Definition Of Sponsored vs. ProBefore we get into it, I just want to go on record and clearly define the difference between Pro Riders and Sponsored Riders.
"Sponsored riders" can expect to get gear and event attendance support. They might get some costs covered and be reimbursed for things they spend money on to do the activities the company is paying for.
A "Pro" will be receiving money directly from the company, be it for boards, ads or just straight out payment. Often, a Pro may have a side job that also supports them to supplement their income.
The basic distinction here is the sponsored rider gets gear and event costs covered and the Pro just gets paid huge, fat sacks of cash. The following is a guide on Sponsorship. Once you’re sponsored, then you can worry about how to become “pro”.