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04-26-2014 02:40 PM
Kevin137 Almost 2000 likes now, amazing, and Sneaky's season edit will be done by next weekend, so will post then...

Thanks for the guys who have liked and for those who have looked but not liked, thanks as well...
03-29-2014 11:31 AM
Kevin137 An update on how things are going for Sneaky, well we never made it to the Arctic Challenge, other family commitments, but he has had his 1st Slopestyle and SBX comps this weekend, he was a little apprehensive this morning, so we had a chat on the way, and we both agreed that we would ride the course for each, and he could decide afterwards, well 6 hours later, he decided he had had enough...!!!

He finished 2nd and 3rd in his 2 SBX races, i think this was his favourite, and the conditions where very "spring" so a little slushy and it got cut up quite early in the day... But had so much fun...

The slope style was a little harder for him, but he managed a 10 foot Pipe Rail from end to end, which he had never ridden before today at all, managed to land most of his jumps in his 3 runs, and again enjoyed it, but not as much as the SBX...

Tomorrow, we have a slalom race which he loves, he did this one last year, and won ALL his races, so fingers crossed for tomorrow...

His page is doing very well as well, i know some of you on here are now following him, and thank you so much, it is so nice for him, and he thinks it is cool that he is not that good but still people follow what he does... Upto 1700+ likes now...

https://www.facebook.com/sneakysnowboarder

If anyone else wants to come and joint his fun, then just like...

We are also sticking with a theme, and like his season edit last year which was introduced by Stian Sivertzen who races SBX and comes from the same school he does, we have another PRO who has recorded one, was such a surprise for me when he made time to sit and chat, and give me some pointers for Sneaky, and when he said that he would record the intro for this seasons edit, i was shocked, such a cool dude, and so down to earth...

Not sure when his edit will be done, but will post in here when it is finished... Hehe
02-21-2014 02:56 PM
Kevin137 Well down the line, we are still boarding, not taking it too seriously, and he is hitting stuff that HE wants to hit, and stuff i would never consider him hitting either...

He is currently having his moments, wants to go loads one week, and the next do nothing, so that is how it is... But when he DOES go, he never wants to come home... Haha

We are looking at the Jnr Arctic Challenge this year, he has said he doesn't want to compete, but wants to watch, and there are a couple from his snowboarding class that are going, so we think he will change his mind, and he is entered anyway, so he has the choice when we get there...

His FB on the other hand, is still reeling in more likes, and is now over 1400, and going great...

Funny to see how he has grown, we thought he would go one way, and he seems to be going another, and absolutely loves off piste and powder now, which he hated last year...
07-01-2013 12:55 PM
BoardWalk Kids are all different, parents are all different. I would never offer advice to someone on how to raise a family. I'm not even sure how I do it, but I consider myself very lucky to have the kids that I have.
07-01-2013 09:35 AM
Deacon
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Originally Posted by Argo View Post
I wasn't going to like the FB page but I am now just because these other guys are being dipshits.

My son has a passion for boarding also. Few years ago we moved to vail when he was 10 so he could pursue his passion. He started competing in multiple styles and won quite a few contests... Over the last couple years he gave up all of the competing except big mountain. It's dangerous, it's scares the shit out of us(the parents) most the time, it costs a busload of money to do the tours when we don't want to accept money from people to corporatize him yet, but plain and simple..... He loves it, he is great at it and it's what he wants to do. We home school and travel around a lot for comps. We were oriionally from south Texas so it was not our dream we are following. He was ranked top 5 last year going into nationals in SBX, we passed on those finals because it coincided with north American champs for big mountain. He got 4th in that cause of a butt check off a 20' cliff.... Fucking skier judges. Now he has sponsorship from drift, smokin and a local shop..... Dunno of I want them to pay for travel and expenses or not but the free shit is nice. Think we will wait until he is 15-16 for the other stuff....

Point is, he knew at a young age(like 6/7) that's what he loved and that's what he wanted to do. When people have kids, they know. The fucking single life douchers or 6 day a year snowboarders that put an emphasis on living within the social norms don't have a clue.

Good for you for helping the kid live and follow his passion. I'm sure your like me, if he gave it up, fuck it... There's plenty to doin life beyond boarding but I just don't see that happening anytime soon and I'm sure you don't either.
Exactly. +1m
06-30-2013 10:22 PM
wrathfuldeity Its great that a kid has a healthy passion, that have parents who help and make the sacrifice. The passion is the motivating factor that gets a kid to expand into and is reflected in other areas. In the beginning parents do a lot and also help the kid to instill a belief that it can be done. In the middle, parents teach/show/help the kid to learn how to do/accomplish it and in the end the kid does it for themselves....imho what every parent wants for their kid...confidence, competence and accomplishment/self actualization. Its not pressure from adults...its the PASSION of the kid...they got to do it.

