December 13 2013 Latest news:
Friday, August 16, 2013
A former Exmouth butcher may have started the next new international craze after building the world’s first all-terrain ‘snow’ board.
Darren Mather, 45, a former pupil at Exmouth Community College and St Joseph’s School, built the first prototype of his Axiski in his garden shed out of bits of floor board and rope.
And now Darren, who previously worked as a butcher at Normans and in a Strand clothes shop, is launching a fibre-glass version of his creation at the GLEE Exhibition in Birmingham in September.
And his product has already attracted keen interest from as far away as North America.
He said: “It’s taken four years to get here, and now the orders are rolling in from wholesalers and retailers.
“If the slope is steep enough it works on sand dunes and wet grass and because it has no runners it will out perform a normal sledge so it works on frost and slush.
“I always wanted to do something for myself, so when I created an alternative to sledging that seemed to be faster and more versatile I knew I had to take it as far as I could.”
He said the first thing he did was ask his wife Ruth, who was then running the Imperial Hotel as a duty manager, for permission.
“It’s been a ride-and-a-half with lots of wrong turns and some mispent money but it’s been worth it.
“I am glad she said yes because now we have a product that is receiving interest from Europe, Canada and may be the next new craze!”
He added that he was very proud to have come up with an idea that a dad or mum can use with their child: “Even at 45 and 17, my daughter and I speed down the slopes at the same time ending up in laughing mush at the bottom of a slope. You don’t need an ocean to surf and it’s true.”