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  • We don't mean to brag but...

    ...it sure is pretty sweet being on Team Surfanic.

    Our Junior and Youth Team riders have proved this month that hard work pays off and brought home some great results from huge UK comps over the last few weeks.

    On August 30th, Snow Factor Braehead played host to the Scottish Indoor Slopestyle Championships with our team out in full force to snatch up some places on those podiums.

    Scottish Indoor Slopestyle Championships - Team Surfanic
    (L-R) Sam Moorhouse, Thea Fenwick, JJ Robertson, Nicols Haines, Carrie Wylie.

    As expected these guys did not disappoint, with Sam (who you may have seen on his web series, Check The Checklist) taking Silver in Snowboard Slopestyle with JJ  close behind in fourth. Thea is our little firecracker and has the drive and determination of a pro. With this much focus she pulled out another podium place taking Silver in the U16's ski category. Nicole is our laid back slicker than your average youngster and adds some serious style to the team. She also brought home a Silver, this time in U12's Snowboarding division.

    Obviously I had to sneak in to the shot to get my minute of fame, come on, no one ever takes pics of me!


    Another great happening was last weeks Farmers Jam.

    Farmers Jam 2014 @ Norfolk Snowsports Club


    Taking place at Norfolk Snowsports Club, this comp was attended by some of our team who couldn't make the trek to Scotland the previous weeks. With the likes of Jamie Nicholls there, the pressure was on to impress and we didn't disappoint.

    JTT @ Farmers Jam

    A great welcome to Justin Taylor-Tipton, but you can call him JTT making a huge impact on the day with 2 Silvers for his age cat in Slopestyle & Big Air. So rad! And other newbie Callum Welch hot on his heels with a Bronze in Slopestyle. Great results guys, we look forward to seeing whats in store for the coming season!


    Farmers Jam - 2014, Tom Annis
    Farmers Jam 2014 - Sam Annis
    Farmers Jam 2014 - Tom & Sam Annis

    And finally a little on our favourite duo, the Annis brothers. Farmers Jam seen Sam take a Bronze for his age division in the ski slopestyle, beating off some stiff competition and making it his second medal in 2 comps.

    The previous week the brothers had hit up Splashfest at Bracknell Ski & Snowsports Centre with JTT and stole the show with Sam taking the Silver & Top close behind with the Bronze... not bad for a 10 and an 8 year old!

    JTT kept his medal count up with a Silver in overall male ski and a Silver for Best Trick.

    So you wanna be in our Team?

    Show us what you've got ;)

  • Catch us at 2014 Scottish Indoor Freestyle Championships!

    This Saturday (30th August) Snow Factor, Braehead plays host to the Scottish Indoor Freestyle Championships, organised by Snowsports Scotland with competitors from all over the UK flocking to Scotlands only indoor ski/snowboard slope. Catch Team Surfanic with all their supporters on the day and why not pop into our store for a refuel of Monster Energy and chat all things ski & snowboarding.


    We've managed to grab a copy of the park plan and here it is! Featuring some old favourites like the 'Big Blue' and their brand new park addition, a sweet Wall Ride towards the end of the run. The Wall Ride is pretty new to their park set-ups only arriving at the slope last week so why not give it a go in your practice run and try hit it big!

    catch the Facebook event here!!!>>> https://www.facebook.com/events/335262536633129/


    Catch you there.

  • WP and MVP Ratings – What It All Means...


    Ski Wear Waterproof and Breathability Ratings MVP WP


    Have you ever wondered what all those weird looking gadgets and pockets on your ski jacket are for? Well believe it or not, every feature has been thought out to the greatest degree to make sure that your skiing holiday is one of comfort, fun and convenience.

    Because there are so many technical features I won’t bore you with a long in depth explanation of every single one (ain’t nobody got time for that) and instead I thought I would concentrate on one feature at a time. A handy little bite-size of design knowledge if you will...

    So where to start.... well let’s start with the most important of all the features, the one that keeps you warm and dry and that’s the waterproof and breathability ratings of the fabric.

    What is WP?

    5,000 WP, 10,000 MVP... if no one has ever explained these numbers to you, how would you ever know?

    It is actually quite simple though. The WP number is an indicator of how much water pressure a jacket can withhold without the water penetrating the fabric and it is always measured in millimetres. For example, 5,000 WP means that the fabric will take 5,000mm (or 5 metres) of water pressure over a 24 hour period before the water starts to leak through. That’s a lot of water!

    How about MVP?

