31-Year-Old Kevin Kobasa’s Season Edit

Hey all aging snowboarders – here’s a little inspiration for you. 31-year-old Kevin Kobasa’s season edit from Seven Springs. If you want to pretend that 31 isn’t old that’s fine, but for those of you who are willing to accept the inevitability of aging, here’s the thing. You’re actually getting better every season. I can hear you now saying, “but I didn’t learn anything new this season?” Learning new tricks is a young man’s game. Self preservation is what you’re all about now.

To get better at snowboarding all I have to do is wait. I know this is the complete opposite from what you’ve been told your entire life, so let me explain.

As a youth growing up almost everyone wants to be able to do all the cool moves and get the recognition of friends, sponsors and babes. To do this you spend hours every day watching edits, memorizing the motions and practicing the moves. Every year you progress a little bit. I eventually came to the realization that I was trying to climb an endlessly growing ladder. I would get better every year but so would the pros.

Then, the break through. Unlike the kid trying everyday to progress and fight the endless battle with time, we (aging snowboarders) just have to let time pass. As we get older all we have to do is maintain our current level of skill and let time do the rest. How many times have you seen an older dude riding through the park and said to yourself, “damn, that old guys still got! He kills!” In reality all he did was front board the down rail or 540 a jump.

And here’s the best part. Every year that passes we get a little bit better, relatively speaking. Not because we have learned anything new, but because we can still do those moves year after year. Those tricks done by a 16 year old? Not impressive. Done by you at 35? Hammers.

I have finally found what I’ve been searching for all my life, the ability to get more out of something by doing absolutely nothing. I can sit back, do nothing and let the years pass by as I “get better” at snowboarding. All I have to do is spend a couple days each year to make sure I can still get that down rail and 540. Think of it as snowboarding paying you royalties for the time you spent as a youth hucking your meat around and enjoy your golden years of snowboard progression.

24 replies
  1. basshole
    basshole says:

    my trick vocab has gotten smaller as ive gotten older, mainly just because i dont want to hike a down rail for an hour trying some trick that a 12-year old in wisconsin can do better than me. but i think ive gotten better as an all-around snowboarder. i find myself getting better at carving, riding trees, riding pow, doing different grabs, and approaching park features in unconventional ways. im honestly having more fun riding now at 27 than when i was 21, because im not so preoccupied with landing hard tricks and can instead just flow around the mountain and enjoy it.

  2. danmelon
    danmelon says:

    The best thing about being old is you really don’t give a fuck about anything or anyone anymore and you are just out having fun, and you have way better taste in music (as demonstrated by this edit).

    • Hash Slinging Slasher
      Hash Slinging Slasher says:

      Don’t think that has much to do with being old. I’m 20 and feel this way

  3. Morgan Stanley
    Morgan Stanley says:

    You can tell he’s old because he has more boards than Kim K. has handbags. #OldMoney

    • Karl
      Karl says:

      It’s funny cause it’s true. I have so many boards now and I know it’s just compensation for deteriorating skills while earning more money.

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