• Here☻eye yam

    What drives us to be skiers?

    To continually risk our health, for what reward?

    If you think it's money you're looking at the wrong sport.

    Powder days, new tricks, podiums, big lines and new spots, that's what keeps us going.

    We crash on couches, borrow money, stay in airports and return favours.

    And we often think we're the first generation to live this until we learn our freeski history.

    So, what do you look forward to?

    Sights like this help


    Or powder turns with the friends


    Finding places like this is key too


    And getting turns like this


    Seeing this out the window sooths my soul


    Especially when I know it means this is coming up


    Working for it makes you appreciate it more


    And enjoy the places you end up


    I guess home is where the heart is, or the snow


    But really, at the end of the day, sharing the love, with the crew. I guess you don't have to know someone so well to be friends with them if you ski together.
    All the good photos in this blog are by Tove Kockum, the rest are by me 
  • Neil's back to the Bruck!

    I recently got back to Innsbruck for the season and it's been a cool welcome, just the way I like it! I'll like the images do the talking, check them out below

    We had to fit 2 bikes, 2 ski bags and 2 other bags into a train, then a plane, then a bus but it turned out that fitting them and us into Lukas' car for the last 2km was the toughest part


    Good to be rolling around Innsbruck again. Photo by Pete Oswald


    And back on the mountains!


    Lucky to know locals like Lukas and their secret spots, he's even breaking the trail out for us. Photo by Pete Oswald


    Storm riding at Stubai glacier with the Whiteroom Productions crew!


    Body shot in the new suit once the weather cleared up


    Drop, grab and selfie, showing off the new threads. Stoked on the new gears, taking the Eagle Surftex jacket on a test flight


    Much more to come, this is only from the first few days skiing! We'll start filming for the El Flamingo webisodes and the next Whiteroom Production movie soon so stay tuned for updates of radness.

  • Trial and Eroor, our new ski movie and how you can get it!

    So stoked that our full movie just dropped, get it here, just click on the link below!

    Click meeeeeeeeee


  • Summer, time.

    Hey you,

    Yes you, Mr and Mrs reader, hey!

    Wondering how a skier passes a summer in London? This is how...

    Play chess against a chess master in a boxing ring with disco lights, (click pic for video)

    Well they say you never know what's going to happen in a weekend in London


    Go to ski movie premiers with other pros that are in town


    Bike 200km a week, on a 5 speed roadbike from 1965, until you finally admit that you're going to have to invest in something a little more modern.

    Fischer drink bottle too


    Go to the indoor ski dome to jib

    Jibbing with the kids


    Sail from Portsmouth to Le Havre (France) with a crew of Swedish girls


    Go to tower bridge, a festival and a football game

    Wave to the Mexican!


    And get stoked for the release of Whiteroom Productions new movie, featuring yours truly and premiering in Innsbruck on October 22nd, check out the trailer that has already clocked up over 40,000 hits on the tube

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  • We don't mean to brag but... 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!!!>>>


    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

    "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

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