I grew up in Allgäu, a region in the German Alps. My dad ran a cable park so I was introduced to waterskiing and wakeboarding very early. I spent pretty much every day out there, wore my pants baggy in primary school and learnt from some of the best of that time. Snowboarding had a big role and still has today, even though I have not had much chance to ride the last winters. I’ve had several injuries on my knee, nothing horrible actually, but the time off has exposed me to myself a lot. This has been great for finding out what really inspires and drives me. There is a lot more to life than just wakeboarding or expressing yourself in action sports, but still, it is a damn big part for me.
When and how did you start doing your sport? Growing up at a cable park left me no choice but to be put on a board before I could make my own decisions haha.
When did you decide to become a pro? It has rather been a progress than an exact decision. As soon as I graduated from school I pretty much took all the time I had to pursue wakeboarding.
How did you become a part of O’Neill? I got my first pair of boardshorts at the age of 10 or 11. I was so stoked! Back then one of the guys at the cable was sponsored by O’Neill and introduced me. I had a break for 2 years, but luckily O’Neill took me back on the team in 2012.
What makes you unreasonable? Trying a trick again and again just to get the shot a 100% the way you want it, doesn’t really make sense. But even if those last 15% are not visible to most, they are that unreasonable drive to push myself further.
What has been a highlight in your career? Some contest results have been great highlights of course, but filming for my video part in The Debut and then finally seeing it in a cinema premiere has been really overwhelming.
What are your plans for the future? Focus on doing things I love the way I love to do them and leaving out stuff that makes me feel uncomfortable. That will bring a lot of fun, health and good times I’m sure!
Name 10 things you never travel without? iPhone, ID, a notebook, pencils and pens, MacBook, a book or two, GoPro, my Canon AE-1 and film, some O’Neill clothes and the excitement to travel.
What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning? Spending a great day of wakeboarding and/or other sports, good food, great people, learning the lessons of life and other fulfilling pursuits.
If we visited you at breakfast, what would you be eating? My breakfast today consisted of fried eggs (organic of course) with Quinoa and some fruits. I like to keep it healthy.
If you weren't surfing what would you do? I might have pursued snowboarding more than I did. Or I would be studying right now after a year of backpacking through the world.
Any other sports you are good at? Snowboarding. I’m trying to get better at climbing/bouldering and surfing besides that.
What music are you listening to? I love good German Hip Hop. Not the gangster stuff, but songs with great lyrics. Besides, I like Indie and Alternative, singer/songwriter songs, Rock and wouldn’t mind good Electro when going out.
What has been the scariest moment in your sport career? Looking back on some What-if-crashes is pretty humbling. On one I swear I would have suffered severe head injury or even death if it wasn’t for about 5 centimeters.
What was your most embarrassing moment in your career/life? One pretty embarrassing moment was like 6 years ago at my first time at FISE in Montpellier, France. I was wandering through the event site, while they ran the contest faster than scheduled. They were all waiting for me. My dad found me and shouted at me in front of all these people. That sucked.
Describe your perfect day? Getting woken up by the sun that is shining through the window promising a nice day. Running and some exercises before a nice breakfast. Reading or striking off some to-dos before getting out to a cable park. Riding an hour. Nice late lunch. Spending some hours at home, cooking with my girlfriend or barbecue with friends. Going to a concert in the evening.