Tim Wilson aka The Bounceologist
Tim grew up in the UK but has spent his whole adult life in Hong Kong and China. Over the years, he has worked as teacher, journalist, editor, food critic, copywriter, fashion designer, market trader, web designer, sports promoter and Waboba bounceologist. A biography this varied usually includes sheep shearing, but Tim has never sheared a sheep.
He distinguished himself by falling asleep at the table during his first date with his future wife, but amazingly secured a second date. They were married in a cement factory. Tim now lives in Sanya, Hainan Island, with his wife and two children. He contributes two columns – Notes from a Small Island and The Bionic Salesman – and runs four Waboba-related websites: Bangkok Bounce, Sanya Bounce, The Surfing Hainan Open and Waboba Hainan SurfnSkate.
Favorite Waboba Product: Pro Ball
Place I’m dying to travel to: UK (been away too long)
Beach you’ll most likely find me on: Dadonghai in Sanya, Karon in Phuket
Best Beach Memory: Hated school, but my spirits would lift each year as we rounded the last hill on the approach to Newport, Pembrokeshire, West Wales at the start of another endless summer. The time was filled with boats, boards, dunes, rockpools, early-adolescent crushes and football in the rain. The highlight, I suppose, was the first time I won a sailing trophy, sailing with my father, at age 13.
After playing Waboba, I love to eat: Babamama’s sticky rice meat balls
Favorite Summer Smell: Rain
Song that gets me pumped up: Born to Run, early Smiths, Genesis in their prime (Selling England by the Pound)
The best part about working at Waboba: Free samples
Musician, Athlete, Actor/Actress, or Historical Figure you’d love to play Waboba with: As long as I could sell the tickets and own the TV rights, I’d want a three-way face-off between Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche and John Stuart Mill. Or I’d like RAF 617 Squadron to come back and give us a miniature re-enactment of their Dambuster raids.
In my spare time, you’d find me: I vaguely remember there being a thing called spare time, but this question doesn’t apply to me. I have small children.
Christian von Heland aka Chris aka Kringlan
Chris is the CEO of Waboba LTD in Asia.
Favorite Waboba Product: Waboba Beachmate
Place I’m dying to travel to: I really want to bicycle through Europe with my guitar some day.
Beach you’ll most likely find me on: Borgmasterviken Oland – Sweden
Best Beach Memory: All those summer nights playing guitar around bonfire at Oland in Sweden.
After playing Waboba, I love to eat: Master Kangs Noodles!
Favorite Summer Smell: The salty smell of the sea mixed with the smell of a new Waboba Pro
Song that gets me pumped up: Megalomaniac with Incubus
The best part about working at Waboba: All the great people I get to work with – we have the best people in the world working with us!
Musician, Athlete, Actor/Actress, or Historical Figure you’d love to play Waboba with: Jeff Buckley
In my spare time, you’d find me: Working out at the Gym, playing my guitar or hanging out with my friends at one of the many restaurants and clubs in Guangzhou.
Jordan Sullivan aka Bug (dangerous I know)
Jordan is the voice and online director of fun for Waboba.
Location: Charleston, SC
Favorite Waboba Product: Pro when I’m in the water. Moon when I’m on land.
Place I’m dying to travel to: Costa Rica and Italy. My grandparents are from Italy, so I qualify to be an Italian citizen. It would be nice to visit Sicily and meet my ancestors…and drink lots of red wine and eat lots of pasta. I’ll be sure to bring an extra pair of pants in a bigger size for my expected weight gain.
Beach you’ll most likely find me on: Folly Beach, SC
Best Beach Memory: I learned how to walk on the beach, but I don’t remember that. So I’d have to say when my parents would hold me by the hands and swing me into the waves. Sadly, I’m too big for that now and I haven’t found two giants to take on the responsibility.
After playing Waboba, I love to eat: Pizza with pepperoni, onion and banana peppers or a smoothie.
Favorite Summer Smell: Fresh cut grass.
Song that gets me pumped up: Jingle Bells
The best part about working at Waboba: It’s fun! The people and customers are great. We get to play with awesome products and share the same fun experiences together. Plus, since we are international, I’m learning new languages. I’ll probably learn more now than I did in the 4 years I took Spanish. But, shhh, don’t tell my high school teacher that.
Musician, Athlete, Actor/Actress, or Historical Figure you’d love to play Waboba with: Adele. I’d make her sing while we played.
In my spare time, you’d find me: Outside on a hammock, hanging with my dog Cooper, enjoying a beer with my partner, running, biking, rollerblading, or in the bathroom (when you gotta go, you gotta go).
Sarah van Tol aka Zazza
Sarah is CFO of Waboba A/B
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Favorite Waboba Product: Towel and Waboba Extreme
Place I’m dying to travel to: My husband and I are planning a trip to Italy. Pizza in Naples, Italian history in Rome, Limocello in Capri, luxury hotels on the island of Ischia and fine dining in Sorrento, finishing off with a visit to an Italian wine producer.
Beach you’ll most likely find me on: Ixia beach on the island of Rhodes, Greece. My husband and I travel there every summer with our families. Apart from that, I spend a lot of beach time at a small island in the archipelago of Stockholm, called Muskoe.
Best Beach Memory: Got married on Eagle Beach on the island of Aruba in the Caribbean. Bare feet, sand, sunset and the turquoise ocean in the background – lovely!
After playing Waboba, I love to eat: Anything and everything.
Favorite Summer Smell: The flower Lilac, when it blossoms in May/June here in Sweden
Song that gets me pumped up: Everybody dance now – Bob Sinclair version
The best part about working at Waboba: Apart from co-workers, travels and the daily work in general, I love the fact that the Waboba ball, for instance, isn’t just a game, it’s a way to connect to each other through playing. The ball makes it possible to interact and meet with people in a fun and relaxed way.
Musician, Athlete, Actor/Actress, or Historical Figure you’d love to play Waboba with: Steven Seagal (favorite action actor since childhood, don’t ask me why)
In my spare time, you’d find me: At the gym lifting weights, in the kitchen preparing dinner, on the couch relaxing or on the plane leaving for a vacation somewhere.
Anna von Heland aka Mum
CSR (corporate social responsibility) Representative of Waboba.
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Favorite Waboba Product: Dogball and Surf
Place I’m dying to travel to: Africa
Beach you’ll most likely find me on: Borgmästarviken, Öland – Sweden
Best Beach Memory: When our boys, Christian, Axel, Georg and Arvid covered each other with sand and sea grass, so you could only see their face.
After playing Waboba, I love to eat: Bananas and Ice cream
Favorite Summer Smell: Swedish wild summerflower smell (meadow smell)
Song that gets me pumped up: Our son`s compositions and before that “Morning has broken”
The best part about working for Waboba: Working with and for all the people you meet thanks to Waboba
Musician, Athlete, Actor/Actress, or Historical Figure you’d love to play Waboba with: Jesus
In my spare time, you’d find me: Nowhere – Everywhere ( and quite often with someone in my big family!)