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.

OUR SNOWBOARDING

EXPERTS

  • Matt Higson

    Snowboarding Expert

    Store: TAMWORTH

    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.

    Favourite Place/Resort:

    Mayrhofen. “Got to know the resort really well during his season, and it’s a great place for both summer and winter sports.”

  • Steve Bailey

    Snowboarding Expert

    Store: CHESTER

    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.

    Favourite Place/Resort:

    Chamonix. “I lived there for 10 years, so this has to go down as my favourite place to snowboard.”

  • Sarah Martin

    Snowboarding Expert

    Store: CASTLEFORD-LEEDS

    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!

    Favourite Place/Resort:

    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!"

  • Caleb Purdie

    Snowboarding Expert

    Store: WESTFIELD LONDON

    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.

    Favourite Place/Resort:

    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."

  • Chris Aitken

    Snowboarding Expert

    Store: GLASGOW BRAEHEAD - SKI

    Resident snowboard geek Chris began his love affair with the slopes after leaving school and completing a season in Morzine. Like many of our experts, Chris has acquired his experience through worldwide travel, and counts Patagonia on his list of favourite places to ride.

    Chris has been with Ellis Brigham for five years, is a regular on our annual board test and has ridden the vast majority of the snowboards and bindings we sell, so he’s a great source of knowledge when it comes to choosing your hardware.

    Favourite Place/Resort:

    Glencoe, Scotland/Patagonia, Argentina. "I love how little time it takes to get to Glencoe! Within an hour and a half I can be putting my boots on in the carpark. Further afield, Patagonia in Argentina is my favourite snowboarding destination, without a shadow of a doubt."

  • Lewis Twiselton

    Snowboarding Expert

    Store: MILTON KEYNES - SKI & SNOWBOARD

    Lewis has snowboarded for ten years after going to Morzine and has been hooked ever since. For Lewis, snowboarding is all about fast and steep freeride. He has completed a season in the Southern Hemisphere on New Zealand's volcanic Mt. Ruapehu where he gained great experience in selecting the correct set-up for riders as a board technician. He further enhanced that knowledge by attending our Snowboard Test week in Austria where he rode most of this coming season’s new snowboards.

    Lewis also recently won a week’s riding with the Burton UK Team in Avoriaz where he loved hitting the "Burton Stash" with the pros. With all this experience Lewis is the person to see for everything snowboard from hardware fixes to new season kit. You’ll probably catch him riding in the dome at Milton Keynes Xscape too!

    Favourite Place/Resort:

    Mt. Ruapehu, New Zealand. "Epic terrain, gullies and natural half pipes!"

  • Bekki Dunnington

    Snowboarding Expert

    Store: CHESTER

    Snowboard expert Bekki Dunnington (née Snowball - sorry, we had to include that!) took up riding while studying at university. After Bekki's first trip to the Austrian Alps in 2008, she was hooked on the white stuff and had quickly spent most of her student loan funding trips to her local indoor slopes to hone her skills.


    Bekki gets out to the alps at least once a season, and this year aims to focus on her park riding.

    Favourite Place/Resort:

    Jungfrau, Switzerland. "My favourite place is easily the Junfrau region. I love snowboarding under the view of the Eiger's North face!"

  • Adam Blackburn

    Snowboarding Expert

    Store: CASTLEFORD-LEEDS

    Shredstick-weilding Yorkshireman Adam learnt on the rugged slopes of Halifax Dendex ten years ago. Since then he has lapped the snowdome more times than you can shake a ski pole at, and has ridden much of the French and Austrian Alps, North America, and of course the odd roadtrip to Scotland.

    Adam has been with Ellis Brigham and The Snowboard Asylum for over four years, has joined our board tests in Hintertuxand and has a huge wealth of experience riding the snowboards we stock. He also has a huge bank of knowledge of snowboard materials, construction and manufacture, so he's your go-to if you have any questions about the inner workings of your board.

