Hi everyone!! Today is the VERY first day where Justin is taking over my blog!! The plan is to test this out to see if you guys are interested in what he has to say … LOL … pressure is on babe!! Just kidding!! We thought it would be a fun twist here, many of you have questions for Justin’s and ask for his point of view so we thought we would give it a go!! Alright, without further ado, here is the man of the hour!!
Hey everyone! Justin here! I wasn’t sure where to start with these blogs so Jillian asked her following on Facebook and Twitter what they wanted to hear from me, the questions rolled in and they ranged from how I felt about Fatherhood to Overlanding. But one question stuck out to me and it was, “Who is Justin?” Haha!!! I think this is a good place to start.
I’m going to throw it way back for you here! I grew up in Calgary, born and raised. I went to the Nation Sport School in high school! I was playing national level rugby and racing boardercross during this time (I was actually on Team Canada until I was 16!), in the summer I was travelling for rugby and in the winter I was travelling for snowboarding, it didn’t take long before things got hectic and I had to ditch one of them. I chose to pursue snowboarding because it was my dream to make it to the Olympics. To be honest now that I look back on it I wish I had gone with rugby but either way, I have no regrets.
When I started competing on a professional level I moved out to Canmore from September to April. I then made it to the National program and I moved out to Whistler which is where I finished up my career. I travelled the world snowboarding, Europe, Argentina, all over Chile, North and South America … I made my rounds.
Actually, it was shortly after my trip to Argentina when I retired from snowboarding! I couldn’t put up with the countless injuries anymore, in Argentina, I was creamed by a skier, his ski actually cut right throw my gear and my skin. I took a little trip down the hill in a sled to a little cabin where about 5 Doctors worked to stitch me up. I had one guy holding a flashlight, one guy stitching me up and the others handing bandages over, and none of them spoke a word of English. I don’t know if I should admit to this right now but I ended up trading a pack of Canadian cigarettes in exchange for the stitching. They were pumped. Haha. I don´t want to smoke cigarettes anymore, I want to buy the best vape pen that there is right now to quit my addiction.
After that fun experience, I went home and two months after that I hit Austria, cracked and broke 3 ribs, in January I took another slam and ruined my shoulder and dislocated my index finger, then the month after that I got my 6th concussion in 5 years … this was the year leading up to the Olympics and I was over these injuries. I knew that if I hit my head one more time that it could be bad news. So I finished off the year in Whistler, retired from snowboarding, met JILL and started up Scrub Captain. Scrub Captain was supposed to be a little job that helped with my transition from snowboarding and the start of school (I was taking Urban Land Economics at Sauder School of Business in Van) and it ended up taking off. Kelowna was the perfect market for a boat detailing company so I ended up going back to school at the same time and kept Scrub Captain running. In the fall of that same year, I moved in with Jill. I fired up Scrub Captain again in the Spring for a couple more years then started working for my dad. What started in 2016 as part time with my dad at Innocept Real Estate and Development (our family run and owned business) ended up turning full time.
So between all of those changes, we also had a baby, bought a house, started a “fixer upper”, got engaged and filmed for Jillian and Justin in between. In the chaos of everything, I realized that I was missing adventure. I used to call the chair lift “My office”, now I sit behind a desk in an air conditioned room. Pretty different. I needed to be outside again, in the fresh air, adventuring and exploring, and that’s when I took up Overlanding. Okay, you guys are getting the full story so sorry if I’m babbling, but you asked for it! Haha! My fingers hurt. I don’t write blogs. So give me 5. I’ll be back.
Okay, that was more like a 50-minute break. But who’s counting Okay, so, Overlanding. I love heading out and checking out places I’ve never been plus it gives me an awesome excuse to work on my Toyota truck. Now there is this, the blog. The reason why I wanted to take this on is that I get so many questions about how I balance a kid, a dog, and a crazy fiance. Just kidding Jill. Love ya. People also ask about what equipment I use for my truck, how I bring Nacho along and what brands and products I like. To be honest, I hate men’s hair products and fashion, people can sit here and tell me my nose is dry and cracked and I’ll refuse to put shit on it UNTIL I find a product that I love. Then I’ll go to the store and buy that shit in bulk for fear that I’ll go there next time to get it and it’s sold out. All of us guys are the same. We hate stuff until we love it. Haha. Deodorant, for example, I’ll only use deodorant and I only use Old Spice. I love it and I hate antiperspirant, it leaves this white ring around your armpits and I would rather have a big sweat stain on my pits than a big ass white spot. Okay, I’m thinking out loud again. I’ll wrap this up.
I hope that answers some of your questions about me. I know a few of you were asking about my snowboarding career and Overlanding over on Jill’s Facebook page. I’m going to write one blog a month over on Jill’s website so stay tuned for the next one but in the meantime, let me know below if you have any post suggestions or questions for me.
Thanks for reading!