Hervé LACASTAIGNERATTE, Surf Lounge & Green Bush Founder
For this ninth episode of the Inside Eurosima Podcast, we welcome Hervé Lacastaigneratte, Founder of Surf Lounge.Comments 0
Michel HOFF, AUPA HOFF DISTRIBUTION Founder and a founding member of EUROSIMA
For this episode we are thrilled to welcome a pillar of the European boardsports industry and a founding member of Eurosima : Michel Hoff. As the exclusive distributor for Morey Boogie back in the day and a key retailer for boardsports in the 90's and 2000's, it is partly thanks to Michel Hoff that Europe saw the introduction and eventually the huge success of bodyboarding...
GREG POISSONNIER, Slappy Agency Manager & cOLLAPSe skateboards co-founder
Every industry has its key players and for French boardculture, Greg Poissonnier is one of them. Originally from the North of France and having moved to Pau in the Pyrénées at the age of 12, Greg saw the rise of snowboarding in the early 90’s and how it spread to the masses, which is also when he honed his own skills in the sport. Having...
PIERRE BERNARD GASCOGNE, Founder of Surf System & Surf Session
Pierre-Bernard Gascogne. PBG (“Pébège”) for friends.The name is as legendary in the boardsports industry as it is familiar to Surf Session magazine readers. A long-time surfer (the first Frenchman to have surfed Mundaka) PBG has always strived to combine his passion with his studies and his career.
MARITXU DARRIGRAND, Co-Founder of Roxy
You can’t talk about female icons of the surfing industry without mentioning Maritxu Darrigand Back in the 70’s, a visionary and a pioneer, she helped lay the foundations of the industry before it even was an industry. As a world traveler living between the mountain and the ocean, she was behind the first screenings of surf movies in theaters.
JOOST GROOTSWAGERS – LIBERATED BRANDS
Joost Grootswagers got into board-riding culture when he was very young. Starting out with skateboarding, he then moved on to snowboarding. As a student in university, he admits that he spent more time on the slopes than in class. Since then and throughout his entire career, he has skilfully combined living out his passion with taking on new challenges.
NICHOLAS LARTIZIEN – SURF HARDWARE
On a trip to Australia to learn how to make wetsuits, Nicholas Lartizien discovered the king of sports: surfing. From then on, it would become a lifelong passion. A passion that would take him to Hossegor, where he helped kick off two of the leading and legendary boardsport brands and eventually lead him to take over as head of the European branch for the...
FRANCOIS PAYOT – RIP CURL
Though destined to be a doctor like his father, his grand-father and great-grand-father before him, François Payot dropped out of medical school to pursue studies in architecture. But right before graduating, he met an Australian surfing champion who was looking to develop the brand Rip Curl in France. This encounter would change the course of his life and launch François all the way to...
FRANCISCO SPINOLA – WSL
Francisco Spinola is the “Mister Surf” of Portugal. With his business partner Frederico Teixeira, he was the initiator of the Portuguese competitive surfing tour. What was once a small niche has, thanks to them, become a driving force for tourism and economic development with the birth of Surf Schools, Surf camps, hotels and restaurants that all contribute to attracting the international surfing scene to...
GABRIEL DAVIES – PATAGONIA
Originally from Tynemouth in the North-East of England, Gabe Davies is one of those intrepid adventurers to have braved the cold northern waters. While his school buddies were all going crazy over football, Gabe dreamt of becoming a pro surfer. Thanks to his parents’ support and his own dedication, he gradually made a name for himself early on and was spotted by Quiksilver, a...