Phillips - Surfer - Sydney, NSW, Australia

Kaia Phillips

Sydney, NSW, Australia



  • Full time
  • Part time
  • One time
  • Contract
  • Temp


A recent school graduate, with a passion for surfing, from Lahinch, County Clare, Ireland travelling through Australia to broaden surfing skills and knowledge. Lahinch has been a centre for surfing since the late 1960's and was the host venue for the 1972 European Surf Championships. An engaging personality combined with teaching qualifications enables positive relationship building with students, peers and colleagues. Proven ability to engage in operational requirements utilising discerning judgement and diplomacy to ensure timely outcomes. Excellent communication skills, with exceptional attention to detail, ensuring proactive resolution to all issues. A task driven individual with highly astute people skills, providing strong leadership to achieves results. Possesses the highest calibre of ethics and character.

Work History

Surf Instructor

Ocean Scene Surf School, Ireland.

May 2013 - December 2013

The role provided surf lessons to a diverse client base, from individual lessons, to group bookings as well as provide business support. Strong and calm communication skills are invaluable in my work as an instructor and facilitate adapting to new situations and people with ease.
Managing surf lessons sales and enquiries, by phone, Internet and in a customer-facing environment. Acting as a contact point for Surf School, the ‘go to’ person.
Management of retail surf rentals, including payments and stocks.
First Aid Officer and Health & Safety champion for Ocean Scene Surf School

Retail Shop Assistant

Lahinch Surf Shop, Ireland.

May 2012 - September 2012

The role provided retail support for the first dedicated surf shop in Ireland, which
opened in 1989. I gained experience in dealing with suppliers such as the Great
Outdoors, Dublin, as well as dealing with various members of the public.
Sale of surf merchandise, including ordering of stock, on line orders and deliveries.
Bookings for surf lessons (by phone & Internet or face to face)
All customer enquiries (by phone, Internet and in a customer-facing environment)

Assistant to Tom Doidge-Harrison

DH Surfboards, Ireland.

September 2010 - January 2011

This was an internship as part of my 4th year high school work experience. The role was Assistant to Tom Doidge-Harrison, who is a Lahinch based surfer and Founder of DH Surfboards - a company that specialises in handcrafted surfboards for any surfer and any wave. Tom is also a Surf Ambassador at Patagonia Inc. (USA) and through this work, I gained valuable exposure to the niche craft of surfboard fabrication and manufacturing as well as commercial know-how in person and via the website (
Preparation of equipment e.g. sanding surfboards.
Training in surfboard design and fabrication.
Ad-hoc assistant duties (customer queries, phone calls, emails).

Qualifications & Certifications

Mary Immaculate Secondary School, Co. Clare, Ireland

First Aid Qualification

Irish Surfing Association

Level 1 Surf Instructor

Irish Surfing Association

Beach Lifeguard Qualification

Irish Surfing Association

Level 1 Surf Instructor

Irish Surfing Association

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