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The Inertia

At the beginning of high school, at the young age of 14, I began pursuing the snowboard dream. When I was 19, I got the chance to meet Jeremy Jones and Jim Zellers; two people that have forever left an imprint on me and my approach to life both on, and off the mountain. After devoting myself to school and snowboardin,g I found a much deeper meaning to my life, one that most people my age don’t realize until later on. My passion for splitboarding and backcountry snowboarding progressed along with my education as I advanced from home schooling to a full-time private university.

Photo: Courtesy of Romi Kristl

Photo: Courtesy of Romi Kristl

A few years later, I found the unique aspect that linked both school and splitboarding. After honing my backcountry approach skills, I recognized that I started taking more and more time on the way up to find every unique feature that the faces had to offer.

Photo: Courtesy of Romi Kristl

Photo: Courtesy of Romi Kristl

Soon after, I came to the realization that this unique tactic of choosing intricate lines and weighing out each and every consequence was not only meant for the backcountry, but for my life off the mountain as well.

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Photo: Courtesy of Romi Kristl

Photo: Courtesy of Romi Kristl

If we allow the actions of the people in front of us to dictate the way we think our lives should go, or the way we should behave, then we are no better off than the guy following his friend down the same tracked path that was set before them.

Photo: Courtesy of Romi Kristl

Photo: Courtesy of Romi Kristl

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