I had the best time visiting Svein Rasmussen and crew at the Starboard Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand. I was able to shoot a number of pictures and video and this is the first installment of my visit. In October, I had to go to the Philippines to handle some work meetings and another project that I’m working on but on the weekend I didn’t have anything planned. I ended up getting in touch with the Starboard crew and Svein, who owns Starboard and we started tossing around the idea of maybe flying over Thailand during the weekend. That’s what I ended up doing. Actually I was kinda scared a bit because after I already bought my tickets and was ready to go, a friend of mine who had just joined the U.S. National Guard told me that this is the most dangerous time for American tourists to travel to Thailand.
I thought to myself, “I’m kinda stuck.” I emailed Svein and asked, “Is it safe?”
He wrote back and said, “As safe as safe can be.”
I decided to go and I’m glad I did.
I packed an overnight bag to go there, jumped on a plane ended up at the Thailand airport which is super nice. The Bangkok airport is brand new. It’s probably one of the nicest airports i’ve been outside of Narita, Japan. I was met there by some of the Starboard employees and that was really fun. I didn’t know who was picking me up and the email communication was a little bit sparce so I sent them my picture and my name and all that kind of stuff. When I got to the airport, one of the employees was holding up a sign which said, “Starboard Evan Leong” then it had my picture at the back, which is kinda funny. I took a picture of that. Then the guy who was driving, he came in and he had the Starboard rash guard on. And he walked into the airport with it. Wow! this is kinda interesting. This is kinda cool, the driver even has Starboard related gear. Look at the pictures below…