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A skier at heart A skier at heart
Let me start this off by saying that no one really seems to know how to snowboard properly. Because sliding down the hill on... A skier at heart

Let me start this off by saying that no one really seems to know how to snowboard properly. Because sliding down the hill on a single edge doesn’t count, especially since that “technique” wipes away all the snow for everybody else – turning the run into an ice skating rink at best. True snowboarders make their turns properly, and carve through the snow leaving the snowpack intact. I’ve seen very few wanna-be-cool snowboarders succeed at that. I believe you have to try everything at least once. One thing I’ve always wanted to try is snowboarding. I’ve been skiing for years, and it’s one of the reasons I moved to Canada. Who wants to spend 16 hours on a bus to France to go skiing maybe once a year when you can literally have it in your backyard up here in the great white north?

IMG_6776.JPGI took a trial lesson to try my hand (more so feet) at snowboarding. Encouraged by the instructor who said I picked up faster than most I bought myself some gear and ventured out to the mountains to practice some more. By now I believe he must tell everyone that, because I totally sucked at snowboarding. I’m sure that if my *ss hit the hard packed snow one more time I would have started crying. And not happy tears, just to be clear.

Despite my bruised behind I think you should try most things in life at least three times. The first time everything is awkward, the second time you might think “hmm, interesting” – and the third time will start to show whether you like something or not. And maybe you’ve even picked up some skills on the way. One can only hope. I sure didn’t. I went out with my new gear at least five times, but my skills got progressively worse. I also missed my ski’s and decided I was much happier on those, despite the much more comfortable snowboard boots. I decided to sell my brand new gear so i’d get my money back and someone else could enjoy it. I felt so relieved when it was all gone. I guess that’s proof that I’m really a skier at heart, and fine with it. We don’t have to master everything in life, some things are better left to those who enjoy it and are good at it, too. Besides, who wants to spend $80 on a lift ticket and spend all day sitting on snow, anyways?

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Wilko van de Kamp Author

WILKO VAN DE KAMP is the author of #1 international best seller The Freedom Project and several other books and e-books. He's also an award-winning photographic artist, and professional world traveler. His inspiration comes from traveling all over the world. He calls the Canadian Rocky Mountains his home, and the rest of the world his office. He has been capturing our wonderful planet, and it's beautiful inhabitants, for more than half his life. Wilko has spent his life traveling the world to capture awe-inspiring images for those who wouldn't see them otherwise, and to inspire others to embark on their journey of a lifetime. Through his art, writing and appearances as a keynote speaker he enjoys sharing his colorful experiences with the world. Visit him online at www.wilko.ca