SHEA JORDAN and I became friends after I moved to El Bolsón, Argentina. Shea’s parents had moved there from Southern California in the 90s, and Shea grew up riding mountain bikes in the local Valdivian forests, and in his own way helping introduce DH mountain biking culture to the area.
2009 was an important year for Shea: he won 1st overall in the Elite class in the OpenShimano Comp, which crowned him Argentine National Champion, but he also broke his back in one of the races, causing him to take significant time off. Then in 2010 he was in a motorcycle accident which damaged his foot.
Not knowing if he would ever be able to ride again he shifted his focus to moving back home to the States to further his eduction. Over the past two years Shea has started a program for structural engineering and working a nine to five at a local bike shop.
But after two years Shea realized that riding is a form of sanity. He’s been training at the Ted Williams trails in San Diego as well as Anderson Truck trails, and is working on transferring into San Diego State’s engineering program and breaking into the Pro DH class in the next few years. He’s currently working on building a new DH trail for filming. Any support or sponsorships for advancing his goals is appreciated. Contact info: Sheabiker@gmail.com.