LUEX - Your number one travel agency for Surf and Snow trips
LUEX is YOUR specialized travel agency and booking platform for Surf, Ski and Snowboarding trips all around the globe.
Since we started LUEX / LineUpEXplorers in 2007 we are all about:
- Plenty of Sick Trips
- Objective Expert Advice
- Best Price Guarantee
as well as
- Safe Bookings
- Internet Convenience
Nothing more, nothing less and as easy as that!
STAFF - THE SMART SERVICE TEAM
Today we are proud of our achievements and continue to improve every day driven by great staff. Without them it wouldn’t have been possible.
Thanks a lot to:
The Founder and Managing Director – Tim Heising
The driving force behind LUEX! Tim had the idea of launching LUEX. He was just always in the search of finding a job that combines his passion for surfing and freeskiing. He lived in Europe, Australia and in Northern California and surfed waves all over Europe, Mexico, Hawaii, California, Indonesia, South Africa, Sri Lanka and of course the Maldives. He was season ski pass holder not only in Lake Tahoe but also in many resorts in the Alps. When you call him you will likely hear either breaking surf or hauling mountain winds in the phone line. You will know that you are well connected then... :-)
Head of Surf Travel – Phil Spaninks
Phil works for the surf category at LUEX and has found his perfect job. He spent years on the road surfing waves on all continents incl. Indonesia, the Maldives, Morocco, Peru, Senegal, South Africa, Central America, Europe, Australia and counting. Working at adidas before, he couldn’t stand it to be landlocked anymore. Now he is continuously traveling to LUEX destinations visiting our partners. Much better in fact. But he will always find the time to assist you in finding YOUR perfect trip. Just ask him. He is fluent in English, Spanish, French, German and Dutch.
Surf Travel Consultant - Martin Jenner
Martin is a born board-rider – growing up and studying in the UK, his skateboard was always near to hand, other than on his annual pilgrimages to the French surf Mecca of Landes. When the water became too chilly in the winters he switched to snowboarding, and spent seasons in Canada and Switzerland. After getting too rad and breaking himself one too many times in the mountains, he decided to revert to surfing and the beach life. He’s surfed an impressive collection of waves across the globe, including France, Spain, Portugal, Indonesia, the Canaries, South Africa, Morocco, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Now he looks after your trips in Sri Lanka and the Maldives, while helping assist other agents for Europe as well.
Head of Snow Travel – Claudie Linke
Claudie works for the snow category at LUEX. She is a passionate skier and snowboarder. She skied many parts of the world and has travelled the European Alps, South American Andes, the Himalaya as well as mountain ranges of North America, New Zealand and other parts of the world. She just loves powder. Just ask her. She will give you real inside information!
Claudie also loves to surf and has spent more than a year in places such as South and Central America, Sri Lanka and Bali.
Project Manager – Kostas Sirvydis
Kostas is our technical magician. He is constantly trying to make the website easier to use. Check out our features and you will see that it is very easy to narrow down your search on the website. It will be quite easy to check out the different trips online.
No surprise - Kostas loves to snowboard as well and knows about what travelers need!
Catalog and Marketing Manager - Daniel Tuckermann
We will bring you more details about Daniel shortly.
The Good Heart – Julia Heising
Tim’s wife Julia is part of the core team. It just wouldn’t work without her. She helps out wherever needed and contributes to the good mood within the team.
Thanks to more freelancers and friends who helped in the past and are still supporting us.
SHAREHOLDERS - THE COMPETENCE TEAM:
We are very proud to have highly successful businessmen in our team of shareholders. In addition to their professional skill they all have great passion for action sports.
The Founder – Tim Heising
Tim is the founder, managing director and the largest shareholder of LineUpEXplorers GmbH. He worked for Amazon.com before and holds a Berkeley MBA.
The Champion – Gerfried Schuller
Founder and CEO of Blue-Tomato.com believed and invested early in LUEX. Blue Tomato is one of Europe’s largest online retailers for surf and snow products. His online shop is hugely successful and offers the perfect platform to market LUEX’ trips. Gerfried is also former Burton Team rider and European Snowboard Champion. As a hobby Gerfried runs a surf charter vessel in Indo. Visit: Blue-Tomato.com
There are very few people in the world that have performed at the top of five different sports. Hannes Arch, our original shareholder, was one of them! It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of our good friend, who has died in a private helicopter crash in Carinthia, Austria on September 8th 2016. Hannes was world class in mountaineering, hangliding, acrobatic paragliding, base-jumping and Red Bull Air Race. Among many achievements he was the first human to base-jump the Eiger North Face and he was also Red Bull Air Race World Champion. His sister Lisa Arch has inherited Hannes' shares of LUEX.
The Designer – Henne Janda Eble
The Designer and New Media Man! Henne has lived in Australia and South Africa. His profession as a surf and snow photographer, videographer and web designer has given him the chance to surf waves on Maui, Australia, Tasmania, California, all over Europe and of course the Maldives. He also spent quite some time shooting snowboard pros out of a heli and snowboarding himself in the Alps and in the Rockies. The affinity to surf and snow convinced him quickly to run this project. Henne was part from the beginning on and is also shareholder at his Marketing Communications agency Stilbezirk.
The Marketers – Ulrich & Niki Grill
Once you have clients such as Red Bull, Nike 6.0, Braun Razors, Puma, Suunto and many more great brands you must do something right. Ulrich & Niki founded Zooom and serves their clients from Austria and Los Angeles. They are also design and architecture freaks. While Ulrich has been a Red Bull athlete for hang gliding in the past, Niki has been an award winning horse ride champion. Their offices are pieces of art and working with them is great. Both are enthusiastic back country skiers.
The Guru – Boris Wasmuth
Boris has founded and invested in several start-ups. He also started GameDuell.com and is still active as Head of Marketing in the board of the company. He is one of the leading Internet Guru’s in Europe. He is also a surfer and used to BMX on a competitive level. He definitely carries his heart in the right spot. Visit: Gameduell.com
The Angel – Nicholas Thiede
Nicholas supported LUEX from the early on. His business and Internet expertise was of great help for LUEX. Nicholas worked for many years for BCG, eBay, myHammer.de and is now CEO of Semigator.de. Nicholas is active snow- and kiteboarder and just a fun guy to hang out with.
The Freeskier – Oz Haeussler
He probably feels more comfortable on 45-degree couloirs than in his bathtub at home. Oz supports the team in building the LUEX’ Freeskiing and Snowboarding Travel section. Oz ripped uncountable faces, ridges, couloirs and pillows in the Rockies and the Alps as well on snowboards as on skis. By the way – Oz is his nickname and we wouldn’t tell you his right name.
Snow Travel Expert – Claudie Linke
Claudie became shareholder in 2012! Once the employees buy shares of the company they work for – the company must do something right!
The Web Developers – Webpard
Webpard - the product and online marketing heart. Webpard is the driving force behind our product development and online marketing. The team behind webpard - Andreas, Karsten, Marcus and a bunch of geeks - did a few startups already and they all know what it`s about. Visit: www.webpard.de