The Snowboard Asylum, Covent Garden, London
Tom 'TC' Clinton
Store: COVENT GARDEN
Tom 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!).
Tom 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!
"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.'
"In the spring I am planning to go on one of two trips – both involve a large amount of mountaineering and a small amount of snowboarding! The first option is to travel to the Caucasus Mountains to climb the 5642m height of Mount Elbrus and then descend on the board. The other option is a similar trip but to Iran instead, to climb Mount Damavand which beats Elbrus in height by 28m (5670m). Both of these trips hinge on my ability to increase my fitness enough and gather the relevant gear, and I always have my holiday to the three valleys in January to spend some time on the slopes if either of those trips fall through!"
Store: COVENT GARDEN
Snowboarding expert Linus has been riding since the age of five, taking it seriously (even obsessively) for the past 10 years. Born and raised in Sweden with family also in Finland, he spent most of his childhood in or around snow. He sees attraction to snowboarding as an inevitability.
Working at Ellis Brigham / TSA for the last three seasons in the Covent Garden branch means Linus has helped a massive range of customers and requests.
He sees his opportunity to ride with legendary snowboarder Jake Blauvelt as a significant moment in his snowboarding experience: "Last year I was given the chance to go on a trip to Lech in Austria with Oakley and Jake Blauvelt – one of snowboarding's most inspiring backcountry riders. To see him snowboarding in the flesh added a whole new level my riding!"
Scandinavia "For me, nothing beats snowboarding at home in Scandinavia (despite the prices!), though you can't beat a trip with a good crew to the Portes-Du-Soleil (Avoriaz in particular) and of course, The Reason Magazine's Snowboard Spring Break – unmissable!"