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Story of a high-in-demand watersports coach in HK who started his life as a construction supervisor and took an entrepreneurial leap during an economic downturn to start a small watersports business, turning a childhood passion to a successful profession.

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๐๐จ๐ญ๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐๐ฎ๐จ๐ญ๐ž๐ฌ:

โ€œ๐ป๐พ ๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘Ž ๐‘ ๐‘š๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘™ ๐‘๐‘™๐‘Ž๐‘๐‘’. ๐‘๐‘œ ๐‘›๐‘’๐‘’๐‘‘ ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘Ž๐‘‘๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘ ๐‘’ โ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘’. ๐‘ƒ๐‘’๐‘œ๐‘๐‘™๐‘’ ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘› ๐‘Ÿ๐‘ข๐‘š๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ [๐‘ ๐‘๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘‘ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘ค๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘‘] ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘”๐‘’๐‘ก ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘›๐‘Ž๐‘š๐‘’ ๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘ก.โ€

“๐‘€๐‘ฆ ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก๐‘›๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐ผ, ๐‘ค๐‘’ ๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘™ ๐‘™๐‘–๐‘˜๐‘’ ๐‘ค๐‘Ž๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘Ÿ. ๐‘†๐‘œ ๐‘ค๐‘’ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘”โ„Ž๐‘ก ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘ค๐‘Ž๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘ ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก๐‘ . ๐‘Š๐‘’ ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘”โ„Ž๐‘ก ๐‘Ž ๐‘ ๐‘๐‘’๐‘’๐‘‘๐‘๐‘œ๐‘Ž๐‘ก ๐‘“๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ ๐‘“๐‘ข๐‘› ๐‘“๐‘–๐‘Ÿ๐‘ ๐‘ก, ๐‘๐‘ข๐‘ก ๐‘ ๐‘™๐‘œ๐‘ค๐‘™๐‘ฆ ๐‘๐‘ข๐‘ ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘’๐‘ ๐‘  ๐‘ ๐‘ก๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘‘ ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘š๐‘–๐‘›๐‘”. ๐ผ๐‘กโ€™๐‘  ๐‘๐‘’๐‘’๐‘› 22 ๐‘ฆ๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘  ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘ค๐‘’ ๐‘›๐‘’๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘™๐‘œ๐‘œ๐‘˜ ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘๐‘˜.”

“๐ผ ๐‘™๐‘œ๐‘ฃ๐‘’ ๐‘ค๐‘Ž๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘Ÿ. ๐ผ ๐‘ ๐‘ก๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘‘ ๐‘ค๐‘Ž๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘ ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก๐‘  ๐‘คโ„Ž๐‘’๐‘› ๐ผ ๐‘ค๐‘Ž๐‘  12.”

“๐ป๐พ ๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘Ž ๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘ฆ ๐‘’๐‘ฅ๐‘๐‘–๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” ๐‘๐‘–๐‘ก๐‘ฆ. ๐‘ƒ๐‘’๐‘œ๐‘๐‘™๐‘’ ๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ ๐‘›๐‘–๐‘๐‘’. ๐น๐‘œ๐‘œ๐‘‘ ๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘”๐‘œ๐‘œ๐‘‘. ๐‘‡โ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ ๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ ๐‘š๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘ฆ ๐‘ก๐‘Ÿ๐‘Ž๐‘–๐‘™๐‘ . ๐ฟ๐‘œ๐‘ก๐‘  ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘ โ„Ž๐‘œ๐‘๐‘๐‘–๐‘›๐‘”, ๐‘”๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘ก ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘  ๐‘“๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ ๐‘‘๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘˜๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘”๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘ก ๐‘›๐‘–๐‘”โ„Ž๐‘ก๐‘™๐‘–๐‘“๐‘’. ๐‘€๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘ฆ ๐‘š๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘ฆ ๐‘๐‘ข๐‘™๐‘ก๐‘ข๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘ . ๐ด๐‘™๐‘™ ๐‘“๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘–๐‘”๐‘›๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘  ๐‘™๐‘–๐‘ฃ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” โ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘’. ๐‘Œ๐‘œ๐‘ข ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘› ๐‘™๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘› ๐‘๐‘ข๐‘™๐‘ก๐‘ข๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘œ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘›๐‘ก๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘’๐‘ .”

๐†๐ฎ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐๐ซ๐จ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ฅ๐ž:
Jim is a watersports coach, born and raised in HK. He grew up as a farmer and fisherman in Tai Tam area and loved watersports as a child. He started his career as a construction supervisor participating mega construction projects like Tsing Yi Bridge, Airport Express and Kowloon Station.

After HKโ€™s handover to China in 1997, construction slowed down. During that time, Jim did short stint as a taxi driver. Soon he got bored of doing odd jobs.

In 1999, he along with his childhood friend took an entrepreneurial leap by buying a boat and starting as a watersports coach. Jim had researched the HK market well and observed a gap in demand and supply of watersports and coaches. With this arbitrage opportunity, Jim started his watersports business. The business started flourishing within 3 months. Itโ€™s been 22 years and he has never looked back.

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