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Interview with Dentons fan Scotty James - Professional Snowboarder

Interview with Dentons fan Scotty James - Professional Snowboarder

How old were you when you knew what you wanted to do?

I’m not sure of the exact age I was when I decided that snowboarding was what I wanted to do. I was given the opportunity to continue riding by my parents and over time became more and more involved in the sport. I’ve been so lucky to have such a great support base from the very beginning of my career.

And why did you want to do it?

Snowboarding is what I love to do. Every day
I remind myself of how fortunate I am to be a professional snowboarder. As the old saying goes, “do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life”.

What inspired you to follow your dream?

I’ve always looked up to other professional athletes. I understand the lifestyle now but when I was younger I never understood the commitment, sacrifice, and passion required to have a dream and one day live it. Watching my parents work hard as I grew up also inspired me to make the dream a reality.

What did it take to achieve it?

Sacrifice, commitment, passion, focus and a
lot of hard work. I think the most important thing is to maintain a good lifestyle balance. It keeps you energized and fresh. You have to know when it’s time to work, play and rest, which is a whole lot easier when you’re surrounded 
by Dentons pillows! A great sleep means an awesome day on the hill!

Were there any unexpected moments along the way?

Lots of unexpected moments along the way, both positive and negative. I’ve learned a lot more from my failures than my successes, I think everyone does. Experiencing those not so nice moments makes the great moments even greater.

Who was your greatest influence?

My family, friends and other athletes have all had an influence on my career. I’m influenced by everyone I cross paths with. I’m very fortunate to have traveled to so many countries and met a lot of great people from different backgrounds, all with their own unique stories.

I like to think that everyone you meet leaves a mark on you in some way.

What do you like to do when you’re not snowboarding?

Spending time with family and friends is always enjoyable when I get the time. I’ve taken a big interest in Aviation and flying planes recently and getting away on a surf trip in some tropical weather is always a must after a long winter too!

Where was your best night’s sleep?

My best night’s sleep was at the Frankfurt airport at the Hilton hotel. I was about fifteen years old and I had just finished a big competition. I remember it being a very long and undisturbed sleep!

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A professional snowboarder.

What are you most proud of?

Achieving the goals I have put in front of me. I set out a new goal every year and so far they’ve all come true. I’m proud that I still wake up every morning feeling the same way I felt about snowboarding when I was five years old. I love it!