The first snowboard magazine I ever bought (in 1991) had a cover story on Noah Salasnek; it also turned out to be the last issue of International Snowboarding Magazine. I had attempted to learn to ski a year earlier with friends, and when I saw Noah in his neon threads snowboarding like a skateboarder, it blew me away; it was amazing! Seeing this story and those pictures inspired me to try snowboarding. It has taken me a long time to learn to snowboard, and I know in my own lifetime my snowboarding proficiency will never hold a candle to Noah's. But I will be forever grateful to have taken up snowboarding and for all the enjoyment it has brought me, and I will forever be grateful to Noah for his inspiring me to snowboard. I am sad that he has been taken from us at such a young age, and I hope he will rest in peace. I will miss him terribly.