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Summit Daily/Reid Williams Burton snowboarder Jesse Csincsak, in his stairway to snowboard heaven

Fear can be a highly effective motivator, but for local rider Jesse Csincsak it is just another distraction. When he stares down the 20-foot-tall, bullet-proof ice walls of a superpipe, Csincsak thinks only about the task at hand: throwing down the best run possible.A snowboarder for 11 years and an instructor for seven, Csincsak rides in pro-level competitions like the Triple Crown, Grand Prix and numerous others around the country, including the U.S. Open of Snowboarding in Vermont. Besides following the big tours around the country, Csincsak teaches snowboarding for Breckenridge Ski and Ride School, runs a nonprofit organization, and works to grow his new for-profit clothing company.Csincsak came to the county from his native Ohio to step up his riding and have more access to pro-level terrain and competitions. He stayed because of the community.”People are genuine here, that’s why they call it ‘Genuine Colorado,'” he said.

Why’d you start your non-profit organization, JSAK? “It started out as a once-a-year fundraiser in Ohio; last season we really got big in Colorado. We try to help riders living out of their cars who deserve to compete at a high level but cannot afford it, paying for their passes and things like that. The clothing line is for-profit but those funds will help support the nonprofit side.”What can Breckenridge do to bring more high level

riders to the area?”Promote the big riders we have here now. Also, other resorts have dedicated top-to-bottom lifts for the terrain park and things like that. They bend over backwards for their parks.”Why do snowboarders have a bad reputation?

“Because the general public is clueless about what really happens on the hill. The public judges but has no idea. We’re definitely still looked down on, but we’re earning respect. Clean-cut guys like Ross Powers and Steve Fisher are helping.”Why Breckenridge? “It’s cool to ride the superpipe and see all the big name guys. You learn so much from them. Everyone pushes each other. There’s no hype. It’s just an anonymous group of friends. Many times you don’t know who it is, you just know they’re sick riders.”- Justin Epperly

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