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As long as you have fun you've got nothing to lose.
This is the main thing. Just go ride and have fun. If your goal is to get sponsored, you can probably pull it off if you work hard enough. But, why? What's your goal? To make a living off of riding? If so, it ain't gonna happen. If your goal is just to be a sponsored rider, just hit up a bunch of local places and eventually someone will be willing to slap their business name on something for you and there ya go, you're a sponsored rider.
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If your goal is to get some free stuff and paid entry fees then that's obtainable. If your looking for someone to pay you to ride then your out of luck. You have a better chance getting a reality show based upon you or probably hitting the lotto at age 18 than being a paid border.
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I know Corbo started in his late teens or maybe even early 20's and maybe now has only been riding 5 years or something?

There's no timeline on talent or dedication, these things are measured by xfactor.

At 16 you are still bulletproof go push yourself and get some steez too.

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Getting the skills to look like a sponsored snowboarder is tough. You have to be willing to do bigger stuff that most people are avoiding. And be that guy everyone wants to watch and think "wow that's so cool". And that means you have to care more about nailing new tricks instead of contemplating how much this will hurt if you mess up.

I saw this big jump at Mt High and I was hoping to find someone that will go off that jump so I can see their technique and how much speed they needed. But everyone was going around it. So I decided I was going to attempt before going home. I did fall a few times, but I did land them cleanly once I got the speed. But even though I felt great landing it, now I have to do spins/flips which make it harder for landing if I want to look like a sponsored rider.

So yeah, just getting the skills to do the same tricks you see from those sponsored riders takes a person who is willing to do the stuff most people don't want to try. And you'll get hurt attempting them. I have a friend sponsored by Nike as amateur rider and he has gone through surgery perfecting his skills. I learned to do a 180 off a little ledge and that was enough to get a thumbs up from another boarder, so I'd like to push that to a 360 one day.

But seems this kid is already better than me. It's too bad people want to see boarders push their limits and not just like us for snowboarding.

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I think It would be cool to get sponsored. I don't know If I'll be able to, as this is my first season so I'm starting kinda late, but I'm hoping by the end of the season I'll be able to land a 360, BS/FS, 180 on a box, 270 off, I'm hoping I can boardslide a rail, etc. So far I can 180, BS/FS, Boardslide the box, then switch to 50/50 and 180 off, I'm just learning to do rails, etc. I can do any grab, with one hand, etc. My goals are to look like I've been snowboarding a lot longer than I have.
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I think It would be cool to get sponsored. I don't know If I'll be able to, as this is my first season so I'm starting kinda late, but I'm hoping by the end of the season I'll be able to land a 360, BS/FS, 180 on a box, 270 off, I'm hoping I can boardslide a rail, etc. So far I can 180, BS/FS, Boardslide the box, then switch to 50/50 and 180 off, I'm just learning to do rails, etc. I can do any grab, with one hand, etc. My goals are to look like I've been snowboarding a lot longer than I have.
So you're just here for the fashion show?


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So you're just here for the fashion show?
Since when does that have anything to do with fashion??

What I'm saying is because I've started snowboarding later than a lot of people I kind of want to be better than people who have been snowboarding for my amount of time.... sorry if I offended you for stating my goals, bro.
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There are plenty of 'sponsor me' vids online (youtube) and some semi pro presentationals. That will give you an idea of where you need to be at.
One of the first posters after your OP is on the money, you need to be out there and be seen, you need to work on networking on and off the hill. People need to know who you are.
Part of being sponsored is complying with certain brand deals...sometimes that is not desirable for a rider. I have plenty of friends who are sponsored but a lot more that are truly amazing that aren't for that reason.

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All these people are correct.
My good buddy is sponsored by Quicksilver and thirtytwo and is trying to get YES. sponsorship. You have to start by stop renting equipment. You've probably got that down. Then, make yourself known. Talk to people. Show off. Make a big deal. Post vids on youtube. Talk. Listen. Shout. Laugh. (not really) . Soon enough, you'll find yourself getting somewhere. You'd be surprised, another one of my buds works at Nidecker (produces NOW, Jones, YES), they really want to sponsor people; their just waiting for the right slick to COME TO THEM. good luck!
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