aTHE SHRED FAMILY
Jon Wilson - Owner/Director
Jon Wilson is one of the two owners of NZSHRED. He's been living in Queenstown since October 2009 and started working for NZSHRED when he first arrived. After some time as an employee, the opportunity arose to purchase the business in partnership, providing an income and lifestyle, in this idyllic 'adventure' location.
When not working, Jon is out mountain biking, climbing or snowboarding - all of which he's been doing for numerous years. Currently, he is trying to progress from being a terrible surfer, to just a bad one. Jon is a very competent mountain biker, and the opening up of a variety of trails around the Wakatipu (including his locals, of the Gondola & Wynyard Crescent) enable him to get his fix throughout the long summer days.
Happy when he's listening to 'angry' music, in the outdoors playing with toys, cooking vegan food or reading obscure books, Jon is very much enjoying New Zealand, as his new home.
- Jones Solution Split 152cm (Mixed) Split-Snowboard
- Rome Brigade
- Trek Remedy Trail Bike/PBJ Jump Bike/Canyon Sender DH Bike
- Evolv Pontas Climbing Shoes
- JS Ghetto Cat Surfboard
- McTavish 9'6 SUP
Jase John – Owner/Director
Arriving in New Zealand from islands off the Great Barrier Reef, back in 1996, Jase John soon settled in Queenstown and into the outdoor recreation lifestyle. A variety of employment positions, saw Jase doing everything from working on the local ski fields, to guiding in Fiordland. After Managing stores for a number of years, the opportunity to take up ownership of historic NZSHRED, with business partner, Jon Wilson, eventuated in 2010.
Also working full-time in the business, Jase still relishes the opportunity to casually guide in remote parts of Fiordland. A continued enjoyment of the water, means Jase can be regularly seen out on a SUP with his pups, Loui & Lexi, somewhere around the Central Otago lakes or surfing down the coast at Curio Bay.
Outside of this, he still enjoys travelling ... doing several surf trips back to Australia or the annual Pow search to Japan.
- Jones UltraTwin 156cm Snowboard
- NSP 14ft carbon SUP
Kirsty joined us in 2015, from Manchester, UK. Driven to New Zealand, to ride some real snow on her first winter season away from the UK's indoor domes. Kirsty's 'local' was 'Mt. Chill' (Manchester Chill Factor), however that has now been replaced with The Remarkables and Cardrona Ski Areas.
Her weapons of choice are:
- Burton Talent Scout
- 'Sven' aka Giant Reign
Fanny joined us for the winter of 2017 after we stole her from the competition. Originally from Sweden, Fanny has been in NZ for 2 years now. Like Kirsty, her love of snow has now been joined with bikes and climbing in summer (and occasionally winter too).
- Nitro Mercy
- Norco Range - 'Emily'
Finn Duffy - Team Rider
World Freeride Tour Junior Champ. Rides Nitro and Oakley
Ronan – Team Rider
Freestyle shredder and mastered the piano whilst injured. Rides Rome and Spy.
Loui is our little Lhaso Apsa/Maltese, and is now just over three years old. A little 'Action Man', he gets into every activity that we do; from surfing, kayaking and SUPing across the lake, through to his favourite, quality time with a snowball on the slopes of Cardrona Alpine Resort. Last year he managed his first experience of Nordic skiing, around the trails of at Wairoau Snow Farm.
Enquisitive by nature, whenever he hears the truck start up, he is straight outside to see what activity he will be getting into. As with all athletes, occasionally injury takes it's toll, however we have tried to mitigate these experiences, by way of utilising the appropriate safety gear, such as his custom fitted Personal Flotation Device (PFD) provided by the good folks at D-Fa.
On his days off, Loui spends time with his girlfriend and companion, Lexi (also a Lhaso Apsa). Very interested in the social scene of the Wakatipu, Loui is often seen having a coffee at the Hilton or chatting to fellow canines on the track to Jacks Point.
- Cardrona 12-15cm Snowballs
- Dad's SUP
- D-Fa Custom Fitted (PFD) Lifevest
Richard 'Rouge' Sim - Integral Sales Staff Member (Self Titled)
Richard 'Rouge' Sim is part of the NZSHRED extended family. After working here last winter he has now moved onto become a proper 'grown-up'. He is currently living and teaching Physical Education in Taupo. Originally from Scotland, he grew up riding dryslopes (look it up kids) and bad snow, which set him up to become a Freetyle Instructor.
Emma Still - Snow/Surf/Apparel Sales
Emma worked with us at NZSHRED for two years, before heading to greener pastures at Weta Studios in Wellington. A keen snowboarder and girl-about-town, Emma was not only great with customers, however also a tremendous help with ordering and display in the female fashion side of the store.