Slowly, Andrew lets his Sprinter roll to the edge of the beach. The weather is rough: The sky is covered with thick clouds; occasionally, drops of heavy rain leave dark spots in the sand and the wind hits the outside of the van. But Andrew is not bothered by any of this: His gaze wanders through the windscreen out across the ocean. Large, perfectly formed waves pile up outside – but there seems to be no more than a handful of surfers in the water. Andrew can hardly wait to glide over the water, driven by the waves. He turns the engine off, gets out of the van and feels the sand under his feet which is still heated up by the sun. Quickly slipping into his wetsuit, he tucks his surfboard under his arm and the show begins: he jogs towards the water, brings his board into position and, paddling energetically, plunges into the cold waves with great verve.
The native Canadian loves to travel across Canada and the USA in his Sprinter, together with his family. “The van enables us to go where we want to go, which is pure freedom,” Andrew says. Apart from travelling and surfing, Andrew also uses the Sprinter for his work: His start-up “emei” produces drybags and freezers. “I attempt to spend all my spare time in the van,” says Andrew. His most beautiful experience in the van so far has been a car race in Sonomo. “I was there with some friends of mine and even though all three of us measure above 1.80 metres, we shared one bed,” he remembers with a grin.
My Sprinter is an absolute dream van: reliable and fuel-efficient – and it simply looks ‘badass’!
Andrew bought his van second-hand, but in a very good condition. Nevertheless Andrew had to invest a lot of effort in the reconstruction: Some new spare parts had to be bought and also the electrics had to be moved completely new – which didn’t work out as Andrew had imagined at the first attempt. But despite the one or other hurdle, the transformation was successful in the end: “My Sprinter is an absolute dream van: reliable and fuel-efficient – and it simply looks ‘badass’!”
Other people are excited about Andrew’s Sprinter, too: “Everywhere I go, people always want to come check out my Sprinter and see how we have customized it.” relates Andrew. What is it that Andrew still dreams of? “I dream of a 4×4-Sprinter for a trip to Alaska, the Yukon and the north-western parts of Canada,” says Andrew. “I would love to spend a whole year on the road.” But even until then, Andrew spends as much as time as he can in the Sprinter: He has already put his surf equipment into the Sprinter again. Starting the engine, he embarks on his next surf adventure.
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