Good day, mate! I'm Kai and I handle Indosole's production in Indonesia as well as manage distribution and logistics in Southeast Asia and Australia. I recently had the opportunity to go Down Under. It was our first time introducing Indosole to Australia, which was pretty exciting. I did a loop to meet retailers, make friends, and see the sights. Planes, trains, and automobiles... You name it, I used it. It was great to meet up with so many special people. Two in particular, Mitch Sargent and his fiancée Alana Beales, took me in as one of their own, and Mitch expressed interest in helping Indosole grow in Australia. My thoughts were, "There's no better time than now. Let's do this!" We started at Byron Bay, going around and seeing the shops. I was set up at Byron Market for a day and it was nice to see the market visitors stoked on Indos! I also had the chance to catch up with our friends Salt Gypsy and The Drifter Blog, and got to meet the folks behind Thrills Co. The vibe in Byron is great--it was very warm, like an extension of our community. Next was Ballina, where I met Mitch's family who have a warehouse there, and then on to the WSL Comp at Snapper Rocks. I met with my good friend Scotty Hammonds who was shooting the comp for Surfing Magazine and he let us tag along to an interview with Josh Kerr to tour his brewery Balter. Kerr partnered with Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson & Bede Durbidge to make this Gold Coast brewery a reality and I can confidently say... the beer is good! Then it was on to Sydney to meet with an established sales rep named Ray Blaikie and tour the shops along the Sydney beaches, in particular Manly. There I met with some rad peeps making surfboard fins out of milk carton tops. Yet another creative solution to waste! I continued to Noosa Heads, QLD, for the Noosa Longboard Fest and then headed back to the comp for the last couple days. All in all, it was a great trip. The sights were rad and the people even more so. I'm definitely planning on being back soon, so if you're in Australia and interested in a meeting feel free to email me directly at email@example.com or contact Mitch Sargent at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cheers, mate!
Today we happily announce our newest team members Vivien and Louie! Vivien will intern with us in Bali supporting our Bali crew's daily missions for the rest of the year. Louie is stationed in San Francisco supporting the SF crew. Here's a little something from each of them... Vivien Hi there! I’m Vivien from Germany. I’m 21 years old and study International Business in Nuremberg. As an IB student I have the opportunity to study and intern abroad for one semester each. Since I love travelling and experiencing new cultures this fit perfectly into my plan. So far I’ve managed to live in the US for a year, spent my last semester in the beautiful city Cádiz in Spain and chose Bali as the perfect place to take my internship. When I started looking for an internship a couple months ago, my last but not least priority was that I wanted to intern for a company on a mission to do good. After all my research for the perfect company, I immediately felt connected to Indosole because it sounded like such a simple, yet so genius idea. I applied right away and – lucky me – got accepted closely after that. Cheers to a wonderful couple of months in Balifornia! Louie Hello everyone! My name is Louie and I’m the newest Intern here at the San Francisco office of Indosole. I’m 21, originally from London, England and am currently a third year at Northeastern University in Boston. I have just moved up from living in LA for the last few months and expect a completely new and different experience in the city by the bay, and whilst I know very little about baseball, GO GIANTS! As part of my degree I am spending a few months with Indosole to help out with any day-to-day work and hope to learn more about a growing start-up, along with sales, advertising and brand management. I'm having a great time selling Indos and Cocos at all our events so far, and love being able to be a part of such a great story!
We at IndoSole endorse the "motorbike" aka "moped" as a means of travel amongst other things..like being our company icon. The motorbike is the most popular mode of transport in many areas of the world. It is economical, maneuverable, fun to ride, and can carry a full family....we have occasionally spotted up to 6 people riding on a two seater motorbike in Bali. Someone once told us that the world record is 8 but that is a story for another day. Although the motorbike is the norm in most of the world, it is not as popular in the USA. So, when our good bud and product photographer Zak Shelhamer told us about his friend Paul who is driving his moped 2,000 miles across the USA during the coldest part of winter and over snow capped mountain passes, we were all ears. Paul is clearly passionate about his moped, immune to cold, and slightly crazy. He is dreaming bravely and on a mission to ride his moped on back roads from chilly Colorado Springs, CO all the way to the tropics of Florida. Has anyone done this since the movie Dumb and Dumber? Is this for real? Regardless of the answers....we admire Paul's love for his moped and his energy. Hey Paul, Can we make a limited edition pair of shoes out of your moped tires when you are done?! Please let us know. Check out Paul and his "Dream Bravely" tour at: www.dreambravely.com The Route: Colorado Springs, CO to Orlando, Florida