By Gowri Abhinanda
News Copy Editor
Throughout the Bay, announcements are being posted to try out for sports such as lacrosse or softball. Although many students are taking part in these athletic activities at the Bay, some students like sophomore Aidan Trabold involve themselves in extreme sports, which are alternative sports focused on its high risks. Trabold said he took up snowboarding after his parents took him to Colorado to snowboard recreationally and has grown fond of the sport.
“I wanted to try my hand at snowboarding because it was something that seemed more interesting than skiing and I wanted to try something different,” Trabold said. “At first I felt like I wouldn’t be good, but after doing a few rounds on the beginner hills in Colorado, I fell in love with it and wanted to do it more.”
Trabold said what captivates him the most about snowboarding is the adrenaline rush he receives while boarding. Trabold also said the community he is exposed to during his joyride is a memorable component of the sport.
“The best thing about snowboarding is the sheer fun of riding down a hill and feeling all that wind,” Trabold said. “There are always snowboarders who are willing to help beginners which makes it like family.”
Like Trabold, junior Zachary Ulman said he values the connections he has made through extreme sports. Ulman said he came across skateboarding over YouTube videos and was inspired to participate in skateboarding from these visuals. He said he found this learning process enjoyable.
“I came across the sport while surfing online and I’m glad I decided to do it because I really like skating as it’s a great way to meet many people,” Ulman said. “I have made so many new friends, and it’s really fun to be a part of that group.”
Ulman said commitment to skateboarding is important. He said he once repeatedly practiced different maneuvers over three days until he mastered the ollie, a skating trick where riders create height off the ground without any hands, which made him feel accomplished.
“The best part of skating would be learning a new trick because it’s just so satisfying,” Ulman said. “It’s one of the best feelings in the world when you finally learn something that took you a few days and you may think you can’t do it.”
Among the students who love extreme sports, one of the Assistant Athletic Directors, Tori Warenik, shares this sentiment. Warenik said she is a fan of observing the process of extreme sports.
“While I don’t participate in extreme sports, I enjoy watching them play because it is engaging,” Warenik said.
As an individual at the Bay who has worked with many sports, Warenik said she finds extreme sports require the same rigor as the sports offered in school. Warenik said sports that Trabold and Ulman undertake are also difficult when trying to achieve physical prowess.
“The difficulty in these sports vary depending on the eye of the beholder, so the more you do things, the easier they come,” Warenik said. “[Extreme sports] are probably equally as difficult to become a professional athlete in, across the spectrum of athletics.”
Ulman said he does not plan on advancing professionally in skateboarding, however, he said he will continue as he has matured mentally and physically from the sport.
“I want to continue because through skating I’ve grown mentally by getting a huge amount of patience by practicing for days to get close to what I’m trying to reach,” Ulman said. “Physically I’ve achieved better balance and better stamina which is great.”
As for Trabold, although he said he will likely not continue snowboarding professionally as well, he said he is grateful for the sport and does not regret continuing it for leisure.
“I feel like I found something that I truly enjoy and I want to test my limits for the fun of it,” Trabold said. “I have never once considered quitting snowboarding, as it has had me hooked ever since I first decided to try it.”