Fresh off the boat from France, I landed in California with one dream: make a mark in the street wear/skateboard/lifestyle industry. It was the ultimate goal — be part of it, make a difference. So when I received a phone call for an interview to work in the surf mecca of Huntington Beach, I took the job without hesitation. I worked with pro skaters Brian Sumner, Kristian Svitak and Christian Hosoï. We mainly created shoes, planned events and published ads in Skateboarding and Skateboarder magazines. It was a dream come true and a great learning experience that will stay with me — less sleep, more skate.