from CAPiTA profile:
One of the most decorated snowboarders of this decade, Jess Kimura has swept the Transworld Snowboarding Rider’s Poll Awards multiple times. We’re talkin’ Women’s Rider of the Year, Video Part of the Year, and the Reader’s Choice Award. Now that’s bad ass. Jess has made her mark not only on women’s snowboarding, but on snowboarding itself. Her fan base crosses genders and is comprised of riders from all spectrums of the sport who appreciate her gritty approach.
From Monster profile:
Snowboarding has been waiting patiently for a young woman like Jess Kimura to arrive. Not since the groundbreaking video parts and female feats of Dakides or Meyen, has women’s snowboarding been so electrified by one rider. While most worthy female shreds end up stuck on the narrow path of competition, Kimura sidestepped the whole “contest girl” scene. After claiming Canadian Junior titles in pipe and boardercross during her high school years, Jess walked away to go filming and boarding on her own terms.
Filming with ThinkThank, Jess put down one of the most celebrated women’s video segments, ever. Her hard-hitting part in 2010’s Right Brain/Left Brain earned this Canadian TransWorld SnowBoarding’s Video Part Of The Year Award & Reader’s Choice Award. With a go-for-broke approach, Jess’ riding stands out in contrast to her peers—brutal slams and tech street moves come in equal measure, showing she’s got not just tricks, but heart. And in case you haven’t figured it out by now, she’s no girly girl; Jess skates, plays guitar, and works construction. Yes, construction. Maybe that’s because Jess understands the relationship between labor and success. And right now, she’s putting in work.
From Transworld Snow:
It takes strength of character and a sharp, creative mind to live a life beyond the boundaries of other people’s expectations. And it’s never easy. But for Jess Kimura, fitting in would be selling out. She has always defined herself in her own terms, making choices and taking action in ways true to herself alone. On her journey to the top of pro snowboarding, Jess didn’t take the well-worn path of her peers. She blazed her own trail—taking detours, smoke breaks, and beatings on the way.
Not since the heydays of pioneering women Janna Meyen and Tara Dakides has a female pro charged so hard that everyone—guys and girls alike—shook their heads in mutual amazement. Jess brings that rare universal appeal. Guys like her go-for-broke approach and the emphasis on action. Girls see progression, possibilities, and fire in her eyes. Nobody knows what to expect next from Jess Kimura, and that’s precisely the reason she’s become one of snowboarding’s most compelling characters.