cold hawaii

We're approaching operation mode

We have now been up and running at the new Cowork Klitmøller since April 3. It's an exquisite feeling. The rooms are tuned in, and the place is working well. We're approaching operation mode.

You should try it to see if it turns on your sense of belonging also. We have eight chairs for beta residents, which have already been used quite often. It's easy to book a chair, and the price is fair.

4 hours: 6€ + Danish VAT
9 hours: 10€ + Danish VAT
One week: 60€ + Danish VAT

OPENING HOURS: 8:00 - 21:00, 7 DAYS A WEEK.

We have a good video conference system and are considering purchasing a green screen so you can have anything in the background. That way no one can tell that you aren't at your usual location.

We have ... maybe not amazing coffee but we're working on it -and shared lunch approx. at noon. Bring some food, and remember: we share what's there.

I think the best word to describe the place is: homely - or at least that's how we feel, and what many say when they visit the place for the first time.

We are 11 residents in the house: a graphic designer and a clothing designer, another graphic designer, a photographer, another photographer, a moviemaker, a chief project manager from Cowi, a musician, a creative director at a local clothing company, a manager at a home for kids with special needs and – well – me.

We have held the first two Friday bars. As it turned out, and lucky for us, the place is also suitable for that. The next Friday bar is 21st of July. Come by! Surfjoint (the biggest surf party of the year) is on Saturday 22nd; that's a perfect two in one.

By the way, The opening on April 1 went amazingly. If you were not there yourself, you can share the memories through the pictures from the opening day

We wish you a good summer and look forward to seeing you at Cowork Klitmøller.

Flea Market, Oysters, and Cold Hawaii Beer

Some time ago we spent a Saturday at a flea market in front of Cowork Klitmøller. It was a pleasure. A lot of people, much more than we had expected, showed up. Some came to sell; several came for shopping, many came to taste the oysters and Cold Hawaii beer. Big up to all that came and helped make this day super cozy. See you at the next Cowork Klitmøller Friday bar. Our in-house photographer, Mette Johnsen, took some pictures.

Our local, formerly full-time chef, Christian Poul Petersen, served oysters from Limfjorden along with Cold Hawaii beer.

Our local, formerly full-time chef, Christian Poul Petersen, served oysters from Limfjorden along with Cold Hawaii beer.

The sun shone, and before we knew it, lots of people had arrived.

The sun shone, and before we knew it, lots of people had arrived.

Rumour has it that Tina works for the Danish secret service. For this event, she was a taxi driver and took potential troublemakers away.

Rumour has it that Tina works for the Danish secret service. For this event, she was a taxi driver and took potential troublemakers away.

Ava accepted payment at the skull table.

Ava accepted payment at the skull table.



When Ideas are Turned into Reality: A Magical Evening in Kassethuset

In recent weeks, there have been quite a few meetings in the kitchen at our little coworking space. I haven't been part of them. I've just heard a bit, here and there, during the process. A week ago, I stood in Kassethuset in Klitmøller. Those ideas and those conversations were turned into a magical evening with fantastic people. They call it Rowdy Cold Hawaii. I sincerely hope that it will grow big and strong in Klitmøller. Here is how it looked from where I stood:


Documentary filmmaking is a bitter-sweet long haul. Once you’ve made a documentary film, you don’t ever want to go through that process again. And I’m not talking about 5-10-minute youtube clips, I’m talking feature-length cinematic experiences. Movies. The real deal.  But even though I swear to never put myself through that painful process again, once I catch the glimpse of an idea or meet a person with an interesting story, I know I'm in trouble. It’s a curse and a gift. All the more it's a huge pleasure to now be able to present Standing on Water.

Anyway, I'm a filmmaker. Two years ago, I was introduced to a group of people in Klitmøller through my friend from Cowork Klitmøller. They were looking for someone to make a film for the local county, and that ended up being me. 

