By: Malcolm McLaws
Also featured in Issue# 19 | Jan 2014 (2nd Special Collectors Edition)
So what were you doing when you were 9 yrs old?
Climbing trees, kicking a soccer ball at Sunday games or maybe just hanging out playing video games? Well Jackson Goldstone usually has other plans, ride his bike, jump his bike or maybe slide his bike around the Whistler Mtn bike park on any given day with his dad, Ron. Jackson loves to ride and it shows in his progression and style in the sport.
He has made regular trips to Woodward West and the Post Office jumps in Aptos , Ca. While in Cali this year he won the the Dirt Jump Best Trick at the Santa Cruz MTB Festival and the Downhill Race at the Sea Otter Classic for his age class. During bad weather days you may find him trying out flips with pro’s like Brandon Semenuk at the indoor airdome in Whistler.
On riding days maybe he’s doing laps on Dirt Merchant with Tyler McCaul or whipping the A-line jumps with the other local Grom, Finn Finestone, the son of Whistler Bike Parks manager Brian Finestone. Jackson lives to ride and ride he does, just google his name for video’s and page after page rolls up from the old Rampage site to hitting the pool jumps at the McCauls home in Aptos, this kid does it all.
He hits things that most riders pull up on, not Jackson, he’ll just send it with no fear. Pro riders are stoked to watch him ride the Mtn or hit the DJ , he gets high 5’s from everyone. As a sponsored rider he has even done the narrative for the Joy of Air from Arc’teryx clothing, all before the age of 10.
One of Jackson’s best qualities is his attitude towards riding, he’s humble and always ready to learn and watch, no big ego for this kid. That’s not surprising when you meet the Goldstone family of Ron, Miriam and sister Bailey all who ride park and race BMX together. It didn’t take long for sponsors to back this ripper up when they saw him ride as this list shows. Jackson is sponsored by Oakley, Royal Racing, Kore Components, Shimano, Lil Shredder, POC Sports, GoPro, 5.10,and Leatt, a list that would make most Pro riders or racers happy to have on board.
When you see the talents of this little grom who rides like he’s 5 years older you just know that when Jackson’s old enough you may see him at Crankworx during Red Bull Joyride or racing the A-line DH or hitting the World Whip Offs in the years to come. During a day spent at the new Coastal Gravity Park where Jackson and Ron rode with the Coastal Crew on the new trails they have built it was high 5’s and smiles for miles, lap after lap. Jackson was the youngest ripper to hit the park, the future looks bright for this talented Grom. Oh and did we mention he’s also a sponsored winter athlete as well, hitting the terrain park on snow days.
Again what were you doing at 9 yrs old, yeah I feel the same way?