Best job for surfers?

Discussion in 'Surfing' started by glidewaves, Nov 4, 2018.

  1. glidewaves

    glidewaves Member

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    Curious to read who out there has found a way to strike a good work-surfing balance and what jobs or type of work offer the flexibility to do both.
     
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  2. Driftwood

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    I'll chime in with a quick two cents worth.

    When I was maybe 16, I ditched school and found myself surfing GreenWall (the northern part of La Jolla shores) on a great day. Two guys in the water, myself and a guy in his mid-forties. Conversation wandered a bit, but in the end he told me that if I really wanted to surf, I could work part time and hope for the best, or get a great job that allowed a lot of time off... He was a surgeon.

    After doing a bunch of things, including shaping, I went back to school and got my PhD and then a professorship. Even though the job I ended up with is in Paris, I'm only up there two days a week. And the occasional conference somewhere, which is fun for me anyways since the conferences deal with my research topics.

    In the end, I have school vacations and a very flexible schedule during the week. When I'm in the middle of a project, surfing drops off a bit, but overall it is a great compromise.

    Many ways to skin the proverbial cat, but that's been mine.
     
  3. shadydave

    shadydave Well-Known Member

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    I will jump in. My wife and I own a landscape property maintaince business with no employees. We live in New England so our season runs from April to November. I only do dawn patrol as my nearest break is 1 hour away and can surf anytime there is a swell unless I’m behind do too rainy weather. The winters I do not work unless I’m plowing snow so I’m able to go anytime. If we had lived near the coast when we started our business I would be able to surf virtually any time there was a hint of a swell on any given day.
     
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  4. SeniorGrom

    SeniorGrom Well-Known Member

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    Other than diminishing skills due to age + aches & pains; Retirement works for me. Except during my afternoon naps, I can paddle out when ever.
     
  5. Freddibetts

    Freddibetts Active Member

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    Work from the beach -
    trying to set myself up with something along this path -
    so far chained to a desk working for someone about 45min inland.
     
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  6. SdSurferguy

    SdSurferguy Well-Known Member

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    I have an office based job with flexible hours. It’s essentially sales and I run my own desk. When I don’t show up until 9:30-10AM my boss will ask me how the surf was. I also recently moved back to the old neighborhood where I grew up. 7min commute vs 25min to the beach makes all the difference. Much easier to motivate in the morning when I know I can shower at home after and do my normal routine. I don’t get those empty Santa Ana early afternoons but I can typically surf from 6-9:30am or anytime between 4-8pm in the summer months.

    Any job where you make your own hours or are your own boss is a good surfer job. Especially if it’s phone/computer based and you can work remote worldwide. I was on a surf trip in Mexico recently and my friend was clocking hours by occasionally responding to emails between surf sessions. She owns her own business.
     
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  7. strez

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    I work as a higher ed administrator which normally would mean "tied to a desk"...except my boss is great and lets me pretty much flex my schedule whenever I want - so I'm almost my own boss. I also get alot of vaca time in addition to school breaks and holidays. This fall I started another degree, though, so now I don't have as much time to surf, but I still have enough flex to get in the water. Lately on surf days I've been taking a full vaca day, surfing in the morning then studying for the afternoon at a local library near the beach - win/win.
     
  8. Patrick Riley

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    I work for the fire department. Working a 24 on 48 off schedule is a pretty good gig for a surfer. There's a pretty good chance I'll be off for surf, if not, it's nothing to get someone to hold in for me for a few hours while I get a surf in. Starting pay isn't super, but if you are able to promote a bit it's quite good. Benefits are good and it's given me a lot of time with my kids when they were young.
     
  9. Islander1341

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    Self employed Contractor with no employees. Basically work as a sub-contractor. Most of the time I can come and go as I please. It’s trickier when managing projects or working with a small crew, but similar to Patrick Riley’s situation, there’s usually a way to make a “working hours” surf happen.
     
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  10. dingpatch

    dingpatch Well-Known Member

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    Being the towel guy for the Pole at a strip club is always a good gig. LOL
     

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