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Leon Glatzer

Leon Glatzer

Von: Pavones Age: 20

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02/28/97

Birth Date: 02/28/1997

Birth Place: Maui, Hawaii

Currently Living: Pavones, Costa Rica

Years Surfing: 8

Sponsors: Volcom, Fatum Surfboards, Smith Optics, Globe, FCS

Favorite Spot: Pavones

Favorite country: France

Goals: European Junior Champ

First board: FATUM surfboard when I was 6

Warm Ups: Running and Good Music

What gets you motivated to surf?: Watching videos of the pro’s how they surf and then getting out there and trying the same stuff.

Side Tracks: Motocross and soccer

Music/Band: Green day

Videos/Movies: Lost Atlas

Best style: Dane Reynolds

Random Information: Im really into painting my own boards

Favorite Volcom Jeans: Dirty Sky Jean

Favorite Boardshorts:  Anihilator Paintwash

One thing you can't leave home without: My Phone

Special Thanks: To my family, all my sponsors, friends, and the whole Volcom Crew

Fill in the blank: Hello. My name is Leon Glatzer, some people call me Chicho . I would best describe my hometown as the best place to be I've traveled quite a bit, but by far the best place I've been is France, because the country is beautifull, fun waves and a lot of hot girls but It’s a llitle expensive, by far most worse trip ever was right infront of my house, we went for a surf and fishing trip and the boat motor died far away from shore and we were stuck for 4 hours and it was really scary!

