After Milan, Madrid and London, Munich was the last stop of the Quiksilver Europe Tour and, as Ross said, "the most funny one"! Actually surprising because he had to cry that evening (why I´ll tell you later!)... The idea of getting a crew of Quiksilver staff, pros and presidents to Munich and let them meet the media, was to introduce the new Quiksilver book "The Mountain and The Wave" and giving an insight into the company´s deepest secrets (for example why surfing legend Jeff Hakman had to eat a table cloth in order to get the Quiksilver license for the USA).
All this happened in a very relaxed atmosphere and in a restaurant that is a mixture between kitchen and lounge. Owned by the popular German cook Holger Stromberg, the KOUNGE offered us a very special evening. A team of master cooks split us in different groups, each responsible for one course. I was a lucky one: Being vegetarian but eating fish I ended up in the "fish group" together with Jeff Hakman and some other journalists. While cutting spargus and tuna into pieces, there was still enough time to drink - my glass was never empty (the service was a banger!). Meanwhile Ross was crying! Never seen a surfer who is used to 60 feet faces dropping tears... But I´ll tell you the secret: Onions made him do it!
As everybody got more and more drunk, Quiksilver products ended up in an interactive presentation: Winning the Ispo´s Boardsports Award in the category "accessoires", the Quiksilver hat with a special d3o technology that absorbs painful hits of a crash was put on and a hammer did the rest. To calm you down: Nobody of us suffered any bloody wounds or lumps!
After a little help from our friends (the professional cooks) we could finally enjoy a great dinner with 4 different courses and I wished I would have written down the recipe for the Tahitian ice cream...
If you want to know more about Quiksilver´s long and very alive history, just have a look at "The Mountain and the Wave". I already started reading it and I have to admit that I feel like a small kid again: Back then I set my alarm at 4 o´clock in the morning so I could still read 3 hours before my mum would wake me up - now I don´t have to follow "bed rules" anymore but still want to use every minute of the day to know more about Jeff Hakman hitchhiking through the Alpes in the 80ies to promote Quiksilver Outerwear or Ross Clarke-Jones breaking his back after a heavy wipeout.
Oh, and if you also want to meet the legends, just upload your craziest, funniest or just best personal video clip (surfing, snowboarding, freeskiing or skateboarding) until JUNE 10 to http://youtube.quiksilver-europe.com - the company will choose the ten best films and you can than vote for your favourite. The clip with the most votes wins a trip to the Quiksilver Pro France in September 2007!
Live life to the fullest - Mel