This I Believe

Khai - Santa Monica, California
Entered on June 19, 2007
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: sports

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

would allow.

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

towering trees.

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.