How can I break my way into the surf industry?

I want to work for a major company like Quiksilver or O'neill. I am a senior Philosophy major at UCSB and I am in the Technology Management Program which is based around technology and entrepreneurship. I know that entry into these companies is very competitive because of the amount of people trying to get in. I am a hardcore surfer and I want to be around this sport for the rest of my life. Should my first step be to get an associate job at one of their clothing retail stores? Thanks

Asked By: Will - 12/13/2010
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Do what ever you have to do man!
Answered By: ha he ho - 12/13/2010
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If you are a hard core surfer, get a job in a REAL surf shop, not one of those bathing suit stores that sell some surfboards. You can meet sales reps for the different companies, and work your way in slowly and surely. Also keep tabs on the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association web site and check industry trends.
Answered By: John F - 12/13/2010
win contests. No one cares where you work, what you wear, or how long you went to school. If you have the stoke and the ability, the world is your oyster.
Answered By: Roberto - 12/13/2010
You have a hard way to go but here are some suggestions. Since you are "hard core", I assume you know all the local manufacturers in your area, plus have achieved an advanced level in your surfing abilities. Unfortunately, it is usually your skill that gets you in the door first, then your education will follow. If... More
Answered By: The HB Snake - 12/14/2010
No,Go directly to the companys headquarters,and apply for an internship,prior to graduation,also contact their HR departments and get to know the people there.Persistence is everything,If they all suddenly know who you are,that will show them that you will be just as an aggressive rep.for example... More
Answered By: hbthorshammer - 12/14/2010
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