Above: Corinne Mayhew. Pic: Nathalie Grandrille.
The Luminaries Series is about shining a light on some of the most inspirational people in our industry, documenting their rise in their given professions, and sharing some of their insights from along the way.
A recurring theme in our Luminaries Series has been the varied and often unpredictable paths that have led those interviewed to where they are in the snowboard industry today. But surely none of these paths have involved quite so many exams, assessments and even international Boarder-X competitions as they have for Corinne ‘Cozz’ Mayhew.
Based in the French resort of Tignes, Cozz is among only a handful of women to hold the BASI Level 4 Snowboard Instructor Qualification (the highest level recognised internationally) and runs her own snowboard school, Mayhew Snowboarding.
“Cozz isn’t just teaching people to snowboard, she’s inspiring them to”
Her career has ranged from teaching tots how to turn onto their toeside, to coaching Team GB athletes on the road to international success. She also runs the incredibly popular Progression Sessions in her local resort, inspiring women of all abilities to progress their skills in the park. Of course, that’s all when she’s not busy with her regular ‘day job’ of teaching, beginner, intermediates and advanced snowboarders, anywhere from the magic carpet to deep in the backcountry of the French Alps.
Cozz’s knowledge and experience in snowboarding is matched only by her ability to make everyone she meets feel encouraged, pushed and stoked on becoming better riders. In short, Cozz isn’t just teaching people to snowboard, she’s inspiring them to.
We caught up with Cozz to find out about her path to becoming a full-cert snowboard teacher, what the job entails, and where she sees the future of our industry headed.