On the perfect day you’ll find me hunting for powder far from the crowds, but I’d never be in the park.
What is your UK home playground? – Croyde Beach, North Devon
What did you get up to last season? – I spent the winter in Europe running Backcountry and Splitboard Courses.
Describe your riding style in ten words or less – Big mountain freerider with a touch of freestyle thrown in.
Roughly how many days a year do you get on snow? – 70-80 days
What’s the best trip you’ve ever been on? – I went to Greenland with Chris Moran, Dan Milner and Johno Verity; Stu Brass sorted it out for Right Guard. We basically stayed on a remote island just off Greenland’s west coast with a local family and had our own heli parked outside and went exploring new terrain in the area. Not only were we getting to ride new terrain in on of the most beautiful and remote areas in the world but Right Guard were paying us for the pleasure.
What was the last trick you learned? – I honestly can’t remember as it’s been that long, it’s hard enough keeping the old ones!
What was your first ever snowboard set up? – A Barfoot 156 with Barfoot bindings that didn’t fit the board, so I had to drill the base plate to make them fit.
What are your stance width and angles? – 22 inch +18 -3. Being a Freerider I ride forwards most of the time so don’t need much angle on the back foot. I also love getting low and tucking the back knee in to get that surf feeling. I think the key is not to be afraid to experiment, you never know what you might discover.
What one piece of advice do you wish you’d been given when you bought your first board? – I bought my first board from Rollermania in Bristol, which had exactly two boards in the shop: a Barfoot and a Burton, both very similar. There wasn’t much choice back then and not many shops were selling snowboards anyway, so I don’t think there would have been much advice to give!
Current Set Up
Snowboard – Lib Tech Travis Rice 162.5
Back up/quiver board – Lib Tech Bird Man 165 for big powder days and Lib Tech Mark Landvik 157 for freestyle days
Boots – 32 Jeremy Jones
Bindings – Now Drive
Jacket – Volcom Guide GoreTex
Pants – Volcom Guide Goretex
Goggles/sunglasses – Dragon
Gloves – Volcom Goretex Leather Gloves
Accessories – ABS 30L Backpack, Ortovox 3+ Transceiver Shovel and Probe
What tweaks do you make to a new set up? – None, I try to change equipment as little as possible. There is nothing worse than trying to ride with new boots and bindings for the first time. I generally keep boots until they are falling off my feet.