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  • Snowboard Bags

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    Board bags from £35.99 - Whether you're going for a planned break or a last minute get away, we've got a whole host of Snowboard bags and cases to carry your gear in style. We have Wheelie board bags and standard snowboad bags in all board lengths. Dakine and Burton offer top quality, durable board bags that last season after season. Snowboard bags from just £35.99 available in our store or online. Fast free delivery too!

    If you want something subtle or a bag that stands out on the conveyor belt we've got you covered!  We stock well known Snowboard bag brands Burton and Dakine, take a look here!

    Types or Board Bags

    We have in stock three main types of snowboard bag, board covers which just offer a cover for your board, padded board bags that offer brilliant protection and are essential for traveling and finally wheelie padded board bags, these are great for transporting your board around the airport terminal easily.

    Below is the Burton Wheelie Gig 156 Glitch Snowboard Bag which Features:

    • Fabrication: 600D Polyester
    • IXION™ Wheel System
    • Multiple Board Capacity
    • Fully Padded Board Protection
    • Lockable, Contoured Zipper Pulls Fit TSA-Approved Locks
    • Size 166cm
    • 160cm x 33cm x 21cm

    R.R.P £100 Now Just £79.99

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  • Spring Break Kaunertal, Austria 2016

    Spring Break Kaunertal, Austria 2016

    Spring Break Kaunertal, Austria 2016 | Just when you thought its time to pack up your snowboarding kit, with all the snow clearing the peaks of Europe,  there’s always one annual trip that must be attended, the ‘Spring Break’ UK snowboard test is the last call for those final laps in the sun!

    Held just an hour’s drive from Innsbruck within the Tirol valley resort of Kaunertal / Austria, lies the Kaunertal glacier awaiting the arrival of 300 folks from the UK.
    Here industry riders, brands, shops staff and regular snowboarders gather to test and ride all of next season’s kit from boards, boots, and bindings as well as a whole heap of cool kit.
    Now in its tenth year the ‘Spring Break’ is as memorable as ever, friends are made, good times are shared as the UK snowboard community bands together for 7 days of spring fun shredding!

    Spring Break Kaunertal, Austria 2016 Mark with the Capita Defender Of Awesome 2016 / 2017

    Being my third trip, I’d now like to think of myself as a ‘Spring Break veteran', I’ve shared this trip with many others, for whom too have now revisited this stunning area of Austria.
    This time id brought along my friend ‘Alex’ who was visiting his first mountain range after just a few trips at the indoor snowdomes.
    So I knew this trip would be really good to get a wide variety of kit tested from beginners to higher end models.

    Traditionally ‘Spring Break’ is thought to feature slushy, clear riding conditions, yet due to late heavy dumps of snow after the season’s end our experience was anything but!
    Experiencing every condition imaginable 3000m up was quite an ordeal, from heavy snow storms, bad visibility to a lucky clearing of sunshine breaks on our last day; we were put through it all to enjoy what was available to us.
    Yet when you have just three days of riding and kit to get through, there’s no time to pack up and go home!

    Spring Break Kaunertal, Austria 2016 Anon M3 Goggles

    When the conditions did improve some great powder riding was had as well as the odd cheeky jib session on great little hit areas around the glacier.
    With 10 runs available this isn’t about the mileage, you get on a set up and if your liking  it you might just want to spend a little more time getting to know it better… and if you don’t you’re never too far to go back up to camp and change your set up.
    It was great to finally test out some kit I’d missed from this year’s order, now covering our stores whole catalogue, to give you a taste of what we’ll be having in stock for the 2016/17 season.

    From brands such as Anon, Burton, Capita, G.N.U, Lib Tech, Union and Salomon, there were so many surprises and we can’t wait to share these with you soon!
    Check out the edit below of what I got up to, with product reviews to come during pre-season, this is surely going to be another awesome season to look forward to!

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    See you soon!!!

  • Charlies Trip to Les Deux Alpes

    Charlies trip to Les Deux Alps

    Any of us lucky enough to get away this January know that finding snow, decent snow would be a rarity. I can imagine all you out there weren’t too dissimilar to me leading up to your trips, sitting in front of a screen checking webcams, forecasts and reports constantly to see if you will be on mud or the white stuff.

