When I signed in I was left with a message that read: 'How do you have so many sponosrs with only those tricks?' (Referring to what I put in my profile, which I've now changed).
This bothers me. Not becasue I take offense, but because it makes me wonder as to how ignorant someone can be. Do you honestly think that the only way to get sponosored is to be able to land a list of tricks that the sponsor gives you? You have to be kidding me.
Being sponsored is hard work, contrary to what many of you may think. I used to think that I needed to get sponsored to be cool and that if I wasn't, I wouldn't be known as a good skier. This I soon figured out was bullshit. There are plenty of great skiers out there that never get sponsored. I've even caught myself thinking recently that I wished I wasn't sponosored, solely so I could ski when I wanted, where I wanted, with whomever I wanted.
Uoi have to understand that being sponsored is a full time job. Any sponosred athlete will tell you this. Many people (including the person that left me the message) believe that being sponsored is a complete blessing by the sompany and you now get showered in free product. Hardly the truth. You must first of all earn the respect of the company and it's reps, managers, team etc. Then you must be able to prove to them that you are worthy of the privelige to represent their company professionly. This means not being big headed or overly confident. It also means that you get yourself into as many competition, filming and demonstration opportunities as possible. You are constantly showcasing their product and they don't wan you if you have a bad attitude.
So when it all comes down to it. Being sponsored is not being able to complete certain tricks, it is being able to push the sport and better the company you are working for, yes 'working'.
There are pros and cons to everything. While I wll be the first to tell you that I adore skiing, and I'm extremely happy that I'm in the position I'm in, I will also tell you to really think about it if being sponsored is you goal.
If you have any more questions that you don't want to share through the forum feel free to message me.