Chasing your Passion with Justin Pasutto

14970_10152601363950377_38855323_nJustin Pasutto is a Former Professional Snowboarder and member of the Canadian National Boardercross Development Team. All starting back from grade 4 with a “Ski or Snowboard Day”  field trip, Pasutto has been hooked on the sport. Over the past 10 years, Justin competed and trained around the world and represented his country.

Before standing and racing side by side with the worlds best boardercross athletes, Pasutto at the age of 12 took interest in playing Rugby. In the years between 2000 and 2009 of playing rugby, Justin received an MVP award with his club (CCIAC), MVP award with the Calgary Rugby Union and was named to the Canadian Rugby team for Under17, U19 and U21 teams. Faced with the decision to pursue either sport at an elite level, Justin choose snowboarding to fuel his need for adrenaline and passion.

Originally born and raised in Calgary, AB,  Justin now currently resides in beautiful Kelowna BC.

I first heard about Justin when friend and designer Jillian Harris confessed he was the prince that stole her heart. For those of you that know my blog, you know that I adore little Ms. Harris. So I knew that this must be a pretty special guy to win over such a beautiful person like Jillian. I saw this remarkable glow every time she mentioned Justin or posted a picture. I contacted Jillian to see if he would be interested in an interview and without a hesitation we were scheduling when and where to meet.

From the moment I sat down with Justin till the end of our 2 hour interview (was like talking with an old friend), I was completely mesmerized by his charm, honesty, dedication and passion. Justin has this way that makes it very easy to be around him, he has great energy and such a beautiful outlook on life. You can’t help but feel inspired and in a good mood after talking with him, Justin is a perfect gentleman with a giant heart of gold. Sitting there I was able to hear stories about his amazing bond he has with his family, the endless love for Jillian and how chasing his passion has filled his life with such joy. I am very proud to share this interview with you and to give you a little look into the life of a hard working, solid, genuine guy!

BB411~ When did you know you wanted to be a Professional snowboarder?


JP~ I played hockey ever since I could walk, being from Calgary it’s the go to sport to get into. In grade 4  we did a ski or snowboard day and I picked snowboarding, it was blowing up everywhere because of Shaun White. I fell in love with it even though it was the most painful and tiring day of my life, I could not stand on my board for more that 3 ft without falling over. The lifestyle appealed to me. I wanted it so bad and felt that I would do anything to get it. Grade 8 is when I got into competing with half-pipe (freestyle) and then I did a boardercross race and won $500 and was like “I’m rich, what am I gonna buy”. It felt easy. I was playing Rugby as well at this point, and being an older brother I was very competitive. I wasn’t going anywhere in half-pipe so boardercross was more suited for me. I joined the Calgary Snow Board Club and boardercross programs kicked up and coaches were hired. In grade 10 I went to  a specialized high school, the National Sports School for olympic sports only (you have to qualify). There are classes and schedules to follow, but it allowed me to focus on snowboarding and coming out of high school I was giving it 110%.

BB411~ Walk me through a day in the life during the snowboarding season?

JP~ I Wake up around 7am and snowboard till 2ish, break for 45 mins (power nap or lunch), then gym for 1-2 hours either a recovery workout (bike, stretch, hot/cold tubs) or power strength/muscle endurance workout and then I head home.

BB411~ A little tip for sore muscles is to rub pure, organic coconut oil on your body or add it to a hot bath.

JP~ Thanks, that’s great to know!

BB411~ What’s on your playlist?

JP~ Country Music, I’m loving artists like Taylor Swift and my favourite being Eric Church.

BB411~ What is the next step in your career?

JP~ I’m on the National Development team and working hard at my quest to have the opportunity to compete in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia?

307653_10150772865850402_5040130_nBB411~ Have you been interviewed before?

JP~ Not like this, not a sit down. You’re my first!

BB411~ Thank you for the opportunity

BB411~ If you weren’t a professional snowboarder and you could be anything in the world what would it be?