I started researching and talking to folks in the area. Along the way, I met a local kid by the name of Casper Steinfath who at the time was 19 and had just won a world title in Stand Up Paddling. I had never heard his name even mentioned, but I immediately felt an urge to find out more about this kid. Very little time passed before I felt a film was in the making.

This guy!

This guy!

To begin with I had no idea what it would be about. I’ve wanted to make some sort of surf or snowboard documentary since I was plowing my first powder, chasing friends in the French Alps with a camera in my hand (pre GoPro and Internet-era). But I never found a good story in those years, and I didn't want to make another surf porn just because. It had to be a real story. And everyone have a story. It's only a matter of digging it out. Spending time with character(s) is the only way to do it – and hence what filmmaking is all about. So I did after meeting Casper, and it soon became clear to me that he's had a very special upbringing and lives a very special life. 

Together with Rasmus, I applied for a bit of funding and luckily got it. This marked the beginning of my journey, and I decided to travel with Casper, his girlfriend, brother and friend, to California and Hawaii to follow his quest to win the legendary Battle of the Paddle

Shorebreak carnage coming up.

Shorebreak carnage coming up.

I never wanted to make a sports documentary with the structure of a competition as the main story. I wanted more. The competition was a way to get to know Casper better, and to know more about SUP. Checking in to my flight from Copenhagen to San Francisco, I asked myself what I was doing and what the film would be about. I didn't know. But I knew I wanted to find the answer to that question.

One of my film teachers once said:

"When you make a film, you'll end up making three films. The one you imagine, the one you shoot, and finally the one you end up editing."

I have experienced that before and this was what happened again. I found myself constantly paying attention to everything, trying to write down what I had seen and the ideas that came to me as I went along. I wanted to compose images at the moment that would come together what I thought was the big picture. 

Eighteen months of funding, traveling, shooting, and periods with hardly no sleep, sunburned shoulders, reef cuts, head butts, 200+ hours of raw footage from more than eleven different cameras, weeks of combing through the vast amount of material followed by non-stop editing with editor and assistant directors Anders Obbekjær and Kristoffer Hegnsvad, finding and fine tuning the story, keeping the music composer Adam Mckenzie on track, coordinating with Kong Gulerod Film for post production, developing the art direction with graphic designer Super Schwarz and working with sound designer Max Frost for the final mix, we ended up with something we hadn’t imagined.

Shooting in the wilderness in California and head buttet by my camera housing.

Shooting in the wilderness in California and head buttet by my camera housing.

Documentary filmmaking is a tough cookie. It’s a gamble, and it’s certainly not for those who want stability in their lives. At the same time that’s exactly why it’s so fulfilling, full of surprises, ups and downs. Everyday is a new beginning with new tasks and challenges. 

One thing for sure though, you need your peers and supporters more than ever in such a process. You need people around you, who believe in the project and in you. Sometimes even more than you do. You need someone to lean on, and you need to be asked the right questions all along to stay the sharpest and the best you. You need help to do what you can't, and the bonds you build in the proces are priceless. It's like a family. 

We've established a film community called 'Empty Chairs.' Not to necessarily produce a lot of films or make tons of money, but for the sake of working together and creating a lot of different stuff for the passion of it. As we’re approaching the premiere and release of Standing On Water, Cowork Klitmøller has been part of that family all along. I can never thank Troels, BentheMetteTinaMarie Louise and Rasmus enough for being there and for believing in me, in us. So far it has been an unforgettable journey. Unreal, and beyond imaginable. Together, the future is bright. And I hope for many new adventures in their pleasant company.  

