The Nokia Natural Born Riders Tour is a nationwide ski and snowboard tour round the UK’s premier snow slopes and parks. The Tour was developed to find new talent in the UK as well as encouraging others into the World of Freestyle, with each venue being turned into a freestyle heaven of kickers and rails. As well as comps there will be UK and international pros on hand to aid new riders’ transition into freestyle.
After two successful stops, at Tamworth Snowdome and Milton Keynes Xscape, the Nokia NBR tour travels further North to Sheffield Ski Village on 4th March before the finals at Castleford Xscape the following day. As with the previous legs there are three categories of competition:
· Neilson Active Holiday’s Men’s Over 18’s
· Magic the Gathering Boys Under 18’s
· Animal Ice Maiden Girl’s Comp
Entry into the competitions is free and automatic when you register online and pay your slope fee to the venue, which is £10 for the Night from 6.00pm – 10.00pm.
There are some amazing prizes to be won on the slopes, none less so than the four sets of Armada skis to be won. Armada enter the UK for the first time this year on the back of having the strongest international freestyle ski team in the world and having taken America by storm. There are only a 100 pairs on sale in the UK in total this year at exclusive Ellis Brigham stores and a lucky few other specialist retailers, making them the most sought after twin tips of the moment.
Not to be outdone, there are also 4 snowboards up for grabs from Sapient Snowboards. New to the UK but boasting a strong team in Europe, the lucky winners of the snowboard comps will be styling on the slopes around Europe on these wonders of technical hardware. If actual hard goods were not required at the moment, then maybe you would be more interested in the 2 fantastic Neilson Active Holiday’s on offer. Unfortunately, you have to be male and over 18 to be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize but if you are, you could be taking a friend on a world-class holiday to a top European snow destination.
Combine all of this with the amazing amount of prizes to be won throughout the Tour of fantastic Animal clothing, Oakley eyewear and tonnes of goodies from Magic The Gathering and there can’t be a better reason to sign up and get involved with the most happening and underground snow Tour in the UK. All of the teams are on the look out for new talent for their respective teams so this is THE tour for anyone looking to ‘carve’ a career in the snow industry!
The competitions and prizes are not the only reason to attend the NBR Tour though. Clinics and demos are to be given by Animal and Oakley snowboard pros to teach people about the art form of freestyle snowboarding. So far the Tour has been graced by the presence of pro’s such as Jonno Verity, Sam Cullum, Ewan Wallace, Jenny Jones, Andy Bennett, Mike Wakefield and all the way from the US, Armada team riders JP Auclair and Julien Regnier! These clinics and demos will take place on the nursery slopes designed to build up confidence for everyone new to freestyle on small jumps and rails.