Paul Shirley - 'Shirls'
Crew Support & Back Marker
Originally from the Midlands Paul started skiing in 1983 in communist Bulgaria on a school trip. The final years of that decade saw him living and working in the Balearic’s before returning to the UK and moving to London.
"Paul is the main contact for Never Summer UK in France"
Trips to the mountains were a relative luxury and it wasn’t until winter 1996 that he first strapped in to a snowboard and learned to turn. He left his London job in advertising and moved out to the mountains full time in 2006 in search of something less shit and more fulfilling.
Different resort jobs followed before helping set up The Rider Social in 2008. He has since gained the necessary qualifications to safely drive groups on cross-border powder chasing trips in Europe. Paul is also the main contact for Never Summer UK in France and is responsible for splitboard hire and running their test centre for regular snowboards.
"Dedicated in-resort contact for anyone coming on a Rider Social trip"
He is the dedicated in-resort contact for anyone coming on a Rider Social trip
Paul is a designated back marker and it is his responsibility to ensure all clients are safely down to where the lead guide stops before heading down himself. He also carries spares and repair kit for the group and holds recognised mountain specific first aid qualifications
Shirls is a keen but below average mountain biker. His other interests are music (mainly electronic), washing the bus, books & cracking rubbish jokes. He can also cook.