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    To finally get away in January after seeing reports or a proper dumping in the French Alpes, I certainly wasn’t going to complain. It was now just a matter on packing up, getting on that plane and praying for snow at the other side.

    An early start, a less than fun rail replacement to Gatwick and quick nap on the plane and I had arrived in Grenoble, ready for Les Deux Alpes. The runways were white, the freezing level had dropped down to pretty much sea level and talks around the transfer that the regulars have not seen this much snow this low in years, things were sounding good.

    Les Deux Alpes Les Deux Alpes | Burton Process Flying V & Burton Mission EST Bindings

    By the time our slightly sore heads hit the slopes Sunday morning we were greeted by high winds, super low temperatures and fresh snow getting blown from piste to piste, maybe this was too good to be true. The plan was to get to the top glacier, get on the friendliest runs to get our eye in and check out the 10km Jandri run back into the main resort. Jumping in the gondola to 3200m, chalked on the board was the weather report: 70-90kmph winds and -19C, very inviting. Exiting the building at the top, one of the boys skiing got blown a good 20ft over hard snow by the gales and I walked out clinging to the board like I was walking out for a session at the Hot Pipe one windy morning in Shoreham. The decision was made, get a bit lower and out of the face-mask freezing blizzard and into the blue skies. A tiring day finished off with some icy runs back to resort but all in all, a fair first day to the week.

    I was on a Burton Process 152 Flying V for the short time I was out there, but found the board easy to float around on but not quite a hard edge to edge board. It had a mid flex feel to pop around the park on smaller kickers without getting bucked off onto your arse from loading it up to much.

    The Burton Missions EST ride with a mid soft feel and can really lock you boots in to get a better response. The ankle strap has a smart little kink in the plastic to fold the strap out of the way to get your boot in without the hassle. These bindings can be paired with a range of boards, it has a fairly stiff high back but it is alongside a softer feel underfoot.

    Now you might be hoping I don’t go through this blog with day to day updates on snow conditions, weather and what I had for lunch, I won’t put you through the boredom as time on the slopes was short lived for a second time in my visits to the Alpes.

    Les Deux Alpes | Charlie Les Deux Alpes | Charlie

    Sun was shining and a bluebird was on the cards for the second day, we found our way up through the gondolas to the glacier and made the most of the wide gentle runs at the top of the mountain. Stoked after exploring more of the mountain, we stopped off for lunch and a few beers by the park ready to head up there after. The snow park was showing signs of life as the boys were out setting up new rails and larger features (always worth scoping it out nice and early.) A few runs done on the Boardercross and hitting the kickers of the side track and we were content with what it had to offer.

    Long story short, I didn’t land the triple-cork McTwist 360 flip / frontside 180 and rolled over onto my toe edge and crushed my buckled knee and heard a lovely crunching pop sound. Before I knew it, the piste rescuer was down with me saying he will get me on the sledge and ski me down to the parks dropzone and I will be taking a site seeing tour via chopper back into resort….. time to use that insurance.

    Now the exciting part of trip was over, time to get prodded by an old French doctor and a quick diagnosis and impending order to rest and basically have no fun for the rest of the week. It was nice to slowly explore the town during the clearest blue sky weeks I’ve seen in the mountains was gutting, but I soldiered on through to one of the boys 24th birthday which consisted of stumbling, limping, hobbling around Smithy’s Tavern fitting in with other boozy Brits and a late one in Avalanche.

    Now time for the road to recovery after cartilage and ligament damage to get back out next year on some nice easy blue runs.

    Charlie

  • Snow Bargains

    Snow Bargains

    Ski resorts are starting to look just as they should this time of year as snow begins to fall. Just looking at some of the resorts in the Alps, their daily dose of photos and videos online goes to show that conditions are shaping up nicely. Closer to home Scotland has seen some snow with a few of the lower lifts in operation.

    Val Thorens snow bargains

    We’ve just had a truck load of bits and pieces from snowboard packages to beanies and base layers. There’s a deal to be had so take a look around at our snow sale.

    We’ve put together below a few of our favourite pieces below, so grab yourself something from our snow bargains.

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    Go Shop our collection >>

    1)  Dakine Ledge 11 Snowboard Ski Jacket Cypress
    A standard fit jacket providing a roomier body, traditional baggy style and more volume throughout.  With its vertical shadow stripe material shell, this jacket offers a subtle texture giving it dimension as light reflects off its surface. Not only does it look good but offers 10k waterproofing and 10k breathability with a DWR finish.

