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Old 06-25-2013, 01:07 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Can't believe how close we are to 1000 only 15 more needed, the little one is on holiday at the moment, so won't see him for a week, and i will be on a shopping holiday in the UK, until we all go to Germany for a few days...

Picking up some more new gear for him while in the UK, so he will be excited when he gets home no doubt...
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Old 06-25-2013, 04:28 PM   #12 (permalink)
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As for paying for his equipment, that works reasonably well, we have secured a basic sponsorship by way of a shop in the UK, he is there ONLY sponsored rider, and not even from the same country, but they are family friends and they do COST for all his equipment now... Which is really cool... We are looking at developing this as much as we can, and again this follows on from his nickname...

We own the domain www.sneakysnowboards.com and we are looking at starting a kids winter clothing range using cool logos for basic stuff, my bro is a finance director for a well known label in the UK, and has the contacts, so we are setting it up as a trust with all proceeds going to a trust account that can fund his learning and competing if he is good enough, we also have full time winter sports schools here in Norway, but they cost money, so it will help with that...

However, we DO understand that he has to be good enough, and have a love for it, and if he loses interest then the money will be used in an alternative way to help fund others from the school he is at now... It is not about making money from him, but not denying him the opportunities he could have.

I think he will always board now, but how good he is is down to him, we are just planning so that he won't miss out if he IS good enough...
Wow. That's a lot of pressure for a 7 year old.
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Old 06-25-2013, 05:35 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Wow. That's a lot of pressure for a 7 year old.
Really...??? How, he doesn't know anything of the financial side or what we are doing, but thinks it is cool that he will have a website and already has a fb...

It is not just me that is doing this, his mother is doing it as well, and his father is cool with it...

For him it is just snowboarding as much as he can and seeing how cool it is that more people like his page...

The video we did of his season edit was originally going to be just for him, but as he progressed and got the hang of it, he wanted to see it on the net like the professionals, and we burnt a dvd for him to take to school as well, which the whole year watched... And the teacher had nothing but praise and loved his fb as well...

I think it is always hard when you push a child hard, as to what the benefits actually are, and we don't push him, we lead him, and that is not very often as he has such a passion for it...!!!

Unfortunately things are expensive here, so when my brother suggested we did a clothing line, we sat down and thought about the benefits, how it would be funded etc, and how the money would be managed... Which is why we came up with it being a trust and if he quits that it will benefit others, i am not talking about a full blown business, but every little helps...!!!

It may be that there are many parents out there rich enough to do all this with no help, but we are not all as fortunate, i am in a position that i can take him everyday through not working anymore, but that does not mean i am loaded, just sensible with money to give me an income that means i can not work should i choose...

I don't understand how that equates to pressure on him though...??? As i have already said, if he wants to stop he will stop, although i cannot see that happening anytime soon...!!!
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Old 06-25-2013, 07:14 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Can't believe how close we are to 1000 only 15 more needed.
You mean 14

Great to see the progress of your young fella. I'd love to have had someone document where I started and where I am now. Will be great to see how he's going in a few years time.
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Old 06-25-2013, 09:16 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I am fortunate enough that from this season i get a family season pass for free, but he has still has to pull his weight...!

He gets every lesson anyway, that is tuesday evenings from 6-8pm, on the snow, and then 3 weekends with events for the club as well.

Other than that, because we have shared custody, we have one week and his dad has one week, although lessons are an exception, the alternate weekends, he gets one day regardless, and has to earn the other...

As for paying for his equipment, that works reasonably well, we have secured a basic sponsorship by way of a shop in the UK, he is there ONLY sponsored rider, and not even from the same country, but they are family friends and they do COST for all his equipment now... Which is really cool... We are looking at developing this as much as we can, and again this follows on from his nickname...

We own the domain www.sneakysnowboards.com and we are looking at starting a kids winter clothing range using cool logos for basic stuff, my bro is a finance director for a well known label in the UK, and has the contacts, so we are setting it up as a trust with all proceeds going to a trust account that can fund his learning and competing if he is good enough, we also have full time winter sports schools here in Norway, but they cost money, so it will help with that...

However, we DO understand that he has to be good enough, and have a love for it, and if he loses interest then the money will be used in an alternative way to help fund others from the school he is at now... It is not about making money from him, but not denying him the opportunities he could have.

I think he will always board now, but how good he is is down to him, we are just planning so that he won't miss out if he IS good enough...
Kevin will you be my dad please
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Old 06-25-2013, 10:00 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Old 06-26-2013, 03:03 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Kinda reminds me of toddlers and tiaras..

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Kinda reminds me of toddlers and tiaras..
I think people misunderstand the reasoning, and how we are doing it, we do NOT want to push him, we want to be able to support him...

His love is snowboarding, and if we are able to do this IF he becomes good enough is always going to be pressure we do not need as a parent, and this way of financing if it works is an alternative... Hehe

We will make nothing from it, that is for sure...

And the FB is purely so people can be involved should they choose, but a healthy FB page for anybody looking for sponsorship is essential in this day and age, so we looked at that as well, it is not filled with crap, not posts 20 times a day on your wall, but a few posts a month over the winter...

So thanks for all those that have liked, it's great, and i'm sure you will enjoy the videos from the future as well... Hehe

Thanks if you have, and well, thanks if you didn't as well...
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Old 06-26-2013, 04:55 AM   #20 (permalink)
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In your next life...

We or should i say HE is now at 22,000+ views on his season edit...

You can see so much in the change of his riding that is for sure, and how his confidence has built and how he tries new things, we are going to work hard on the rails and jumps next season now, he has to find his balance, on the jumps, he used to have a tendency to sit back every time, but we are slowly getting away from that now...

Can't believe how well he does with switch as a well, not the greatest, but certainly going to get that nailed this season as well...

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