Wannabe instructors: Ask the experts

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 Considering learning to be instructor? Not sure what it involves or where it can take you?

On Sunday (Oct 19), Milton Keynes Sno!zone is hosting an event where you can get your questions answered by the experts. 

From noon to 4pm, UK-based training and adventure company Peak Leaders is taking over one of the slopes at the centre with their team of snow sports professionals – and they want you to get involved. 

Peak Leaders run courses in Europe, Japan, Canada and India, as well as South America and Australia and New Zealand during our summertime. 

Action Sports Torrents Raise Controversy

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Transworld Business has a story about a BitTorrent tracker site for Action Sports movies and how it’s affecting the snowboard film industry.

Snowboard films have long been available to download, illegally, on the big tracker sites but now they are easier to find than ever. The past few seasons, money has been tight for filming companies as sponsorship dollars have dwindled. With the current economy it looks like it will get worse, and I think we’ll see some operations shut down.

So what do you think? Is it ok to download or not? Should snowboard films be free?



Playboy Burton boards brew up a mini storm

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A few papers in the US have picked up on a bit of a local hoohaa about Burton’s Love snowboard series. These are men’s snowboards from the Coalition line featuring vintage Playboy photos.

Parents of some young snowboarders are objecting to the sale of the boards in shops they frequent with their children. Burton say the boards will only be sold to those aged 18 and over and will be wrapped.

Catch up with the For Boarders By Boarders crew

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It’s been a jam-packed summer for the boys from For Boarders By Boarders (FBBB), who spent the wash-out that was this summer making sure us riders got our slope fix.

Fresh from the final event of their UK tour, caught up with Mikee and Thom from the collective as they paused for breath.

Stoked by the success of 2008 events in Tamworth, Braehead, Bromley, Milton Keynes, London, Caterham and Castleford, the boys were already looking forward to more fun and frolics in the New Year.

“We just want to branch out and do more,” said Mikee. “We would love to do more stuff abroad.”

Elena Hight joins Volcom team

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We told you a while back that Elena Hight was changing teams and she has now arrived at Volcom. She’s been with Volcom streetwear since October 2005 and has now joined the team as a full snow team member.

"The best thing about the Volcom snow team is the family structure and to have such amazing people around me. I love the tight knit program that Volcom has and I feel so fortunate to be able to experience this and have the opportunity to fully embrace it," said Elena.

Volcom looking for staff for new London store

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Volcom are opening a shop in London this autumn and they’re looking for staff.

The shop, situated near Covent Garden, needs an assistant manager and sales assistants.

The sales jobs are for full-time employees working 39 hours per week, part time employees working 20 hours  a week and weekend staff working eight hours.

They’re looking for people with a knowledge and interest in the boardsports industry and at least one year of retail experience. You must have good customer service skills and be able to work weekends as scheduled.

If you are interested, send your CV and salary requirements to asap.

Burton employees dust off their bikes for Creative Commute Fridays

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I’ve thought about cycling to work before but the London traffic scares the hell out of me. What might make it a bit less scary would be some¬†experienced commuting friends to help me negotiate the daily obstacles.

Burton employees in Burlington, VT are encouraging people to cycle to work with just this kind of group.

They’ve embraced an in-house project called Creative Commute Fridays which encourages people to ditch their cars on Fridays and use alternative methods to get to work instead. More inexperienced cycling commuters get to take advantage of guidance and tips from more experienced riders.