I’m originally from Hertfordshire but I’ve lived mostly in France, Spain and even Russia for a while.
I grew up around my parents’ watersports centre in Spain teaching watersports and spending my free time windsurfing and wakeboarding, so it was only natural for me to discover snowboarding back in the days when it was relatively unknown to the masses. My first winter in the mountains was 1991 riding a Crazy Banana board and wearing a fluoro Nevica jacket. The photos are safely under lock and key!
Snowboarding has given me so much over the years: travel, friendships and good times. It’s taught me about myself and other people. The amazing thing is that there is constantly something new to learn, no matter how good you are. For me it’s just as satisfying to help a beginner take his or her first steps as it is to train an instructor.
Andorra, France, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Australia, Argentina, New Zealand, South Korea, USA and Russia!
Far too many special moments to mention but I particularly enjoyed representing the UK with the BASI Demo Team in South Korea in 2007
“The harder I practice, the luckier I get”
Derby, along with Cab9 coach Chris, we grew up skateboarding together then after turning 18 the call of the French alps was too much and have been there almost ever since!
I’ve been riding now for 21 years and still have the same passion and enthusiasm, if not more, than the first time I tried. I’ve been involved in all aspects of snowboarding from helping people find the right setup in shops to shaping summer Parks in Norway. Along the way I spent 10 winters in France including seasons in Meribel, Morzine and Les Arcs. I spent a season teaching in Glenshee, Scotland, and even 6 months in the Snowdome! I have also taught for shorter periods in Italy and Switzerland.
B/S 180 – Floaty and smooth, big or small still feels good.
Smooth and relaxed. I believe when you can do a trick or ride a line smoothly and relaxed that`s when you have complete control. It means there is always something more to learn, thats what keeps pushing me and why i still enjoy it so much.
3 of my best friends, blue sky, deep powder, our favourite lines all day long until our legs hurt, then a few cold beers in the sun.
Meeting people, riding everyday, but mostly the satisfaction you see when someone learns something new.
It has everything you need, some of the best freeride terrain going, a huge 600km of pistes and now one of the best parks in europe thanks to the DC Area 43. It`s also pretty good for a few drinks after riding!
I’m from a little town in the North East of France in between Les Voges and Le Jura, but I have lived in Méribel since 2003.
I started to snowboard in winter 1995 in the small ski resort of La Bresse which was open every Friday night with a snowpark. Then in 2000 I moved to the Alps. I completed a ski and snowboard repair course that enabled me to work in several shops in Val Thorens and in Méribel. This experience was good to complement my snowboarding knowledge.
It’s quite hard to choose one trick from all those you can do on your board… but Backside Air because there are so many ways styling it: you can do it Method, Japan, Tailbone or Nicolas Muller style (this one is tricky)…
I love jibbing too! In the DC Area 43 park you can always find a good jib line.
Even though all good riders say “powder is the best!”, for me it’s even better with a freestyle touch.
Riding with my friends, sun and blue sky, a lot of powder, finding new spots and landing new tricks.
Teaching allows me to transmit my passion to people from all around the world.
I feel happy when I see my clients improving their technique with a smile on their faces…. and I can ride all day!
Best job of the world!
Meribel is the heart of 3 Valleys so you can easily access Courchevel, Val Thorens, La Tania, Les Ménuires and Saint Martin de Belleville… there are infinite riding options.
The atmosphere here is really cool and the architecture is in tune with the mountains.
I’m from Prades in the French Pyrenees and I was born in Spain.
I’ve been riding since I was 15. I started snowboarding in Pyrenean resorts like Les Angles and Font Romeu, but I was already passionate about skateboarding and board sports.
I’m mainly a freestyle rider but when there’s powder… freeride.
Sun, fresh snow, with friends… and finishing up in the park.
Snowboarding is my passion, so nothing better than making a living from my passion. Seeing my clients progress is very satisfying personally and of course getting to ride in my free time is a bonus.
The 3 Valleys is huge ski area with an incredible network of lifts. We have great clientele and Meribel has managed to retain it’s own identity, unlike many other overdeveloped resorts in France. And especially, to be able to work with my friends.
I’m Italian, from Bardonecchia, the site for snowboarding in the 2006 Winter Olympics, but now I live in France and spend the summers in Spain.
After trying skateboarding and being fascinated by the feeling, I decided to do something similar in the snow, so at the age of 13 my love for snowboarding began.
I have a creative style. I like to ride powder, snowparks, I like jibbing and I like to carve hard, almost touching the ground with my nose!
Half-cab 180 method.
For a perfect day I would need clear sunny skies and a metre of super-soft powder! I would spend the morning riding powder, drop the biggest cliff of my life and later a session in the park practicing new tricks. All this with my riding buddies and finishing up at the pub for a beer.
I like to put myself in my clients’ boots to find the best solutions for them and make sure they learn whilst having fun. I love my workplace and particularly enjoy transferring my passion for snowboarding to you!
12 years. This winter will be my 7th season working in the Alps.
Calm and controlled. I’m always looking for new ways to cruise down the hill, hitting features that other people might miss.
+15 / -15
How would you describe your riding style?
Relaxed and loose.
Nollie B/S 180
Early morning split-boarding on a bluebird with friends and my dog. Lunch at the peak then some waist deep powder all the way home.
Wakeboarding, I spend my summers coaching and have been wake boarding since I was a kid. I also love to ride trail bikes, I like how controlled and complex the sport is.
Everything. I like meeting new people, watching them progress and seeing how happy they are when they overcome their own challenges on the hill. I enjoy using different teaching styles to help people learn and make the most out of their trip. The fact I get to snowboard all day is just a HUGE bonus.
I’m originally from Russia, St. Petersburg but I moved to West Wales when I was 6 years old. Since 2008 I am living in France and enjoying life on the sunny side of the world.
I did my first winter season in 2008 in a small french resort called Montgenevre, on the border of Italy. Since 2010 I am based in Meribel and haven’t missed a season yet!
Relaxed and playful but most importantly with a smile! That’s when I feel the best and make the most of my day! Riding powder, lapping the park with my friends – there’s no feeling that beats that!
I love most sport connected to nature and the outdoors. In the summer I am based in Les Landes where I swap my winter gear for my surfboard.
The fact that it’s a small company, the guys are really friendly and we form a family. But most importantly because we all share a passion for snowboarding and want to transmit our enthusiasm on to others.