You don’t have to be a professional outdoor guide, or a sponsored pro athlete to get paid to do what you love. In my previous post “Teach Yourself A New Skill“, I wrote about Jyoti Raju who was on a the verge of suicide, and was about to throw himself off a cliff. Instead, he taught himself rock climbing, climbed that cliff, and became a famous climbing and acrobatics performer.
When you combine your passion, hard work, and a bit of luck, opportunity will present itself. Just don’t count on passion alone. While enthusiasm is a great place to start, it’s not enough to sustain your business for the long term.
That’s exactly what Becky and Kevin from Surf.Work.Travel would tell you. You have to work hard to build the life around your passion.
Kevin who is a law graduate, and Becky, a biology major, worked in various surf schools around Europe, got hooked on surfing, and wanted to continue to share that epic feeling. In 2011 they founded Hong Kongs’ first professional surf school, bringing international standards of safety and stoke to the local community.
After 4 years of developing the school from a broken-down shack on the beach into a surfing & outdoor education centre catering to school camps of 50+ children, daily lessons, they decided it was time to move on in pursuit of new opportunities around the globe and continue to share our passion.
After three years running the surf camp, Becky and Kevin moved to the Maldives to work as programme managers for a luxury surf company.
According to Becky : ” Working in the surf industry is pretty cheap. If you want to surf, work and travel, you really don’t need that much money. Rent and food can be cheap or even free on the road.”
“We offered our time and skills in return for work experience or accommodation rather than money. Just put yourself out there. Make contacts by being approachable and helpful.”
If you have a hobby, likely there are others out there who share that interest and would like to learn more about it. Sharing your knowledge can be a great way to build your business. As I’ve mentioned above, you don’t have to be a professional, but you do have to be good at what your business does.
If you want to turn surfing and traveling into a career, follow Becky and Kevin’s blog to learn more tips and advice – Surf.Work.Travel