I don't want to get too wordy with you, Chad, but as you know kubb is my life. I recenlty left a job I love at a co+op I founded, in part, to pursue kubb full time.
I am a kubb professional and I'm dang proud of it. What does it mean to be a professional? Here's what I think someone should do to be a kubb pro:
Be good at it - good enough to win tourneys and place near the top on a regular basis.
Practice a lot, share the game with others.
Be a good sport, promote the game, represent the game in a positive manner to other teams and the wider community. Present a high standard of ethics in the game.
Educate - donate time to the community building support for the game and developing young talent.
Be an expert by immersing yourself in the culture. Be open to new ideas. Research and develop new techniques with others.
I know this is controversial, but I believe being a professional is not just about money.
Most folks in the sports world differentiate pro from amateur by whether they are paid. There are only a few kubb tournaments I've seen that give out cash. (I've never played in one) So perhaps I am not a professional kubb player, but more accurately a kubb salesperson, or kubb instructor, who strives for professionalism in my fields.
This sport is rapidly developing and I can see kubb pros sprouting up all over the midwest and beyond. We are here. You are it!