    The MVP rating is an indicator of how breathable the fabric is and lets you know how much water vapor (or sweat in this case!) the fabric will allow through to the outside of the jacket. This stops the sweat and moisture staying next to the skin which causes you to get cold. This one is measures in grams.  So, a 10,000 MVP jacket will allow 10,000grams of moisture vapour to disperse through approximately one square metre of fabric, and away from the body.

    Standard ratings of WP and MVP are 3K (3,000mm/3,000g), 5K, 8K, 10K, 15K and 20K, so just remember, the higher the number the better the rating.

    Isn’t it clever, how it will allow water vapour out but won’t let any water in? I’ve always thought so! This is because the size of the ‘pores’ needed to allow water vapour out are much smaller than the size of a single droplet of water.

    How clever!

  • Focus On... Bollé Goggles

    Bolle Ski and Snowboard Goggles

    For the third post in our 'Focus On...' series, I thought it would be a good idea to take a look at our very popular Bollé Goggles!

    The Bollé Story (source Bolle-Europe.co.uk)...

    "The Bollé story began in the small town of Oyonnax, France in 1888. There Seraphim Bollé started his company by first manufacturing combs and hair ornaments for the boxwood and horn indigenous to the region. After WWII, Bollé led the way in molding nylon to the highest standards in the world. Safety glasses and goggles were added to the Bollé line in 1950 ..... And in 1960, ski goggles were first marketed by Bollé. Leading the industry in product innovations, the Bollé family took the business from a small cottage industry to one of the world's most prominent manufacturers of premium eyewear."

    Bollé are now considered eyewear specialists all over the world for both winter and summer sports. Bollé goggles come in a huge variety of designs with different frames and lenses to suit all needs and weather conditions.

    Let's take a look at the structure of a standard Bollé goggle...

     Bolle Goggles


    Some of the most important features of a goggle are the ones for fog prevention. Sight is obviously very important when skiing or snowboarding but the cold weather can cause goggles to fog up and impair your vision. Bollé goggles are made with P80 Carbo Glass lenses which are both anti-fog and anti-scratch. They also have a double lens which works in a similar way to the double glazed windows you have at home to prevent fogging and condensation. Vents are also provided along the top of the lens to keep the air flow going and again prevent fogging. 

    Bolle Goggles



    Bollé goggles all have adjustable straps so that the goggles can be worn over and attached to helmets. The Forestay System provides a swinging outrigger that again allows the straps to fit perfectly over a helmet.


     Bolle Ski Goggles



    More vents are provided along the top of the frame to further reduce fogging and encourage air flow. For ultimate comfort the frame is cushioned with a Triple Layer Face Foam so that they fit perfectly over the contours of the face and also prevent those annoying goggle indents that seem to last for hours after taking them off!

    Lenses available range from category 0 (best for night skiing) to category 3 (ideal for bright sunny conditions) and even modulators (which are photo-chromic). A full guide to choosing the right goggle lens for you will be coming soon so stay tuned....

    Bollé even have an extensive range of children's goggles so you can kit out the whole family with affordable and reliable eyewear for your next family ski or snowboarding trip!

    Bollé goggles are available in all Surfanic stores and online here - link.

  • What filming for a ski movie is like

    When I watched ski movies growing up I always thought that it was some kind of magic. I thought that the guys and girls featured in them got magically transported to the sunniest spots with the best snow, a really talented filmer/editor and then stomped everything first time without fear or hesitance. Turns out it's not like that, a lot of luck and hard work have to come together to turn all the effort of getting there and timing it right into a usable shot. Only one thing needs to go wrong with the skiing, filming, snow conditions, timing, weather or light for the shot to be demoted to B roll status, where hopefully something about it will be funny and then it can roll with the credits. I know that this is a bit of a typical rant and I will end it with the sterotypical 'but getting the shot makes it all worthwhile' line, but I guess I'm writing it for people that ever wondered what actually goes on behind the scenes of ski movies, 'cause it can be a bit of an emotional rollercoaster. So let me tell you a story about the last film trip of the year that I went on, to film for Whiteroom Productions next movie with Raphi Webhofer and filmer Jonas Abenstein.

    Myself and Jonas watching the sunset from the top of the camper, photo by Raphi, check out his athlete page- Raphael Webhofer on facebook


    So we were meant to be flying to Norway for a week of touring and a bit of heli time, but just before we were meant to go the weather forecast told us that it was going to be snowing for pretty much every day that we would be there. So last minute we grabbed the Whiteroom Productions camper van and headed over the border to St Moritz and the Engadin Valley. Raphi and I had already been there on separate trips during the season, but since they had had the biggest total snowfall in over 50 years and had mainly sun in the forecast for the next week it was an opportunity not to poke a ski stick at. The photo above is of us checking out the sunset on the first night after scoping some lines, glad that we had made the difficult call not to chase the expensive dragon to Norway. The photo below is the line that we had found and decided to ski together- an exposed shelf finishing in a compulsory air, that turned out to be bigger than it had looked through our binoculars, and with a rockier take-off and landing.