Talent Flow Coworking – what doesn't kill you will make you stronger

When I met Isabelle, she was living in Vienna; she immediately struck me as a person on a mission. "Who are you, and what is your project?" she bluntly asked. We quickly fell into conversation. I told her about our project. It turned out it resonated with some ideas she has. Isabelles project is called Talent Flow Coworking. She has been kind enough to tell us more about herself and the place she's creating. Ladies and gentlemen, here is a woman with grit.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I studied at a business school in France and an additional year at HEC in a special program for start-ups in 1997. I set up my first company when I was 28 (1996). It was an industrial design and graphic consultancy firm acting in Hong Kong and China providing services to consumer goods manufacturers. With no bank support, I developed the company so that at some point it employed 20 people. I closed the company in 2006 due to the $US/Euro exchange rate, Chinese manufacturers' low profit, and the new local Chinese design competition.

I then went to Austria, learned German, and 18 months later, I set up a real estate agency. Very soon, I had specialized in Luxury Real Estate. However, I found that running the business was difficult in terms of creativity, networking and self-development. So I wasn't feeling very happy about it. In 2012, I got a very bad business setback: I wasn't paid a commission of 200K€, went to court for two years, spent 25K€, lost the case and went bankrupt ... That's life – and hey, what doesn't kill you will make you stronger.

Tell us about the coworking space you are creating – when/how did it all begin?

I started thinking about it because one of the designers with whom I've worked with for 18 years started a 400 m² with 80 desks coworking space in Paris. He opened a tiny space in 2004 with some friends; then he got the opportunity to buy 200 m² and later on another 200 m².  He doesn't organize any events or training for the people that are there; the place is working by itself. The atmosphere there is amazing. You can just feel the community spirit and synergies arising from the place. This inspired me to go on a field trip to New York in May 2014. I visited a bunch of places just to understand the activity. I dived into the market and gradually developed a new business idea.

Why are you creating a coworking space? 

First of all, I'm not doing this (entirely) for fun. I want to make a business, i.e., to earn money. I also want a place that'll make it possible for me to keep running my current business, which I started a year ago. I'm exporting cosmetic products from France to China. I also help people find manufacturers in China and just solved two cases in 2014 as a consultant.

I expect the place to facilitate synergies between people, to spark new ideas and businesses. I'll also give me an opportunity to pursue my passion for helping people developing their business. I have a lot of experience in local and overseas business, I know how to start from zero and lay out the steps for growth – and I know how to close a company.

What will be your day-to-day role once you're up and running?

To begin with, I'll be the face of the place, welcoming the new members of the space. From there, what'll happen will depend on the users' request. Mostly, I'll do my best to support them in growing their business by providing experience and network centered around useful training and events. That said, if I'm lucky, I'll be able to create a sense of "our space" and community. If I do it right, people will feel encouraged to contribute to the content, which will benefit first of all their business but also the space.

Why is your space awesome?

Well, I know how it is to be a foreigner wanting to start a business in Vienna. That's why the place will serve as a relay between all chamber of commerce organizations in Vienna and the immigrants who want to set up and run a business here. I'll be able to provide the right information in English (not in German). That's pretty awesome. Furthermore, the place will be great for local Viennese people and businesses that want to interact with creative and entrepreneurial people coming from other places.

How will the space be different from other coworking spaces?

There'll be a lot of diversity. People will spend 10 to 12 hours a day in the space, and so will I. It has to be perfect. That's why I care about design and work to provide quality furniture and a great environment consisting of a mix of work zones, zones for relaxing and playing, a bar and a lounge. I'll use my female intuition to implement a sense of belonging.

What is your biggest challenge?

I've invested my own money. It's a total €300K. That is almost everything I have, and I'm 47 years old, so I cannot make mistakes.

Where do you see your space in 5 - 10 years?

I want to open more spaces with my landlord (the Austrian Post) in Vienna and the countryside. I believe that a mix of presence in the city and the possibility to retreat to more quiet rural places close to nature is and will be of increasing value to businesses. The creative workforce is changing rapidly toward micro-businesses and independent workers. My vision is for my place(s) to provide some of the infrastructure supporting a well-organized cluster of extremely agile people and companies that'll be able to find a solution to pretty much any need out there. I think being able to do that is the DNA and, hence, the real value of the coworking movement. 

