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Old 02-23-2014, 07:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm new to this site but i've always looked for a place to ask questions. I'm 16 years old, and I ride at Big boulder park PA. I love snowboarding to death and i couldn't see myself doing anything else when im older. Which brings me to the question, whats the chances I have to go pro? I have a decent bag of tricks i guess but im not sponsored. I've been offered by flow but i turned them down because their boards suck. I can throw 900's (most grabs besides like seatbelts, double tails. The weird ones.) I can Double rodeo 10, BS double cork 10 & im working on FS double cork 900's this weekend. My rail game is okay, I can do the normal bs/fs 270's on 270's out. Blunts/boards/nose & tail. I just want to know what it takes for me to reach that level. Anyone have a clue?
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Old 02-23-2014, 07:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds pretty impressive to me, for a change. We get a lot of kids posting here with pipedreams of being a pro who don't have a clue. Other guys could answer better, but in short: hard work, dedication, sacrifice, and some luck. It may work out, may not... but chances are it'll take more than you've ever dreamed to make it, and you gotta be realistic.

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Old 02-23-2014, 07:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Well I know what you mean. Sometimes I ditch my girlfriend and friends so I can land a new trick. I really have no reason to lie, I think my biggest problem is I lack a camera man & an editor. What can i do?
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Old 02-23-2014, 07:53 PM   #4 (permalink)
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first i'd say find someone who can tape you... then i'd say learn how to edit it yourself... its not hard at all for most programs it's drag and drop into the space. Plus it's a good skill to have incase snowboarding doesnt work out for you... Oh, and unfortunately you need a triple to even consider going pro these days... (lame right?)
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I can't speak to your posted topic, other than post some videos for us to enjoy.

I see you don't have a camera guy, don't you ever seen guys taping at the hill? Maybe approach them with a small stipend to tape you and carry a flash drive to let them use or transfer on the spot to the flash drive so you have the footage. Maybe even pay them to edit, depending on cost and talent.

just a few ideas to help you get to that level.

Have you competed in any local or even regional competitions. Even though you love it, semi-pro might be a better 1st step ... just a thought

Good luck either way and find some footage to share and keep us older guys motivated to get better
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I can't speak to your posted topic, other than post some videos for us to enjoy.

I see you don't have a camera guy, don't you ever seen guys taping at the hill? Maybe approach them with a small stipend to tape you and carry a flash drive to let them use or transfer on the spot to the flash drive so you have the footage. Maybe even pay them to edit, depending on cost and talent.

just a few ideas to help you get to that level.

Have you competed in any local or even regional competitions. Even though you love it, semi-pro might be a better 1st step ... just a thought

Good luck either way and find some footage to share and keep us older guys motivated to get better
Maybe those guys would set up an appointment for you and you could pay them to help you out? I'm pretty sure there are a few pretty serious videographers running around your mountain, i mean i see at least 2 guys floating some pretty expensive setups whenever i'm on the mountain...
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Old 02-23-2014, 08:15 PM   #7 (permalink)
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If you've got the bag of tricks that you claim, I would think a decent camera guy might be willing to do the work for free just to slap his name on it.
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I have entered in 1 competition last year. It was a big air contest at Blue mountain Pennsylvania. I got first place with a perfect score. Landed fs cab 9 tuck knee and bs 7 nose to tail grab. Copied that one from the legend sage himself haha. That's where flow offered to sign me on the spot but I turned it down because they're known for their stiff boards. I have gotten offers from little companies if I just post photos but I want something huge. Nitro has contacted me in the past but I don't have a filmer. My parents just can't afford it honestly and I'm only 16.
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You shouldn't have turned Flow down. You aren't a pro yet and so you can't afford to be picky. If I were you I would get a friend who has a camera and get him to film you.
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Yeah, Flow sponsors a lot of very good riders, Scotty Lago probably the best known among them.
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