OUR SNOWBOARDING EXPERTS ARE IN-STORE AWAITING YOUR QUESTIONS
Ellis Brigham's sister company The Snowboard Asylum was set up when snowboarding first exploded on to the UK scene over 20 years ago, and since then we've built one of the most knowledgeable teams of experts in the industry. As well as employing some of the best snowboarders in the UK, and sponsoring many new riders, we send all of our snowboarders on an annual board test, so they get to try out new hardware before it's even hit the stores. So if you're after a new set up, find an expert near you from the list below and drop in to the store for help and advice.
Rachel started snowboarding over 5 years ago, and since then has completed a season in Morzine. She originally learnt to board on the dry slope in Gloucester, and now gets out to the real snow at least once a season.
Recently she went to Colorado for a backcountry trip with snowboarding brand ‘Dragon’, thanks to winning an Ellis Brigham competition. Rachel particularly likes riding fast mountain slopes and snow parks.
Portes du Soleil in Morzine. “I’d always go back to Morzine. You can’t beat it for size and variety. There is a run to suit everyone, from beginner to expert, and there is some really good off-piste terrain, especially if you’re prepared to hike. Nothing beats a nice cold Mutzig either after a day on the mountain. However, if I got the chance to go back to Colorado, it would be a no-brainer.”
Matt has been snowboarding for 9 years, and spent a full season in Mayrhofen. He started boarding in UK competitions several years ago, and soon got noticed by the likes of Burton, Analog, Anon and the Snowboard Asylum, all of whom now sponsor him. If you’ve got any questions about men’s boots or boards, Matt’s the guy to ask.
Mayrhofen. “Got to know the resort really well during his season, and it’s a great place for both summer and winter sports.”
Amongst the snowboarding community, Steve needs no introduction. One of the most celebrated riders in the UK, he’s been snowboarding for 23 years, and as a professional for 21 years, during which time he has been caught in an avalanche, and won 10 British titles.
Needless to say Steve is a font of knowledge on all things snowboard, he’s visited most resorts in Europe, the States and Canada, and he features annually in the Snowboard Asylum catalogue.
Chamonix. “I lived there for 10 years, so this has to go down as my favourite place to snowboard.”
Hailing from Aviemore, Andrew is one our most accomplished Snowboard Experts. Sponsored by TSA and Artec Snowboards, Andrew has been riding for 11 years, is a BASI instructor, is a regular on our annual Board Test and is on the British Freestyle Team, making him a veritable font of all snowboarding knowledge!
Andrew began snowboarding at with his local snowboard club and soon found himself competing. In 2009 Andrew medalled Gold and Bronze in the British Championships Slopestyle in Laax, Switzerland, and will be competing at the Brits again in 2013.
Andrew is also one of our gadget experts. As the focus of many snowboard edits, he is a source of enlightenment when it comes to all manner of cameras and filming, and he has plenty of experience in the field with our array of GPS devices and backcountry equipment.
Laax, Switzerland. "Laax just caters for everything. It has 4 parks, so it’s a freestyle Mecca, and the terrain is just awesome."
With almost a decade's experience on the slopes including two full seasons and and a BASI instructorship under her belt, Sarah Martin is well versed on all things standing sideways.
Sarah has been a part of the industry since she took up snowboarding and has been a part Ellis Brigham and The Snowboard Asylum for years, joining the team on the annual board test for the past three seasons, getting to know every women's snowboard we stock. She's a tough nut to crack, spending our last board test with an appendix on the verge of exploding!
Her aim this winter is to get her dad on a snowboard, and she's crossing her fingers for some snow closer to home so she can ride in Pontefract Park!
Cardrona, New Zealand. "I've spent two seasons in Cardrona, it's got such a great terrain park and it beats spending the UK summer at home!"
Johnny is another of our pro riders, so as well as being sponsored by The Snowboard Asylum, he gets free kit from Lobster, Thirty Two and Union. He started boarding over 18 years ago, and at the age of 16 went to his first local competition. His snowboarding career built from there, and last year he managed to get to 10 different resorts and two end of season competitions
During his time as a snowboarder Johnny has completed 5 full seasons in resort, and he’s been on the last 5 TSA board tests. Needless to say he knows a lot about snowboarding so if you want some expert advice, drop in to the Castleford shop and talk to Johnny.
Big White in Canada. “This is a really fun place to ride. There’s lots of different types of terrain, and lots of trees. The people are really friendly too.”
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Westfield London’s resident Kiwi has been snowboarding for over 10 years.
Learning at his local skifield, Mt. Hutt at 15, he progressed in the park before discovering the joys of backcountry riding. He prefers quality over quantity, and likes to ride smaller skifields with good terrain rather than bigger, busier resorts.
Caleb’s favourite part of snowboarding is helping others with their riding and seeing them progress. He broke his wrist just before last year’s Southern Hemisphere winter got underway, and is now itching to get back on the slopes this season.
Broken River, New Zealand. "Broken river is a favourite due to its great back country access and super relaxed vibe of the place. I tend to ride the smaller club fields in New Zealand now as they’re smaller, less busy and the terrain is awesome."