Jacob, Gulini nab national championships
Once, he was arrested after jumping over a moving train on his snowboard in Tahoe. He spent two days in jail and was fined $100. He also spent time in jail for train hopping in Ohio.
"I'm a little obsessed with trains," he said, showing off a train tattoo on his right bicep.
Jacob also participates in some Nitro Circus events. Nitro Circus is a group started by Travis Pastrana that travels the world doing extreme stunts.
"Those dudes are nuts," he said. "You feel like you are going to die every second you are with them."
Compared to that, snowboardcross is a walk in the park for Jacob, who takes risks some riders wouldn't consider.
"He's wild," Kearney said. "That kid's crazy. But he's a star and one of my best friends."
Kearney and Alex Tuttle finished second and third respectively, capping off an American podium sweep.
On the women's side, American Faye Gulini defended her national title, cruising to victory. Canada's Michelle Brodeur finished second and Simona Meiler of Switzerland took third. American Brooke Shaw originally finished second, but was disqualified for missing a gate at the end of the course.
Gulini also won the national championship in 2012 but said defending the title was difficult.
"I was pretty nervous at first because I knew I had expectations," she said. "But it was fun and my family was here."