Betty of the Month: Janessa Bork
Home Mountain: Mt.Bachelor, Oregon
Hometown: Ennis, MT
Years Riding: 11
My 2011 results:
Jam on the Hill, 3rd place.
Burton Am Slope, 4th place.
Winterfest Rail jam, 3rd place.
Cricket Campus Rail jam Finals, 2nd place.
I hear you recently graduated from college,congrats. Give us your 5 year plan:
I just received my BFA in Fine Arts with a major in Illustration & Design in June from PNCA in Portland! Check out my portfolio at http://www.janessabork.com This summer I have been doing some freelance illustration jobs for friends, camping alot, going to hood when I can, and skateboarding as much as possible in a city full of awesome skateparks. Currently I’m looking for a position within either a design firm or apparel company. My plan for this coming winter is to travel, do some contests, and document/film my season, while looking for inspiration for a new series of paintings I plan to work on throughout the winter for a gallery show next summer. A lot of my ideas for my artwork comes from my lifestyle, the mountains and animals I am surrounded by, and the seasons. Long term, I dream of starting my own female specific apparel company.
What inspires you?
Powder turns! The aura of being in the mountains, and friends, life is all about being stoked with your friends!
What tricks are you working on right now?
Spinning off bigger jumps in the park back to back, more techi rail tricks too.
What’s your process for learning a new trick, any superstitions?
Committing, feeling comfortable, and always following through, superstitions are for pussies.
Any super exciting plans for the winter season?
Im going to Germany to shred and visit my sister for two weeks early winter! Also some filming in Montana country.
How was your summer, do any shredding?
I’ve been to hood a few times, loved sessioning the airbag @windells. My summer love is skateboarding though, mini ramp sessions with my buddies, and lots of solo trips to pier park @ 9am before work, down the
street from my house. And weekend outings to Hoodriver, Battlegrounds, or Tigard.
What did you think of snowboarding the first time you tried it?
Well, my dad and I started on the same day, I think I was 12. He’s the master of all outdoor sports, but I was better than him. This instantly made it my favorite, and riding a chair lift was so much easier than climbing
the mountain in our backyard with cross country skis.
Where do want your snowboarding career to take you?
Really, I just want to inspire other girls, share my passion, travel doing what I love, push my abilities as long as I can, get my artwork on snowboards and outerwear, and I would love to have a killer part in a video.
Most embarrassing thing that’s happened to you on a snowboard?
One time I was practicing early morning, it was freezing and hadn’t snowed in days but I had a contest so was trying to throw down. I hit this flat down rail and slid out like 8 ft in the air to my butt on solid ice. These three college skier guys came up to me as I lay limp squeezing my butt forever, you can imagine. I just got up and rode off in silence, my cheek is still indented years. Later. Haha.
Pirates or Ninjas?
Would you be more likely to survive a box over a pool of hungry sharks or a gap over a pool of hungry piranhas?
Hmm. Thats a good toss up, lets say gap over pool of piranhas, easy to overshoot for safety.
Most annoying thing in snowboarding?
Boys wearing girl pants.
What do you do when you’re not snowboarding?
Yoga, hiking with my dog Baker, skating, camping, biking, drawing, building stuff, music, the list goes on.
Finish this sentence….the funniest day I ever had snowboarding was
....man, every time I snowboard I’m laughing! so its hard to pinpoint.
Favorite snack on the hill?
Oatmeal Raisin Luna Bars, SourPatch kids, and water, lots of water.
Favorite music to shred to?
The Knife, The Sounds, Lunachicks, Too Short, Dead Milkmen, depends on the weather!
Posted by Kelly Vance on 08/10/2011