Meet Steven Jackson...No, the other Steven Jackson
Meet Steven Jackson. Not the Steven Jackson most of you are thinking about. He’s not the Pacer with a record, but a body boarder with a Town and Country East Coast twist. Here is a glimpse of the man from Jersey who reps T & C Body boards to the fullest.
Oh, but before I forget… For all of you young booty out there who think those in the 30+ age group can’t do it anymore on a body board, check yourselves. For guys like Kainoa, Stewart, Vargas, Tamega, Antipala, Reale, Press, Lyman, Burks, Dale, Maligro, Kinimaka, Blanes, and Concepcion in the 30+ crowd... we’ll throw it down with all of you young bucks and have you wondering…”How did they do that?”
Introducing Jersey’s finest, Steven Jackson. (Mahalo, to da’ Braddah Paul Pasa at T & C for the interview and pic):
T&C: For those who aren't familiar with you, what is your name?
-Steve Jackson, but most people call me "Action."
T&C: How did you get your nickname?
- I got stuck with it in high school. I had this crazy algebrateacher named Mr. Emmons. He had all these crazy little catchphrases like, "One is fun, but zero is our hero!" He was the firstone to call me "Action Jackson" and it just kind of stuck. I usedto hate it, but I've gotten used to it over the years. Most peoplesay the nickname fits, since I always seem to be running aroundtrying to make something happen.
T&C: Where are you from?-NEW JERSEY!T&C: How old are you, and how long have you been bodyboarding?
- I just turned 32. I've been bodyboarding for 19 years, now.
T&C: How has the sport changed from when you first started?
- It's changed a lot. When I started, back in 1988, there wasmore money and sponsor support on the professional level. Theriding style and maneuvers have progressed since then, and become waymore technical. Back then, Mike Stewart doing big air forward 360's wasprogressive. Now riding has advanced to ARS's and flips. I stillthink Stewart is the best all-around rider in bodyboarding, but Ithink guys like Hubb and Tamega, and the Australians as well, havehelped push the sport to a competely different level. Plus, thesedays bodyboarders are charging bigger and heavier spots than everbefore.
T&C: What are your favorite home breaks?
- I like riding Jenks, Hoffa’s, Brielle Road, Mongolians,Main Beach, and during the winter I'll ride Manasquan Inlet. Igrew up riding Inlet, and it can be really good on a big southswell, but it gets so crowded with beginner surfers during thesummer that it's gotten dangerous. It's not even worth it.
T&C: Do you have a favorite wave that you have traveled to?
- I haven't had the chance to travel nearly as much as I wouldlike, but there is one spot. Domes in Puerto Rico is a really funwave. I'm dying to go back to that place.
T&C: What do you do when you're not bodyboarding?
- I manage 3rd Ave Surf Shop in Spring Lake, NJ. I'm a sales repfor No Friends and Mike Stewart/Science Bodyboards, and a rider/rep for T&C Bodyboards. I'm the Marketing Manager for theUSBA National Championship Tour. I compete on the USBA protour. I'm a correspondent for Crysis Bodyboard magazine. Like I said, I'm always running around trying to make somethinghappen.
T&C: Can you tell me about the T&C team? Who's who?
- The T&C team has some solid riders. Mark and Josh kill it, and Geraldinecharges harder than most guys.
T&C: What's the outlook for TCBB in 2008? Any exciting things going on, ornewproducts?
- There's all sorts of cool things coming up for '08! I could tell youabout them, but then I'd have to kill ya...lol! Seriously, though, there'ssome good stuff in the works for next year. Keep checkinghttp://www.tcbodyboards.com/ for all the latest updates and details.
T&C: Where do you see the sport of BBing going?
- I think the sport is at a pivotal point, right now. I think the sporthas a legitimate chance to flourish here in the US but it all depends on theriders making a go at the pro ranks, how hard they're all willing to work tomake it happen, and how willing they are to make personal sacrifices. Nogoal is ever achieved without some sort of sacrifice along the way.
T&C: What role do you think you play in the BBing industry?-
- I'm just an underground rider from New Jersey trying to open some doorsfor the next generation of bodyboarders.
T&C: If you weren't involved in BBing, what would you be doing?
- Actually, I had a glimpse of what my life would be like withoutbodyboarding. I was landlocked, living in North Carolina, for a year and ahalf. With the exception of one really good friend (what's up, Simon?), mylife was pretty depressing...working 40-50hrs a week in a supermarket inCharlotte. I was going crazy without the ocean! So, I think withoutbodyboarding, I'd probably be in a psych ward somewhere doing my bestimpersonation of Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest...lol.
T&C: Any suggestion for the up and coming groms?
- Yeah. Work hard, stay focused, and don't take opportunities for granted. Appreciation for what you’ve got, and loyalty to those who are willing tohelp you out goes a very long way and speaks volumes about what kind ofperson you are.
T&C: Any last comments?
- I'd like to thank Paul Pasa at T&C Bodyboards, everyone at No Friends,Crysis mag, DSO eyewear, Jason and Beta Bitzer, Larry McGinn, Mike Murphy,Lou Brzozowski, Manny Vargas (for his constant encouragement), KiraLewellyn, Guilherme Tamega, Ryan Rhodes, and everybody else who has helpedto support or inspire me along the way. I owe you all a tremendous amountof gratitude.