You can borrow my house and car if I can borrow your mobile home

Have you planned a trip to Klitmøller in your mobile home this summer? Would you like to live like a local in my house in Klitmøller – for free? Well, here’s your chance: Let’s swap! You can borrow my house and car if I borrow your mobile home. How’s that sound? If you are interested, please comment below. I know, there are some details – insurance, etc. – that must be in place first, but there are solutions to that. We'll find those together. If I succeed, we might pave the way for a more permanent home/mobile home swap service in Klitmøller — who knows?

No doubt, most of the residents in Cowork Klitmøller believe that our little village is the center of the universe, especially during the summertime, when the ocean is warmer, the days are longer, and the parties reveal so much more naked skin.

Believe it or not, we – the most dedicated locals – need to go somewhere else to surf, to eat, to get inspiration, etc. The ultimate freedom of a restless person such as myself is to have a mobile home. I can go north to Norway, east to Sweden, west to England, or south to France – maybe even Spain or Portugal. Only time and fuel will limit our mobility.

In Klitmøller, downsizing is not uncommon. It fits the lifestyle of a surfer, where flexibility is the key to the ultimate experience. I encourage myself on a daily basis to let go of consumerism and materialism, to free myself from “things” and focus more on freedom and possibilities.

Along with my boyfriend, I am, however, (still) a house owner, and not a wealthy one. We have three kids and an imaginary rabbit. In other words, sharing and trust are our currency. Renting a mobile home in Denmark is seriously expensive, as is renting a house in Klitmøller during the high season. So here’s a thought:

You, my (most likely German) fellow surfer, can borrow my house if I can borrow your mobile home. No money will change hands. You’ll be nice to my home because you know that I’ll take care of your vehicle.


Credits to my friend Ole Busk for coming up with the home/mobile home swap service idea. 

COIN will become an important and unavoidable dot on the Europe coworking map

We have come to the next story about other coworking spaces that you can visit and be a part of for a longer or shorter period. This one is told by Iva Kosović and is about a new initiative in Zadar in Croatia. I met Iva during a coworking tour in Lisbon. We quickly got into a conversation about COIN, which is the project she's passionate about. Iva is a member of the project team who's task is to successfully implement the project and to ensure further development of the Zadar coworking community even after the project ends.

Q: Tell me about the coworking space you are creating – when/how did it all begin?

A: From January 2012 until June 2013, the Association of Trades and Crafts Zadar, in partnership with 12 European organisations, has implemented an EU project called Coworking under the Leonardo da Vinci programme. The aim of the project was to produce a comprehensive toolkit of documents/means to serve as propellants for all European contexts considering the coworking option. As one of the partners, ATC Zadar gained appropriate insight and perspective of the coworking concept and implemented many different activities in cooperation with European, national, and regional partners in order to promote it and empower the coworking initiative at a regional level. At that point, the new local partnership started to build, and project partners were included in a new EU project conceptualization. On 14 July 2014, a grant contract was signed, and the project "Coworking Zadar – Innovation through Collaboration" has begun. The project will enable us to create a new coworking space in 2015.


Q: Why are you creating a coworking space – what do you expect to get out of it?

A: The main objectives of the project are to increase the competitiveness of the micro SME-s and create jobs through self-employment. The project intends to assist and support the development and expansion of the micro enterprises into the small-sized enterprise category. These things will be done by offering lower costs related to infrastructure and other support services (such as education and social events) that would help with their financial sustainability.

Q: What is your main value proposition (i.e. why is your space awesome)?

A: The coworking space will be called COIN – coworking industries. It will be a place tailored to its users' needs. Also, we could say that our extra plus is our city's geographical location. Considering the direction Zadar tourism is headed in and the fact that COIN will be the first coworking space in the Croatian part of the Adriatic Coast, we are planning to become a ''base'' for everyone coming to town who is in need of a space in which to (net)work.

Q: Who is your primary user?

