When Stephen Bell, aka “Belly” arrived in Hossegor at 20 years old, he had no way of knowing what an incredible adventure the surfing industry had in store for him. Originally from Torquay in south-western Australia, he came to France because Harry Hodge asked him to come shape surfboards for Quiksilver. It was the beginning of an amazing experience alongside Kelly Slater that would take him to the most incredible surf spots around the world, a life which he is still pursuing today, coaching Leonardo Fioravanti.
Though Momal and Erwann had met as teenagers surfing on the Basque coast, it was only years later, after Momal had had a career as editor in chief for the boardsports magazine Beach Brother and Erwann had created the cultural magazine Redux that the two decided to launch Hotdogger, a surfing lifestyle magazine. How did you two meet? E: We’ve known each other for 25 years. We both grew up in Biarritz. I was in middle school when Momo was in high school…We hung out at the Surftoy shape workshop quite a bit. You launched Hotdogger a year ago. What sparked the decision to act? M: It all happened very fast since we only started working on it during the summer of 2014. E: Momo was available. He had wanted to launch a surfing magazine after having worked for years in cross over press. He felt that the sports had somewhat grown closer in their roots and independence and that surfing no longer necessarily needed to be mixed in with skateboarding or snowboarding. “We could …
An entrepreneur, a visionary and counter-current thinker, Philippe Barre invested his entire fortune in the Darwin ecosystem project in Bordeaux. It is a unique location with 20 000m2 dedicated to eco-creative activities with a business incubator, co-working space, an organic restaurant, an urban farm, a nautical club and much more.
Originally from Hossegor, Liora is a talented 26-year old photographer. After starting out and finding success in Paris, she eventually decided to come home and launch Baignade Studio and specialize in product photography.