A passionate German surfer, Benje Glindmeier, lives on a small island named Sylt in Northern Germany. Once he made his connection with the sea, it was instant love. No matter what the season, Benje goes surfing with his friends even in the winter when the water is 2°C to 4°C. Despite the windy days and inconsistent waves, this surfer remains dedicated to the sport and looks forward to surfing the world to find his perfect wave.
Name: Benje Glindmeier
Date of Birth: 07.22.1994.
Height: 5’6″ (1.72 m)
Location: Sylt, Germany
Local Break: Brandenburg Beach
Countries Surfed: Germany
Experience (Years): 9
Inspirations: Gabriel Medina, Kelly Slater
I live on an Island, Sylt, located in the North Sea by Denmark and got interested in surfing because of my friends. When I was 10 years old, my friends kept telling me how much fun surfing was but hadn’t tried it. Finally, I picked up a board and loved it.
The first time out, was completely euphoric; I was amazed at how free I felt out in the water.
Usually, I go and surf with my best friend Tim. It’s pretty cool because Tim’s dad has a surf school here on Sylt called Sunset Beach. We hang out there all the time with the other surfers and surf instructors. Even though most of my surfing experience has been here on Sylt, I’m looking forward to surfing the world to find my perfect wave.
Can you give us an idea of what your typical meals in a day would be?
I often make my own muesli with smaller fruit and yogurt. After surf sessions, we would relax at the surf school either we make barbecue or one of the surf teachers, he makes really delicious vegan food.
Do you do any stretches or exercises pre-surf or post-surf?
Before I head out, I do a quick stretch and then take my longboard as transportation to the beach. When I’m not surfing, I try to do exercises to keep my arms fit for paddling. Without the arm training, I would get so exhausted.
When there are no waves but wind, I’m out on the water kite boarding.
What do you grab for a post-surf snack?
Sylt doesn’t have the cleanest waves to surf, a lot of the time it is windy but sometimes, we get some pretty good waves to surf. After a session, I try to eat something warm because the water is so cold. If I can’t get a warm meal or snack, I snack on fruits or museli 🙂
What’s your favourite gear?
I love my 6’0″ board from Chilli Surfboards, it’s a pretty sweet shortboard and I love it; She’s my woman and I married her 😀 Of course, I love my board shorts and wear them everywhere but given the cold weather I’m always in my wetsuit and then out of the water, in my cozy sweatpants.