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Shaun White Announces a ‘Career Change’ from Snowboarding, Plus: 5 Riders Who Have Quit Snowboarding to Follow Other Pursuits

Shaun White announced on his Facebook page yesterday that he’s taking a ‘career change’ to focus on his music. 

While it’s by no means a clear-cut statement that he won’t be snowboarding and skating anymore, we do feel like this probably does mark the end of Shaun’s seemingly relentless drive on the competitive side of snowboarding.

After only managing fourth place at the recent Olympics in Sochi (an event that Shaun had outwardly been pouring everything he had into), we have to admit that we kind of saw this coming.

The post on Shaun’s facebook page

Nevertheless, his band, Bad Things have been enjoying a decent level of success this past year, headlining lollapalooza and playing some other high profile shows, and it’s been clear that Shaun has been getting genuine enjoyment from it all – something that sadly, may or may not have been the case with his snowboarding over the past few years.

Of course, Shaun will still be around now that he’s bought the Air & Style and we’re sure the Sochi pipe final won’t be the last time we see him ride his snowboard. We wish Shaun all the best in his new endeavors and love him or hate him, his legacy on a snowboard will remain engrained in the history books.

What do you think of Shaun’s decision?

While we’re on the topic of careers changes, here are 5 more snowboarders who left snowboarding behind to pursue other things – from poker, to preaching. Click though to check them out, some of them might surprise you:


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