Chad Boulter is a professional in the realm of extreme sports. He is dedicated, hard working, and determined to make a name for himself in professional snowboarding. He is currently 26 years of age and has been riding professionally for the last five years, since he was 21. He grew up in Jupiter, Florida where there isn’t any snow, but he has been skateboarding for his entire life, which prepared him for a successful career in the snow. Although he has only been snowboarding for less ten years, he learned quickly how to handle himself on the mountain and understands how important it is to use both edges of his snowboard while riding.
Snowboarding is a difficult sport to learn. Unlike skiing, which is easy to start, but harder to master, snowboarding is harder to learn, but easier once you get the hang of the basics. Instead of facing straight forward, your body is facing to the side as you cruise down the slopes. Not only is this counterintuitive to natural instinct, but it also means that instead of using one foot at a time, you have to use both feet to control either side of the board. Many beginners learn to use their toe side edge first so that they can get used to stopping while facing forward. However, it is equally important to learn how to use your back edge as well, even though it means you’ll be stopping with you back facing downhill. Using both edges works your legs evenly so that the muscles don’t get warn out as easily.
Chad Boulter quickly learned how to use both edges of his snowboard because you can’t become an expert without first doing so. Although the back edge can be tricky to learn, it makes you a better rider.