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Old 05-12-2010, 06:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm 15 now. I've only got one season under my belt. I'm a pretty fast learner. If I did everything I could to be pro, is it even possible to get there? Around what age would you guess I'd get there? I only have about 15-20 days of riding max every year, but I go from when the place opens until it closes and I take as little break as possible. I know this question is going to annoy some people, but I just want some experienced advice. Btw, are there any professional snowboarders on these forums?

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There is a lot of competition out there. If you only have one season riding 20 days a year I would guess your not even close to going pro. Win some comps and get videos out there if you think your good enough.....
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Old 05-12-2010, 06:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I don't mean pro now, I mean could I get there in like 10 years
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If you're not pro by the time your 25-27 years old, you most likely wouldn't ever become one. The kids that go pro are the kids who live close enough to a hill that they can go atleast 3 or 4 times a week. If you only go 20 times a season, there is pretty much no way you could go pro unless you had some amazing god-given talent or something.
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Figured. Thanks guys.
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You do realize that most people that are pro were just kids that loved to shred and didn't have any ambition to get sponsored but were noticed because they have talent. Riding open to close 15 to 20 times a year doesn't really mean anything other than you have dedication to shred. Those open to close days you could just be slide slipping down a bunny hill.

In order to be pro you have to be marketable and if you aren't then why would anyone want to sponsor you? FYI the life span of a "pro" is ungodly short and if you aren't sponsored by your age and working your way up the ranks it's even harder. In the snowboard world you turn 25 you're pretty much dead to the mainstream snow media and irrelevant which is gay.
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Anything is possible obviously, but don't shoot for the stars. Sure, it's good, but set small goals along the way
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Anything is possible obviously, but don't shoot for the stars. Sure, it's good, but set small goals along the way
Yep^.

Ok here's the thing, obviously the more time on the snow the better you'll get but if you're trying the same trick and your legs are super-tired it can bring up more chance of injury. I'm not saying trying it a bunch of times, I only mean pushing yourself when you're already exhausted. Just don't overdo it. Have fun out there and don't be disappointed if you aren't progressing as fast as you want to, some tricks come to people easier than others.
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Don't worry about being a pro. Just go out there, ride, have fun, be the best you can be and if it happens, it happens.

Why do you care? If we all tell you that you can't, are you just going to quit?

Hell, the bottom line is that none of us have ever seen you ride so we really have no clue. Doing anything for a job can be a blessing and a curse at the same time. When I go to the mountain, I just go for myself to have fun. If I was a pro, there would be performance expectations and that always ramps up the pressure and for me, that would decrease the fun. Sponsors don't just pay you to ride their gear - they expect you live up to expectations and uphold a certain image.
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thanks guys. I don't really care much about sponsorships and all that stuff, I just want to be a good boarder. I just want to be able to do the stuff that I see pros doing.
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