Work, work, work! How I did it…

Surf Girl - - – Juice – -

Name: Ka­trien Kegels

Home­town: Ra­po­seira, Al­garve Por­tu­gal

Job Ti­tle: Man­ager & Founder of Chicks On Waves.

CV: I’ve done dozens of jobs from work­ing in a

surf camp as a break­fast girl to work­ing in a

call cen­tre in Hol­land. Af­ter my stud­ies I worked

in a mar­ket­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tions com­pany, and af­ter

that I did win­ter sea­sons in the snow work­ing as

a ski in­struc­tor and in a snow­board shop. Be­tween

sea­sons I trav­elled the world look­ing for waves.

How I did it?

I or­gan­ised my first Chicks On

Waves re­treat eight years ago. When it turned

out to be a suc­cess I started or­gan­is­ing a few

camps a year, along­side my other jobs. Year

on year I would run more camps be­cause of the

ris­ing de­mand from girls want­ing to learn to

surf. I guess start­ing slowly helped me to grow

with­out tak­ing big risks. I’ve al­ways kept do­ing

other jobs on the side un­til Chicks On Waves

paid enough to live from.

My alarm goes off at: 6:30 am

Beach style Re­laxed easy wear; what­ever is com­fort­able in and out the wa­ter.

A typ­i­cal work­ing week con­sists of? My job

is very ver­sa­tile. On one hand I have an of­fice

ad­min­is­tra­tion job that con­sists of an­swer­ing

emails, pro­cess­ing book­ings, pay­ing bills and

or­gan­is­ing work sched­ules. I cre­ate the daily

sched­ule for the guests: yoga classes, surf

pick-ups, food and any lit­tle ex­tras. Then I

also take care of the so­cial me­dia, tak­ing and

sort­ing pic­tures, up­dat­ing the web­site and ad­ver­tis­ing. I try to wel­come all new guests upon

ar­rival, show them around and ev­ery week I join

a din­ner out with the guests – this gives me

the time to get to know the girls. I also have

a host, who is around for the girls through­out

the week and helps with mak­ing the break­fast and


Best part of my job: Be­ing sur­rounded by

peo­ple in the happy hol­i­day mood and get­ting

in­spired by so many sto­ries of strong women.

Worst part: See­ing ev­ery­one surf and want­ing

to surf with them.

Af­ter work: I am a busy mum of two small

boys and I try to spend as much time with them

as pos­si­ble.

De­scribe your job in 3 words: In­spir­ing, ac­tive and cre­ative.

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