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salary of pro riders?

got into a discussion with a friend of mine and he thinks pro riders don't make jack and I disagreed with him. He said the one exception of course is Shaun White who makes 9 mil a year from endorsements, etc. I don't mean "pro riders" who get free gear. I'm talking Lago, Vito, Terje, T. Rice, Davis & Kass...what do the top riders make a year?

I made the argument that obviously they can't ride pro forever but after they're done they have great ops to work for the companies and are generally set for life and have one of the best jobs in the world....get paid to ride
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Enough to need agents...so it's got to be a decent amount.
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Anywhere from just over 50k a year to a few million a season. I would guess the top pros are in the mid to high six figure range to a few million a season.
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good question, never really thought of the financial side of pro riders.. now I'm wondering as well.
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Anywhere from just over 50k a year to a few million a season. I would guess the top pros are in the mid to high six figure range to a few million a season.
that's what i thought. I was like these guys aren't risking their lives and bodies for pennies. I know some people live for the ride but your not pushing your body and gravity to the limits in the X-games, olympics, and pro comps for nothing.
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I think I saw the big checks some guys won in bigger contest (TTR/Dew tour), and I want to say they were like 50,000 first - 25,000 second - and 10,000 third. Plus on top of that they get paid by sponsors to show up.

And Shaun White make a pretty penny. He did total a Lambo and has another one.

As for long term finances most get into the business side of snowboarding and either help run or own a company.


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As for long term finances most get into the business side of snowboarding and either help run or own a company.

It's the same as in any modern televised sport, as soon as your not hot shit, your dog shit and off the payroll. As a rule of thumb I think it's safe to say most riders in the pro/semi-professional league are no where near millionaires, with the exception of maybe 10 guys. Most people who are not in that super pro league are still holding down a 9-5 to make ends meet.

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It's the same as in any modern televised sport, as soon as your not hot shit, your dog shit and off the payroll. As a rule of thumb I think it's safe to say most riders in the pro/semi-professional league are no where near millionaires, with the exception of maybe 10 guys. Most people who are not in that super pro league are still holding down a 9-5 to make ends meet.
Completely agree! I recall reading somewhere Mr. White nets between $10-15 Million a year. Definitely the exception, not the rule for our sport.
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I think I saw the big checks some guys won in bigger contest (TTR/Dew tour), and I want to say they were like 50,000 first - 25,000 second - and 10,000 third. Plus on top of that they get paid by sponsors to show up.

And Shaun White make a pretty penny. He did total a Lambo and has another one.

As for long term finances most get into the business side of snowboarding and either help run or own a company.
Before I ever started snowboarding, the only guy I could recognize was SW and I actually knew him more for skateboarding than snowboarding. Mainly from the olympics. I was driving in Solana Beach and up comes a Lambo. It drives by and all I can see was red hair filling the whole fucking window. I ask my (now) wife, was that Shaun White? As she was into wintersports more than me she said yup that's him.

It was a lighter than baby blue Lambo if I recall correctly. Is that the one he crashed?

SW is raking in the millions that's for sure. head and shoulders above everyone else.
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I hope they make more than 50k a year, if I was that good I wouldn't do it for 50k a year. I would hope minimum is 150k-250k a year.

The sponsors make so much money off these pros, there is no reason they shouldn't be making 6 figure salaries.
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