Surf’s well and truly ‘up’ for Zoee
Surfing proved to be the perfect career choice for Zoee Smith after she turned her hobby into a successful business.
29-year-old Zoee from Brotton tried all kinds of jobs including the Army, a waitress and a care assistant but it was her passion for surfing which won in the end and led her to become her own boss at Saltburn Surf School.
Zoee was busy holding down four part time jobs when the opportunity to take to the waves full time as co-owner with business partner Nick Noble came up, and, after getting in touch with the Enterprise Team at Redcar and Cleveland, she grabbed it with both hands.
Two years down the line and with advice, guidance and funding from the Enterprise Team along the way, she now teaches others how to master the waves.
“The Enterprise Team were really helpful. They were easy to deal with, didn’t send me round in circles and got me the answers and help I needed straight away”
“I received funding to help with the cost of equipment for our weekly Junior Surf Club and advice with regards to marketing and running the business effectively.
“The Enterprise team were quick and efficient, nothing was too much trouble for them and that was a real bonus for me and my business.”
Based on Saltburn Promenade the business has gone from strength to strength with Zoee recently employing the Surf School’s first member of staff.
“I sometimes can’t believe how lucky I am. It is hard work but I love to surf so being able to combine my job with what I love to do anyway is a real bonus.
“Running the Surf School is a lifestyle choice which suits me perfectly. I’d definitely recommend getting in touch with the Enterprise team if you have a hobby which you think could become your perfect career.”
Saltburn Surf School provides contest and competitive surfer training programmes, local community resource programmes for youngsters and local people and training courses on behalf of Surfing GB.