To give an introduction to someone who appears to have their head completely screwed on as a result of hard-work, focus and passion to achieve what that person wants, is not easy. However, taking the initiative is exactly what our next 'Industry Kid' has done. Grown up and now looking to forge his own windsurfing level and his personal career, which are far too often seen as two paths these days, into one path, Paul inspires us by windsurfing hard, working hard and achieving even harder. Living the dream pops in to mind and for that Paul deserves all that he gets.
Here we meet our next 'Industry Kid' who shows what is possible, and that even what may appear as the most far-fetched jobs are achievable, whilst maintaing a very high level on the PWA World Tour. Paul Zeper stopped dreaming...
Life as an intern on Maui:
People think of Hawaii as the best surf place on the planet. To actually go there is just a dream. Than you've some windsurfers and surfers that actually go there. They saved enough money and now they can go to that special surf place called Hawaii. Dreaming just stopped and here I am. On Maui, Hawaii working for Hot Sails Maui as an intern in graphic design.
To start right at the beginning. I started windsurfing in 2004. I was so stoked I soon set my goals to become a freestyle windsurfer. Sooner than I thought I did my first vulcan and set my goals on getting sponsors. Hot Sails Maui was my first sponsor in 2007 and still is. Living from windsurfing is kind off a mission impossible if you're not top 3 so I started studying besides my windsurf career. I chose something I really like, graphic design. I immediately knew when I had to do an internship and so I emailed Jeffrey Henderson. One and a half years later I'm working on HOT products.
Life here is a bit different. The regular 5 days a week 8 hours a day are switched into a more hippy way of working. It kind off works like this...... Wake up, are the waves good, then surf, not...... go to work. Does the wind pick up, work untill 13.00 and go out. The Hot Sails way of working. Most of the time I do some stuff after or just before dinner, when the sun is down. Working isn't a big problem because I like to do this stuff and when you've fun in what you do you can keep working for that.
At the moment I got several things to do. I'm doing all the product photography, sailbags and we're very bussy promoting and designing the new FreeSTYLE pro. After work I try to sail a lot, what is not really a problem. I also had some nice surf sessions and some SUP. Actually there is no day where you can not do anything. There are waves and wind every single day. No wind, there are waves. No waves, there's wind! I feel about ten times healthier then when I left the Netherlands.
This year I will put my competition a bit on a hold. I got a good oppurtunity to make some nice clips and get some nice photos. That's the way I promote myself this year. Social media, movie clips, blog and sailing a lot. Fuerte will be my first competition this year. Goal for that is having fun, enjoying the parties there and try to not spend to much money.
Follow what Paul is up to on his website - paulh115.blogspot.com
Paul Zeper is sponsored by: Hot Sails Maui, Patrik , O'neill, Skullcandy, Thrillseeker, Dakine, theetuindepeppel.nl, Zuidwest6