.

After a short stop in Irvine we headed north to Tehachapi to spend the day riding with Jake Kinny at Woodward West. Jake Kinney has been a great influence on Jackson. Without people like Jake, Jackson would not be improving as fast as he has been.

Jackson described Woodward as the place where his dreams come from. Jackson was invited to ride there the weekend before I arrived in the USA. After spending the night in the van he woke up in front of Woodward; dreams come true.

No Dig No Ride is a motto that a lot of mountain bikers live by, Jackson earning his laps at Woodward.

This jump is easily twice Jackson's size. Watching him drop in for the first time my heart was probably pumping faster than his.

Woodward has been involved in creating and shaping a lot of great riders over the years. While we were there Jackson was riding with Pat Casey and Coco Zurita.

Jackson jumping the hip on Luv Line.

The Luv Line at Woodward is no joke, it was amazing to see someone so small make it through this line.

Jackson has learned a lot of tricks on the resi at Woodward West.

We made a detour to Morgan Hill on our way to Santa Cruz to see Geoff Rogers at Specialized. The stop in Morgan Hill started with a history lesson in the Specialized museum.


After our history lesson we had a lesson in physics in the helmet lab. The only time Jackson was still the whole trip was while Clint explained how Specialized designed their carbon DH helmet. And no trip to Specialized is complete without going down the fire pole into the main lobby.

After the tour of the inside Jack put on a lesson of his own while riding the pump track in Specialized's back yard.


Jackson at the most famous Post Office in the mountain bike world. From the sounds of it this might actually be the year that the jumps get torn down.

Jackson invented his own line at the Post Office and rode with all the locals.

A lot of people have left their blood, sweat and tears in Aptos. Jackson can add his name to that list after biting off a small piece of his tongue.

Remember sitting in school on a sunny day and looking out the window at the playground? Watching Jackson do his homework with the Post Office jumps outside the door was a lot like that.

Everyone in Santa Cruz has their own personal spot. There are so many jump spots that we were driving to a new secret place everyday. The Aptos Step Up has been in dozens of videos and Jackson did his best to make it a memorable experience.

pump track race

Atpos was not all fun in games Jackson competed in the pump track contest and in the groms dirt jump contest.

pump track race

Racing against kids much older than him and on bikes with bigger wheels Jackson had a hard time in the pump track contest. It could also have something to do with jumping as high and with as much style as possible that slowed him down.


The practice at the Aptos Step Up paid off because Jackson won the dirt jump contest with a clean 360 and a couple of no footers.

park riding

The next week was all fun and games. We rode skate park, rode local jumps and camped out at the Post Office.

park riding

Sunset shoot at Fun Spot in Santa Cruz. Jackson rode all day and then he rode until it got too cold or too dark.


The Cliff jumps have the most amazing backdrop, but the wind made it pretty difficult to ride there.


Los Gordos burritos, jumps around every corner and the beach makes Aptos one of my favorite places in California.


Riding with these guys could make anyone a better rider.

dh race

After a week in Aptos we left to hang out in Monterey for the Sea Otter Classic. The heat and the line up made DH practice the longest part of the weekend.

dh race

During Jack's race run it was pretty clear that his practice paid off. He was on the gas and making sure he made the tranny on all the jumps.

dh race

The best part of racing is seeing your name on the top of this list.

dh race

Top step on the podium has its perks; first place medals, winner's jersey and kisses from podium girls.

We would like to thank Mike Redding at Fox and Geoff Rogers at Specialized for taking the time to show us around. We should also thank Jake Kinney from Woodward West for taking such great care of us and everyone in Aptos for the hospitality.

Here is a look back at some videos from Jackson from the past few years:

Jackson Run Bike to Kindergarten:

Jackson Goldstone Goes to Woodward Spring Camp:
Views: 52,261    Faves: 576    Comments: 77

Jackson on Dirt Merchant:
Views: 31,404    Faves: 162    Comments: 20

Jackson at Woodward Winter Camp 2012:
Views: 144,230    Faves: 1,217    Comments: 75

Jackson would like to thank his sponsors for all of their support, Royal Racing, Kore Components, POC Sports, Leatt, Shimano and Lil Shredder.


