Nathan Johnstone Profile.
The 21st Winter Olympics will kick off on February 12th 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. At the opening ceremony about 35 Australian athletes will be there to represent the country.
Coastalwatch and our partner site Mountainwatch.com are supporting 10 of these athletes towards their dream of being the next Steven Bradbury in Vancouver.
Nathan Johnstone has been snowboarding for about 9 years focusing on half pipe for the past 4 years leading in to the Olympics. His other goals after the Olympics would be to get into the other side of snowboarding like filming little movie parts and shooting photos.
How long have you dreamt about competing in the Olympic Games?
I think since the last Olympics went by. It looked like such a massive event and an awesome experience so I think that got me pretty stoked to try work towards the Vancouver Games.
How has your preparation for the 2010 games been going?
Yeah pretty good just been enjoying my time at home before I head overseas for the comp circuit. I’ve been going to the gym everyday and surfing heaps, just trying to stay as fit as possible.
What are the major competitors you’ll be aiming to beat?
There are plenty of good riders that are in for a chance at a medal but I guess some of the bigger named riders are Shaun White, Danny Davis, Kevin Pierce, Ryoh Aono, Louie Vito, Luke Mitrani - they are just some of the many riders.
How important are the build-up World Cup events before the Games for your preparation for the big event?
Definitely important because majority of the riders will be competing at the World Cups and the Grand Prix events through out the US. They will all be trying to qualify for their spot on their national teams. It’s important to get some practice at these events landing my run first time, every time with the pressure from everything else around you.
Who do you take inspiration from or look up to in your sport?
Riders like Shaun White, Luke Mitrani, Danny Davis who are constantly progressing the sport by learning these new tricks such as double’s (cork’s) I think is pretty inspirational and really makes you want to get out there and push yourself that little bit harder than you thought you could.
List your other favourite interests:
Surfing, skating, food and travelling.
Did you surf before you got into snowboarding?
Yeah i surfed before i started snowboarding, my dad got me into it at a young age. He used to push me onto waves out at Mona Vale Basin.
Where do you do most of your surfing?
Mostly just at Mona Vale because its my home break, but pretty much whereever its good.
Do you surf big waves?
Na not really aye. it freaks me out when it gets real big ha ha.
Is sustaining an injury prior to a big snowboard event ever a concern when your surfing? In other words do you hold back?
Na not at all. It never crosses my mind when I’m out in the water surfing.
Do you find the transition from surfing to snowboarding or vice versa an issue?
Not too much. if i have been snowboarding for a while overseas and come back and jump onto the surfboard i do find it a little funny for the first surf, because you position yourself different on a surfboard compared to a snowboard. Your centre of gravity is set back back more on a surfboard, so the first few waves i tend to stand up and bog rail ha ha.
Are surfing mags better than snowboarding mags or vice versa?
I enjoy reading surf mags a little more because i don’t see them as often. And its good to kinda catch up and see whats been happening in surfing.
Is climate change/global warming more evident on the slopes or the beaches?
To be honest i don’t really know. I guess the snow i see more because i spend a lot more time in it.
Is it frustrating being a snowboarder based in Mona Vale (Aus)?
I mean the beach is just down the road, but there’s only snow 3 months of the year, and its 5 or 6 hours down the road.
How do you stay motivated/amped?
It can be hard sometimes, especially when you get a phone call from your mates telling you that the waves have been pumping all weekend, but its something that you just gotta do. But once you get down there you end up just having way more fun than what you would of if you stayed home.
Whats the bigger buzz getting barrelled or busting a big air snowboarding?
I dont know aye. Like i still get a big thrill out of hitting big jumps but getting barreled is just one of those feelings that you just dont forget.
Date of Birth: 9-2-1990
Place of Birth: Mona Vale
Birth Country: Australia
Residence Place: Mona Vale
Education: School Certificate
Club/resort: Perisher, NSW
Institute/Academy: Olympic Winter Institute of Australia
Years On National Team: 2
Career Highlights: 2nd overall in the FIS World Cup 08-09 season
Personal Sponsors: Rip Curl, Rossignol
Website / Blog: www.nathanjohnstone.com
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