A: Our target groups are micro enterprises (existing and potential micro enterprises providing intellectual services, job seekers, freelancers, etc.), the local coworking community, coworking space hosts, SME support providers, and European coworking champions (subjects championing a coworking cause – initiators, developers, promoters, providers). Our final beneficiaries are resident and non-resident micro enterprises, business travellers, the global coworking community, the local community, project partners, and business incubators.

Q: How is the space different from other coworking spaces?

A: Our biggest difference is more technical and relates to the very beginning of the founding of the space. Since the "Coworking Zadar" project team consists of people from partner institutions (the City of Zadar, the Association of Crafts and Trades, the Development Agency of Zadar County, Zadar County, and the Croatian Chamber of Economy), what could be the difference from other (mostly private) coworking spaces (especially whose owners we've met in Lisbon) is our institutional background.  However, this is not a bad situation. In fact, so far we have experienced more advantages than disadvantages from this "difference."

Q: In your mind, what is your biggest challenge?

A: In Croatia, there are only a few coworking spaces (in the capital, Zagreb and Osijek), but lately, coworking initiatives all across the country have arisen. Informing and raising awareness about the coworking concept is one of our biggest challenges. In that sense, we maintain a high level of communication with our experienced "coworking colleagues," and we have included them in various activities foreseen in the project.

Q: What's your take on a solution (if you have one)?

A: Since the beginning of the project in June 2014, we have had many different events (jelly, coworking breakfast, and education) in order to spread the word about the project, to get close to our potential users, and to create our coworking community. In a few days, we plan to visit coworking spaces in Zagreb and Osijek with our future hosts and users so they too can see directly what coworking is all about.

Q:  Where do you see your space in 5 - 10 years?

A: We are doing our best to make COIN "The place" for networking in Zadar, enabling all freelancers, entrepreneurs, tourists, and other users to come and work (or have have a meeting or a conversation). Also, our goal is for COIN to be a space that will be self-sustainable through memberships and sponsorships. EU project ''Coworking Zadar'' ends with the end of 2015, but, nevertheless, we are hoping COIN will become an important and unavoidable dot on the Europe coworking map in the future.

Q: Bonus: How do you envision coworking (in Croatia) in 10 - 20 years?

A: We envision COIN becoming the central place for fostering SMEs in the region and a meeting place of different professions and creative persons.

Thanks Iva – next stop Croatia :-)! 

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! Egon – the storm – is here with gusts reaching 35 m/s. You probably know how it is when you're out here on the edge under those conditions:

Grains of sand bang on your skin. The sea looks like Armageddon. There is no order, only chaos moving like wildfire along the coast. Houses creak and squeak, and cars wobble down the street. Stuff tumble through the air ...

It's all over the place. It's nature moving in – as a reminder of everything from climate change to the things you have to tie to the trees that aren't here. You can run, but you can't hide. We love it!

The year 2014 was a good one for us. We had plenty of waves and decent wind conditions. Each of us did good business, and we all learned a lot about what it means to live in Klitmøller. Through our cooperation with the Foundation Realdania, we are, as you know, on our way towards establishing what we hope will be the perfect retreat for you, your friends, and/or your family.

We are not quite there yet. Right now, we are focusing on finding the rest of the funding needed to begin construction and on determining where the house should be located. Once this has been determined, we will carry out a design contest, find a winner, finish the construction of the building, and then all move in. The year 2015 will be a crazy one.

Until then, we are staying in a place on Ørhagevej 84. Lunch is at 12 o’clock, and you are welcome to join in. If you have time, we would like to hear your story and share waves, experiences, and, who knows, maybe even fame and fortune with you. ;) See you soon in Klitmøller.

Vi sagde aldrig - aldrig mere Poul og Nulle i hullet

Det er utroligt. Den første Cowork Klitmøller julefest er over en uge gammel. Det bliver helt sikkert ikke den sidste. Hvis du ikke var der, kan du godt spidse spyddet. Næste års fest bliver lørdag d. 12/12, 2015, kl. 21.00. Adressen, opgaver og tema følger.

