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Priest of powder

Updated: March 22, 2011, 6:21 PM ET
By Elbert Chu | ESPN Action Sports

Reverend Neil Elliot wants you to know that snowboarding is more than just a wintery divergence, it's spiritual.

And it is this idea that has earned the Anglican priest a PhD in Snowboarding. Elliot spent 10 years of "field-slope" research to prove his idea with a 308 page dissertation. Technically, his degree from Kingston University in British Columbia, is for Sociology of Religion. Snowboarding is the case study. He aims to make the case that action sports are a spiritual ...

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