Episode 18: Meet Belinda Bradford, Managing Director of Surf Getaways and former Corporate Strategist
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Today I got to sit down for a chat with Belinda Bradford. Belinda is Australian and has been surfing for over 20 years now. Despite the fact she utterly rips in the lineup, she has worked in extremely demanding jobs most of her life: from senior managerial positions at corporations such as Qantas and Time-Warner she has also created a bunch of successful startups.
In terms of dream jobs, you could say Belinda has had them all as she always been an extremely driven person so it's interesting to talk to someone who has had a life filled with demanding jobs and the perks they come with. What is also interesting is to find out why and how Belinda dropped out of the corporate world for… surfing?
A couple of years ago, Belinda joined forces with Jenny Boggis and Serena Adams both highly qualified surf coaches and together they created Surf Getaways, a surf travel company for Women. As Belinda said, she used her experience from the corporate world to "put the company on steroids".
Today Belinda shares her time between Sydney, Byron Bay, the Maldives, Fiji, Vanuatu and Bali of all places so you could say she has created a dream job split between portions of paradise.
We discuss the way Surf Getaways is inspiring and empowering women to reach their full potential through surfing, so it's really interesting how the process of surfing in a 100% female environment is creating self confidence, and breaking the barriers of fear for women in all sorts of situations.
I love the way Surf Getaways is empowering women to reach their full potential through surfing. It was also really interesting to talk to someone who's been to the top of the corporate ladder and survived. It's thought provoking to think that surfing did keep Belinda going all these years and that she has created a dream life around surfing. Last but not least, remember, you're never too old to get in the water!
To get hold of surf getaways, their website is www.surfgetaways.com.au and you can reach them on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/surfgetaways/ , on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/surfgetaways.com.au and you can subscribe to their Youtube channel : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtpvQCzGi9adCef234XaUJA
There's an illustrated article about Belinda on Medium.com I'm currently revamping my website and logo so hopefully very soon, you will be able to find all the episodes, links and photos of my guests in the same place ;)
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Thank you Belinda for being such an inspiration.
Thank you for listening.
Until next week, take care, have fun and enjoy the waves