Getting paid to snowboard is the dream for millions of Americans throughout the country. No matter how you feel about snowboarders like Shaun White, he has made millions of dollars solely from snowboarding. The reason that White is the highest-paid snowboarder in the world is because he has won every major halfpipe and slopestyle contest in the world. This includes the X Games, the US Open, and the Olympics. He’s simply the best in the world. You don’t have to beat Shaun White to earn sponsorships. Start small with regional contests and build your reputation as a skilled boarder. You’ll start to gain sponsorships from winning a few local and regional events, and before long, you can take on the big boys.
Another way to earn sponsorships for snowboarding is to produce videos. Video part riders such as uber-producer Jeremy Jones are the most common professional snowboarders in the world today. If you can produce excellent video parts consistently, companies will take notice and pay you to produce video for them. In order to do this you have to be able to nail tricks on video. Once you have a few videos of you absolutely shredding, you’ll have some leverage to talk to companies to sponsor more.
Chad Boulter turned pro in snowboarding by winning several smaller, regional snowboarding competitions in Colorado. He traveled to the Rocky Mountains at age 19. Originally trained as a skateboarder in his native Florida, he eventually bought property in the Rockies so that he could train in some of the best snowboarding conditions in the world.