    Favourite Place/Resort:

    Bear Mountain, California. "It's a mix of rails, kickers and loads of natural hits all over the mountain. The place is amazing, you can never get bored there."

  • Tom 'TC' Clinton

    Snowboarding Expert

    Store: COVENT GARDEN

    TC has been snowboarding for 15 years, and tries and get out for at least two weeks each winter. Studying French at the University of Leeds meant that he was able to spend an entire season in the French Pyrenees, riding every weekend predominantly in Cauterets (a great idea if you ask us!).

    TC has ridden a huge variety of terrain and helped every kind of customer you can think of. On his travels, he helped teach children to 'snowboard' on sand dunes in Mozambique, and has assisted Lewis Hamilton in choosing his set-up!

    Favourite Place/Resort:

    "I regularly go to the Portes-du-Soleil, mainly due to its size – on the French side, Morzine and Avoriaz are legendary within the snow-sports community – my favourite run being Prolays thanks to all its super-fun side-hits and general mellow nature (plus it’s right next to the Stash). My favourite resort to which I have been though is Wengen/Kleine Scheidegg in Switzerland – there's something truly awesome (in the original sense of the word) of snowboarding in the shadow of the North Face of the Eiger, plus it has a ton of varied terrain, from lush off-piste to the icy steeps of the world cup run the Lauberhorn.'

  • Enrique Labarta

    Snowboarding Expert

    Store: WESTFIELD LONDON

    Enrique began Skiing as soon as he learned to walk. He discovered snowboarding when he was 12 and has never looked back.

    "I grew up in the shadow of the Pyrenees Mountains. My local resort being Formigal. In 2003 I took an avalanche course Leysan Switzerland and became qualified as a snowboard instructor in 2006. I've also competed a lot, but sadly never been at the top of the podium!"

    In 2015 Enrique is planning to climb Mount Aneto in Spain and Snowboard all the way down.

    Favourite Resort/Destination

    My favourite snowboard resort is La Grave in the French Alps. It's the perfect destination for freeride lovers. Everything is extreme off piste and for safety you have to wear a harness, carry a transever, probe and shovel. 100% freeride + 100% adrenalin!

  • Simon Foster

    Snowboarding Expert

    Store: CASTLEFORD-LEEDS

    Homegrown snowboard Expert Simon has spent ten years on snow, taking it up when Castleford Xscape first opened. For six of those he has been sponsored by Salomon Snowboards and Bonfire, winning and placing in the UK and abroad.

    As well as countless hours spent riding Castleford, Simon has completed winters in Morzine, Lake Tahoe, Bear Mountain and  Mayrhofen as well as working three seasons with Ellis Brigham and TSA. Simon’s also a talented snowsports cameraman, and has filmed parts for UK snowboard movies and edits.

    They say Simon owns the biggest T-shirts in Cas Vegas, which makes him pretty easy to identify if you need a hand with snowboard hardware!

    Favourite Place/Resort:

    Bear Mountain, California. "Fun jibs, chilled people, and great vibes. Otherwise I love to shred Tamworth with my mate Doug!"

  • Pat Heaney

    Snowboard Expert

    Store: TAMWORTH

    Tamworth Snowboard Expert Pat has been standing sideways for over 15 years. With seasons spent in Banff and Queenstown, a qualified instructor and freestyle instructor, he's not short of experience.

    Awarded the best new instructor trophy at Remarkables, he now rides at Tamworth Snowdome regularly and finds chance to find longer slopes at least twice a year. Missing a left arm means he's always been creative with his riding - he might just be the creator of the Elbow Tail Grab.

    Favourite Place/Resort:

    Lake Louise, Canada. "My favourite resort is Lake Louise, Banff Canada. It has an amazing park, long wide pistes and great off piste. The views are amazing too! I want to get out to the USA as I’ve never ridden there before, and I’m also looking forward to going to the TSA Board Test in Austria!"