Vote for the Worst Season Snowboard Giveaway Winner!

10 May, 2010

The 2009-2010 may have been a season to remember for most of us but for some unlucky few it was a season to forget.  Earlier this week I asked those who endured a worst season ever to share their stories in order to win an Omatic Extr-eco with BS Technology.  The stories came in and the top 5 were selected; from injuries to stolen gear to overworked pain and suffering.  Now it’s your turn to vote on the winner…you decide who will be taking home the 09-10 Omatic Extr-eco Snowboard!

Voting has ended, congratulations David!

The top 5 entries are below, so read them and pick who you think deserves a snowboard to make their horrible season end on a good note.

Whoever has the most votes by Friday May 14th at 10pm takes home the Omatic Extr-eco!

Who had the worst season ever?

  • David - Injured and parents made him choose between wrestling/snowboarding (41%, 120 Votes)
  • Cody - Injured, broke 3 boards and escaped tree well (36%, 106 Votes)
  • Kelley - Overworked, underpaid and 5 days off since November (13%, 37 Votes)
  • Nick - All his gear stolen from his car (8%, 23 Votes)
  • Tyler - First day of the season, broken board and not covered under warranty (2%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 292

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Top 5 Stories (in no particular order)

1. David

“Everyone has bad and good days. Some days you’re stomping tricks you’ve never even contimplated of attempting, and the next, your eating it on every single rail, box, or kicker you touch. these kinds of days are the days that can either put you down, fire you up, or just plain piss you off.  My first overnight trip at a snow resort this season was a warm spring day at bear. 3 days with me and my crew, stoked as hell. First two days, i was loving it. Blue bird skys and not too warm. snow was perfect, not slushy or anything. I felt like i was ripping the park, i got my front and back 3’s that weekend. On sunday was when the trouble came. Storm rolling in, on a windy windy day. But that didnt stop us from hitting the slopes. Gotta shred no matter what rite?  Barely made the last call of the day. somewhere around the last seat up. I was gonna hit every obstacle possible since it was gonna be my last run till next season. My friends were all waiting at the bottom of the hill looking up at me when i was about to attempt the last rainbow rail. I was gonna try a trick that i never even attempted before. Approached the rainbow rail and got on and started to spin. Out of nowhere, caught an edge at the TOP of the rainbow and fell all the way to the bottom. last run of the season, ended up with a torn ligament in my knee and a dislocated elbow. If it ended there, i wouldnt have minded AS much.  Rushed to the hospital and stayed there for a lil, and came home for recovery. That was when i was confronted by my parents. They gave me the ultimatum, give up wrestling (im a wrestler in highschool), or give up snowboarding, since they think that both will strain my body too much. (i think this is flawed logic here, haha). well after some thought, i ended up giving up wrestling cause i figured that was gonna end after highschool, but im gonna snowboard till im old and frail im still not too happy about not wrestling next year, but at least ill recover in time to board again. just my luck. “

2.  Cody

“Alright well this season was pretty crappy for me, between the dislocated shoulder,6 stiches in my knee,mild concussion,broken thumb,broken heel,blackeye and roadrash on my face that was the injuries,one day in “the boat” we hiked north saint pats my friend came to this edge and said it was nice and steep, i went around him maybe 10 feet below him,i was on the patch of snow no wider then a board,couldnt go anywhere, cant go back or down it was pure rock, so i had to take my board off,so i did,it fell off the 40 foot cliff i was standing on! i started hiking up the rocks above me cause it was the only way out,then my left foot slipped and it was all kind of blurry cause of adrenaline but all i know is i saw the edge coming up and new my best bet was to jump,so as it came up i did that same thing.I jumped off a 40 foot cliff with no board,my friend jake was belopw the cliff and all i remember was waking up waist high in solid snow and i just kind of look around,i was perfectly fine, i landed in the snow feet first both together, i yeld for him to come dig me out and help me get outta there,a 40 ft drop with no board and being perfectly alright? one time deal, then on the last pow day,gaper day haha we were riding north saint pats and i was traversing around the bottom of this cliff,as i went to dig my toes in a little sharper my heel edge hit a hidden stump sending me backwards head first into a tree well,all the snow from above me just cascaded onto my head as it just got darker and darker,all i could think about was finding a way for an air pocket,but because i t is so steep back there i knew my only chance would be to back summer salt outta it and it worked fine! so thats twice I guess you could say i “escaped” death and last but not least my boards,beggining of the year i had a gnu riders choice, i warrentied the board due to a small delam, they gave me an instore credit at colorado ski and golf, so i got a ride dh2, 3 day riding it the nose snapped off on a back 5,snapped clean threw the core so i took it back and because i knew most the shop guys they said i could get one more,so i got a salomon drift, 2 weeks ago i was on the bus with my board and look down, right in the dead center of the board, a giant crack going from base threw the core to the top sheet! 3 broken boards this season so i guess you know i had a fun season but on paper haha it was pretty crappy!!”

