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    Thumbs up careers and surf

    i know its been mentioned before, but what are some careers or jobs you guys have that let you get in the water before and after or maybe just after work? serious question dont need a response like drug dealer or i work the corner.

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    teach school,surfing before 4 p.m.,work 186 days - sick/personal days.

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    Im a self employed screen printer. The switch to doing my has greatly improved my time in the water. The work hours tend to be longer though. The only other job that I surfed more was as a lifeguard. That was a sweet deal. I think they have wised up and are more strict now though!

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    my ultimate goal is to own one of those wave gardens. so i can surf any time, and i can sell the sh!t out of it..business will always be good, because I'm selling the most intensely addictive drug there is...waves

    god willing that happens and i will have a great surf career

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    i's a teechure

    college professor. can grade papers around beach trips

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    If you're young and still in school - look into bar tending. You work 8 pm - 2 am and you're days are free. The money can be good. Or you can do what most of us workin stiffs do - find a job doing something you like within a 45 minute drive of the beach. Work hard when ther's no surf or when the days are short and develop a good relationship with you boss as being hard working and reliable. When the surf comes, hit it in the early am and stay a little late at work to make up the lost time-or come in early and leave early and catch the evening sesh. What I found over the years is that if you put in some time early on in your career and make some time sacrifices - you'll get more and more flexibility in your work schedule so you'll be able to catch the better swelss either before or afterwork. Plus you'll earn vacation and sick time to use as well. Any job is doable as long as it's within a reasonable drive to your breaks.

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    Field Service Tech- With my previous position I was able to easily schedule around swells- If it was a local client I would just schedule a time after 10am and surf in the am. Plus I covered the NE from NC to Mass- so I could bring my board and surf at various other spots and schedule around swells- that was the best job ever, was very thankful to work that job for 10 years, although I was on the road alot and away from home... Currently I'm covering NJ now, which still allows for surf time since the schedule is flexible, but if I go in the am, I will have to work later... or vice versa

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    Teacher/Professor
    General Contractor
    Civil or Structural Engineer
    Marine Biologist
    Attorney
    Restaurant Manager
    Recruiter
    Computer Engineer
    Any type of consulting
    Architect
    Short Haul truck driver
    Loan Officer
    Financial Planner
    Accountant

    And the list goes on.... All of the above you can be an entrepreneur and set your own schedule or set your schedule around swells and not locked into the typical 9-5, M-F. The key is to WORK HARD and when it's time, PLAY HARD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swabby View Post
    If you're young and still in school - look into bar tending. You work 8 pm - 2 am and you're days are free. The money can be good. Or you can do what most of us workin stiffs do - find a job doing something you like within a 45 minute drive of the beach. Work hard when ther's no surf or when the days are short and develop a good relationship with you boss as being hard working and reliable. When the surf comes, hit it in the early am and stay a little late at work to make up the lost time-or come in early and leave early and catch the evening sesh. What I found over the years is that if you put in some time early on in your career and make some time sacrifices - you'll get more and more flexibility in your work schedule so you'll be able to catch the better swelss either before or afterwork. Plus you'll earn vacation and sick time to use as well. Any job is doable as long as it's within a reasonable drive to your breaks.
    Swabby nailed it. Key for me has been proving myself at work so they know if I'm an hour late (or 2) one day, I'll make it up by working 3 or 4 (and working hard) when the surf is flat.

    My job is one that hasn't been mentioned: journalist (first print, now web). The hours are long and pay short (especially early in your career) but the often odd hours (lots of night shifts, and even most dayside reporters don't wander in until 10 am so you can easily do 2 hr DP sessions) and the fact that you're on the road most of the time lends itself to sneaking in little sessions when the swell comes up. Increasingly, more and more work is being done remotely. I've actually filed stories from my car parked by the beach and hit the surf it as soon as the editor ok'd the story. That said, I have turned down some possible chances to advance my career because they would've required a move to a places with no surf. Deal breaker.
    Last edited by ragdolling; Feb 3, 2012 at 01:11 PM.

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    just throwing it out there, the 8-5 BLOWS during the winter months. It's dark when I get home and the sun rises too late for dawn patrol. Summer / spring / fall all good.