I started snowboarding in 2001 and I was in my 30s. I had always been fascinated by footage of back country boarding so once I could afford time and money to learn I went for it. I started out on a dry ski slope which was hard work and painful but I pushed through it as I was determined to get into this great sport. I wanted a reason to enjoy winter and a different way to experience beautiful mountain scenery. My first season I dislocated a thumb and pulled the ligaments in my ankle but it did not deter me because the adrenaline rushes and thrill I had got far outweighed the pain. I persevered the following season and experienced powder for the first time during which I pulled muscles between my ribs that took months to repair. It didnt matter though because I was obsessed by now. So over 10 years later I am an experienced boarder who has 2 overseas trips every year (Japan and NZ as I live in Oz), has a holiday home near the best Victorian resort so I can go every weekend through the winter, spent 3 months in Chamonix in 2011, go heliboarding in NZ when I can afford it and spend all my time off piste in the back country wherever possible. I am just as obsessed with this awesome sport and love the fact that I look forward to and embrace winter, rather than dread it like many of my friends. This sport keeps me fit and enhances my life. I am never going to stop.
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