Surfers are travellers, so it only makes sense when it comes time to settle down into a career that you find a job that is as close to the ocean as you can get. Originally from Mt Maunganui, James Mitchell is one such surfer that has worked his way across the planet, and coincidentally found himself working around some of the world’s best waves. Growing up in the Bay of Plenty can be a frustrating life as a surfer, the waves when they come can be world class, yet it’s the long periods of no surf that can drive a surfer nuts! So as soon as James left school he hit the road infected with a travel bug for two years which saw him visit places such as India, Fiji, North America, Mexico, Europe, WA, and across to the East Coast of Australia. A return home to launch a career saw James head on down to Otago University to complete a Bachelor of Commerce management and marketing, focussing on international business, a degree that would later become a great asset. Coming from the small wave area of the North Island’s east Coast, the southern coastline really captured James and he fell in love with the isolated and raw nature of the Deep South. After his first year at Uni and having seen a few of the epic waves on offer he returned home to the Mount and worked his butt off all summer to get the vital gear in the form of a Jet Ski, sleds and tow boards, which could be utilised to score these untapped waves. After being taken under the wing of Skep McLoughlin and shown the ropes, literally, James began to push his big wave and alas surfing to a whole new level with a crew of passionate likeminded guys. He was so in love with the place he stayed on after his Uni years working for Kyle Davidson’s forestry gang, a great man to have as a boss, cause when the surf was on, tools were down! After a few more years James had an opportunity come up through Otago Uni to further his studies over in Mexico, quite ironically very close to a surf break known as Pascuales and between there and trips to Puerto Escondido he honed his big wave barrel riding. After the South American foray James once again scored a dream opportunity as a surf guide in Samoa at Salani, where his responsibilities were to show guests how and where to get barrelled. Each summer James returned home running a juice bar down at Mt Maunganui’s Main Beach, which brought in enough dosh to see him head back to his new-found love of Mexican barrels in winter. Due to head off for a season in Hawaii James had a chance meeting with a guy back home, Troy Griffin, which completely changed his plans and set in motion his current career path. Troy was the inventor/ owner of those reverse slingshot bungees and he needed help running the Singapore operation, which James took on and although he didn’t get surf in Singapore, he could shoot across to Bali in the weekends. Once that was completed James again returned home looking to settle down when he found himself once again only days later boarding a plane bound for Chile to help train up the Slingshot operation there. The Chilean coastline is littered with epic waves especially point breaks and it’s fair to say James made the most of this opportunity in his time off. The nest six years of James’ life landed him in Brazil, a place he had gone to check out while in this part of the world, when he then saw an opening for the business. As Brazil didn’t appear to have much in the way of entertainment services, he worked with a local contact to set-up the bungee throughout Brazil at events and surfed his way around as much as he could. After six years the hustle and bustle of such a highly populated place became too much and he boarded a plane for Nias to score a forecasted big swell, one that would get the blood pumping after years in Brazilian beach breaks. James for a few years had been entertaining the idea of returning to NZ to settle down and enjoy a more relaxed pace of life, when he met up with his girlfriend back in Bali after the Nias swell and saw the piece of land in Kuta, and immediately thought that would be a pretty sick place to put a reverse bungy. The wheels were set in motion, negotiations with landowners and the red tape officers took place running smoothly enough, and James along with the help of Troy began construction of the project which opened eight months later. While the initial set up stages saw James restricted in terms of heading off to chase a swell, he still managed to score epic waves around Bali itself, which ain’t such a bad thing. But as the operation smooths itself out James can follow those forecasted epic swells to wherever the best spot will be, time the peak of the swell and return to work, surf stoked and ready to make bank!