Jake’s part in Forum or Against ‘Em, in our heads at least, was the point where he decidedly turned his back on hitting man made features at large, and focused strictly on riding natural terrain. His opening quote for the part perhaps says it best:
I’d rather be waiting it out in the clouds than going to some man made jump in the park. I’ve almost got a rule: if it takes more than 5 minutes to setup, then screw it. I’m gonna do what I want to do out there. If I want to go pop off from that and go do a slash, i’m gonna go do it.
What follows on from that quote is 5 minutes, spread over two full songs, of next level snowboarding – the kind of snowboarding that had people comparing him to the likes of Nicolas Müller and Terje Haakonsen. It’s calculated, gnarly, technical, and all executed with the kind of style that just sticks in your head. Damn, this part really makes us want to go ride.
Yep, it’s safe to say that with that two-song ender in Forum or Against ‘Em, Jake had made his mark on the snowboard world. People that had maybe just seen him as another contest kid trying to make a break into the world of backcountry riding, sat up, took note and remembered the name.