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Surfing Freezing Waters North of the Arctic Circle with Leon Glatzer
Located north of Iceland and the Arctic Circle, tucked tightly in the frigid waters of the Norwegian Sea, lay Norway's Lofoten Islands. Known for excellent fishing, spectacular nature views (e.g., Northern Lights), the midnight sun, and Unstad, where it's not surprising when the air temperature is in the low 30s and the water temperature hovers around a mere 40 degrees. The quaint, small fisherman's village of Unstad is also home to one of Norway's best surfing spots. And even with the chilling temperatures, Unstad sees surfers from around the world showing up to surf the uncrowded waves, explore the region, and during the summer months, even have the opportunity to go for a midnight surf! This all sounded much-too-appealing to 20-year-old Costa Rican surfer Leon Glatzer when he had the opportunity to visit the northern islands of Norway. Leon, who ventured to Unstad to shoot a G-Shock commercial, said this trip was "nothing like I have ever experienced." A far departure from his tropical home in Central America where he doesn't need to wear a wetsuit, Leon had to pack thick fullsuits, booties, gloves, and head gear to battle Norway's freezing temperatures. Dive into this Q&A and photo feature below with Leon to hear first-hand about his experiences and favorite memories from his trip. Q&A with Leon Glatzer   How did you hear about this opportunity? Greg Martin (Friday Media Management ) gave me a call asking if I wanted to go to Norway for a G-Shock shoot. I couldn't believe it. Norway? That must be freezing! So I jumped on the opportunity right away. Did you guys wait for a swell before going or did there happen to be waves when you arrived? We waited for almost two months for the perfect swell and weather. It was a long two months because I wanted to go right away, but it's good that we waited because the waves were firing and the conditions were perfect. What was it like traveling to Norway? It was a really long journey to get there. We had to take four different flights due to the location we wanted to reach, which was the north part of Norway. Flying over all the mountains covered in thick snow and ice blocks floating in the water was one of the most amazing visions for me especially coming from Costa Rica. I questioned myself: what have I got myself into? What gear did you have to pack for this trip and surfing in the snowy conditions? I packed loads of socks and gloves. Also, waterproof pants, jackets, and boots (which had to be waterproofed). Wetsuit thickness was a 5/4, but I had three of them so I could put a dry one on every session. How were the waves, water temp, locals, etc.? The waves were pumping 4-7 foot, perfect glassy lefts with light offshore winds. Water temperature was 36 degrees, pretty much freezing temperature. There was one or two locals that I surfed with and they really nice people and were super stoked that I was there. It's a really small surfing scene, which is cool. The place I surfed is called Unstad and is pretty much all rocks on the bottom and no sand until you get to the beach. What was the town like? The town was small and intimate, and a complete fishermen town. Super friendly people everywhere and always reaching out to you for a conversation. It was nice talking with different people and sharing the reason for my trip and hearing their stories and the history of the town. Any interesting food or cool local spots? The food was amazing. We ate whale stew almost every day. There wasn't really any local spots or localism because the town was so small, which was a breath of fresh air. Every place was a local spot! What was your favorite part of the trip? My favorite part of the trip was the first day I woke up and had no idea how the waves were going to be. We pulled up to the spot and it was absolutely firing. Surfed for four hours straight. After four hours, I basically had to crawl to the car because my feet were completely frozen and I couldn't walk at all. I finally arrived to the car and the crew started laughing their asses off at me!   Photos by Hallvard Kolltveit Words by Leon Waiting for the fishing boats to deliver the goods. Late afternoon walk to search for more waves. Watching the sun slowly coming up and touching the cliff, filling the freezing habitat (including myself) with some warmth! Tried to catch as many waves as I could in order to keep my body temp up, and of course, enjoy the experience. I can only imagine how cold the water photographer must have been. Sorry, dude! It was so nice to stay in this mystic town with the fresh smell of fish every morning! The locals said they don't even notice the smell anymore, but to us tourists, the smell was strong. My face is completely frozen. The photographer said smile, but it was impossible. Simple air right in front of the only forest located in Unstad. Such a surreal vision watching a perfect left peeling next to a hefty mountain covered in snow. Nothing like I have ever experienced. Sunset, nicest time of the day in Norway. The way the light goes in between the mountains makes the colors so fascinating. The water is as dense as a river, and as cold, too! One of the coolest fishing towns in the world, despite the cold, the fishermen have the biggest smiles on their faces. All this rubber makes me feel like I'm wearing the Iron Man suit. Ready for anything! This silent and deserted location gives you an opposite receptivity. Feels like there is a big mass surrounding you. Being from the tropics, this is the most unbelievable view I have ever seen. This picture says it all: team work! Wishing the walk back to the hot shower wasn't this long! Only this you see in Norway. Fire in the sky! The only road you never get bored of. Every route, every corner, every curve you take, there will always be a smile on your face. Mass energy, forms, and colors floating above. I thought it only existed in the movies. Coldest and most challenging paddle anyone will ever experience. Battling with three inch snow covering my board. Exploring has no end in this world. In freezing water temperatures you find obstacles like this! Every mountain I saw I wanted to snowboard from the top into the sea. In the Arctic, we walk to the surf in knee-deep snow instead of sand. Until next time, Norway!
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Leon Glatzer MUTZE GLATZE
Don’t miss the best clip so far of our german/costa rican surfer, Leon Glatzer. How big is this full rotation at 0:46 ???   It’s safe to say that his air game is one of the best here in Europe!! He also recently scored the perfect score (19,87) at a Pro Junior in Portugal. Keep going on Leon !!
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Hossegor summer rumble
Video thumbnail: Charly Quivront The Euro Volcom House is probably the best spot where to stay in Hossegor when you are a surfer!! Located in front of one of the best surf bank in France, you just have to cross the road, climb the dune and jump in the water! Kids from the Volcom team are the lucky ones who can enjoy the House with the only obligation to surf and have fun! William Aliotti, the Caribbean surfer but almost permanent resident at the House, Leon Glatzer, the German kid from Costa Rica, Charly Quivront from France and the local from Justin Becret show impressive surfing skills under the eye of Andrew Christie. We can’t wait next summer!!! Filmed and Edited by Andrew Christie William Aliotti Leon Glatzer Justin Becret
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Leon Glatzer two-time German Champ 2014
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Volcom Family Rider Leon Glatzer (Germany/Costa Rica) shows you his local left hang out by the name of Pavones in this clip named The Vast Waters. Looks fun and makes us want to go and surf already...