Whoever said you’ve gotta have friends obviously didn’t know that the word “friends” isn’t actually spelled with an I. Just ask Jack Mitrani, part of the Frends crew – a group of pro snowboarders who, according to wearefrends.com, “are separate and unique beings, but are bonded together creating one body, much like the most awesome robot warrior of all time, Voltron.”
The older brother of fellow Frend Luke, Jack Mitrani credits his progression in snowboarding to Luke and the rest of the Frends crew, who help push him to new heights every day. Their influence can be seen in Mitrani’s performances over the course of the 2009-10 season, when he took eighth at the Burton New Zealand Open (matching his performance at the Australian Open the year before) and closed out the Winter Dew Tour circuit in fifth place overall.
Sidelined for much of the 2008-09 competition season with a broken back – an injury he sustained in an attempt to break the world record for a quarterpipe air at the 2008 Billabong Air and Style event – Mitrani still made a bid for inclusion on the 2010 US Olympic team, taking 10th place at both the Mammoth Mountain and Copper stops of the Grand Prix.