Pro Snowboarders get a Bad RapBy admin • Aug 16th, 2013 • Category: News
Sometimes we check out the Salty Peaks blog. Aside from the excessive long board posts, they’re pretty good at finding interesting stories you may otherwise miss. But today’s post about a snowboarder being sentenced to 5 years in jail for a drunk driving accident is kind of a bummer. Not just that people died and someone is going to jail, but the fact that the headline on the blog reads “Pro-snowboarder David “DJ” Torroni Jr. sentenced to 5-years in prison.” Have you heard of David “DJ” Torroni Jr? Neither have we.
We figured this egregious mistake was a direct quote from the non-snowboard related people who assume anyone who is has a coach (i.e. everyone in steamboat) is pro, but no, the article they referenced doesn’t even call him pro. That means that someone from the shop, who in theory understands a little bit about snowboarding, labeled him that. This is a major pet peeve of ours, so let’s take this as an example to define who is a professional snowboarder:
1. They get paid to snowboard. Not in T-shirts but in cold, hard cash.
You can usually recognize them because they’re in the big movies, the big mags, or most importantly, in the “pros” section on their sponsor’s websites. Otherwise, hate to break it to you, but you’re just a boarder. So while drinking and driving is stupid, please stop mislabeling everyone who snowboards and gets in the public eye a pro. The truth is, these people are just bums, not actually productive members of society.