  • 107 0
 Well I should just quit while I'm ahead
  • 125 1
 ahead? I'm already behind
  • 47 1
 This kid is ridiculously good, not even just for his age
  • 34 0
 i think i might be at the leval he was when he was 3? i cant even do tricks.... and hes already flipping....
  • 9 11
 LOOOSEEERS HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA........ i can't do tricks too o.O
  • 33 0
 I road along side this kid on the sea otter DH and you would not believe what he is capable of. Look out Gwin
  • 6 0
 ya haha his time beat some kids in my cat... what a pinner. I also rode with him on the air bag. he was pulling tricks that no one else was...and he beat me on the pump track....
  • 7 1
 I'm 15, been riding for four years....this kid can shred and do stuff I would only dream of! Keep on riding!
  • 6 1
 No champagne shower? Come on!:p hahaha
  • 4 1
 Here comes the diference in this sport! Someones do it for the rush, but that's only a plus. Real fact is that the fun can be funnier when you have fun Big Grin and this kid does Smile
  • 5 0
 I was gonna be so pissed if he beat my sea otter time... Give him a few years..
  • 3 0
 Can anyone tell me about his bike? looking for a bike for my 5Y/o - i bet it is a super spec one off job.
Also, how old is this kid?
  • 2 0
 He just turned 9, the bike is by ill shredder, there is a link in the article or google lil shredder.
  • 3 0
 Thanks man, didn't think anyone would reply. Wow, just saw the Lil shredder page, OMG the prices are insane, but i bet its a quality bike. Jackson has at least 2 of them.
  • 2 0
 I nearly spat my tea over my monitor when I read he was 9!!
  • 1 1
 Lil Shredders - only silly money if they are being bought for kids without the skills. The way these kids ride they will destroy a regular 16" or 20" (or worse hurt themselves) in a week.
  • 1 0
 hahah 11 seconds faster than second place!
  • 39 1
 The kid destroyed my sea otter time... This makes me want to quit life.
  • 18 1
 haahaaaa ^^^^^ you just made me choke on my coffee dude..lmao...
  • 14 0
 oh nevermind... i thought it was a 2:20 and my mind was boggled. kid still kills it though.
  • 1 3
 Hahaha keep telling yourself that's what happened. Wink
  • 24 0
 The Steez is strong with this young padawan.
  • 1 5
flag Old-Man-Eggy (Apr 28, 2013 at 10:02) (Below Threshold)
 Haha ^^^ lolcomment!
  • 17 0
 Hah. He's amazingly good, to be sure. The first "child star" of mountain biking? I sincerely hope he outlasts the child phase, and dominates the mountain bike work in years to come.
  • 3 0
 Ya, I hope he sticks with it for as long as he can I've seen a lot of people in motocross stop around 16-17, even if they were ridiculously good at it. Hopefully he's not one of them
  • 17 0
 Mom : "Jackson, what would you get for present for your 12th birthday?"
Jackson : "Take part to the next Red Bull Rampage..."
  • 7 0
 I met him at sea otter. He's such a cool little kid and he know how to ride a bike better than every kid his age for sure and better than most older than him. Hes practically a superstar but you wouldn't know it if to met him off the bike.
  • 6 0
 I love it. All those 15 year old punks are seeing this kid in their rear view mirror, realizing their glory days are numbered...... Now they know how I feel! --- signed, Really Old Guy
  • 6 0
 Totally in awe of his skills! Rad kid! I just hope he makes it through puberty alright. Punk Rock, girls and beer can take its toll.... GO JACKSON!
  • 3 0
 How does this kid have such big balls after riding that push along thing in this first video I didn't think he would have any balls left!
  • 2 0
 Love Jackson! He's such a nice kid. His dad gave our daughter his old bike to ride, how cool is that! I'd also like to mention that Jackson has a sister who shreds the bike park, such a great sight to see!
  • 2 0
 The Goldstones are good people and Bailey kills it at bmx and mountain bikes.
  • 2 0
 He is Like what 10 now? I can see him being one of the greatest biker's, considering what he can already do, Keep up the good work.
  • 2 0
 He just turned 9
  • 2 0
 Jackson is hugely talented, but how did he get into biking? Who introduced him to the bike world? Do/did his parents ride? Anyone know?
  • 3 0
 The whole family races bmx and ride mountain bikes. When Jackson was really small they got him a run bike and he loved it.
  • 2 0
 Isn't his dad the manager of the Whistler Bike Park?
  • 2 0
 No that is Finn's dad, Jackson's dad works in Squamish.
  • 1 0
 Finn is another amazing rider, not sure who is better but Finn is a little older isn't he? Lucky little guy, saw him riding a lot last year with guides. Not sure if his dad does this or not but I know if I managed the WBP I would have a instructor hang with my kid all day everyday!
  • 1 0
 I guess you kinda had to know that their is parental influence(not meant in a negative way) for someone so young to have so much sadle time in order for him to be so good! Envious of his early start into riding.
  • 1 0
 I think Jackson's steez is testimony that though hes nine years old he may have put in more hours shredding than many of those on this site complaining that a nine year old has more skills than them
  • 2 0
 It's pretty easy if you live in the Whistler Bike Park.
  • 2 0
 this kid is awesome. he has such a bright future ahead of him. what a lil dude .
  • 2 0
 Saw this young man perfecting some mean super mans into the bag jump at sea otter. Get it!
  • 1 0
 its sick that the pink bike community can watch this kid progress and grow up. hes a huge role model for me and alot of other people. keep shredding jackson!
  • 2 0
 Can i please be your brother??
  • 1 0
 Would hazard a guess that his dad has something to do with it! Nice one little dude and Stay Cool!
  • 1 0
 Lil jackson, you are simply the man!!! Outstanding ridin keep it up buddy an we will be seeing more of ya.
  • 1 0
 Damn this kid is going bigger than most of us if not its only me :/ haha props and all respect to him! Smile
  • 1 0
 Jackson Jackson Jackson like you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! very very good !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 1 1
 i'll say this for him aswell."he's super strong lifting that bike with one hand";-]
  • 2 0
 born to shred
  • 1 0
 This kid will definitely make it big in the bike world!!!
  • 1 0
 Firefighters make the best kids!
  • 1 0
 Wow, already a legend at 9years old.
  • 1 0
 this makes me want to quit ahaha
  • 1 0
 We love this kid, keep shredding!
  • 1 0
 gap to 10 second Big Grin
  • 1 0
 gotta to love that kid!
  • 1 0
 what a ripper
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