That is pretty good going. I was wondering if you made any money on these trips or just did them as a holiday/brand promotion and hope to sell a few to cover some of the cost.
Yes I am very lucky to have a job like this but it is very very tiring since I am responsible for everything that goes on.
All the trips you see is for work in order to promote the EPIC product and let people get a chance to see what the kites and boards are all about. I know once they get a chance to try the equipment, 8 out of 10 will be very impressed with the product.
People that have spend few days with me know how busy and energetic I am, and I won't stop until the job is done. Most of the time I am up between 5:40 - 6:20 AM depending what time I went to bed the night before which can be from 11:00 PM to 1:00 AM. And all this because of the time differences between continents and making sure to respond to all my emails so I can make sure my dealers and customers are taking care of immediately. Also I need to be on top with the factories we have in China and Europe, work on some prototypes, videos and and so on…..
So in few words, a vacation for me is to go on a trip where there is no water, no internet and no phone so I can relax. But this won't happened until I am 80 years old.
So to respond to your question UKSurf
I think we broke even after selling most of the kites, boards, bars and harnesses. By selling all these we were able to cover most of our expenses such as: Plane ticket, house rental, car rental, boat rental, food, bags fee, and not to forget the photographer.
But to make sure we broke even, I will have to check with the boss "my wife" if you see what I mean.
P.S. Maybe next time you should join me to one of our epic trips and see what we are all about. "DIMITRI'S BOOT CAMP". But for sure you will need a vacation after that.