JP~ In real life I would probably go into business, maybe commercial real estate like my day or become a Professional Rugby Player. But my dream would be a Country Singer or Cowboy (if I could time travel).

BB411~ Which Athletes did you admire growing up?

JP~ Shaun White and in my sport Mike Robertson (medalist with boardercross Vancouver). He always had a calm, cool mentality and is the friendliest person you’ll ever meet. Mike’s older brother Adam was my snowboard coach growing up, he built me to where I am today. Adam is one of the most intelligent coaches for boardercross that you can come across.

BB411~ How did you and Jillian meet?IMG_3258

JP~ (A BIG Smile goes on his face) I met Jillian in Kelowna this past Summer. I was in Calgary for a friends engagement party and I flew back out that same night, but I almost missed my flight. Everyone was going out in Calgary to party but I decided not to. But what’s cool is how the whole day worked out. I went straight from airport to a water front pub called Rose’s. I was waiting in the VIP line up, Jill and a few of her friends walked up and straight to the front of the line. Then one of my girlfriends came out and saw me in line and commented on how I was dressed up saying “oh isn’t this guy a beauty” to Jill and her gf’s and Jill responded “yes this guy is totally cute”. Jill and I only exchanged 3 or 4 words in the lineup and then I went in before her.

While inside we didn’t see each other all night until the end when it was closing time. We started chatting and as we were getting kicked out I asked her to give me her number so we could finish this conversation later. We went outside and as she was on her phone trying to figure out where her girlfriends were, I couldn’t help but look at her and If I had to say this, it was love at first sight. I really believe it, it was a sensation that just hit me. This was the first time it’s ever happened to me like this. A few days later I sent a text seeing about meeting for dinner and didn’t get nothing back for a while and then she finally responded and said sure and gave details of when and where. The thing was I had no idea who Jill was, she told me she did some work on tv, I figured it was on the production side of things. I had never watched the Bachelorette. I picked her up at her house and when she walked out I was like WOW~totally swept off my feet. When she got in the car she was like “hey how r u”, super bubbly Jill and I was like “I’m going to marry this girl, this girls perfect”. We chatted our faces off the whole date. Our second date was at a family picnic where I met her entire family for her Granny Marg’s birthday.

BB411~ Have you watched any of the episodes of Jillian on the Bachelor/Bachelorette?

JP~ We talked about it and for the longest time I didn’t, but finally out of curiosity I YouTube’d it and watched 3 mins of one episode.

BB411~ You must know about the hotdog theory?

JP~ I found out about it when I went out for dinner with her parents and her Mom asked Jill to tell me about the theory. Jillian asked me what I put on my hotdog and I replied “Mustard~ it’s the go to thing”. Jill lit up and explained the whole thing while saving the mustard guy for last. Well I totally nailed it and the rest is history.

63750_10152434247175377_1675046216_nBB411~ What are the 3 things you love most about Jillian?

JP~ Her positive energy and outlook on life (it’s so moving and inspiring everyday), her family values and her humour ~ She makes me laugh all the time (she gets that from her Dad Glen, he is the funniest, quirkiest guy out there).

BB411~ What is your favourite thing to do as a couple?

JP~ Depends of time of year. We didn’t go to a movie till 7 months. The best thing we love to do together is travel, every opportunity that we have time off we go somewhere (LA, Calgary, Maui or Road trip). We are usually so tired and beat up from our jobs we just love chillin out. As long as we’re together were stoked on doing anything.

BB411~ You travelled to NYC to ring in 2013, tell me about it?

JP~ I went with Jillian and my parents on a trip to NYC. We got to be down in time square and go in the green room to watch Ryan Seascrest at the ABC Studio (my Mom is obsessed with Ryan and being 5 ft away was incredible). The moment when the ball was dropping we ran outside and rang in the New Year beside Taylor Swift and Harry Styles. It was an amazing trip.

BB411~ How did your parents influence the person you are today?IMG_0156

JP~ That’s a great question. My Dad’s Italian and my Mom’s Irish so I get the fun-loving, sporadic, I want to hug everyone from my Mom and the love of food, big family and drive from my Dad. I was really lucky growing up, my parents come from great families. My Mom was the total “My kids are first” and built us with real true values. Respecting people for who they are, lending a hand, being responsible, growing up thinking what do you want to reflect on other people and what do you want other people to view you as? She’s gone over and above for my brother and I. My Dad he’s the exact way but in a different light. My Mom’s a school teacher and my Dad’s owned his own company which gave him the opportunity to be there for me and my brother all the time. Both him and my Mom have been my #1 fans since the start. He played a little sports in high school (genetically gifted) and was at every practice on the sideline helping run the programs I was in. My Dad  always said “the only thing that beats talent is hard word and time”.IMG_0210

BB411~ Have you always been in love with fashion and beauty?

JP~ I always have and I have to give my Mom credit for that (she’s always wanted a daughter growing up). She’d always ask “boys do you like my shoes” to my brother Matt and I. She would always dress us up in little bow ties, sweater vests and blazers when going to family events and outings. Then when I started dating Jillian, she is so passionate about style and loves her clothes that I have been playing around with different looks.

BB411~ Favorite Designer?

JP~ I love Indochino and Ted Baker, their style is amazing. Since I have big legs I have to get everything tailored, but these two are my favourites.

BB411~ Favourite colour?

JP~  I would say Blue, a flat navy blue. I also like periwinkle (Jillian would be proud).

BB411~ What are the 5 staple pieces every man should have in his wardrobe?

JP~ Bow tie, 3-piece tailored suit, quarter zip sweater, navy blazer and a pair of nice brown dress shoes.

487587_10152177175180402_1267195150_nBB411~ Describe your style?

JP~ I’m very practical for the situation. I go from snowboarding to red carpet with Jill. I’m not an emotional dresser.

BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?

JP~ From the inside out. True beauty is someone who can live in the moment of each day, not worry about the future and not dwell on the past. Being able to stop and take the moments to enjoy life, like smelling the flowers. Jill is the perfect example of this.

BB411~ What inspires you personally and professionally?

JP~ Professionally and personally it’s the things that impact your life, give you satisfaction, challenge you and help you grow as an individual each day.

BB411~Are you involved in any charities that are close to your heart?

JP~ In school I was involved with the Mustard Seed in Calgary, I helped the homeless shelter give out food and gifts (toiletry items). I have been involved with Motion Ball and the Covenant House Vancouver (Jillian and I slept out in the cold to raise funds and awareness for homeless youth). I got to meet with the kids that live there, hear about their lives and experiences and take a tour. The Covenant House has inspired these kids and given them a clean slate to believe in what ever they want to believe in. Sleeping outside gave me a different perspective and appreciation for shelter and a warm bed. The cardboard we slept on acted as an insulator, I woke up with my foot off the cardboard and it was frozen. I plan to get involved with other charities in the near future, this is something that is very important to me. I’m thinking after the season ends going to Africa for a few weeks and volunteering, maybe teaching at a school. I’d love to get involved with Right To Play foundation, it’s such an amazing organization.

BB411~ What does it mean to you to give back?IMG_0243

JP~ Seeing that twinkle in someones eyes, that inspiration passed from you to them. You give them hope, without it we would all be miserable. It’s about leaving that person with a goal for the future, a different view on their overall thinking and giving them a light at the end of the tunnel.

BB411~ If you could tell your younger self something you have learned and know now what would it be?

JP~ Everything happens for a reason, I try to live my life with no regrets. I would tell myself to not stress out about the future, you work hard and good things will happen.

BB411~ 4 words that best describe you?

JP~ Emotionally intelligent (I’m good at reading people), Spontaneous, Drive and Humble.304345_10152183966425377_1874265724_n

BB411~ What is your skin care regime?

JP~ Up until 2 years ago I’d go for the odd facial, but now I use the new Nivea mens line for rejuvenation with Coenzyme Q10 (face wash and moisturizing cream). Since dating Jill I also now go for microdermabrasions and use the Clarisonic.

