From the time that that we first learn to butter -- and spin smoothly around in the soft snow -- many of us dream of becoming competitive snowboarders.
Well, at least we think about it once or twice -- until we catch our front edge while doing a boardslide and fall face first into the rail.
Then we remember how good we actually are.
Back in those days you had to be either a really good racer or an exceptional freestyle rider to become a competitive snowboarder, and the only competitions out there were huge snowboard tours and the Olympics.
Now, however, things are different. There are competitions for all-mountain riders, which has opened up competitive snowboarding to a large proportion of riders who couldn't compete before.
The United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association (USASA) made great progress in opening up competitive snowboarding to all levels of riders.
So now, it's not a question of whether you are or are not a competitive snowboarder; the question is do you want to compete or not?
Of course, you may choose the third option, of being a rider who is simply passionate about the snowboarding and winter sports.