Action sports icons Jeremy Jones and Selema Masekela sit down for an open discussion on their career paths and the adversity they faced along the way in “Journey > Reward”.
Presented by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, this four part series explores racial injustice, the environment and other key issues in the action sports community and the world, while challenging the viewer to reflect on their own journeys and impact on the future.
Jackson, Wyoming - February 1, 2021 – “Journey > Reward” brings together two legends of the action sports world, Jeremy Jones and Selema Masekela, for an honest conversation about their careers and the adversity facing not only the action sports community, but the broader world. Brought to you by Teton Gravity Research - the producers of Andy Irons: Kissed By God, HBO’s Lindsey Vonn: The Final Season,Ode to Muir and 25 years of award winning action sports films - this four episode visual podcast digital series challenges the audience to reflect on their own journeys and impact on the future. Through open and honest discussion, Jeremy and Selema look back on the origins of their careers, reminisce on the most memorable moments, and dive into the adversity faced on their paths to stardom while championing conversations on important topics such as racial equality and environmental protection.
“Having two icons like Jeremy and Selema engage in important conversations like these is something we need to see more of” said Todd Jones, Co-Founder of Teton Gravity Research. “I hope the audience really takes away from this series the importance of individuality and standing up for what you believe in. These conversations need to keep happening and can hopefully be a catalyst to drive change.”
The full series will be released on February 5, 2021 at TetonGravity.com/Journey and on TGRtv, Teton Gravity Research’s new OTT platform, available on the web and for download on Apple, Amazon, Roku and other platforms. The four episodes include:
- Episode 1, “Following Your Passions”: Episode 1 explores both Jeremy and Selema’s origin stories, the “why, where and how” that led to the transcendent careers for two of the biggest names in action sports. From Selema’s early days as an outsider in Southern California to answering phones at TransWorld, and Jeremy’s outlook on how surfing, snowboarding and getting back to your roots can save your life, this episode forces an introspection of people’s own origins in the world they love.
- Episode 2, “The Foot Powered Transition”: Episode 2 focuses on the defining moments of both Jeremy and Selema’s careers, and the decisions to risk everything they'd achieved in continuing to pursue their passions as they headed in new, unknown directions. For Jeremy, it was a focus on family, balancing risk vs reward, and the drive to foot-powered missions. For Selema, it was a leap of faith, choosing to leave what was seemingly the perfect job at X Games, with a personal mission to reconnect with the roots of the industry and reignite his own passion.
- Episode 3, “A World of Injustice”: Episode 3 pulls back the curtain on the racial injustice that exists in the outdoors and around the world. Selema recounts first-hand encounters of prejudice and life or death moments, as the discussion leads to an in depth look at racial injustice, the black lives matter movement, police brutality and more as it pertains to the outdoors and beyond.
- Episode 4, “Fighting for Climate Action”: Episode 4 puts a spotlight on Jeremy’s work with Protect Our Winters, and his personal journey to becoming a leading activist in the fight against climate change in direct response to his own experiences in the mountains.
“I think we’re at a point in our history where we can really be the change we want to see, and come together to support one another.” said Jeremy, “Myself and Selema are fortunate to have these platforms to share our stories, and hopefully encourage people to use their own voice and follow their own passions - it’s a really humbling thing.”
Available for streaming on February 5, 2021 - this four episode series will be supported by additional TGR editorial features and interviews that continue to drive meaningful conversations into the key topics from each episode.
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About Teton Gravity Research; Teton Gravity Research (TGR) is the leading brand in action-sports, adventure, and youth-culture media, captivating audiences with world-class storytelling and content for more than 25 years. With a global, multi-channel footprint, award-winning multimedia film projects, an industry leading experiential platform, unprecedented viral content, and a rapidly growing apparel and optics line, TGR is one of the fastest growing media and lifestyle brands on the planet. TGR is a proud member of Protect Our Winters, 1% For The Planet, BICEP, Surfrider Foundation and IMBA. For more information on TGR, visit TetonGravity.com
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