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ATHLETE LIMELIGHT: JOSH DIRKSEN

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

February 27, 2013

Founder of Mt. Bachelor’s Dirksen Derby Raised $30,000 for Spinal Injury Awareness at 2012 Event

Josh was born in Canada, raised in Oregon, and now he currently lives with his Swiss wife in Zürich, Switzerland. Josh has been a professional snowboarder for over 15 years and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. Throughout his career he has shot tons of photos, filmed a few video parts, competed annually in the Legendary Baker Banked Slalom, stood on the podium at the X-Games, organized the Dirksen Derby snowboard race for Tyler Eklund, and ridden a lot of powder. Dirksen’s current projects include splitboarding with Jeremy Jones and crew for TGR`s Deeper/Further/Higher movie trilogy, traveling with the Salomon team while filming the “Team Vacation” web series, and planning the 7th annual Dirksen Derby at Mt. Bachelor for December 2013.

The Dirksen Derby is becoming known as one of snowboarding’s most fun events, drawing legends like Terje Haakonsen and Bjorn Lienes. Josh started the Derby to have a fun home mountain event at Mt. Bachelor and to give back to the industry. The event benefits Tyler Eklund, a Mt. Bachelor snowboarder who was tragically paralyzed in a USASA event in 2007. In 2012 the 6th annual Dirksen Derby raised $30,000 to benefit Tyler and to raise spinal injury awareness.

Who are your sponsors? Patagonia, Salomon Snowboards, Dakine, Smith Optics, Mt. Bachelor Ski Area, Drink Water

Josh DirksenWhat model boards do you ride? Salomon Sick Stick 166 (splitboard), Rancho 160, Man board 156, and Derby 151

Q&A

  1. The mountain I learned to ride on was Willamette Pass in Oregon when I was 13 years old.
  2. I can’t live without: a little bit of stretching everyday
  3. My favorite cuisine is: Züri-Geschnetzeltes (Swiss food)
  4. When I am not riding, you can find me: in Switzerland with my wife, Fabienne
  5. My favorite movie of all time is without question: Subjekt: Haakonsen (1996 snowboard film)
  6. Who/What inspires you? Stoked snowboarders

Favorite Bands: The classics – Metallica, Slayer, Primus, Willie Nelson, and Johnny Cash

Favorite Books: Current State: Snowboarding, Author- David Benedek

Favorite Vacation Spot: “Rancho Relaxo” in Bend, Oregon