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Date of birth:
1989.03.23
Hometown:
Sydney, Australia
Sponsors:
Sector9 Skateboards, RADwheels, Aera Trucks, Risch Aeroelmets, Venom Bushings, Flo Footstops,
Hobbies:
Surfing, Music

BIO

"Jackson Shapiera"

Grew up on Sydney’s Northern Beaches as a surf grom, and one day picked up a skateboard and started surfing the streets too. After a few years of bombing hills when the surf was flat I found myself in the skateboard racing scene traveling around the globe skating some of the biggest mountains in the world and racing on the World Cup Tour. My first season in 2008 saw me landing in 10th spot in the World Cup rankings where I hovered within for a few seasons before snagging 3rd overall in 2011.

Since then the journey has not come to a halt, I have spent some time traveling the world competing and living in Canada getting more involved with the Downhill scene of North America before heading South to live in San Diego where I currently reside.


CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2008: Rock & Roll World Cup 2nd (Austria)
  • 2008: Cone Head Cup round #1 NACCOS 1st place
  • 2008: IGSA World Cup 10th place overall
  • 2009: Peyragudes World Cup 8th place (France)
  • 2009: Fluderer Longboard Jam 2nd (Austrian Nationals)
  • 2009: Cone Head Cup overall winner
  • 2009: IGSA World Cup 11th place overall
  • 2010: EkstremSport Veko Voss, Norway 1st place
  • 2010: Almabtrieb IGSA world championships - 2nd place (Germany)
  • 2010: Kozakov Challenge World Cup - 3rd (Czech Republic)
  • 2010: IGSA World Cup 10th place overall
  • 2012: King Of The Zig -1st
  • 2011: Subic Flash Pizzas - 1st place (Philippines)
  • 2011: Attack Of Danger Bay 10 - 2nd Place (Canada)
  • 2011: Britania Classic - top 16 (Canada)
  • 2011: Kosakov IGSA World Cup (Czech Republic) - 2nd place
  • 2011: Verdicchio IGSA European Championships (Italy) - 4th place
  • 2012: King Of The Zig -1st
  • 2012: Wind Turbine - 1st (NZ)
  • 2012: Yarra Ranges DH - 1st
  • 2013: Ponce DH - 2nd (Puerto Rico)
  • 2013: Once in a lifetime' Outlaw Key event - 1st (Canada)
  • 2013: Yarra Ranges DH - 1st
  • 2013: Pike's Peak IDF World Cup - 7th (USA)
  • 2014: Guajataca Downhill Mens - 2nd Slalom - 2nd (Puerto Rico)
  • 2014: Danger Bay - 3rd (Canada)
  • 2014: Almabtrieb IDF World Cup - 8th (Germany)
  • 2014: Acme DH IDF Qualifier - 2nd (USA)
  • 2014: Yarra Ranges Australian Nationals - 1st
  • 2014: IDF World Ranking - 12th

INTERVIEW 2015.06.15

What are you looking for to accomplish?

As much enjoyment from life as I can, to see others stoke out, and to do the very best at what I do.

What would be your greatest achievement?

Every time you get back up after a fall is a great achievement.

What kind of difficulties does your sport’s performance involve?

"Jackson Shapiera"

Downhill skateboarding requires a lot of physical and mental strength. Being able to focus on what you are doing with full confidence is the difference between winning or crashing.

What makes you feel satisfied when performing your sport?

The feeling of freedom when riding is the most satisfying feeling. The air rushing past at 100km/h while on a piece of wood that’s controlled by your body weight is a pretty liberating feeling.

"Jackson Shapiera"

Where do you practice your techniques when being alone?

Downhill Skateboarding isn’t something you can really practice while being alone, you get to hone your skills after riding for a while. It’s always safer to ride with others.

"Jackson Shapiera"

What do you do during your training which is key to your success?

Training the body to be in tip top physical form is paramount. When you fall you fall hard, so you need to take a hit. Holding an aerodynamic body position also requires a strong core/balance as well as very sturdy legs.

"Jackson Shapiera"

What are you most nervous about when competing?

Nerves are something you have to put aside when racing. There are a lot of things that make someone nervous, such as the people they are competing against or maybe the conditions of the day, but I’ve learned that being nervous only leads to failure.

"Jackson Shapiera"

Who would you say is your biggest fan and why?

My mum is my biggest fan! She has been there since I was a little skater grom trying to make his way in the world, and hasn’t stopped supporting me ever since. Mum is always the best sponsor!

What is the best piece of advice you have been ever given?

Do what you love and you love what you do.

Also, there’s no such thing as a Free Lunch.

"Jackson Shapiera"

What are your future plans?

Hopefully one day I’ll be a World Champ, but for now future plans consist of just riding to my full potential while I still can. Everything from there is a bonus.

What are your tips for those who begin now?

Safety is always the first priority. Being the first person down the hill every time doesn’t mean you’re the best rider. Race tracks are where you do the racing.

"Jackson Shapiera"