“𝐻𝐾 𝑖𝑠 𝑎 𝑠𝑚𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑝𝑙𝑎𝑐𝑒. 𝑁𝑜 𝑛𝑒𝑒𝑑 𝑡𝑜 𝑎𝑑𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑡𝑖𝑠𝑒 ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒. 𝑃𝑒𝑜𝑝𝑙𝑒 𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑟𝑢𝑚𝑜𝑟 [𝑠𝑝𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑑] 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑔𝑒𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑛𝑎𝑚𝑒 𝑜𝑢𝑡.”
“𝑀𝑦 𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑡𝑛𝑒𝑟 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝐼, 𝑤𝑒 𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑙𝑖𝑘𝑒 𝑤𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑟. 𝑆𝑜 𝑤𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑤𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑝𝑜𝑟𝑡𝑠. 𝑊𝑒 𝑏𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ𝑡 𝑎 𝑠𝑝𝑒𝑒𝑑𝑏𝑜𝑎𝑡 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑓𝑢𝑛 𝑓𝑖𝑟𝑠𝑡, 𝑏𝑢𝑡 𝑠𝑙𝑜𝑤𝑙𝑦 𝑏𝑢𝑠𝑖𝑛𝑒𝑠𝑠 𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑟𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑖𝑛𝑔. 𝐼𝑡’𝑠 𝑏𝑒𝑒𝑛 22 𝑦𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑤𝑒 𝑛𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝑙𝑜𝑜𝑘 𝑏𝑎𝑐𝑘.”
“𝐼 𝑙𝑜𝑣𝑒 𝑤𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑟. 𝐼 𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑟𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑤𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑝𝑜𝑟𝑡𝑠 𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑛 𝐼 𝑤𝑎𝑠 12.”
“𝐻𝐾 𝑖𝑠 𝑎 𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦 𝑒𝑥𝑐𝑖𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑐𝑖𝑡𝑦. 𝑃𝑒𝑜𝑝𝑙𝑒 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑛𝑖𝑐𝑒. 𝐹𝑜𝑜𝑑 𝑖𝑠 𝑔𝑜𝑜𝑑. 𝑇ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑚𝑎𝑛𝑦 𝑡𝑟𝑎𝑖𝑙𝑠. 𝐿𝑜𝑡𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑠ℎ𝑜𝑝𝑝𝑖𝑛𝑔, 𝑔𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑡 𝑏𝑎𝑟𝑠 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑑𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑔𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑡 𝑛𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡𝑙𝑖𝑓𝑒. 𝑀𝑎𝑛𝑦 𝑚𝑎𝑛𝑦 𝑐𝑢𝑙𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑒𝑠. 𝐴𝑙𝑙 𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑒𝑖𝑔𝑛𝑒𝑟𝑠 𝑙𝑖𝑣𝑖𝑛𝑔 ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒. 𝑌𝑜𝑢 𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑙𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑛 𝑐𝑢𝑙𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑜𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑐𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑡𝑟𝑖𝑒𝑠.”
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 HK’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. It’s been 22 years and he has never looked back.