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“Spark R&D is rider owned and operated, which means the product has been designed and evolved by people who understand what it takes to make a strong, reliable, comfortable binding.”

MIKE HANDFORD

Hometown: Carlisle, England, UK
Currently resides: Wanaka, New Zealand
Current sponsors: Airblaster, Alpkit, Cactus Outdoor, Jones Snowboards, Mons Royale, Smith
Bindings: Surge

Mike Handford was born in Carlisle, United Kingdom, and grew up skiing at the local dry slope every Sunday with his father. Since spending the winter in Les Trois Vallees, France, ten years ago, he has been living a nomadic lifestyle, exploring the mountains of numerous countries. Most recently, Mike toured through the Cascades filming the 'This Is Cascadia' project before heading back to his adopted home of Wanaka, New Zealand for the Southern Hemisphere winter. His plans for this coming season include being on the road in North America and Europe, then finishing with a volcano splitboard tour of Iceland.

Q & A

There have been many but I would have to pick the two-month trip into Kyrgyzstan as the standout. It was a huge learning experience for me.  Even with little to no information on the area, we managed to tick off some great days out there.

I'm just stoked to get out there in search of pow. All going well, I'll be spending a bit of time in North America before heading back over to Europe to catch up with some friends before a short trip to Iceland. Then I'll head back to good old Wanaka, NZ for a second winter!

I'm fortunate to spend a lot of time with some friends who endlessly study weather and big mountain terrain. Slowly learning from them and expanding my snow safety and backcountry knowledge has given me the confidence and influenced me to step into bigger lines.

My friends, my surroundings, and the need to push myself out of my comfort zone.

Spark R&D is rider owned and operated, which means the product has been designed and evolved by people who understand what it takes to make a strong, reliable, comfortable binding. The constant research and development they put into each of their products proves that they are committed to pushing the industry forward.

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