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RRhighriderThat survey was pretty dumb, most people do not ski to get sponsored or to compete
Jibbin_Ur_FaceThank you very much for completing the survey for me! I also appreciate the feedback on the survey as well. Do you have any suggestions to how it may be better structured to make it less dumb?
In reply to your comment, I would like to let you know that a very large portion of the freeskiing community does have hopes to compete or become sponsored in the future. This is not the reason that they ski (nor should it be), but it is something that develops as one becomes more involved in skiing and develop further passions for the sport. At a small company, like Bloom Outewear, 5-10 "Sponsor Me" emails can be seen each week. Looking at the size of this company compared to others like K2, I would assume that many of these large scale ski companies receive over 50 of these emails per day. In terms of competition skiing, there are currently over 1300 male and female competitors in the AFP ranking data base. At the Aspen Open (AFP Gold Event) in 2014 there were over 150 competitiors. With the 59 AFP sanctioned events that occurred last season (150 People x 59 events) I can estimate that 8850 different people possibly competed in AFP events alone last season. This doesn't include locally held or non-sanctioned events. This is why I turned to Newschooelrs, freeskiings largest community of 632K+ members to see what portion of those members actually do have a desire to become sponsored at some point or ski competitively. Saying that it is dumb to ask skiers/snowboarders whether or not they desire to become sponsored or compete would be like saying it's dumb to assume that the millions of high school athletes have no desired to play in collegiate or professional sports...
DrailI'm not trying to start and argument, am I'm not saying that your overall assumption is wrong, but to assume that those in the Aspen open are unique in relation to other AFP events is silly. With no real knowledge one could say that the 150 who competed in that event are the same group that compete in all events and therefor there are only 150 people competing in AFP events, not 8850. And the 5-10 people fun in for a bloom sponsorship are the only people trying with all companies. I know for a fact that neither end of the scale is correct, I'm just saying. YA know?