Once again, our favorite ski shop has come through for us. I love those guys. The kids have been skiing and snowboarding this winter, and they've been on used equipment, as usual, at least until they decide they like it. With N, he has enjoyed learning the boarding but he is still a skier at heart. Besides, his board is pretty cool, with a slick dragon on the bottom deck, which I'm learning is what it's all about - the key to snowboard coolness is how the thing looks.
Which brings us to A. She is becoming increasingly interested, not to mention skilled, at snowboarding, and all this time she has used an old board that put together over the years. It's not sleek and cool, but it was fine for learning on. Of course, you learn soon enough that fine for learning on is not only "not cool," but downright embarrassing. To her credit, A never complained, she just pointed out certain facts, like when her snowboard instructor told her the board was so old it came out decades ago, probably in the 80s. In fact, it is apparently one of the earliest incarnations of snowboards ever made.
Talk about retro. Now I know I could have ignored these facts and just told her to deal with it, but at some point you have to move into the 21st century. I also know this is a frivolous concern, but image is important to kids and it's worth it for parents to give it some thought, whether you agree with it or not. So I went looking for a newer board, nothing fancy and definitely nothing expensive, but maybe something made after the year she was born. Of course I went to Henderson's and asked if they had anything lying around, so they went out back and came out with a board that was a little thrashed but nicer and more importantly, cooler looking. I didn't need bindings, so they sold me the board for $20. How cool was that?
I came home and switched the bindings over and now A has a board that she's not completely mortified to ride. In fact, she might even think it's sort of cool. I love when that happens.
Until the next time, thanks for reading, and thanks to Sean Tubridy for the pic.