    It doesn’t just stop on the outside, with 100G PrimaLoft SPORT in the body and 60G in the sleeves and hood. This jacket offers less quilting less weight yet superior warmth. A Durable insulation with minimal loss in insulation values when wet.

    2) Dakine Switch Snowboard Ski Pant Harvest
    These Snowboard Pants offer a roomier body with a slightly baggy hip and leg style through the pant. A style perfect for ease of movement whilst you play on the slopes all day! The 2L full dull heavy oxford shell, provides a comfortable hand and strong construction to accommodate the daily needs of aggressive riding.

    3) Dakine Pitch Riders Shirt
    A quirky base layer ideal for on and off the mountains. It looks like and ordinary shirt but has Microban antimicrobial fabric treatment so your body stays both warm and dry all day!

    4) Dakine Talon Base layer Pant
    These pants have two layers for warmth and dryness without the bulk, featuring an elastic waist band with Dakine branding around it and a Microban antimicrobial fabric treatment.

    5) Dakine Excursion Ski Snowboard Glove
    A great quality mens snow glove from Dakine. Built from water repellent leather and 360g wool lining. These gloves classic design meets modern construction to produce a worldwide favourite!

    6) Dakine Gordon Beanie
    This beanie is a double layered band beanie, perfect for out on the slopes, featuring a Dakine label stitched into the front of the beanie and a pom pom on top!

     

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    1) Dakine Switch Snowboard Ski Jacket Army
    A standard fit jacket which provides more room and a baggier style so you can layer up with ease. Its 2L brushed shell is Dakines high performance 2 layer Fine Twill poly microfiber, providing a brushed face for a soft hand. It's backed with a jet micro coating to guarantees excellence in its waterproofing and breathability.

    2) Dakine Quick Draw Thermal Crew
    A lightweight and dry top featuring Microban antimicrobial treat to keep you out for longer! Made from 65% polyester and 35% rayon this top is soft for ultimate comfort.

    3) Dakine Bronco Ski Snowboard Gloves
    These snowboard gloves feature a Gore Tex waterproof and breathable outer with a high loft synthetic liner (80g) to keep your hands super warm whilst out on the slopes! You can even stay connected with their touch screen compatibility.

    4) Anon Striker Snow/Ski Helmet
    All anon helmets feature easily removable ear pads and liners making every model easily convertible for riders who want to run a beanie and goggle under their lid for that skate-inspired, ultra-low-profile look without sacrificing comfort.

    5) Anon M2 Undefeated/Red Solex Snow/Ski Goggles
    Featuring anon’s patented Magna-Tech™ technology, the Magna-Tech Collection has set the benchmark for high-speed lens change-outs, providing riders with an ultra-secure lens-to frame seal and the ultimate in style.

    6) Dakine Elmo Beanie
    This beanie is great for casual wear or when your out on the slopes, made from acrylic with a ribbed knit, colour contrasting pom pom and doubled lining. This beanie is great as it can be worn slouchy or cuffed.

    Go have a look here >>

  • Snow Avant Premiere 2016-2017 Test , La Clusaz

    Snow Avant Premiere 2016-2017 Test , La Clusaz

    It's that time of year. Two member of our team headed out to La Clusaz to the Snow Avant Premiere to have a nose around what products the brands of the snow world had in store for the 2016-2017 season.
    This year the weather wasn't too kind with high winds causing a fair bit of chaos resulting in the mountains being shut. The last day (12/01) saw kinder weather allowing for some testing to take place!

    Snow Avant Premiere 2015 Snow Avant Premiere last year

    With a show room covering 450 square meters, it sounds like there is some exciting pieces coming this way so keep an eye out!

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  • Snowboard Packages

    Snowboard Packages

     Its that time of year and with the snowboard bits and pieces trickling in its worth getting excited! We've got stand alone items such as Snowboards from Capita, Salomon and Burton and bindings from a new brand to the shop, Union!

    snowboard-packagesWe've even put some Snowboard deals together to save you ££££!

    Board + Bindings + Bag = SAVING££££

    Our friendly team are on hand to make sure you're all set be it your first time or if you're looking to take it to the next level!

