Although he’s only 11 years old, snowboarder Jack Coyne has been catching the attention of many top pros, including Mark McMorris and Zak Hale, while riding the public park at Vail Resorts during the Burton U.S. Open in Colorado this week. The fifth grader rises only 4 feet 11 inches, but his small stature hasn’t stopped him from stomping big, technical tricks.
“I was really impressed when I saw Jack riding. He was stomping huge tricks. It was awesome to see him ride,” said Hale, a Burton pro rider.
“Yeah, that kid seriously rips! ” said McMorris, who just won the men’s slopestyle finals.
We caught up with Jack in Vail and asked him a few questions about his snowboarding skills. Read on for our interview with this up-and-coming shredder, and view the video above to see Jack in action.
When did you start snowboarding and where?
I started snowboarding at age 3, so in 2005. I was born in Vail, Colorado, and started riding with the Ski and Snowboard Club Vail.
What is your favorite part about snowboarding?
I love just riding with my friends on a sunny day.
What is your favorite trick you like to stomp?
My favorite trick is a switch backside 540 on jumps.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years, at age 21?
I hope to be competing in World Cup competitions like The Burton U.S. and European Opens, X Games, and Olympics.
What is your favorite part about the U.S. Open?
I love watching the slopestyle competitions, because some of my favorite riders are competing.
Why is Mark McMorris your favorite rider?
He just has such a smooth style that I like, and he is putting new tricks into the sport.
What would your perfect day riding be like?
A perfect day riding for me is a bluebird sunny day in Breckenridge with my friends and perfect jumps or pipe. It also always makes it better when I stomp a new trick.
Keep your eye out for Jack–we’ll bet our jobs that he’ll be winning major contests in the next few years.