Det blev intet mindre end et brag af en fest. Det er svært – vitterligt svært – at huske alles bidrag, én ting ligger dog fast, I bidrog, og det er vi fantastisk glade for. I kan sige, hvad I vil, men sammen sagde vi altså aldrig, aldrig mere Poul og Nulle i hullet.  

Først og fremmest tak til Glæde og det seks (eller var det syv) mand store band, I kom med. I satte virkelig gang i festen. Mellem tredje og fjerde sæt var der én af jer, der sagde: “jeg kan ik forstå, at I synes, det er så fedt, det lyder jo ad h****** til”.

Dét gjorde det ikke, I var for fede og sprængfyldte af glæde. Det var Christine - aka farmaceuten - også. Du sørgende for drinks og kan det der med kemi. Det sætter vi stor pris på. Aldrig har vi sakset så meget.

Tak til Nikolaj fordi du var den første, der meldte dig til festen. Tak til Nilüfer som i dagens anledning havde rejst sig fra barselssengen og hang ud med os til over midnat.  Tak til Mia fordi du blev hængende og var virkelig, virkelig glad til absolut sidste sekund. Tak til Simon, fordi du startede den der rundkreds på dansegulvet, tak til Dorthe fordi du lignede Rene Russo, tak til Hans fordi du talte så pænt til alle i baren. Tak til Martin fordi du viste os, at der rent faktisk gemmer sig en rigtig festabe i dig, og tak for rejsen rundt i tung metal sidst på natten. Tak til Christian og Belinda fordi I kom alligevel. Tak til Claus fordi du bare så, du ved, så håndklæde-agtig ud, og tak til Marie Louise fordi du havde den der kjole på uden ærmer. De arme ér bare pæne. Tak for Jakob, Therese, Rebecca og Martin fordi I kom og så så Københavner-lækre ud og til Rebecca og Martin fordi I overvejer at flytte til Klitmøller. Uanset hvad I beslutter jer for, har vi en plads til jer. Tak til André fordi du kom, selvom du først fik invitationen 90 min før vi gik i gang. Tak til Preben fordi du viste os, at man sagtens kan feste selv om man er tæt på de 60. Tak til Signe fordi du valgte vores fest. Tak for Lea og Sarah fordi I (også) trak gennemsnitsalderen ned. Tak til Linda, Flemming og Lou fordi I kom med hele familien og var super glade sammen med os. Tak fra alle os til alle jer, der ikke er nævnt.

Rigtig god jul til jer alle sammen, både jer, der kom, og jer, der ikke kom, og jer, der ikke aner, hvad vi taler om.

Cowork Klitmøller julefrokost 2014 - tema: Glæde

Cold Hawaii nominated for the Danish The Sport Award

All Cowork Klitmøller residents have to a greater or lesser extent been involved in the development of Cold Hawaii. We’re stocked to learn that the "phenomenon" has been nominated for the Danish The Sport Award.

If you vote for Cold Hawaii, we get one step closer to 100,000 kr. for a NEW sports initiative in Thy. VOTE NOW! The voting stops already on Friday 14th, at 09.00!! 

The background:

Cold Hawaii, along with a number of other projects across the country, have been nominated to receive the Danish Sport Award. If the our project wins, the local council, Thy, receives 100,000 kr!! This money goes towards a NEW sports initiative in the municipality. 

The first step is to vote. The projects receiving the most votes will enter the BIG FINALE, on January 10, 2015 in Herning. 

For us along with the NASA surf club, Friends of Cold Hawaii and a lot of volunteers, who over the years have worked hard to establish Cold Hawaii, it will be a great pleasure if all the work could now also contribute to other good initiatives, in the area, so they could get some financial backing, to start THEIR project.

Therefore, we hope that you will help us spread the message and the link to vote, to your friends, family and pets. Together, we can come one step closer to 100,000 kr for a NEW sports project in Thy