    The intimidating but enticing line down the central shelf


    What it looked like from the top in the sunset


    Looking back at Raphi to tell him I think it's on


    Tight turns in the steep sluff


    The long, rocky air out. With a bit of roll in and an ollie I made this, just, but Raphi got unlucky and clipped a rock on landing, tumbled and lost a pole (permanently). It was quite a contrast to the smaller lines we had been skiing earlier that day where I had been kooking it and he had been stomping stylish tricks


    I've seen Raphi more stoked than at this moment, the variable snow above the exposure led him to say it was one of the stupidest things he had ever done


    So where to from here? I wanted to ski more faces because I'm not as good at tricks as Raphi and he had been getting better shots than me. We met up with local friend Lukas Swieykowski to check out some new zones and I found a line that I have to ski one day, full on life goal. The light had run out by the time I saw it, but it will still be there next year.

    Dream line from the top left shoulder to the central compulsory air, watch out for it next year


    Lukas put us up for a couple of days while he was showing us around, thanks buddy! We found this zone with him too, and salivated, all picking different lines off the bat.

    Lukas' line on the right, mine in the middle and Raphi's on the left. The star is where the variable snow caught his edge and the dotted lines are where he tumbled to where he stopped at the circle, and had to cling to a rock for half an hour with a broken hip till the heli could pluck him.


    The rescue heli plucking Raphi off the face, you can see him dangling below it in the rotor wash, heavy day.


    Thanks Spiderman


    After a short heli trip for Raphi and a long drive in the camper for Jonas and I we got to gape at this in the Swiss hospital, check out what's going on with his hip bone in the top left of the x-ray


    This is Raphi looking over the other side from the peak before he dropped in, with good times in the minds eye. We didn't know he would be taking a heli home, how could we? I was thinking about that the other day when I posted this pic on the instabook- check it out on @neilwilliman or FB/Neil Williman Skiing Human, and I got a bit carried away with the caption, trying to capture the ups and downs of filming, what we give for skiing, what it gives back and what it takes away. I guess it was a big part of why I took a summer off, instead of going home to NZ for winter, a bit more time to pull my thoughts back to goals and stoke. And write this to try and explain why this photo means what to me. Below is the original captionessay, maybe it will mean a bit more now if you've read this through or at least glanced at the images.


    My good ski buddy @raphaelwebhofer on top of a peak we toured near St Moritz in April, and on a better day this caption would've read something cheesy like 'the days we ski for'. We'd been living in a camper for a week looking for lines to film for #whiteroomproductions before finally finding this zone, but the variable snow sent Raphi to hospital with a broken hip after a scary fall. Shaken after helping the medics load him pale but smiling into the heli I was left contemplating what rewards we were looking for in return for these risks, and how I'll feel next time I stand on top of a serious line. Midsummer has been and gone since then without a conclusion reached, other than that the goddess of snow can be a feisty and unreasonable mistress, and it is something in that renders me helpless- unable not to heed her call when she beckons.

  • Introducing the new NZ Surfanic skier Ollie Hunt!

    Missing the club fields right now, and this was soul smoothing stuff to watch. I'm always trying to explain how hard the NZ kids shred whether it's hard pack or Ja-pow, but right now I'm gonna let Ollie Hunts season do the talking. I used to coach this kid, now I'm proud to call him my Surfanic clothing teamate, recognize the jacket?

    That landing isn't that soft
  • Welcome... Neff Sunglasses


    Neff Sunglasses


    Surfanic are excited to announce the latest brand to hit our website and selected stores, welcome... Neff. This California based sunglasses and accessories brand was launched by Shaun and Joe Neff in 2002.  Neff is an active youth accessory brand specialising in core snow and skate headwear and is supported by some of the biggest action sports athletes in the world.

    Neff is committed to having fun and bringing new vibes to the world, evident from this quote from co-founder Shaun Neff - 

    “We are like a gumball machine; spitting out endless flavors for the world to consume." 

    Neff Sunglasses at Surfanic

    Not only have Neff collaborated with massive celebrities such as Snoop Dogg, Deadmau5 and Scarlett Johansson, but they also organise a yearly charity initiative "Neff Hope" to raise awareness and funds to support cancer research.

    Their range of fun, colourful, high-quality, on-trend and affordable sunglasses are now available to buy online and in selected Surfanic stores.

