050: Ed Leigh Part 2/The State Of The Snowboarding Nation

Ed in a familiar situation.

“When I look back I can see that a lot of my early exploits were reckless. And now it’s the opposite. Everything is measured. But when the stars align you can step out of your comfort zone and enjoy that moment. Because through experience you’ve earned it.”

Well, I had to didn’t I? To mark a whopping 50 episodes of the Looking Sideways podcast, I invited back the very first and still one of the most popular guests I’ve had on the podcast: snowboarder and presenter Ed Leigh.

The mid-90s glory years. Shifty off a French cliff that still looks legit all these years later.

If you listened to that first episode youll know all about Ed and his incredible two decade career in action sports, whether as an athlete or as the UK’s most high profile snowboarding broadcaster. He presents Ski Sunday, fronts the BBC’s Olympic coverage, and is in demand as a commentator, pundit and journalist.

They’re calling the 17/18 winter the best in twenty years. Ed, right in the thick of it. 

Yet throughout it all Ed has been inspired by one thing – his unquenchable stoke for the sideways life, which as such makes him the perfect guest for episode 050.

Ed with the pipe trick du jour at the 2018 British Champs. Photo: Mellish.

I’ve known Ed since the mid-90s and count him as one of my oldest and dearest friends, so its always great for us to catch up, swap gossip and find out where we are in our lives. That’s definitely the case in this one, which sees us go deep into the Olympics and the current state of snowboarding, pick up our ongoing argument about Shaun White, find out where Ed’s at in his career and discuss how our love for skating, surfing and snowboarding just keeps increasing as we get older.

In 2003 myself, Ed and a crew of UK snowboarders took a brilliant trip to Spain for Whitelines that yielded countless hangovers, three board bags flying off the roof on the motorway, and one cover shot: this one. Photo: James McPhail

Ed is a born storyteller and bon viveur, and I caught him on particularly relaxed form on this occasion, so I hope you enjoy this special episode to mark 50 episodes of the Looking Sideways podcast. Huge thanks to everybody for supporting the show up to now – here’s to 50 more!

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Show Notes

People Mentioned

Places Mentioned

  • Alaska
  • Ischgl 
  • Laax
  • Sochi
  • Vancouver
  • Nagano
  • Tokyo
  • Chiba
  • Teahupoʻo
  • Korea
  • Beijing
  • Switzerland
  • Austria
  • France 
  • Mayrhofen 
  • Mount Hermon 
  • Iran
  • Lebanon
  • Syria
  • Tignes
  • Val d’Isere
  • Val Thorens
  • Les Deux Alpes
  • Chamonix
  • Greece
  • Verbier 
  • Espace Killy
  • Three Valleys
  • Mont Fort 
  • Lecht
  • Wanaka
  • The Ionian Sea
  • Taghazout
  • Hellespont


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