Daughter was addicted since day 1 at 7 yrs old and rode for 8 years, at 15 switched to skiing, 16 a ski instructor and 80 days, at 17 she skied 100+ days while living 60 miles away (didn't have driver license or have a car), was a ski instructor and did her senior project by training with pro patrol. And now at 18-19, her own stuff with the crew (who do it themselves)...btw bc filming is not like getting park footy.

Secret Stash: Locs Only on Vimeo

Bike Lap with Sade on Vimeo

North Cascade Productions on Vimeo
06-30-2013 11:36 AM
chomps1211 Definitely need MORE parents who recognize and support their children's passions!!! Especially when they are somewhat,.. "unconventional!"

I haven't heard anything here that sounds like "pushing" or "pressure" to have the boy fulfill ANY of the adult's unrealized dreams or aspirations!!

Wish my own parents had been half as perceptive, encouraging and supportive of the things I was interested in when I was his age!!! I wish him all the best in his pursuits!
06-30-2013 10:47 AM
Argo I wasn't going to like the FB page but I am now just because these other guys are being dipshits.

My son has a passion for boarding also. Few years ago we moved to vail when he was 10 so he could pursue his passion. He started competing in multiple styles and won quite a few contests... Over the last couple years he gave up all of the competing except big mountain. It's dangerous, it's scares the shit out of us(the parents) most the time, it costs a busload of money to do the tours when we don't want to accept money from people to corporatize him yet, but plain and simple..... He loves it, he is great at it and it's what he wants to do. We home school and travel around a lot for comps. We were oriionally from south Texas so it was not our dream we are following. He was ranked top 5 last year going into nationals in SBX, we passed on those finals because it coincided with north American champs for big mountain. He got 4th in that cause of a butt check off a 20' cliff.... Fucking skier judges. Now he has sponsorship from drift, smokin and a local shop..... Dunno of I want them to pay for travel and expenses or not but the free shit is nice. Think we will wait until he is 15-16 for the other stuff....

Point is, he knew at a young age(like 6/7) that's what he loved and that's what he wanted to do. When people have kids, they know. The fucking single life douchers or 6 day a year snowboarders that put an emphasis on living within the social norms don't have a clue.

Good for you for helping the kid live and follow his passion. I'm sure your like me, if he gave it up, fuck it... There's plenty to doin life beyond boarding but I just don't see that happening anytime soon and I'm sure you don't either.
06-30-2013 02:19 AM
Kevin137
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Originally Posted by Lagomorphic View Post
A website, clothing line, sponsorship, DVD, different kinds of social media (which he's concerned about getting likes on), multiple adults in his life who are "looking at developing this as much as we can" . . .

Of course that's pressure. Especially for a 7 year old. Could he quit snowboarding tomorrow without feeling like he's disappointing anyone . . . ?
Website currently directs to fb, clothing line is generic so not a problem and hardly a line with a couple of t-shirts a fleece I'm different coulors and maybe 1 or 2 different hoodies, sponsorship currently consists of a small shop doing stuff at cost, they are never going to complain, DVD, what DVD, one for his class which to be fair is no different than talking and showing photos about your holiday, or did you never do that at school? Social media is fb, and he is not concerned but thinks it is fun when more people like it, he used to struggle to make friends, he is now open and fun minded and can't believe people like his page, concerned he is not, but it always gets a smile when there are more that is for sure.

The school he is in, is all about fun with development being a part of it, all the guys that ride with him came through the same school, and now they do what they do, they enjoy riding with him, probably because he likes to try new stuff and he takes in what he sees them do, that is not a bad thing, are they an influence, yes a positive one on his riding ability, but that is all...

I don't get why it is negative all the time, you only have to see how he is on the snow to see how positive is has been, and again in all facets of life, he is such a chilled laid back kid now without a care in the world, that loves snowboarding, that is all it is too him...
06-26-2013 02:42 PM
Girvs
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Originally Posted by Lagomorphic View Post
Of course that's pressure. Especially for a 7 year old. Could he quit snowboarding tomorrow without feeling like he's disappointing anyone . . . ?
Under some pressure yes, but as his dad has stated, he's not pushing him. If he wants to stop he'll do it of his own accord and that has been openly admitted. Though I agree, it is banking on a lot of things behind him, so if he does give up....
However do kids at that age even feel like they're disappointing someone if they move on? Probably not, he'll move on to play with some other toys and be happy doing that and most likely won't care about whats left behind. It's just a fun sport that he can come back to anyway.
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