Jamesa grew up skiing the Canterbury Club Fields where he first began competing in the Chill big mountain series. He then went on to compete on the Freeride World Qualifier series placing 10th overall in the 2019 season and 3rd in the 2020 season, earning him a spot on the prestigious 2021 Freeride World Tour.
Career highlights: 3rd place overall on the 2020 Freeride World Tour resulting in qualification for the 2021 Freeride World Tour, 1st place at The North Face Frontier 4* 2019, 7th place at Silvretta Montafon 4* 2019, 3rd place at The North Face Frontier 4* 2018 and 2nd place at the Mt Olympus Freeride Open 2018.
Growing up in Canterbury with a group of competitive and talented friends is what led Jamesa down the Freeride path. He spent the early years of his life skiing alongside Craig and Charlie Murray at local Club Fields, Mt Olympus and Temple Basin. Throughout high school he took part in the local Freeride events including the Chill big mountain series and the Snow Sports NZ Junior Nationals.
Jamesa completed a Civil Engineering degree from the University of Canterbury in 2018 before chasing the Freeride World Qualifier events through Europe. With several podiums throughout the 2019 season, Jamesa finished the season in 10th place. This wasn’t enough for qualification into the Freeride World Tour but left him determined to give it another crack. In 2019, he won the first 4* event of the 2020 Freeride World Qualifier tour, The North Face Frontier. This win, along with his other results, was enough for him to earn a spot on the 2021 Freeride World Tour.