TheKiteMag - English (Preview version) TheKiteMag #29 - English (Preview) - Page 50

Heading to the beach Dakhla was delivering What they said? Jerome Maillard, Hotel Manager (Normandy, France) The best thing about the summit is having the possibility to kite as well as having time to meet interesting people. It’s awesome that the participants come from anywhere – different sports and different industries! In my business we need a reflection about the future and how the company will be run by our children. My main reason – next to networking and business – was to spend one week here with my daughter to learn kitesurfing. I did my first proper waterstart here and love the feeling of kiting! Dakhla Attitude offers beautiful natural surroundings and the people are very kind. Definitely a place to be. Jerome Bilger, Pilot (Barcelona) I wanted to come back to Dakhla anyway because it’s a fascinating place and the perfect kitespot. So when I heard one guy talking about the summit here I decided to join... and I didn’t regret my decision! The B2B Kite Summit is a great base for people to visit and connect. What I really like is to meet new people, see different thinking to what I am used to, and being part of this community. In my job as a pilot there’s not much space for creativity, so it’s great that I can get some creative energy and inspiration here. Karine Blanchard, Global Recruitment Entrepreneur (Australia) I came here for the summit from Australia where I live and where my company is based. The reason I decided to participate was that I wanted to mix passion – kitesurfing! – and business, as I plan to expand my global recruitment company to Europe soon and it’s good to get a snapshot about the current European situation. I love the kitesurf community, it’s pretty well matching with entrepreneurs. People are open minded and kiting is a very inspiring and friendly sport as you usually don’t go for a session on your own, you support each other – the same applies to business, you need others! TheKiteMag.com Yes, there are some camels in Morocco Franck Rocca, Entrepreneur, Trainer, Coach and Speaker (Nice, France) Dakhla is an amazing place to be, people are open minded and supportive, the atmosphere is positive and all in all the B2B Kite Summit is a great experience! I know how hard it is to organize such big events, and I have to say that the organization was unbelievable. I really enjoyed my talk here about the future of social media which is an important topic to share with other entrepreneurs. In short: the world of marketing didn’t change, but the internet changed everything. So we are still doing things like we did years ago, but there are different marketing channels now. Aurélien Pétreau, F-ONE Teamrider and Real Estate Entrepreneur (Angers, France) It’s wonderful to be here with 200 entrepreneurs and having the possibility to share knowledge and experience. I got an architect diploma but after that I chose another way – I always wanted to run my own business! Combining my business with my kite career is possible for me because I work together with my brother, we complement each other. He is in the company which is based in the west of France and I manage everything which can be done remotely. When you have a business you have to innovate all the time – and the same applies when you are a professional kiteboarder. In matters of kiting my way is to always create new tricks to be different to others, and I need an objective to push me higher! So I plan to compete in the KOTA and in the Air Games 2019. Driss Senoussi, Owner of Dakhla Attitude This event has been really magical as it connected kitesurf lovers and entrepreneurs from so many different fields and big and small companies. For me, that’s proof that the sport is a real link between people who have the same values and ethics. Of course organizing such a big event with so many participants who have high standards was quite a challenge for us at Dakhla Attitude. But everything worked out well, from the beginning right through to the final Burning Kite party which was very impressive, with all the crazy costumes and the all-round good vibes! In the end everybody was happy and most people plan to come back for next year’s summit…