We caught up with Jossi Wells at the High Five Festival to talk about his ten-year presence in skiing, and all that the future holds for him and the Wells clan.
Jossi Wells has been regarded as one of the world’s best skiers for nearly ten years, ever since he was the first to hit the massive Big Bertha jump switch at the 2006 Candide Invitational. Since then Jossi has continued to impress with a unique blend of style and technicality, always combining these elements whether in video or in a contest venue. Now a married man, Jossi’s thinking about the future—and good news for us, skiing is still a large part of it.
Hey Jossi, what’s going on?
I’m hanging out in Annecy, France to do some stuff for Atomic and watch friends’ movies. I don’t have a segment in a movie this year—I did some filming this year with Max Hill and have a few shots coming out soon, but I didn’t have the time to film a lot. For the last few years it was hard for me to film because I was trying to be in the contest scene and was injured a lot. When I’m done with the contests, somehow I’m always injured. But I’m really looking forward to filming more with Max Hill.
Where’s your career at now, ten years after the beginning?
It’s been a while. I’ll still try to be a competitor for a few more years, then I’ll move to the filming side when I think my time has come. I think I still have a lot of skiing coming to me, so hopefully I will come back to Annecy sometime soon to present my skiing to the people. I’m excited about the future and my body feels good right now.
What do you want to film?
When it comes to filming, I just want to show everything I do because I’ve always done all disciplines, even if I stopped competing halfpipe this year to focus on slopestyle.
What are some great moments you remember from the past?
Definitely the Candide Invitational. Just getting the email from Candide was like a dream come true. I went there and wanted to show my best. I skied really hard there, and that’s when the Europeans started to know about me.
I also liked the European Open a lot, and the X Games as well. This last year when the European came back, it was at the end of the season, a difficult one due to my neck injury. But I worked hard with the physio, worked on my mental game and then took the win. That was pretty big.
You’re married now – what about this part of your future?
I definitely want to start a family at some point, but not for a few years. When I become a dad, I want to be there, and not traveling as much as I do now. It doesn’t fit with my lifestyle right now. I’ll ski as much as I can until a little guy turns up, and then I’ll have to pick and choose my trips more.
You’ve already got a strong family thing going with your brothers.
Yes my boys, they are the best. They are my best friends, my biggest influence. Seeing them riding makes me so happy and proud. I can understand sometimes how my father could feel about us too. You can’t describe it.
How’s your relationship with your dad? You are 25 and married and still traveling with him.
People ask me that all the time. My dad is… there couldn’t be a cooler dad in the world. Bruce is a legend. He is so supporting and gives good vibes and lets us be ourselves and learn from our mistakes. It’s not like how you would imagine having your father around.
Talking about your family, is there a project coming up?
Yeah man. We’ve been talking together a lot and even tried to start something this year, but all got hurt. I couldn’t ski because I was really sore after X Games. We did a trip to Minnesota and Byron was chilling, Beau hurt his shoulder on the first feature and Jackson bruised his heels. We feel like our story has already been told in interviews, so the next thing we do will be just about skiing. Let the skiing talk. We’ll do something at some point, but due to competitions we don’t have all that much time. We’ll see.