The Snowboard Asylum, Chelmsford

  • Adam Blackburn

    Snowboard Expert

    Store: CHELMSFORD

    How long have you been doing your activity for? When did you start

    "15 years, started when I was 10 at Halifax dry slope"

    List three or four facts that make you an 'expert' in your fields – i.e. qualifications/awards/experience etc.

    "Been with Ellis Brigham for 8 years. Been on several board tests and company trips in that time. Racked up a lot of time on my snowboard by doing seasons in New Zealand and North America and plenty of trips to Europe and Scotalnd. Spent a lot of time fixing and servicing boards aswell as selling them so my construction and materials knowledge is pretty good. Just moved to Chelmsford from Castleford (one of the busiest stores I think) so spent a lot of time talking about snowboards and making sure my knowledge was all up to scratch, meant I could lap the dome there a few times too."

    What's your favourite destination/resort/challenge to carry out your expert activity? Why?

    "Big Bear, California. Not a massive mountain but the combination of kickers, rails and natural hits means you can never get bored there."

    What are your aims this season? (Any challenges/competitions/tricks to master/expeditions, etc)

    "Just to go snowboarding but without spending too much money (so probably another trip to Scotland), trying to save up for a trip to Japan to get some real powder."

  • Abbie Montgomery

    Snowboard Expert

    Store: CHELMSFORD

    How long have you been doing your activity for? When did you start

    "I started snowboarding over 11 years ago. "

    List three or four facts that make you an 'expert' in your fields – i.e. qualifications/awards/experience etc.

    "I have been snowboarding every year, mostly with people that like to hang out in the powder for most of the day. I have started to find my feet more in park in recent years and have helped some family and friends find their feet on the piste too, it's a great feeling to share your love of a sport with people who then find out they love it as much as you do! "

    Any interesting relevant facts about yourself – unbelievable anecdotes, stand-out moments or notable achievements doing your activity of expertise?

    "I did once dress up for a university trip as a penguin, after being convinced to pull the hood up I had fairly restricted vision on the slope, I caught an edge and fell a fair way down a red run on my front, needless to say the Gopro footage was erased immediately. "

    What's your favourite destination/resort/challenge to carry out your expert activity? Why?

    "My Favourite resort so far has been Courchevel, the three vallees lift pass gives you a fun challenge to see how much you can complete in a day, it also means you end up racing to catch all the last lifts back over but you feel like you've really got the most out of the day. "

    What are your aims this season? (Any challenges/competitions/tricks to master/expeditions, etc)

    "After just getting a back protector, and some extra padding I will definitely be testing them out with some more spins and tricks this coming season."