THE STORY BEHIND OSCAR SCHENK AND THE HOTZONE.
Oscar Schenk grew up in Zaandam, Holland and had a passion for water from a young age. It all started with windsurfing on the lakes with his brother Maurits. Together with his best buddy Wouter Boes they discovered the beach and got hooked on the waves. Next thing you know at 15 years of age he started working at the Hotzone surf shop. At the Noordpier in Wijk aan Zee, in 1996 he started to teach for the Hotzone surf school and soon was teaching kids like Martijn Nijhof, Emiel Tromp and many others who he managed to get stoked for life.
He started to explore the French and Basque coast on a monthly basis. Learning from great surfers like Robbie Page (winner of the Pipeline Masters in 1988) who introduced him to big wave surfing.
During his study he did the work experience at the Time warp Surfing Museum in South Africa. Spending time with legends like Baron Stander Sr. and Max Wetteland (Endless Summer 1). Kevin Olsen, coach of the national South African team, coached and helped him become who he is today. Paul van de Wall, owner of the Aloha surf shop near Durban, also played a big role in the stoke he spread to other people.
Hawaiian photographer Peter Sterling invited him in 2001 to explore the Icelandic coast. Shooting footage for Peter Sterling’s movie “the European Surf Journal”.