BB411~ 3 beauty products you carry with you always?

JP~ Aveeno hand cream, Labello lip balm and Caudalie Beauty Elixir (one of Jillian’s favourites).

BB411~ #1 beauty product you could not live without?

JP~ Hand cream, there is nothing worse than dry skin. It’s a pet peeve of mine.

BB411~ Do any certain scents remind you of your childhood?

JP~ This perfume or hand cream that my Mom would wear, it reminds me of the products at a hotel at Emerald Lake that we would go to growing up.

BB411~ Favorite Cologne?

JP~ Lacoste-White 

IMG_2581BB411~ Do you have a best kept beauty secret that have been passed down to you (say from your Mother or Grandmother)?

JP~ To wear sunscreen and drink lots of water. When I was young my Mom bought me and my brother these tank tops from the GAP that said lifeguard on them. We would run around with walkie-talkies and sunscreen on.

BB411~ Fun fact that your fans may not know about you?

JP~ Im afraid of the dark and I’m willing to admit it (laughs).

BB411~ Favorite quote?

JP~ Never run from a loss and don’t whine when it hurts (it was in a movie).

BB411~ Favourite food?

JP~ Grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup.

BB411~ When I say the words #lovethis, what is the first thing that comes to mind?

JP~ Stoked or Heart (it’s a tie).

BB411~ Where do you see your self in 1, 5 and 10 years?

JP~ 1yr- Hopefully (fingers crossed) on the National Team on route to the Olympics, 5 years-working in a business (maybe commercial real estate), married with a family (or at least starting) and 10 years-happily married with a family (prob 2-3 kids) living in Kelowna or Calgary.

BB411~ What advice would you give entrepreneurs starting out that are following their dreams?

JP~ If you want something you have to do it, you have work for it, it’s not going to come easy. Nothing in life is free. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t do it, block out any doubts that someone else has. If you want something bad enough and you’re will to work for it you’re going to get it.

BB411~ What do you want to be remembered for?294297_10152074826285402_994166618_n

JP~ Not just an athlete who has accomplished his goals and passion but a great friend. A good family member who was always thinking about other people. Always looking to have a good time and making sure others did as well.

BB411~ #1 thing you want to cross off your bucket list?

JP~ I’ve been spoiled with my life and have had the opportunity to travel the world. One thing that I would love to scratch off the list is to visit Fiji and stay in those little huts that are out on the water.

BB411~ Any Adventures on the horizon (personally or professionally)?

JP~ At the end of every snowboard season the work thought kicks in for me to figure out a way to make some cash for the following season. This summer I really wanted to make sure I was on my own schedule and be outside. If I am on my own schedule that means I can fit training in for snowboarding easier.
So I came up with the idea to start my own company. Hadn’t decided what yet but I knew I’d come on to something. I’ve been boating my whole life and I had worked in a boat sales place way back one summer in Calgary and the idea to clean boats came up. But the thing that could give me an extra edge was making it a “mobile boat cleaning company”. I would access all if the Okanagan and make it easier and cheaper for people to get their boats clean. I can run the company out of my home, have my schedule to train and make money to help pay for my next season. I hope that I can grow the company and have it open and available for every spring/summer season to come. It’s been a great project and I’ve learned a lot. Check out Scrub Captain  to find the hottest Summer offers and deals for all your boat detailing needs.

It was such a pleasure to sit down with Justin. I want to thank him for opening up about his life and what matters most to him. I know that no matter what life has in store for Justin (both professionally and personally), he will accomplish anything he sets his mind to. I look forward to watching this rising star make the most out of life. I even got the official invite to visit the Pasutto Ranch in Kelowna this Summer. In Justin’s words, the more the merrier~ he’s just that kind of guy, always putting others first!

Make sure to follow Justin on Twitter to keep up to date on his quest for success, check him out on Pinterest for daily inspirations and Swing by Scrub Captain on twitter to book your appointment today.

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Much Love, Beauty Buzz 411

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