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.

Opening of Guest House and Cowork Klitmøller

Dear Friends,

It feels like the shortest winter - ever!
This is probably because we have been working our butts off.
At the moment, we have 97 photos of the process. You can find them here.

Soon, we'll open the doors to the Guest House and Cowork Klitmøller.
Come and join us to make the first day a great one:

Opening day is April 1st, Ørhagevej 84 in Klitmøller, at 2.30 p.m.

We'll be there in our fanciest clothes, with open arms, as proud as we can be and ready to show you around.
We've done our best, but it is possible that we have forgotten to put everyone that ought to be there on the list. So, if you're talking to someone who you think should be on it, by all means, bring them along. It's an open house.

Schedule (come and go as you please):

14:30: Canapés (bread from the Arrogant Baker) and (Cold Hawaii) beer
15:30: The winged words and champagne
16:00: Hand-brewed coffee and Friis-Holm chocolate served by HAANDPLUK (buy yourself)
18:00: Stenvognen (our local food truck) will come with organic chicken (buy yourself); ORDER HERE if you want to make sure you get some
20:00: Friday bar + 1* The concept is same as usual, so bring your own alcohol and share
21:30: Pacific Swell
+ anyone who wishes to contribute something that we can swing, sway, and bounce to is welcome to chip in. 

Nb: The Friday Bar on April 17th has been cancelled in favour of the opening on April 1st. 

Yours Sincerely,
Rasmus & Rasmus

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.  

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. 

Coworking is about the community – more precisely, the people

Everything I do, I can do through a combination of a computer and an Internet connection. I don't even need my own computer to do it. Everything is in the cloud, so any computer will do. Furthermore, I haven't got an employer who expects me to "show up" (once in a while). I have my company; I'm my own boss. So why do I choose to work from and pay for a workstation at Cowork Klitmøller?

To come up with (some of) the explanation, we have to go back to where it all started.

Coworking as a concept and a way of organizing work originated in 2005. It was Brad Neuberg who coined the term "coworking" (nb. header-image from the first coworking space, from Neuberg's blog) and was the first to set up a coworking space. The place was called the San Francisco Coworking Space. In 2005, Neuberg described "coworking" as follows:

"Traditionally, society forces us to choose between working at home for ourselves or working at an office for a company. If we work at a traditional 9 to 5 company job, we get community and structure, but lose freedom and the ability to control our own lives. If we work for ourselves at home, we gain independence but suffer loneliness and bad habits from not being surrounded by a work community. Coworking is a solution to this problem. In coworking, independent writers, programmers, and creators come together in a community a few days a week. Coworking provides the 'office' of a traditional corporate job, but in a very unique way."

In 2003, Neuberg had experimented with what he called The Nine to Five Group. The idea was that people would occasionally meet at a coffee shop and work together. According to Neuberg, it wasn't a success. He dropped the initiative after just one month.

The San Francisco Coworking Space rented a space at The Spiral Muse in San Francisco. The first official coworker was Ray Baxter, described by Neuberg as a sportsman, developer, and father.

A typical working day at The San Francisco Coworking Space began at 9:00 AM with a 45-minute group meditation; later, people ate lunch together. The day ended with everyone participating in a 45-minute "healthy activity." At 5:45 PM, everyone went home.

After a year, the San Francisco Coworking Space closed. Some months later, Neuberg, along with about 10 volunteers, opened The Hat Factory. At The Hat Factory each member worked on his or her projects but was invited to share knowledge and help the other coworkers.

Since then, the phenomenon has spread. The number of people making use of coworking spaces is increasing rapidly. The 2012 Third Global Coworking Survey, which had 2,700 participants, states that the worldwide total of registered coworking spaces had increased by 245% during the prior twelve months to – at the time – 2,072.

A year later, DeskMag and Emergent Research reported a further increase to over three thousand. In addition, the number of people using coworking spaces increased from 85,000 in 2012 to over 160,000 in 2013. The same study estimates that by 2018, one million coworkers worldwide will be spread out over 12,000 coworking spaces.

Surveys show that most coworkers are in their late twenties to late thirties, the average age being thirty-four. Two-thirds are men; four out of five have a university degree; the majority work in IT or the creative industry.

The Third Global Coworking Survey  reveals that a clear majority, 66%, chose "a social and enjoyable atmosphere" as the reason they chose coworking. Sixty-two percent chose "the feeling of being part of a community," while 57% chose "interaction with others."

In fourth place, with 54%, comes "good infrastructure (Internet, table, chairs, meeting rooms, etc.)" as the reason for choosing coworking. Fewer still, namely 42%, chose "knowledge sharing" as the reason they have chosen coworking.

Next comes "close to my home" (41%), "flexible working hours" (25%), "interdisciplinary collaborations" (23%), "easy-to-change workspace" (19%), "my employer or customer pays for it" (17%), and finally, "the opportunity to work in groups" (12%).

These results can of course be interpreted in many ways, the fact is that a coworker is someone who deliberately chooses to work with other coworkers. No one need (or was told to) be there to work. The coworker is there only to be a part of a community. 

Part of it can be summed up to the network and the (possible) collaborations that continuously arise from being there. Part of it is about helping and getting help, sharing knowledge and ideas. Another part is about meeting new people, being introduced to new networks. Last but not least, it's about hanging out with a bunch of nice people.

In conclusion: The only reason I'm at Cowork Klitmøller or, for that matter, any other coworking space, is the people that are there. That's how it is, and that's how it was when it all started.

Dinner during stone painting day

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

Amazing event - amazing team

The Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup 2014 ended Sunday night at 8:12 p.m., with Thomas Traversa as the winner. Second was Victor Fernandez. Robby Swift and Leon Jamaer shared third place. Prior to the prize giving, nothing less than a high drama occurred Sunday in Klitmøller. 

In the weeks leading up to the event, Cowork Klitmøller served as the hub for all preparations. Having many of you in the house has been fun for all of us. Thank you for the good vibes, and by all means, swing by the next time you’re in Klitmøller. 

Mette took some pictures of the team - find them here (click to browse). 

Being responsible for all media in conjunction with the Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup, I have had the privilege to work with nothing less than an amazing team. I can honestly say that we’ve made this event the best possible experience for anyone with an interest in following and understanding a World Cup in windsurfing wave performance. 

Thanks to Ole Svarrer, Michael Breinhild Johansen, Andrea Hoeppner, Benjamin Greve, Julia Lauber, Florian Gebbert, Tobias Abt, Nils Bade, David Strüning, Frank Frese, Chris Yates, Ane Cecilie Scheel, Simon Reeve, Maja Tarp, John Carter, Jacob Thorn Jensen, Jeppe Svendsen, Jeppe Søndergaard, Pedro Bjerregaard, Silas Thorn Jensen, Martyn Kent Francis, Sebastiaan Van Den Berg, Ben Proffitt, Justyna Sniady, Andre Gothe, Alicja Cupial-Nurnberg, Roberto Hoffman, and Ole Sørensen. As part of a fantastic team, you’ve done a fantastic job.