Gustaf Demarchelier

Wall Street & Ocean Waves

The financier in love with surfing.
Originally, I am part French and part Swedish but I was born in New York where I recently returned to live.
This is where I was raised but in a way that was definitely very European: I attended the French school in New York.

As a kid, I spent my holidays in St.Barth, which is where I developed a passion for windsurfing first – at the age of 12 – and later on for traditional surfing.

Surfing has become a part of what I am today: it is a sport, a philosophy and a way to experience nature, interpersonal relationships and holidays…It was for love of this sport, which has a spiritual connotation for me, that I spent some years of my life in California, studying at the Pepperdine University of Malibu.

Today I live and work in New York in the area of finance and insurance. My life has changed a good deal, but my passion for ocean waves has never diminished.

As soon as I manage to get away, I too have my favourite little corner of the world.

Luxury is: time. Having time for doing the things I like most and being with the people I love.

In my suitcase: only and always hand luggage. A pullover, a swimming costume, an iPod, earphones, my passport and maybe a book…Anything else I need I can find it on my way to the beach.

My favourite film: Beverly Hills Cop 1.

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