Special Delivery…

Magazines are on their ways to shops around country as I type and they should be in your local shop by Saturday. If they don’t have it, or aren’t planning to stock it, email me (ian@thereason.com) and we’ll sort it out…

Given the number of big shops in the vicinity of London, I decided to save some money and visit some friends at the same time and deliver their mags myself. I hired a van, and set off at 6am…

First stop Conspiracy in St Albans. I arrived at 7am and seeing as there was no-one there (OK, I didn’t actually tell them I was coming  until an email at midnight the night before) I had to do a drive by and creatively store them down the alleyway. This is what Conspiracy looks like at 7am.

Next, back on the M25 and out towards Oxford and SS20. I used to be on the SS20 team (come to think of it, they never  kicked me off, so I guess I still am?). SS20 is rad, it’s been in business since 1989 and has a huge array of kit. Mon was waiting for me with a very welcome cup of tea and I got to see the new Nike boots in the flesh – they look pretty impressive…

Back on the road and to Sputnik in Marlow. Anna and the crew there are a snowboarding powerhouse. They work super hard from their small shopfront and do a lot to promote and support snowboarding. It was only just 10 am and they were already packing orders for dispatch.

Next up, The Snowboard Shop in Fleet. It was coincidentally their third birthday and it was rad to visit as I’d never been before. The shop is pretty big and rammed with great shred gear.

By the time I began to head back into London, I was stoked – four shops down and it was only 1230! I’d delivered around a thousand mags and still had another thousand for The Snowboard Asylum’s first drop of the winter. Of course, traffic was a fucking bastard and by the time I got to the Covent Garden store, it was almost 1500. No photo of them with their mags I’m afraid, a dickhead parking warden was trying to give me a ticket and I had to do one before he could catch me.

Finally back to the Global Domination Corporation HQ at 1600… 6 hours to drive almost 200 miles, and then four to drive the last 25. I love this city…

All of these stores came to The Snowboard Test, an industry product-focussed event that takes place every May. They know their shit.

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