    Related links:
    Snowboard packagesBurtonCapitaSalomonDakineAnonUnionBonfire

  • A gap between action sports and the outdoors

    A gap between action sports and the outdoors

    Poler Outdoor Stuff is a brand created to bridge a gap between action sports and the outdoors, recognising that a modern active outdoor lifestyle encompasses them both. Making stuff for the roamers and seekers, gear that is both fun and functional and suited for everyday use in the city as well as your next trip into the wild.

    We've just got in some quirky camping / apparel bits and pieces from Poler ranging from tees, tops and caps, to fold away bags, sandwich makers and 'the Napsack'.

    The shop team have been busy getting it all ready in the shop for you to come feast your eyes on!

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    We've got some items back in by Poler demand and everyone here's loving the Napsack!

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    What is the Napsack?

    The Napsack has zippers at the shoulders, so you can stick your arms out, and a cinch at the bottom so that you can open it up and stick your legs out. Hike it up to your waist, cinch it, and wear it like a puffy coat around the campfire, and then crawl right back into your tent without ever having to leave the warmth of your bag.

    Perfect for summer trips, couch surfing, music festivals, jumping into after snowboarding, surfing or any other activity that brings your core temperature down. Its not too hot for inside and is awesome for wearing around the house in the winter.

    The chest pocket fits a phone and has a pass through hole for your headphones to run internally, and it has pockets like a puffy jacket.

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    Basically... you'll never want to be parted!

    Take a look on our website here or why not pop in and see us! We have all you need for the perfect trip #campvibes.

    Relevant links

    Poler TshirtsJumpers • Hats  • Sandwich MakerNapsacks JacketsBags

  • Bills Snowboarding Trip | Megève Ski Resort , French Alps

    Bills Snowboarding Trip | Megève Ski Resort , French Alps - February 2015

     

    One of our team at OceanSports has recently skived off work for a week to Megève in the French Alps. Not only was it bluebird the whole week, we managed to get our hands on next year’s Burton custom for him to shred!

    megeve_ski_resort Megève Ski Resort, French Alps

    Bill came back in the store stoked out his mind about Burtons Flying V board and Bonfire Tanner Jacket he was fashioning saying,"It was outrageous loving the moguls (a bump of snow) of course, a very quick edge change and the flying 'V' just tears through tight turns making terrain such as the trees and steeps seem like green runs, when its dumping the rockers sits so sweet on top."

    bonfire-tanner-snowboard-jacket-midnight-black_1 Bonfire Tanner | Click the image to shop

    The Tanner jacket has a fine tailor fit in a rich stretch Oxford fabric which is great for providing freedom to move and keep you dry, along with its fleece lining that’s super warm!

    Bill | Megève Ski Resort, French Alps Bill | Megève Ski Resort, French Alps

    His trip sounded quite eventful, spending the first two days at a family’s home, praising a nutritious organic breaky and the only problem being, a 50 minute train then coach journey from Megève.

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     Next Bill moved in to a hotel right bang next to the lifts for a further six days, however not without difficulty at the train station! “You’d think they'd run a bus for every train arriving on one of the busiest weeks of the season, but no! After finding out we had two and a half hours to wait when we wanted to be on the slopes, we decided to hitchhike on the entrance to the mountain road using a cardboard sign. We held out for 15 minutes before getting picked up, we were super lucky I don't think my snowboard would have fitted into someone's two seater Maserati!"

    Bill | Megève Ski Resort, French Alps Bill | Megève Ski Resort, French Alps

    In all Bill said it was the best week he's spent riding with great weather and good snow plus, a very cheeky free hotel. The board images are still under wraps so enjoy these sneak peaks of what the 2016 season has in store on us.

    Megève Ski Resort, French Alps Megève Ski Resort, French Alps

    If that's wet your appetite for some last minutes bits, check out our snow section here or pop in and speak to our team who are on hand to provide you with the advise and equipment you need.

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  • New GoPro Hero4 is here...Hero4 Black edition

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    At last the Go Pro Hero4 wait is over* - the new Go Pro Hero4 Black, the new Go Pro Hero4 Silver, and the new Go Pro Hero cameras are out… here’s the boardridersguide.com take on these new Hero Cameras..

