Could you please introduce yourselves?
My name is Benjamin Popp, I´m born in Bavaria. In a city called Burghausen. Same for my friend and business partner Florian Ehberger. He has the same roots as me. I´m 31 and he is 30 years old.
How did some guys from Bavaria came up building skateboards in Australia?
Well, skateboarding has been always part of our lives. I think active sports in general. Beginning from surfing, snowboarding, wakeboarding and every other board sport. We just love it. I always had a passion for wood working and was interested in interior design. We started beyou like 3 years ago in the shed of my grandma. At this stage we didn’t really focus on making a business out of it. It was just a fun little project at this time. We both worked for a large cooperation since we graduated school. After realising, that this can´t be everything we decided to quit our jobs and went traveling. Stepping out of this comfort zone gave us the necessary motivation and inspiration to start our own project. I truly can remember the day when we decided to go ahead and make this project happen. We´ve been driving along the cost in California. Finally, one and a half years later, we are sitting the middle of was once just a thought.
What did you want to be when you were a child?
Looking back makes me actually always smile because I truly can see a path. I started really early writing all my ideas down. Creating things out of wood and connecting the dots. When I saw my first Star Wars movie, I actually tried afterwards to rebuild one of their space ships. I really started doing it but I got stopped from my day because he wasn’t´ really happy that I used is lawnmower engine. I always wanted to be an inventor.
What project(s) are you currently working on?
Currently we are reorganizing Beyou. As well we are trying to make our production more sustainable. Connecting the dots.
What do you do for a living?
We both are working for a fruit juice company here in Byron. Just couple of days a week, which is actually a really great job and we always get the benefit of having a few juices. It´s a perfect balance between having your own business and helping someone out.
What is one thing most people would be surprised to learn about you?
I can separately wiggle my nostrils on each side.
Where do you see yourselves in 5 years?
Our mission is to spread and share one of the most important messages in our lives “being yourself” through creating a unique and joyful product. We see each other working on that mission.
Tell us something about your home, Byron Bay.
Byron Bay is the stronghold of art, surf, skate, spirituality and healthy living. What a place. We found a house a little bit outside of Byron, surrounded by nature with affordable rent. We are so lucky to be here. The atmosphere, people from all over the globe, a great vibe are making the time to an endless summer here. Well it´s just amazing.
How does a typical day in the life of Ben and Florian look like?
Our days are always quite different. There is for sure a routine in making skateboards but there are so many other things you have to take care about in running your own business. Creating content, planning shootings, testing new products, writing emails, having meetings and so on. But one thing will be always save everyday: going for a surf or at least jumping into the ocean.
What springs to mind for the following keywords?
– Social Media: as business, unfortunately a must have and quiet time consuming
-Music: check out http://www.beyouskateboards.com/#!radio/s03oo
-Flow: You will find, if you do things out of passion
-Inspiration: ( IN ) = ( SPIRIT ) There is a deeper meaning in that word, most people don’t even realise this. Keeps you going
-Adventure: Life is the adventure…