Originally Posted by Tim Cayer on Land Luge BBS
There is lots of information available to help anyone get started in this sport. Getting started and going "Pro" are 2 different things.
Below is some information I hope can help you.
First thing if you have not done so already is to buy and read Darren Lottís Streetluge Survival Guide. You can find it here on this site in the Luge Store. www.lugestore.com. Even if you donít go any further this will be the best $14.95 you spend to learn about this sport.
Depending on where you live there are a couple options with regards to taking a lesson before you invest in any equipment. East coast school is located in NH and can be found at www.gravitysi.com. Or email me for more information. If you are on the west coast check out either www.wildfro.com. Or you can try to contact SLED at firstname.lastname@example.org . You can also build and/or buy a board and the appropriate gear. You will find the best deal on boards, leathers and other parts here on this site again in the Luge Store.
Go to races.
In the end the only way to be considered a Pro rider is to have one of the sanctioning bodies that hold regular events proclaim you a pro rider. Becoming a Pro rider may require you to attend events and place. However be aware that just because one sanctioning body titles you as a pro rider doesnít guaranty that the others will recognize that status.
Come here and ask questions. Many top riders frequent this message board and are happy to help those who genuinely want to get into this sport. Lastly but most importantly if you do go out on your own do so in a safe manner on closed roads with proper gear.
Remember everyone who gets seen doing this sport is an ambassador of sorts. Be respectful, professional and exercise good judgment. In the end that is what will make you professional. Hope this helps.