Q&A with Jesse from ABC’s The Bachelorette - Ski Mag

Q&A with Jesse from ABC’s The Bachelorette

The somewhat infamous and free-spirited winner of ABC’s The Bachelorette, snowboarder Jesse Csincsak, opens up to SkiNet about life in the spotlight, his plans for the future, and his ideal girl.
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SkiNet:

How do you say your last name?

Jesse Csincsak :

“Sin-Sack.” It’s Hungarian.

SN:

How did you get into snowboarding?

Jesse:

I grew up in Ohio. And being a snowboarder from Ohio is like being a surfer from Kansas. I had a friend who told me I would never be any good at it and why would I waste my time. So being a hardheaded person, if you tell me I can’t do something, I am going to focus on doing it. So that’s what I did and I fell in love with it and have been able to making a living doing it.

SN:

When did you come to Colorado?

Jesse:

I did two semesters of college then came out here when I was nineteen. This is year eight. (He turns 27 this spring.)

SN:

What does JSAK Snowboarding do?

Jesse:

JSAK is a non-profit organization I started back in 2001-02. It stands for “Just Snowboarding Ambitious Kids” and it was inspired by my own dream to make it to the Olympics for halfpipe. But I thought, 'why should I just do this for just myself,' I should do it for a team. Now we work with up to 15 kids per season (November-May).

Basically, JSAK gives kids the (off hill) tools to be successful at snowboarding. I wanted kids to be able to go out and learn how to talk to businesses and sponsors and learn how to promote themselves. So when it comes time that they are good enough to get sponsors, they would know how to talk to sponsors and basically have people skills.

JSAK produces a calendar every year and we have the kids go out and sell calendar spots, to raise money for themselves. The kids put the money they earn in a “JSAK account” that they in turn can use for snowboarding expenses.

For more information on JSAK snowboarding, visit jsaksnowboarding.com

SN:

Have your TV appearances helped JSAK?

Jesse:

Being in the public eye has helped JSAK’s progress for sure. Because of what I’ve done with TV, there is a group that started on the Internet called the Snowboard Babes. Its s group of 60 women that have started raising money for JSAK. It’s pretty cool.

SN:

Do you still have Olympic dreams?

Jesse:

No. Not any more. Now I want to retire young and be able to be a stay at home dad and raise my kids. My dad was a truck driver and always on the road, not around too much because he was trying to put food on the table. My goal is to do well for myself and set myself up so I can work from home, make the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for my kids’ lunches.

Jesse shreding the pow.

SN:

Why did you decide to go on ABC’s

The Bachelorette

?

Jesse:

I actually didn’t know I had been applied for the show. My cousin, Heather Csincsak, went online with a bunch of her girlfriends and submitted photos and an application to the casting department on my behalf. A month later, my mom called and told me I had been selected for

The Bachelorette

. I said, “Mom, I don’t know if you’ve seen the guys on that show, but I am not the cookie-cutter Abercrombie model. There’s no way.”

SN:

How did it feel when you found out you had been selected?

Jesse:

It was pretty amazing. I was really blown away and I actually thought it was a joke…I thought I was getting “punk'd” by Ashton Kutcher.

SN:

When you got down to the final episode, how did it feel to be picked?

Jesse:

It was a dream come true. To go through a process like that…I have always been a person who never doubted myself and I doubted myself all the way through that show. I didn’t let anyone know, but I thought I was going home that first night. It was pretty crazy, surreal.

SN:

If you had the chance to do it again, would you?

Jesse:

For sure.

SN:

How has life changed since the show?

Jesse:

All the attention you get is really flattering. It feels good. But at the same time, it has its cons. No mater where you are or what you’re doing, there is always a set of eyeballs on you and you have to be conscience of that. It can be exhausting. But it also makes you smile to read a flattering email from someone who has never met you before.

The publicity has helped me personally. I just got picked to film a second

Made

for MTV and to do a piece on Breckenridge for

Extra

and a lot of networks want to work with me now because of the number of people who are following me and want to know what I’m doing. So it’s great for business, for sure.

SN:

How has the publicity helped snowboarding as a sport?

Jesse:

Snowboarding has always been a smaller sport and every year it keeps growing and if there is any way for me to give back, that is what I intend to do. That’s why I started JSAK. Snowboarding, like life, is like a car; if you keep driving it and don’t put anything back into it, its going to run out of gas.

Jesse filming his latest episode of MTV's MADE.

SN:

How did the MTV

Made

filming go?

Jesse:

Great. The first MT

Made

episode I did was about a girl named Tara Weling from Colorado Springs, who wanted to be “made” from a priss into a snowboarder, which we did very successfully. Then I did a remake for MTV as kind of a "Where Are They Now” and they did a recap on Tara – how she is doing now and what kind of relationship we have, which is a brother-sister type of relationship. She is really the little sister that I never wanted. She is one of the few people on

Made

who followed through with what she learned. (She has since moved to Summit County with her mom to pursue a professional snowboarding career.)

To watch Jesse’s new episode of Made, tune into MTV on December 31. 2008.

SN:

What’s next?

Jesse:

There is a grandmother from Montana, Lynn Pinkerton, who started a petition to make me the next

Bachelor

for ABC and in one month she collected 3,300 signatures for me.

To sign the petition, Click Here.

SN:

So…Does that mean you will be the next

Bachelor

?

Jesse:

ABC has not offered it to me, but if they do, I will definitely consider it.

SN:

Since things did not work out with you and DeAnna (

The Bachelorette

), can you tell our readers what kind of girl you’re looking for?

Jesse:

I am looking for a girl who is honest and consistent, and someone who likes to be outside. Someone who likes the simple things in life.

SN:

Do you care if she is a skier or a snowboarder?

Jesse:

I could care less as long as she likes to be outside.

SN:

Tell us something people don’t know about you.

Jesse:

I am a normal, every day guy that likes to go out and have fun. I don’t change for any one. I am what I am and I don’t censor myself or act a certain way for anyone.

SN:

What do you do when you’re not snowboarding?

Jesse:

I am a huge movie guy. I own 700+ DVDs. The last movie I watched was

Step
Brothers

– hilarious.

SN:

Any sponsors you want to thank?

Jesse:

Bolle Optics. Zero Gloves, Screamer Hats, Curtis & Co Watches, Nike 6.0, Bern Helmets, Purl Wax, Unity Snowboards and Power Bar.

For more info on Jesse, visit JesseCsincsak.com.

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