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  1. #11
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    Since you don't have anything that is really securing you down, why not go for Utah.
    Then, give it a few months, and its not working for you, make a change.

  2. #12
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    Do it... unless you're planning on getting married chicks come and go... remove from the equation. Doing man sh!t in the wilderness, helping folks, building a resume, saving money, having a lifetime of stories to tell, and every other week off and I'm sure major holidays? Why wouldn't you do it?... If you're dedicated... and you'd have to be to... probably surf as many, if not more, good days out west as you already do in RI. It'd be like 180 South all gnarly wilderness types and then they shred. Don't be afraid to step out side the ol' comfort zone...too many people are... don't let fear of missing sh!tty waves influence you too heavily. I did once in my life and it kept me back for too long...afraid to make a move... to miss a swell... took a leap of faith that seemingly sucked... largely missing out on surfing for a few years in my prime 20s... to reap the benefits in my early 30s...two years of straight Pacific ocean and Indian ocean perfection surfing places that most others on this side of the world only talk about.

  3. #13
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    The waves will never stop bombarding the edge of our country...they are the constant...this job opportunity is not. I would take the job in Utah, earn some money and knowledge/experience of the wilderness as well as help fellow human beings. You have every other week off to hit the coast. If its flat out, you can travel somewhere else since you have income. With out a job in surf city, if its flat, your out of surf and have no real $$ to go somewhere else (for surf or not).

    Summary: Utah!

  4. #14
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    i would say give it a go. itll be one hell of a life experience and make surfing that much better once you get back. and yeah, getting outside of your comfort zone like someone else mentioned is a good thing.

  5. #15
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    I'll third the getting out of the ol' comfort zone.
    Traveling is important, as it lets you see other ways to live.

  6. #16
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    Go to Utah! I have been a surfer for 25yrs and always made decisions based on the ocean surf etc.. I have realized as much as I love surfing that it can be replaced with other things. Help those people in Utah and get the outdoor experience you need it will help you in the future and hopefully will be rewarding.

  7. #17
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    Maybe explore other opportunities to do similar work helping people, but on a coastline. Where I live there are numerous jobs available helping others learn to surf...kids with disablities, wounded soldiers, people in recovery...etc. What I honestly do anytime before making a big decision is divide a sheet of paper in half and right down the pros and cons. I add to the sheet for about a week, because reasons will continually pop in your head. Once you've given yourself enough time to compile the list, look at it closely and then make your decision.

  8. Quote Originally Posted by Stranded in Smithfield View Post
    Do it... unless you're planning on getting married chicks come and go... remove from the equation. Doing man sh!t in the wilderness, helping folks, building a resume, saving money, having a lifetime of stories to tell, and every other week off and I'm sure major holidays? Why wouldn't you do it?... If you're dedicated... and you'd have to be to... probably surf as many, if not more, good days out west as you already do in RI. It'd be like 180 South all gnarly wilderness types and then they shred. Don't be afraid to step out side the ol' comfort zone...too many people are... don't let fear of missing sh!tty waves influence you too heavily. I did once in my life and it kept me back for too long...afraid to make a move... to miss a swell... took a leap of faith that seemingly sucked... largely missing out on surfing for a few years in my prime 20s... to reap the benefits in my early 30s...two years of straight Pacific ocean and Indian ocean perfection surfing places that most others on this side of the world only talk about.

    this was the single best thing I have read in the past few months. I think the decision has been made, thanks guys

  9. Quote Originally Posted by beezheels View Post
    Maybe explore other opportunities to do similar work helping people, but on a coastline. Where I live there are numerous jobs available helping others learn to surf...kids with disablities, wounded soldiers, people in recovery...etc. What I honestly do anytime before making a big decision is divide a sheet of paper in half and right down the pros and cons. I add to the sheet for about a week, because reasons will continually pop in your head. Once you've given yourself enough time to compile the list, look at it closely and then make your decision.
    Trust me I have applied to numerous jobs, in numerous fields. With a Business Administration degree its difficult to get anywhere without a little networking. Sure I could find another sales job, but I'm really not a sales guy. Im dying to branch out of the corpo ladder climb, and get into something interesting. My plan is to take this job (since its pretty much a sure thing) get the experience I need and move on in about a year.

    For the past 8 years I have based all of my decisions on waves, its brought me to some incredible areas along the east coast between Florida and Cape Cod, but at the same time I missed out on an excellent opportunity in Vail CO. A move west away from the hustle is needed, I am just trying to take any opportunity I can get.

    I am trying to look at how many days Ive paddled out here and its been a mind blowing session, and while there has been a solid bunch its not really something worth staying for. Being 6 hours from a coast with a week off every two weeks doesn't seem to be that bad a situation, It reminds me of heading to vermont to snowboard ( which I do often in the winter with a regular work schedule).

    Call it a stepping stone if you will, Surfing is what shaped the way I think and taught me to experience whatever I can before I die.

    Game on.

  10. #20
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    I think it should be considered a strong sign of what surfing does to one's soul when they are weighing the options between a career away from the ocean, and surfing.

    I had a child late in life. Up until then, I chose surfing and my career path, along with my finances, suffered. Note, not everyone is like this....there's probably a ton of guys that'll come on here and say they make 6 figures and sport a posh pad next to their favorite reef. I'm willing to bet there are more that are like me.

    After having my child, I decided that I needed a real career....and that took me pretty damn far from the ocean. And for the first couple of years, it ACHED. I had surfing dreams what seemed like 2-3 times a week while sleeping. Fortunately, I lived in Colorado at the time and I am an avid skier. And as much as I love skiing, it couldn't fully take the place of surfing.

    But I've been in my career of choice for almost 20 years now, and I don't regret it. After a few years, I started taking vacations which allowed me to get in the water for a week or 2 once or twice a year. And, I built up enough bank to where I was able to purchase, with cash, a piece of land next to the water in the Pacific Northwest. When I retire in the next year or two, I'm cashing in all my equity and building on that land and going back to my roots. If I decide to work, it'll be to take up my spare time and supplement my retirement pension. And I'll only be 50.

    So, it's all about deciding to make a sacrifice. You could build your resume in Utah, then put in for something on the West Coast. Oregon and Washington are constantly looking for people with the experience you describe.

    But you also need to know that rocking up to Seaside Point is not the same as pulling up into Ruggles. There's a reason so many people are so damn surly up there. Be prepared.

    Just my .02 cents....good luck.