Jamesa grew up skiing the Canterbury Club Fields where he first began competing in the Chill big mountain series. He won the 2019/20 North Face Frontier event and then qualified for the Freeride World Tour (FWT) later that season. He has competed in the 2022 & 2023 FWT series, with his best finish being a 6th place at the Andorran event in 2022.
6th place Freeride World Tour Andorra 2022, 8th place overall Freeride World Tour 2022, 3rd place overall on the 2020 Freeride World Qualifier (Europe/Oceania Region), 1st place at The North Face Frontier 4* 2019, 3rd place at The North Face Frontier 4* 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. After a year-long Covid hiatus, Jamesa competed on the FWT for two seasons, earning an 8th spot in the overall rankings in 2022.