Keala Cole seems like any normal 11-year-old, building and programming a robot in his room, strumming a tune on his guitar, skateboarding endlessly in the garage.

He has a little brother who does little brother stuff, a dad who is never far away, and a mom who home-schools him..

But listen to his dead serious plans for the future and you realize this is a slightly different 11-year-old.

Yeah that s my goal, to be a professional snowboarder, he says.

He doesn t ever want to have a real job. He's told me that. I think he was three when he first told me that, said Keala s mom, April.

I just started snowboarding when I was 3 or 4. I never wanted to ski. Snowboarding just seemed to be my sport, he said.

Slopestyling - or on the quarter-pipe - he's good, really good, at least his parents think so.

Keala s dad thinks he's part of the one percent.

But they re not alone. The people who make the mountain home have noticed too.

It s just absolutely amazing, natural talent all the way, said Joe Pope, Park Director at Summit at Snoqualmie.

The Coles have good friends in the industry, and Team Keala is big and growing.

He gets clothing from Volcom.. goggles and glasses from Oakley, boots from Burton, skateboards and accessories from World Boards, gear from Port Angeles board-maker Lib-tech, a free pass at Snoqualmie.

It s welcome help in an expensive sport.

Dad has had preliminary contact with a couple of agents but nothing serious yet. The family knows the business of boarding is a very adult world that isn't always as nice as a day on the slopes.

Just because he's a rad snowboard kid doesn t mean he gets to be a punk, said Kimo, Keala s dad. The whole goal is to keep it fun, to keep him wanting to do it.

I have the secret little vision if have of being the mom down by the finish line and Keala comes through the finish line and wins the gold medal, whatever, and I'm screaming and crying, that whole thing, said April.

Even with what his parents call the free stuff' he gets from friends in the industry, Keala may need more serious sponsors to make his name in higher levels of competition. That means traveling to compete, and paying for training camps during the summer months, going where the snow is. All of that gets expensive and it may bring on that adult world of agents and contracts and responsibilities.

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