I believe in snowboarding. Since as long as I can remember I have yearned
for the blissful feeling of the fresh laid powder beneath my feet.
I believe in snowboarding because it is a time when I can leave all my troubles and anxiety behind, or at least in the parking lot. Anything that has plagued me with stress seems to slip away even before my first run. Just the thoughts of the snow and the rides to come calm my brain and allow me to relax.
I love every aspect of snowboarding. From the flawless mountain views to
the crystalline perfect snow, every element of snow and snowboarding is
perfect. A perfection that I have found is second to none. I love the way
that time slows down the very instant I leave the lip of a jump or the way
that my snowboarding feels perfectly balanced on a well tuned rail. I even
love the punishing crashes.
When I was 15 years old, I moved from Oregon to Colorado, snowboardings “mecca”. It didn’t take me long to realize that I was in love with this sport
and like an infatuated teenage relationship, I became obsessed. I ate,
slept, and dreamt, snowboarding. During this time period I came to
understand that the snow would never let me down. Whether I was gliding
over 2 feet of untouched powder of flying 20 feet high over the back
country, I knew I could always count on that feeling of completeness and
satisfaction when I reached the bottom of the hill.
The mountains have always grabbed my curiosity and drawn my attention. When
I first reached the summit of Mt. Hood in Oregon, I knew that I had felt the
ultimate sense of freedom. On the top of a mountain, the feeling of solitude
and exhilaration is ineffable. Even more exciting was the moment that I
reached top speed, soaring down the mountain as fast and gravity and fiction
I enjoy conscientiously knowing that I am close to the edge. These rare
moments truly make me feel alive. This is why I snowboard. I love the
moments when one wrong move could leave me helpless and trapped amongst the
I believe in snowboarding as a way to come to realizations about myself. I
love the snow and everything that comes with it. During my move to Colorado, I was fortunate enough to have snowboarding as one of my many passions and I know that snowboarding truly helped me cope with my own problems and helped me make it through hard times. I believe in Snowboarding because it truly brings a
balance to my life and never fails to leave me wanting more.
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