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.
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.”
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!"
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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!
Mt. Ruapehu, New Zealand. "Epic terrain, gullies and natural half pipes!"
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!
Bear Mountain, California. "Fun jibs, chilled people, and great vibes. Otherwise I love to shred Tamworth with my mate Doug!"
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.
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!"
After 3 years of skiing, Tim made the swap to snowboarding - despite being just five years old. 19 years later, he credits his love for the sport to the fact he grew up in Vancourver,
"Having the mountains just down the road makes it impossible not to go ride every chance you get."
"Favourite spot to ride is hard to choose. Probably have to be Whistler, offering the best parks, to the best powder bowls anyone could ask for."
Despite his snowboarding expertise, Tim doesn't take his riding too seriously. "My aims for this season are the same as every other season, go out and have a good one with the boys! Push ourselves and get some new tricks under the belt". Afterall,
that's what riding is all about, isn't it?