  • Focus On... Surfanic Luggage

    Surfanic, Luggage, Roller Bag, SuitcaseAre you off on holiday this summer? Firstly, can I go too? Secondly, are you looking for some stylish and practical luggage to take with you?

    I think it's time to introduce you to one of Surfanic's bestsellers... The Roller Bag.

    Made from the same fabrics as our ski jackets, these roller bags are durable with a waterproof coating and are surprisingly light weight. In fact, our 107 litre roller bags weigh in at just 3kg! Perfect for dealing with those pesky airport weight restrictions. It's simple, cut back on the weight of the suitcase and you can pack more shoes!

    Each 107l roller bag has a fully retractable handle which can be locked at two different heights and 4-way compression straps so that you can adjust the depth of your luggage.

    Surfanic Roller Bag

    My personal favourite feature is the 'Split Level Construction' which basically means that the roller bag is divided in to two halves with separate zip compartments. Making it much easier to organise your clothes, whether it's his and hers, damp and dry, evening and day, whatever takes your fancy. Not to mention how much time it saves when you're looking for something in a hurry. 

    Surfanic Kyber Roller Bag Luggage

    This year, for the first time, Surfanic have introduced a mini roller bag, the 40 litre Kyber Carry On! This sleek and compact bag has been specially designed to meet the size restrictions of aeroplane carry ons (20x40x50cm) even budget airlines! It is a perfect size for a weekend away and the front travel document pocket and integrated laptop sleeve make it ideal for business trips.

    Our full range of roller bags have hard-wearing poly-urethane wheels and both side and top grab handles, a feature that really comes in handy when collecting your luggage off the airport conveyor belts.

    Surfanic Kyber Roller Bag Luggage

    Whether you're jetting off on a two week luxury beach holiday to Barbados (some people have all the luck) or travelling by train for a business trip to London, Surfanic have a roller bag suitable for your needs, and available in a range of designs to suit your tastes. Also did I mention that all Surfanic roller bags are now half price? No? Well just see for yourself - link. But I'd be quick as they are flying off the shelves (Hehe geddit? Flying...sorry I couln't help myself).

    Our full range of luggage can be found both in stores and on our website now.

  • Break The Safe - Win £20,000 at Xscape Milton Keynes!


    Break The Safe Competition Xscape Milton Keynes

    I don't think I have ever met someone who would say "£20,000? No thank you I'm fine." That would be crazy.

    Xscape in Milton Keynes are giving their customers the chance to win an amazing £20,000 which is currently locked up in a giant safe at the entertainment complex, which houses an indoor ski slope, bars, restaurants, a gym, a cinema, plenty of shops and even a body flying tunnel!

    Break The Safe Competition Xscape Milton Keynes

    All you have to do is make a purchase at any of the on-site stores between the 2nd and 27th June and visit the safe to guess the code. If you guess correctly, the £20,000 is yours! There is nothing to lose and a hell of a lot to win!

    So, if you're a regular shopper at our Milton Keynes Surfanic branch, make sure you stop by the safe. You have to be in it to win it as they say....

    For more information check out the Xscape website here - link.

    **Please note that Surfanic are not responsible for the running of this competition and any questions or queries should be directed to Xscape Milton Keynes.**

    Photos courtesy of Xscape Milton Keynes

  • English Slopestyle Championships 2014


    Last weekend saw the arrival of the English Slopestyle Championships 2014 at Chill Factore in Manchester, and some awesome performances from Surfanic sponsored team riders Thea Fenwick, Sam Annis, Tom Annis and Callum Wareing!

    The unstoppable Thea Fenwick stole the gold at the under 14s and came 4th overall! And big congratulations to Sam Annis for taking home a bronze medal in the under 12s and to Tom Annis for coming in 5th!

    Check out these photos from the day...

    Thea Fenwick English Slopestyle Championships 2014 photo by David Allen Thea Fenwick English Slopestyle Championships 2014 photo by David Allen
    Callum Wareing English Slopestyle Championships 2014 photo by David Allen Callum Wareing English Slopestyle Championships 2014 photo by David Allen
    Tom Annis English Slopestyle Championships 2014 photo by David Allen Tom Annis English Slopestyle Championships 2014 photo by David Allen
    Tom Annis English Slopestyle Championships 2014 photo by Craig Robinson Tom Annis English Slopestyle Championships 2014 photo by Craig Robinson
    Sam Annis English Slopestyle Championships 2014 photo by Craig Robinson Sam Annis English Slopestyle Championships 2014 photo by Craig Robinson
    English Slopestyle Championships 2014 - Surfanic Team Riders photo by Sarah Fenwick English Slopestyle Championships 2014 - The Surfanic Team Riders - photo by Sarah Fenwick

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