    The Hero4 Black Edition is the top of the line with 4K video capabilities, as you would expect the flagship model is the "most advanced" Go Pro Camera to date, offering a processor and frame rates that are twice as fast as previous models.

    The new GoPro4 brings a lot of the features GoPro fans and professionals alike have been crying out for, highlights include: 4K video at 30 frames per second, and 1080p video at an eye-watering 120 frames per second. The GoPro Hero 3 Black could shoot 4K at 15fps, that sounds good but actually wasn’t that great. 30fps is the standard and the Hero4 cam can now shoot footage that will look amazing but you will still need a 4k TV to see the GoPro Hero4 at it’s very best resolution, but importantly it future-proofs you for when you do update your TV as 4K TV’s become more affordable and the norm in every lounge. Another new feature on the Black Edition is 1080p at 120fps, this allows you to shoot in full HD and then slow it right down and have the footage still look super smooth.

    The new Hero4 is capable of capturing photos at 12-megapixels and 30fps, Waterproof up to 40m, the Hero4 Black Edition includes Wi Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, also cool new features like night photo and night lapse modes, Hi-Light Tag, a wide-angle field of vision via Super-view, an auto low-light mode and high performance audio recording.. And all this for £10 more than the outgoing model as the Hero4 has been priced at just £379.99..! Click here for more details and technical spec on the new Hero4 Black Cameras

    To be honest we are most excited with the new GoPro Hero4 Silver Edition as it is the first Go Pro Camera to come with a built in touchscreen display. This makes setting up and reviewing shots much easier, where once this was only achievable by buying the LCD screen separately for £79.99 or pairing the camera to your phone. It comes with a maximum shooting resolution of 1080p 60fps or 720p 120fps for video with the same photographic capabilities as the Black Edition.
    We think this is the winner in the GoPro line for the majority of people who want high-end action cam footage as it is now pretty much the same spec as Hero 3+ Black edition from last year. It'll shoot 2.7K at 30fps, 1080p 60fps, and 720p at 120fps. It has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, improved audio system, Night Photo / Night Lapse and a much more user friendly interface. Basically, all you are really missing from the Hero4 Black is the 4K at 30fps, 1080p at 120fps, and some of the other higher resolution/frame-rate combinations which unless you are at professional level and or have a 4K TV are you really bothered..? – We would say for the average guy or girl in the Snow / Surf / Trail the GoPro Hero4 Silver with its super cool built in touch screen is the camera we'd recommend – All this for £289.99 Click here for more details and technical spec on the new Hero4 Silver Cameras

    Go Pro have also launched their first budget priced camera – known simply as the “Hero” this will bring a Go Pro camera to the masses for under a £100. The Go Pro Hero will shoot video in 1080p 30fps or 720p 60 fps and 5-megapixel photos at 5fps. The Hero is as tough as the higher price models and just as waterproof (up to 40m) but does not have a removable battery.
    Not everyone is as concerned with mega image quality, some just want a tough camera that can go anywhere and survive. With the cost of owning a GoPro now under £100 prepare to see even more people filming and GoPro cameras everywhere you go..! Click here for more details and technical spec on the new Go Pro Hero Cameras

    *Available to preorder now and for dispatch from the 6th October.

  • Snowboard Spring Break

    Ocean Sports Board Riders Attend Snowboard SPRING BREAK
    Snow Test April 2014

    Snowboard Spring BreakJust as you all remember you recent snow trips over the past six months, having your beloved set up racked or packed away in the loft. Memories of those sweet powder days, tweaking those moves in the park and trying not to remember those hangovers after crazy après filled nights. Well, there’s still one last party in Europe to attend.

    The annual snowboard ‘SPRING BREAK’ snow test is a week-long event for all snowboarders to enjoy. This is where you can meet like-minded shredders, ride spring conditions but also get to test all of next season kit in advance!!! Traditionally titled as the UK SNOW TEST, attendance over the past years seemed to drop in numbers and would inevitably cease to continue. Alas, along came ‘Ian Sansom’ and his team at ‘THE REASON’ magazine with the great idea of setting up an event for  everybody; brands, shop owners, UK sponsored riders… and now, the public!

    A perfect insight into identifying what the customer really looks for, instead of what looks cool in the store regardless of pricing and sales. It was time to let the public decide and since then, the response has grown and grown into one of the best get together events for the UK snowboard scene!

