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Matthew Gibson

What I Do When I Can't Go Snowboarding

By May 31, 2013

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snowboarderWell, spring has arrived, and most -- if not all -- snowboard resorts have closed for the year.

It's a sad time for us all.

But, there are ways to cope with the loss of snow and months without shredding.  People deal with it in different ways. Some watch snowboarding videos. Some drink away their until the snow returns. Some just cry into their pillow.

But me, I read about snowboarding.

It usually starts with some random connection. For example, my brother recently tested for his level four snowboard instructor certification with the Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors (also known as CASI).

So, I tried to google it, but I somehow ended up on the website of the Canada~Snowboarding Association, which is an entirely different entity. So, I started reading.

I learned about how the organization oversees almost the entire sport of snowboadring in Canada.  It's kind of boring to most people, I know, but I find this stuff really interesting.

For example, I learned that there's an entire branch of snowboarding called para-snowboarding, which is snowboarding for people with physical disabilities. I learned these because, apparently, the Canadian~Snowboarding Association was one of the original champions of para-snowboarding, which, thanks to their efforts, will make it's debut at the 2014 Winter Paralympics.

And that, my friends, is what we call progress.

So, until it's time to sharpen your edges, wax up your board, and hit the slopes next season, don't forget that there's more than one way to deal with the off-season.



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