Living in the Austrian Mountains, Thomas learned to feel nature with skiing and mountain sports and respecting the personal limits. In his youth he learned to sail first on a "Tornado" Catamaran, later on yachts. "The feeling of nature on the sea is compareable with the nature in the mountains I think." He also started photography in his youth. "To understand the ocean and to learn to protect nature I think it is also necessary to see and to estimate the very beautiful sites of the nature of the oceans."