Whether they were 8, or had already graduated from college, there are some common factors in how a lot of pro boarders picked up their first sponsor. Passion, talent, fate, and who you know, seem to determine how an eager kid becomes one of the known names we see in our favorite videos these days. If you’re aspiring to lead the glamorous life of a sponsored snowboarder (read: living out of a suitcase, sleeping on floors, surviving off of ramen noodles kind of glamorous), read on to find out how it happened for these guys.Â Then, just have fun. If you’re loving it and staying true to yourself, chances are the right things will fall into place.
Click on the photos to read their story, or if you’re not afraid to scroll, read them all here.
|Mike Ravelson||Leanne Pelosi||Jake Kuzyk||Knut Eliassen|
|Sage Kotsenburg||Ted Borland||Sam Taxwood||Brandon Hammid|
|Chris Larson||Jess Kimura||Austin Smith||Will Lavigne|