    Hidden away in the Austrian TIROL valleys are an abundance of glaciers. Just an hour’s drive from INNSBRUCK and over 3000ft up, sits the stunning ‘KAUNERTAL’ glacier. A national park with unbelievable scenery set in a tall valley, lush green fields, a multitude of waterfalls and ever changing weather conditions, but when it gets good… it's epic!

    After attending last year’s event, Ocean Sports Board Riders employee Mark Teti couldn’t stop talking to the shop boys and fellow customers about ‘SPRING BREAK’ - rating it as "by far one of the most memorable, fun and cheapest trips" he'd been on in quite a while!

    Returning for more of the action this year, here's Mark's account of the trip:

    This year, myself, fellow Aussie employee Tim Machon and with a last minute invite of two local customers (and trusted transportation detail) Krzysztof Niezgoda & Dariusz Hajdecki all headed to Austria.

    We set off Friday evening, for a night drive to get through the long journey ready for the event. In doing so, this allowed us good time to get to know one another before our four day trip official begun!

    “A Brit, Aussie & two Polish guys sharing a common bond and love for snowboarding”

    We arrived early Saturday morning after a 14 hour trip which seemed faster than expected a bonus, however unable to check in, we decided to drive the 45 minute winding roads up to the glacier.
    Reaching the summit after rising above ever changing weather conditions, we were welcomed with bluebird skies and the ever stunning Kaunertal glacier in our sights.
    The strange topic of the week was the weather. We all want that perfect snowfall with clear skies, here on a four day trip that concern does get a little tighter as you have to make every minute count!

    “The only thing that could have made the week a little better was a little more visibility but I still got to test just about every board that I wanted to”

    We returned down to the village of ‘Fiecten’ to check in, attend the evenings welcome meeting and rise early Sunday morning to drive up to the glacier again and get involved in the test. Once we parked up at the main centre, the ‘Spring Break’ camp was set up; over 30 brands, hundreds of boards, bindings, boots and other test accessories were available to try.

    Each attendant receives a test event card / lanyard with a member’s number, so on taking out a product from various brand tents; they would know who’s using what.

    I’d introduced the group to various band reps such as Burton, Salomon and Thirty-Two alongside taking time to catch up with friends and chat about the new products. Throughout the days there were events taking place, BBQ’s, refreshment buckets and free swags of gifts were spread around, so if you missed out, you missed out big!

    The first two days brought wet snowfalls, whited out conditions but nothing too severe to handle. The slight downside to Glacier’s is they’re exposed and with no tree lines to hide through, this meant close counter jib riding was essential and grinding though trying to get the most fun whilst testing out the kit. What is great is the small runs with lips, hits, interweaving wall rides and soft snow conditions, allowing us all to just make riding a little bit more ‘FUN’.

    Being at different levels and areas of riding, there was a great mixture of testing; I was more freestyle driven whereas Tim searched out the powder and fresh lines.

    “Darek was introduced to a customer favourite, the Burton Process Snowboard, which a lot of customers have come to love, and every time we saw him he still had the same board!”

    ‘Kris & Darek’ did their own thing, a great opportunity for our fellow customers to test out all sorts of riding, and immerse themselves into the whole experience.

    Once the days wound down, the early evenings would consist of getting rest and attending various après events where most of us would gather in the local ‘Kiwi’ bar for refreshing Austrian beers & traditional Austrian dishes….or pizzas?!

    “We had a good crew and the crew out there were awesome as well. Plus winning 20 euro wasn’t too bad either”

    The events would get crazier at the ‘Pfiff Alm’ where more beers and Jager-bombs were downed and even tried out ‘Hammersmachen’; a traditional Austrian pub game that has to be seen to be believed.

    One evening someone decided to cash in bets on the game and who better to do us proud than Tim himself walking away with the substantial 20 euro cash prize!

    The final day was the highlight of our trip, after two days of fighting snowfall we were blessed with blue skies.

    After testing countless all mountain boards, the plan was to get in the park when it had cleared but after scoping some close untouched powder lines on a light face, some of us decided to whip out the powder boards and for this we were rewarded with some of the best riding of our trip.

