*


All times are UTC + 1 hour



Post new topic Reply to topic
 [ 41 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3, 4, 5  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: What is the best job for a kiter?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2003 7:29 pm 
Offline
Medium Poster
User avatar

Joined: Thu Feb 20, 2003 2:58 am
Posts: 131
Location: Winnipeg, Canada
Aside from being retired or so weathy that there is no need to work, what is the best job for a kiter?

I don't claim to have the best job by any means but, it's pretty good for getting time on the water. I'm a wellsite geologist. I work 4 to 20 days at a time, then off for 4 to 20 days. When I'm working, I work nights (7pm to 7am) so I can sleep in the morning then kite in the afternoon (at some of the lakes around my work). When I'm off, I'm completely off - no work to be done at all. Also, drilling (work) shuts down for 6 to 10 weeks each spring and for 2 to 3 weeks at Christmas.
I also work on the Canadian Prairies where it's snow-covered in the winter. This means good kitesnowboarding within feet of where I stay at work - pretty sweet.

Some of my friend also have good jobs for getting time on the water - Airline pilots, firefighters and some of the self-employed guys get a lot of time off.

What do you do that gets you on the water frequently?

Chris


{ SHARE_ON_FACEBOOK } { SHARE_ON_TWITTER } { SHARE_ON_ORKUT } { SHARE_ON_DIGG } { SHARE_ON_MYSPACE } { SHARE_ON_DELICIOUS }
Top
Profile
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2003 8:09 pm 
Offline
Very Frequent Poster

Joined: Mon Aug 12, 2002 1:00 am
Posts: 2374
Location: AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
I work at Maccas, I usually work in the evenings but am gonna change to mornings come summer time. However I think being a kitesurfing instructor is pretty damn fine. A friend of mine did it for a few months last summer and was doing quite nicely out of it....


Top
Profile
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2003 8:54 pm 
Offline
Very Frequent Poster
User avatar

Joined: Mon Feb 10, 2003 11:45 pm
Posts: 1322
Location: California
Being a software geek in the Silicon Valley isn't too bad.
You can monitor the San Francisco Bay winds on iKitesurf.com
while you work (and watch the windsock and activity on launch at
the local paragliding site on a webcam with a 180x zoom lens.)
If it all comes together somewhere you just go play then do the
work some other time. Flexitime is a way of life here.

It also helps that salaries are so obscenely inflated after
the 'dot.com' boom (at least in those companies that survived
the subsequent 'dot.com' crash) that that after tax and living
expenses you have enough left to buy a new kite and board
every week. :thumb:

It has its downsides, though; it's a bit too far to the Sierra's
(about 4 hours drive) to shoot off for the afternoon for
kitesnowboarding (unless you have a plane) so you can
only do that at weekends during the snow season (about
5-6 month a year) , and even though the Bay Area kitesurfing
sites are quite close traffic can be a bitch in the afternoon if
you don't get on the road before 2pm.

Steve T.


Top
Profile
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2003 9:24 pm 
Offline
Rare Poster

Joined: Wed May 14, 2003 1:04 pm
Posts: 14
Location: FLORIDA
Pro' Kiteboarder...


Top
Profile
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2003 12:11 am 
Offline
Very Frequent Poster
User avatar

Joined: Wed Oct 16, 2002 1:00 am
Posts: 1549
Location: Dublin, Ireland
I'm working weekends as a lifeguard on one of the local beaches, its fairly good in that i get to set up during work and can launch, 20 mins before my shift ends. (beach is generally quite enough). however it sucks a bit in that, the phone is always ringing with people looking for a live wind report, and when its really blown, i cant get out, i can only sit and watch.


Top
Profile
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2003 1:37 am 
Offline
Medium Poster
User avatar

Joined: Sat Nov 16, 2002 1:00 am
Posts: 143
Location: Cairns, Qld, Oz
Being a Firie is perfect for kiting. 4 days on...4 days off which involves 2 day shifts, then 2 night shifts. Basically this means I can kite 6 out of every 8 days during my working week. Back this up with about 10 weeks leave a year and things are good :thumb:


Top
Profile
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2003 1:55 am 
Offline
Rare Poster

Joined: Wed Jun 11, 2003 12:45 am
Posts: 15
:thumb: Pimp!!!!!!! It's the best. You don't have to work at all. Your girls have to. You only collect the money. You work at nights, looking for your ladies, so at the day you can kite all day long.

Greetings.........


The Pimp!!!


Top
Profile
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2003 2:05 am 
Offline
Rare Poster

Joined: Tue Jan 14, 2003 1:00 am
Posts: 13
I've sometimes thought about being a postie - you get up early but you're done by lunchtime every day!


Top
Profile
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2003 4:08 am 
Offline
Very Frequent Poster

Joined: Mon Aug 12, 2002 1:00 am
Posts: 2374
Location: AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
What's the pay like for being a postie? I've considered that too as kiting conditions are usually better after midday... as the hours aren't that high (if you fiinish at midday it's not exactly fulltime work) that pay rate would have to be at least twice as much as what I get at Maccas.. But yeah that would be a pretty mint job, and it keeps you fit too.


Top
Profile
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2003 4:12 am 
Offline
Medium Poster

Joined: Fri Nov 23, 2001 1:00 am
Posts: 139
Location: Saint John, NB Canada
Posties here in Canada are talkin strike....I'm expecting my first water relauncable next week :oops: :angryfire: :!:


Top
Profile
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic
 [ 41 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3, 4, 5  Next

All times are UTC + 1 hour


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Yahoo [Bot] and 36 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group