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how do i get a job surfing?


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BJ’s Answer

Get *really* good at surfing. Then enter competitions and win them, then you'll get noticed. Eventually, you'll be able to get a sponsorship, which basically is like getting paid to surf!

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Lisa’s Answer

Hi Faith! Of course, become an awesome surfer! The sport is gaining more attention now than ever and lots of people are taking it up. It's even going to be an event in the summer Olympics. I see you are in Indiana and I'm guessing the surf is limited there, unless you have river surfing or a wave pool in your area. If you are able to do so, find your way to a coastline and seek out local surf clubs; many folks get together to surf and it's a great way to improve your skills as you surf with others. Try and get a job at a surf shop so you can begin learning and networking. Do you have a local board shaper? Many of them are awesome surfers and can be a great source of information. Start joining local competitions and try your skills there.

Consider volunteering with an organization in order to gain experience and see where opportunities might be. Just google "volunteer surf" and you'll get lots of information about groups around the world who are like-minded. Volunteer organizations focus on keeping our oceans clean but also support people through surf instruction as rehabilitation. My favorite volunteer groups work with young people who have never been in the ocean and offer them a wonderful, life-changing experience.

Also consider surf camps; there are many around the world who employ instructors. I've visited a surf camp in Costa Rica and their employees were among the most happiest people I've ever met! I also met instructors who are their own bosses and offer surf classes and group trips. If you are able to visit a camp perhaps they might have jobs available.

I wish you luck and many great waves!

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Corey’s Answer

So, a couple of my friends were beach / surf bums whose parents told them they needed to either get jobs or move out. So these guys decided to start offering surfing lessons to tourists; they got so much attention that it wasn't long before that they had enough capital to open a very modest shop and make it legit. Years later they're the #1 ranked surf shop in their area with a steady stream of customers, tons of TripAdvisor awards, and even own some property they rent out to visiting surfers. Lastly, like every other passion you wan to transform into a career, you must pursue it tirelessly and master it. So, move to the beach, surf as much as possible, make everything else a second priority, and don't give up.

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Logan’s Answer

Find a way to monetize surfing. Create a business giving lessons or work for a local surf shop to build your network. Then, if you want to take it to the next step, start your own surfing business (surf shop, surfboard company, etc.).

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