3.  Nick

“One morning i wake up and start to get ready for school. i decide that i want to go snowboarding at perfect north slopes in indiana when i get out of school. so i pack all my gear in my car so that i can go straight from school to the slopes. as im getting it all ready my dad tells me that i shouldnt carry so much valuable stuff in my car to school. i tell him that itll be ok and nothing will happen. when i get to my car after school, somebody had broken into my car, and stolen my board, bindings and boots. over 700 dollars worth of gear, gone.”

4.  Tyler

“They first day of riding of the season as well as on my brand spanking new Nitro T1, someone called last run, and I took a pretty nasty slam trying to gap to the down on a battleship. My tail made a 90 degree turn to the skies while the rest of it stayed normal. I sent it back to Nitro through my local shop, but they said it wasn’t covered by warranty so they just sent it back. Sadly, that was my only board, and being the poor college student I am, I couldn’t afford a new one. SUCK.

Broken Board:

5.  Kelley

“Well Shay – where do I start? My season kicked off here is Sunny Ohio in November. Second hit of the day at my works annual rail jam. I brought my boyfriend at the time to show him what I could do. It’s a great front lip, but I come of a bit short and land in the mud. My board suction cups to the mud and like an idiot, I put my arm out. Hyper extend it. End up in the hospital with a hyper extended arm. Oh – but wait? What day was it? The day of the OSU vs Michigan Rivalry football game. As I was crying in the waiting room, I’m watching my soon-to-be doctor watching the game. FOR AN HOUR – before disappearing for only five minutes before he comes to call me back with a smile on his face.

A few weeks later – just before Thanksgiving, my father, whom I haven’t spoken to in months starts blowing up my phone. I finally, hastily answer to hear the news that my first grandparent has passed away. His father, Ernie Bryant. I about lost it. He lived in Arizona, and ended up having crazy amounts of trouble getting his body back to Columbus, OH because of all these crazy autopsies they wanted to do on him because he was an experimental heart patient – and a very successful one at that. The funeral kept getting moved back, and finally we set a date.

The night of the showing, I got home, pretty upset after a long day of family time and Catholic rituals, my boyfriend at the time leaves to go out. I mean, I was clearly broken spirited, and the dude had to go get drunk. We ended up arguing about it and he slept somewhere else saying that he needed to clear his head, and that we would talk tomorrow.

I arrive back at our apartment the next afternoon after burying Grandpa Ernie, take a nap, and when I wake up he’s just arriving home. What happens? I GET DUMPED – oh and I’m just starting my job at my local shop this week 50+ hrs – AND I HAVE A WEEK TO GET OUT?

After several back and forth – trips in the following month, between work, we finally sorted out who was getting what animals and all that. But I mean, let’s just talk about my job.

I’m going to leave my shop unnamed on here publicly, but Shay, you can contact me and I will be happy to tell you exactly what it is.

What does Kelley do? Oh – she just runs an entire internet business by herself for her shop. That means our webstore, shopatron, and the ebay store (for used equipment). That means I have to know EVERYTHING about every single thing about every Ski, Snowboard, Boot, Binding, Pole, and piece of outerwear. I worked alone in a main warehouse about 5 minutes from out main store. We also had 5 small storage units up the street as well that I frequented often throughout my days. Did I get compensated for gas? No.

What were my responsibilities? Oh – I had to sell over the phone, pack boxes, mount skis, drive express order to FedEx Locations, maintain emails, maintain 100 listings on eBay a day, answer (ballpark) 50 messages on eBay a day, and I’m sure there’s more. I just have choosen to block out a lot of it.

How many days did you get to ride this season Kelley? Oh? What? I think like 5 – because guess what – that’s how many days I had off between November and April 1st.

I bet you got paid really well for that Kelley!! HAHA – what? $8.50 an hour? Yeah. Really awesome.

But wait Kelley, you’re 22 years old, shouldn’t you be a senior in college? Oh yeah, I should be graduating school here in a few weeks, but my loan company went under last year due to the state of the economy.