    Eventually we hit the park and witnessed the awesome event of Dragon alliance’s ‘Methodical Madness’; seeing who could pull the sweetest and most steeziest classic method grab off a freshly shaped doubled sided hip! It was a sight to behold and many of the UK’s top sponsored riders threw up their best!

    We wound down our last evening in style and soon after the lifts closed we joined ‘Anolog’ for their après party where beers, drinks and the final test day shenanigans went off.


    “Our own waterfall BBQ was a great way to end the trip”

    Earlier in the trip we’d discovered a hidden waterfall camp behind the hills just off from where two of our colleges had been staying. We knew this would be a great location for a final get together. We ventured up, prepared a fire and stashed up beers in a dumping of snow we’d taken from up the hill to create a mini beer cooler.

    The boys shared with us traditional delicacies of polish foods & we reflected on the past day’s events whilst taking in the breath-taking sights of the waterfall dropping just a few meters besides us, a sight to be seen. Later on we joined the rest of the spring break guests for one final party at the ‘Pfiff Alm’.

    On final reflection we thought it would be great to share with you all about this amazing event. It goes to show you can get more from your trip without blasting away your budget, test all the kit you want and get the inside knowledge on what you really want to buy. After two great trips and numbers growing in our own attendance we’d love to share this experience with you all again!

    “Seeing our reps from brands and catching up, meeting new faces from around the UK and trying out next seasons gear,  a personal highlight”

    So if you’re interested in spring break 2015 and want the lowdown on kit we tested from this season and whether it’s a product we’d stock or not, don’t hesitate to ask questions in store. We’d love to hear from you all!!!

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    Q & A WITH THE GUYS

    Mark Teti (Ocean Sports Board Riders Staff)

    How was your spring break 2014?

    It was another great experience, besides the weather, I still got to test what I wanted, if not more on this trip than any previous tests. It was great being able to share it with friends and local customers who came along and got a real taste of what is out there for them.

    What was your favourite test kit?

    I came across a lot of good stuff, I finally tried the ‘switch back’ no high-backs which were really cool, I could say my current board and last year’s favourite Salomon’s ‘Sabotage’ was a winner again. I also fell in love with the Burton ‘NUG’ and Salomon’s ‘Derby’,  two very unusual boards but funny enough the ‘NUG’ reignited my love for what Burton do, for a brand of divided opinion’s, this is a board for those who over the years know what Burton can bring to the table and still leave you gobsmacked.

    What was your spring break highlight?

    This time was definitely more about the company I was in, seeing our reps from brands and catching up, meeting new faces from around the UK. But our own waterfall BBQ was a great way to end the trip, so scenic, plus the weather held dry so hopefully this can become an annual thing???

     

    Tim Machon (Ocean Sports Board Riders Staff)

    How was your spring break 2014?

    I had loads of fun in Kaunertal. The only thing that could have made the week a little better was a little more visibility, but I still got to test just about every board that I wanted to and a couple that I had no idea existed. We had a good crew and the crew out there were awesome as well. Plus winning 20 euro playing ‘Hammerschmachen’ wasn’t too bad either.

    What was your favourite test kit?

    I couldn’t narrow it down to just one piece of kit in particular, but had few that I liked for different reasons. The Derby by Salomon was probably one of the most fun boards I have ever ridden. With the conditions we had, a super small board with loads of float in pow and super loose surf type feel on the piste. The Salomon District bindings were a huge surprise as all the Salomon bindings I had looked at in the past were in my opinion garbage but these were a super comfortable flexi binding that did everything I wanted them to.

    Other highlights for me were the Burton NUG which again was a super small twin board with loads of float and just a super playful board. I had already tested the Salomon Villain which would defiantly be a board I would buy 100% super fun, flexi, twin shape. This classed as a park board but could defiantly go anywhere and do anything just a super good board which maybe on my ‘to buy’ list for next season.

    What was your spring break highlight?

    Too many to mention but a couple of highlight would have to be the Tie Dye High Five. Reason, tie dye shirt making was fun and just a good social thing. Meeting new guys in the industry was also good and just sitting down and having a beer after a day of like-minded people is always nice. But one of the major highlights would have to be the water fall BBQ we had at a hidden water fall with just our crew. Was a good way to finish our trip off and wind-down.

    For further details on this year’s highlights go straight to the spring break website www.snowboardspringbreak.com or www.thereasonmag.com

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