But what on earth is Soleil Explorer?

Soleil Explorer is a project we, Ben & Mathilda, dreamt about for a few years now. Both of us have always been really passionate about travels and water sports, such as surfing and windsurfing. It is actually while both working in a surf shop in Préverenges, Switzerland, that we first met.

We had the opportunity to travel a lot, discover loads of different cultures and work abroad in different surf camps and hotels, and we decided that gathering all that knowledge and giving it back to people in a way would be what would make us truly happy.

That is what Soleil Explorer is all about. We want to give people the opportunity to explore & respect nature and discover new countries while learning or practicing water sports.

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How do you even want to do that?

HOW? We will welcome people on board a beautiful Lagoon 57feet (18meters) catamaran which is lended to us (thanks again to the owner) and will take care of them during their stay with us. There will be all the toys/gears on board for everybody to have fun and discover the mind-blowing nature surrounding us. From surfboards, windsurfing gears, stand up paddle boards to kitesurfing gears, beginners to expert will definitely have fun. But it is also about relaxing, discovering new cultures and getting off the beaten tourist tracks. Therefore we will organize excursions and guide people to the best authentic little restaurants around.

WHERE? Remember this cheesy quote «Focus on the journey, not the destination»? Well, that is pretty much the plan. We will be in the Canary Islands from July until the end of October, and we will then cross the Atlantic to go to the Caribbean. Next? We will see where the wind blows, the swell is consistent and the lineups are empty. Any recommendations?

WHO? Ben Marxer is a certified ISA surf instructor and has been working as a surf guide for the past 6 years. He is also a professional RYA skipper, currently finishing his commercial endorsement in Spain. Mathilda Colelough has a bachelor in Hospitality Management and has been a windsurf and stand up paddle instructor since 2010. She also has an RYA Day Skipper license (and loves cooking delicious meals).

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What are you going to do with my money?

Making a dream come true never comes easy. We are working harder than ever but this is what we cannot do/get without your help:

-Buy all the water sports equipment (surfboards, windsurfing gears, stand up paddle boards)

-Pay the boat’s future commercial endorsement fees (pretty much what allows Ben to sail this beautiful catamaran and have you guys on board!)

-Get the right equipment in the boat so that you can relax and be comfy

-Make sure that all our safety equipment (lifejackets, instruments, liferaft, flares, etc…) is up to date and ready to be used safely even though we hope we will never have to use it

-Pay a part of the conveyance fees to get the boat to the Canary Islands

THANK YOU ALL IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION

Ben & Math

Big up to IMAJACK for helping us produce this amazing video. We love you guys <3

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