Meet the Onyx instructors and staff

Our instructors, coaches and staff are amongst the most experienced and highly qualified in the world. Delivering fun and easy to understand instruction with passion and personality. It's easier to think of us as a family: We work together, we hang out after, some of us even had the dubious pleasure of living together.

Simply put, we want you to love snowboarding as much as we do. Come meet the team....

Baden Knifton

Head Coach & Owner

Baden Knifton

Rider stats
Height: 5' 10"
Stance: Regular, front 17, back -10
Stance Width: 22.75"

Qualifications
BASI ISTD Snowboard Level 4
French Moniteur National (BEES)
BASI Development Coach
Snowsports England Trainer
Snowsports Scotland Performance Coach
BASI Adaptive Snowboarding Instructor
Sports Technology BSc
Sports Psychology MSc
BASES Trainee Sport Scientist

Random fact
Baden's full title is Lord Baden Knifton Jnr III.

Adam Hopwood

Coach

Adam Hopwood

Rider stats
Height: 6' 2"
Stance: Goofy, front 18, back -15
Stance Width: 25"

Qualifications:
BASI ISTD Snowboard Level 4
French Moniteur National (BEES)
Snowsports Scotland Performance Coach

Random fact
Adam has a bigger tongue than Gene Simmons from KISS.

Grant Gallacher

Coach

Grant Gallacher

Rider stats
Height: 5' 11"
Stance: Goofy, front 18, back -15
Stance Width: 22"

Qualifications
BASI ISTD Snowboard Level 4
French Moniteur National (BEES)
Snowsports Scotland Performance Coach
GO Trampoline Coach
Outdoor Sports Coaching HND
Outdoor Ed. & Adventure Recreation BA (Hons)

Random fact
Grant's now wife proposed to him with a Nixon Player watch in Mt Snow, Vermont. Too cool for school!

Laura Berry

Coach

Laura Berry

Rider stats
Height: 5' 2"
Stance: Goofy, front 15, back -12
Stance Width: 22"

Qualifications
BASI ISTD Snowboard Level 4
French Moniteur National (BEES)
UKCP Coach Level 2
BASI Ski Level 1

Random fact
Laura played football for Arsenal from the age of eight and held the judo national champion title in her weight group in 2001.

Chris Hazeldine

Coach

Chris Hazeldine

Rider stats
Height: 6' 1"
Stance: Goofy, front 18, back -15
Stance Width: 24"

Qualifications
NZSIA ISIA Snowboard Level 3
NZSIA & BASI Level 2 Freestyle Coach
NZSIA Children's Instructor
CASI Race Coach
Sport & Exercise Science BSc (Hons)

Random fact
Chris was the 1994 White House Common Junior School egg and spoon champion.

Koo Modi

Coach (UK)

Koo Modi

Rider stats
Height: 5' 3"
Stance: Regular
Stance Width: 21"

Qualifications
CASI Snowboard Level 3
CASI Snowboard Park Level 1
BASI Snowboard Level 2

Random fact
Koo's first name is actually Kunal. He has five other names too - Kunal Ashok Kumar Gordendhas Tulshidas Modi ... holy toledoes!!

Mark King

Coach (UK)

Mark King

Rider stats
Height: 5' 10"
Stance: Regular
Stance Width: 22"

Qualifications
BASI Snowboard Level 2
UKCP Coach Level 2

Random fact
Mark is a lot older than he looks, is a massive Doctor Who fan and has many nick names but Captain is his favourite. Can you guess why?

Alex North

Marketing & Business Technology

Alex North

Rider stats
Height: 6'
Stance: Regular, front 15, back -15
Stance Width: 22"

Qualifications
BASI Snowboard Level 1

Random fact
After riding with Onyx as a client, Alex took pity on the team and rebuilt the website; also known as the never ending project.