Thatâ€™s right, Alexei Griesbach a.k.a. JibNinja23 of Danville, California is the latest â€œagentâ€ to be named by Tecnica in their â€œWhatâ€™s Your Mission Contestâ€. As a Northstar-at-Tahoe local, this newcomerâ€”heâ€™s only been freeskiing for about a yearâ€”enjoys nothing more than riding on his K2 Silencers and learning new tricks. Based on the pictures he submitted, itâ€™s pretty obvious heâ€™s a natural.
Heâ€™s off to a great start! Ashley Battersby handpicked him herself to be the new winner. Thatâ€™s amazing! Props to Alexei for proving that dedication really does pay off. And, while Alexei isnâ€™t out to mimic anyone, he definitely looks up to TJ Schiller, who is apparently â€œthe manâ€, and he also admires the talented Simon Dumont, Tanner Hall, and Colby West. But, of course!
Alexei is already back at it for the season, planning his new conquests: misty 5â€™s, rodeos, switch cab 9â€™s, and 270â€™s on and off rails. Spending more time in the backcountry and ripping big mountain powder are also on his agenda for the 2008-09 season. Basically, this crazy ninja is going to master his kung fuâ€¦if you catch my drift. He has big dreams of becoming â€œa respectable freeskiing icon.â€ Sounds like heâ€™s got his eye on the prize. Wait, didnâ€™t he already win a sweet prize?