Oh that’s a bummer – so you started to have to pay back your loans then? YEAH.

Bummer – I thought your shop took a shop trip every year to a beautiful mountain out west every year? All-expense paid, for employees who worked full time there and for more then a season? Actually! Yeah! They went to Tahoe April 12th, looks like they had a lot of fun. I worked overtime, and I’ve been working there since I was 16 – and I didn’t even get invited. So that’s cool.

Also my medical bills have been piling up for about a year now. I had some broken ribs at the end of last season. I’m back in school now, but with minimal income. I will update later tonight with some photos.”

About the author


From the beginning of time, I was Shannon. From the beginning of snowboarding, I was Shay. From the beginning of online communities, I was Shayboarder. In the end, I’m the writer, photographer, editor, publisher, guru of sorts, product tester, curvy girl, and most importantly the snowboarder behind it all. Follow me on this journey through snowboarding, mountain biking, traveling and fun experiences!

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  1. May 10, 2010

    Moral of these stories.
    ALWAYS Ride within your abilities. Your safety on the mountain is YOUR OWN.
    DON’T be where your experience & equipment can’t support your safety (or are appreciated).
    and TRAIN TRAIN TRAIN so your equipment ISN’T the result of your ability.

    Summer is just a 3 month training exercise for the first day.


  2. May 10, 2010

    damn – I figured my lack of awesome powder days would make for the worst snowboard season ever 🙂

  3. A. Nony Mouse
    May 10, 2010

    I voted for Nick.

    Gear stolen out of his car in Indiana? I know he didn’t choose that (everybody else made their choices that led to their “situations”).

  4. kevin
    May 10, 2010

    i can connect with david’s comment about having bad and good days. happens to me all the time.

  5. bill
    May 11, 2010

    But progression is steppin out side thos boundaries, you will never get better if you never push yourself,sometimes you land the trick first try, its rare but most the time you will fall, its all part of the game so yes i did lead myself into those situations but all because i wanted to become a better rider, and that i did!

  6. kevin
    May 12, 2010

    well first off the local mauntains kept opening then closing all the time then busted my back on a jump then broke my board then got my pass cliped then got busted for trying to steal a new board went to juvy for a little while then came back riding a broken board caught an edge on a kink rail smacked my noggen got a concussion out cold for 12 hours then i bought a board off some guy on the mountain for 100 bucks rode it turns out i was broken and i didnt know so i hit a jump landed tail heavy completly snaped in half landed on my arm broke my arm and scorpiend real bad busted my tailbone…. again what a great season

  7. May 12, 2010

    Kevin, we are voting on the top 5. We ended the call for nominations on Sunday night, sorry!

  8. keither
    May 13, 2010

    Kelley is the only one who actually took the time to tell a story, not just ramble off the top of their head. Who just gets on a rail and “starts to spin” attempting a trick never tried before on THE LAST RUN OF THE SEASON?! That’s just stupid. Not a bad season story. People get injured all the time, and wrestling sucks anyways. GO KELLEY!

  9. fromTroy
    May 13, 2010

    LOLLLL. well. that guys a dumbass really for trying a new trick.
    but yeah. that guy really did injure his knee. fucked it up even more because he was wrestling with the hurt leg. well. i can say david’s story is real because first of all. i know him. and second kelley’s story is bullshit. who the hell has that many catastrophes in a few days. all i can say is that its a sobstory thats trying to get others to vote for her.

  10. david
    May 13, 2010

    it happens . And yeah me trying that trick was pretty stupid, but can’t get bettet without tryinh. Wrestling on it wasn’t a much better idea either haha. But yeah , I wouldn’t say her story is a lie on just asumptions .

  11. Johnnyb
    May 16, 2010

    poor tyler,

    same thing happened to me. I broke a Nitro almost the same way as Tylers, sent it back to Nitro, wasnt given a new board not even a 0.0001% discount on a new Nitro.

    That made me hate that brand.

    2 months later I broke a Burton the same way as my Nitro, sent it back to Burton and was given even a new next season model.

    This season I made a dent in my new Neversummer, emailed them but they didnt answer at all…

  12. May 16, 2010

    Thanks for pulling for me Keither!

  13. keither
    May 21, 2010

    No prob Kelley!

  14. keither
    May 21, 2010

    This contest was rigged, David’s story is lame. He probably voted for himself from like 100 different computers. Although, I probably would have done that too for a free board 😉
    Still Kelley WINS!