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Why Snow Boarding is so Popularfrom: Maxx Adventure Travel
There are lots of really cool snow boarding games out there for almost every computer console, and there's also online games and PC games you can try. It really is a lot of fun for those of us who want to sample the world of snow boarding via a game.
A lot people criticise computer games and the way they stop children going out and doing real sport and activities. Although this is the case with a lot of kids, I've found that many of the people I know who have started snow boarding only done so because they firstly tried it on a computer.
I'm talking about people who originally played a game on a computer then thought that it was so much fun they'd give it a go in real life. This may sound crazy to you, but to me it sounds perfectly reasonable. The only problem is that games are made in a way so they're more exciting, however pulling off some of the stunts that appear in the games are nearly impossible in real life, even for the most experienced snow boarders.
What people have to do is keep a realistic idea of what they want to do and they're far more likely to attain their goals. This is what I thought, and it's one of the many reasons I caution people about this before they get started. People are so used to doing things with little practise on computers, they have to remember that doing things in real life can take far more practise and resolve.
The fact that computer games are bringing people to the slopes is great, but I'm sure it isn't only computer games doing this on their own. Snow Boarding has become a brand, it's associated with a certain lifestyle and that's why those who want to be cool, hip and freestyle are hitting the slopes. The truth is, the sport is now classified under the "extreme" category placing it on a pedestal next to motor cross, BMX and skate boarding.
The rise in popularity in snow boarding also comes down to its similarity with other sports. Those who previously skate boarded and still do will find themselves naturally apt to handle a snow board and the same applies to skate boarding. Those who are used to skate boarding will find the thought of snow boarding appealing, even surfing could be classed in the same manner.
The rise of snow boarding is also comes down to personalities, sportsmanship and ability of the top athletes who compete in the sport. The kind of professionalism and dedication you see within the sport is amazing considering the age of the sport, and the age of the athletes who compete. I'm aware that international DJs, singers and sportsman all show up at the major events and this is also something that has raised the profile of the sport.
As more people get into the sport every week, it's important that we try our best to support these people and ensure a high retention rate occurs. The fact is, snow boarding requires a level of commitment that other sports don't require in as much abundance from the outset. A boarder is expected to make an investment in equipment, memberships and a board from an early stage, and it's important this is done.
We should all encourage boarders to start, and in doing so we will raise the profile of the sport and raise the respect for what we do. Whether through computer games, brands and perceptions or whatever -- it doesn’t matter. It's snow boarding that matters.
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