28/12/2008 | by Anne-Flore Marxer
it has been snowing everywhere in Europe and I have been traveling like a mad woman. I went to Les 2 Alpes where I received the award of the best french international rider (with both male and female riders). I guess they gave me that just because they still don’t know that I am not only French.. for those of you who didn’t know it yet, I have 3 passports: I am French, I am Swiss, and I am Liechtensteinerin… (a mini country between Austria and Switzerland)
Anyways after that I went to Stockhom for a Billabong photoshoot, it was freezing there. The funny thing is that they put me in between two pretty and very skinny models, which was quite interesting… I mean for me and my big muscles! Haha! We went to the ice bar where we ended up playing soccer with our ice made glasses, we did some karaoke in some random empty bar and went dancing in a club which felt like we were in someone’s high sealing apartment.
From there I flew to Brazil for the Oakley sales meeting in Florianopolis. I thought I was going to surf and tan on that trip but it was pouring rain the whole trip. Luckily Oakley had invited some other athletes with who I got to test all the local activities the resort was offering: from samba dance class to beach volleyball through poker games with the hotel staff… On top of that I got to meet Oscar Pistorius, by far the most inspiring athlete I’ve ever met, both his legs were amputated at a young age and he is currently braking all world records in his condition. He will run in the “normal” Olympics in London. This guy is king funny and runs faster then anyone I know!
On one night we had the premiere of the Oakley movie and once it was finished and when I thought it was time for bed, brazilian drummers and samba dancer came out of nowhere and got me to samba till my feet burnt to death! Well with Oscar and Lolo Jones (world’s number one’s hay runner) we went quad driving in the pouring rain! And it was really cool cause all that water had created tons of puddles in the sand dunes and Oscar and I got tons of fun hand breaks while Lolo was behaving and blocking the view of our guide while we were kicking it at the back!
After Brazil I was back in California for another Billabong photoshoot. We landed in Orange county flying over all the fires of the Santa Anna’s wind. The sky was so dark from the smoke it really looked like an apocalyptic vision. I found it really scary. Everyone else seemed to be fine with it “yeah it all burns each November” I mean houses were burning to dust! Photoshoot done and Tara Dakides’life documentary movie premiere and back in the plane to Europe..
I went to say hello to the Billabong euro crew in Bilbao for their sales meeting and flew to Barcelona for a shoot with Les Ettes. Oh yeah did I tell you that I am currently working on my pro model perfume? It smells really good and it will be ready in February!
I just got back from all these crazy travels and I still haven’t seen the snow yet. Everyone has been telling me about their sick powder days already while I was just stuck in airplanes and photoshoots which made me super excited for the winter!!
I’ll take my Fiat 500 tomorrow and I ll be in the mountains again
I’ll see you there!!