by Pete Davies January 03, 2017
Ashley Breese is one of the rising racers in the British ski team and has a big future ahead of him in alpine skiing. Breese has already had to overcome a few hurdles on his quest to compete at the highest level. The Croc skier is now fighting feet and ready to move up the FIS rankings.
Breese took some time out to talk to Wellsnowsports about the upcoming season!
What was your situation last season?
Last season I wasn't able to ski at all due to a knee injury, which put me out for 12 months. I was also out the season before with another knee injury.
How did the summer prep go?
My summer prep mainly consisted of just Physio and fitness after my knee operation. But I managed to come back stronger and fitter than before the injury so I would say it went quite well.
What's in store for you this season?
My race schedule seems to change all the time as different races pop up onto the calendar every day, but I will be racing at the English champs in Bormio and the British champs in Tignes to finish off the season.
What are your aims for this season?
My aim for this season is to lower my FIS points to 40 in both Slalom and Giant Slalom.
Why did you choose Croc skis?
I chose Croc skis because I had heard very good reviews about the GS skis, which I haven't skied GS for 2 and a half years I thought I would trust everyone else's review and try something different. I also managed to test some of the slalom skis, which I found was a much more stable ski to my previous SL skis.
What are your long term ambitions?
My Long term goal is to compete on the World Cup circuit and Olympic Games.
Head over to Breese’s website to find out more: ashbreese.co.uk
Wellsnowsports is now the UK supplier of Croc skis that are currently used on the FIS Alpine World Cup tour. To order skis email: firstname.lastname@example.org
by Pete Davies November 10, 2016
Croc sport was developed to produce products in the ski and mountain bike industry that could fit everyones personal needs not just the elite. In the ski industry it’s hard to customise the ski to your body type and style of skiing. Croc have set out to change this dynamic in a fresh outlook on the sport. The main ethos is no compromises in performance and reasonable pricing for those who are serious about their skiing.
The company was founded in late 2014. It’s been a rapid rise for the company in a short amount of time and it doesn’t look like it’s going to stop there! Heads are being turned in the ski industry with the vast range of choice for alpine skis Croc has to offer. Not bad for a company that started two years ago!
On the racing side, Croc has a huge choice of ski in all the disciplines. When selecting a ski you can choose from five different stiffnesses: extra soft, soft, medium, stiff and extra stiff. This is an important factor because we’re all different skier and have a range of body types. There’s also a choice of three different plate sizes: 10mm and 14mm and aluminium. The plate size gives the skier a choice of being closer to the snow or higher up for more tilt as well as changing the stiffness of the skis. There are four marker bindings to choose from to which have max din setting of: 12, 16, 18 and 24. This safety aspect is important for skier of different weights and ski aggression.
Every ski is handmade to every detail in the small Croc factory based in Stuhlfelden, Austria or various professional race shops around the world. The ski is constructed of a vinyl sidewall, titanal, carbon, wood core, topsheet, base and edges, to give that maximal performance.
Two male World Cup skiers were on Crocs at the first giant slalom race in Soelden, Austria. Eemeli Pirinen of Finland finished 38th on the first run and unfortunately didn’t qualify for the second run. Team USA’s Tim Jitloff put himself in a solid position after the first run when he finished 24th. The American knew he could capabilise on a early start on the second run and charged down the course. Unfortunately Jitloff was slightly too aggressive and skied out the course. There’s a lot more races for the American though to move up those world rankings!
On a British side, young skiers Zak Vinter, Ashley Breese and Fraser Middleton are all on Croc skis this season. Look out for these guys challenging the FIS races and national championships to better their world rankings.
Croc are the new skis on the block but have the passion and innovation to stamp their authority in the world of alpine skiing! Let’s Croc!
Wellsnowsports are the official UK agent for Croc skis which are available to purchase now, please email for details and prices!
If your club wants to have a demo session with Croc skis please let us know as we have an extensive test pool of skis!