Starting work here over a year and a half ago as a waiter in the former dining room Adam quickly progressed to become breakfast supervisor. Bur with his heart set on being in the ocean it wasn’t long before he joined the team in The Extreme Academy to become a surf instructor.
How long have you worked at Watergate Bay Hotel?
I’ve been working here for just over a year and a half.
I started working here as a waiter in the former dining room, now Zacry’s, and from there I became a breakfast supervisor.
However, I have always been passionate about surfing and really wanted to join The Extreme Academy team. When the opportunity arose to become a surfing instructor I jumped at the chance. Once I completed the surfing instructor course I joined the team and haven’t stopped having fun since.
How long have you surfed for?
I had my first surf lesson at the age of 19, actually at Watergate Bay. I always came down to Cornwall from Southampton on holidays but didn’t get much chance to be in the ocean. As soon as I learnt to drive I came straight to Watergate Bay to learn to surf. Once I mastered the basics I bought my first board and haven’t looked back.
Because the surf scene in Southampton is basically non-existent my mum thought it was just a phase I was going through. But since turning my passion into a career she’s changed her mind.
What’s your favourite part of your job?
The best thing about my job is being outside and working in the sea with a great team.
Can you sum up your job in three words?
What you’re not at work where could we find you?
In the sea, out to dinner with my girlfriend or in India.
I go to Kerala, India, during the winter months, from October half term for 5 months, surf guiding and instructing. I love being in the sun so heading to India in the UK’s winter months was the perfect option for me.
How does surfing in India differ to surfing at Watergate Bay?
Surfing in it’s primary form is pretty much the same anywhere you go, it’s the surf breaks and waves that change things. In India the water is a lot warmer as most days your basking in 30 degree heat.
What was the best thing about being in India?
I would have to say, living with the people of Kerala and experiencing a different culture. It is also so nice to be able to surf all year around!
If you HAD to chose between Watergate Bay and India which would you pick?
I think I would have to say Watergate Bay because I know the beach so well and there is a really nice vibe in the water.
See mum I told you it wasn’t just a phase!