I used to work as an IT consultant for several big companies while wanting to surf more, go snowboarding or give skateboarding a chance after a 20-year-long break.
The inner voice in my head kept becoming louder and louder and more clear and I was asking myself: “Do I really want to spend so much time on something that I don’t enjoy doing?” And, “What can I do to change that?” You guys may ask yourselves the same question.
For me - as the founder of COSTABOARD - having access to fun sports was my exit out of my former life.
Inspired by the existing board sports I started building balance board shapes in my own kitchen (not such a good idea ;)). I experimented around a lot with the functionality and shape. A stiff wooden board with stoppers seemed way too boring to me. I wanted the ride to be more smooth and the board had to be lighter. My goal was to create a compact, agile “trick monster” that enables you to do insane tricks… a true FREESTYLE BALANCE BOARD.
In the beginning, developing the COSTABOARD was taking place in my spare time because I still had to work my 40 hours per week… And I thought: ‘I won’t be able to live off building COSTABOARDS’. But then Guido came to the rescue…
Growing up in the 80ies near Esslingen a surfer named Guido opened up a surf shop in my town. He was shaping boards, was full of positive energy and always had a big smile on his face. I loved to spend hours in his surf shop. He became a role model to me.
One day I wrote to him to see if he’d be interested in being the first one selling my newly developed COSTABOARDS in his shop. Sadly after a few days, his wife answered me that my idol lost his battle against cancer. This came so unexpected and completely threw me off.
I never had the chance to tell him but HE was the reason why I immediately could stop doing anything that did not make me happy. HE gave me the courage to continue and pull through with COSTABOARD and believe in it - Thank you, Guido!
I know this may sound hackneyed and you probably read this in a similar way all over social media everyday. But in my opinion, there is only one thing that truly matters in life: really follow your dreams and passions. In the end, we only have this ONE life and everyone should take the chance to make the most out of it. Filling your life with happiness and joy will be the best present you can give to yourself and your environment.
I know it’s not always easy to act like this but it is ultimately worth it, trust me. I can only advise everyone: Just give it a try, even if you don't know exactly where it will lead you. Listen to your inner voice, it knows what you truly want. If not now, then when?
Don’t wait for the right moment because the right moment might never come. Do it NOW!
ALWAYS FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS!