Snowboard Staff

The SBINZ team of Examiners, is vast and varied. Many of our staff work around the world as instructors, trainers and coaches, with some also examining for other associations internationally. Read about the individuals themselves below.

Ben Clarbrough – Snowboard Course Manager

Ben found gold (a snowboard) at the end of the “Rainbow” in 1994. He qualified in 1996, and made the move to Mt Hutt in 1998. Mt Hutt helped propel Ben into the Northern Hemisphere and further into the grasp of the SBINZ. He gained his Level Three in 1999 and then...

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Keith Stubbs – Snowboard Division Rep

Keith (a.k.a Stubbsy) has spent the majority of his adult life immersed in the world of winter, following the snow around the globe. Stubbsy has been in the snowboard industry since 1999, clocking up countless seasons across four different continents. First qualifying...

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Claire Dooney – Snowboard Committee Member

Claire has been in the snowsports industry since 2002 when she trained with the Otago Polytech at Cardrona. Since then Claire has instructed, coached freestyle/race, represented NZ, trained ITC students at Cardrona and examined SBINZ Children's Cert, Level One and...

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Sean Thompson – Snowboard Committee Member

'Thomo' hails from the Central Coast, NSW where he spent most of his days in the water surfing at his local break Wamberal. This is where he found his love for standing sideways. Transferring his sideways skills onto snow, Thomo started his endless winter in 2003 and...

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Tony Macri – Snowboard Committee Member

Tony has been snowboarding since 1998. After getting his qualification in the US, he visited New Zealand for the first time. He spent his first four years at Whakapapa training instructors as well as coaching the North Island’s first Development squad. He then moved...

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Paul Philip – Snowboard Trainer and Fundamentals Manager

Winter 1990 at Turoa, Paul comes to a realisation after his first few times snowboarding - unlike surfing in the winter, you get to stay relatively warm when snowboarding and can ride all day. You don’t have to paddle out and suffer the inevitable ice cream headache...

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Greg Samson – Snowboard Trainer

Greg hails from Dunedin, where he lived until 2011 when he left his office job as a Draftsman and made the move up to Wanaka to become an instructor through the Cardrona Polytech Instructor Training Course. He's since been chasing winter to various corners of the...

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Ollie Midgley – Snowboard Trainer

As a grommet, Ollie grew up surfing and skating on the Sunshine Coast in Australia. In 2009 he decided to take a gap year from University and started to shred the frozen wave in Queenstown. That first season, Ollie was living with some snowboard instructors, who were...

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Craig “Renski” Reynolds – Snowboard Trainer

Craig (a.k.a. "Renski") grew up surfing and skateboarding in Wales. A snapped ACL put Craig out of action for a while and this is when friends persuaded him to buy a snowboard. In 2005 he gained his first snowboard qualification at Coronet Peak where he is now a...

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Luke Gillett – Snowboard Trainer

Originally from England, Luke now spends most of his time snowboarding in Japan and New Zealand. Having previously worked around the Southern Lakes district since 2008 at Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, he's now happy to call Cardrona home where he works as an ITC...

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Chris Hazeldine – Snowboard Trainer

Hailing from Birmingham England, Chris cut his teeth snowboarding at Tamworth indoor slope, and while completing a Bachelor’s degree in Sport and Exercise Science in the UK maintains that he spent more time on snow than he did in the library! Following his degree he...

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Leo Carey – Snowboard Trainer

Leo's first experience of the mountains was a family holiday to the French alps at the age of 5. After making some turns for a few holidays on skis he decided to give snowboarding a chance and never looked back! Leo decided to take snowboarding a step further in 2009...

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Rhys Jones – Snowboard Trainer

Rhys "Jonesy" comes all the way from Wales; a keen skateboarder from a young age he could be found skating around the mean streets of his home town Cardiff. Rhys first strapped a snowboard on his feet in 1996 at his local Dry Ski Slope where he thought it would be...

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Richie Johnston – Snowboard Trainer

Since completing a science degree in 2003, Richie has been traveling the world teaching and training. Calling Wanaka his home he has experience in Colorado, California, Switzerland, Canada and New Zealand. In 2013 he won an I.C.E. Award for Inspiring Continued...

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Sam Smith – Snowboard Trainer

Inspired by his instructor on a school trip to France, Sam decided that teaching snowboarding would be an awesome job to have in the future. After spending the next few years riding at England's best ski resort (Yad Moss), he eventually got the hang of his toeside...

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Mark Perana – Snowboard Trainer

Mark is originally from Christchurch and in his younger days would spend any opportunity that was on offer to ski the surrounding fields. He was introduced to snowboarding in the early 1990's and shortly after he attended and passed the first ever NZSIA Snowboard...

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Kyle Kostohris – Snowboard Trainer

Kyle hails from the U.S. - but let's try not to hold that against him! He started his instructing career in 1995 teaching skiing at Crystal Mountain, Washington. Teaching snowboarding soon followed. Instructing gave Kyle the opportunity to travel to NZ in the late...

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James Lea – Snowboard Trainer

James has been working in the snowboard industry since 2001. During this time he's worked in the South Island of New Zealand at Cardrona Alpine Resort, Bear Valley in California, Vail in Colorado, and Snowplanet in Auckland. James' years in the industry have involved...

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Ricky Otaki – Snowboard Trainer

The first Japanese Examiner to join the SBINZ ranks, Ricky began teaching skiing when he was 18 years old in his home country Japan. He moved to New Zealand and started to teach skiing full-time in 1996. Ricky began as a Snowboard Instructor around the same time and...

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