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Surf school on wave of success

Chris and Genevieve Kendall of Coolum Surfing School had cause to celebrate on Saturday evening.

Not only had they recently been nominated for a Sunshine Coast Excellence in Business Award for Tourism but they reached a milestone of eight years in business.

Joining them at the celebration at Lavish Fine Foods were member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson, Coolum Surfing School staff, clients, friends and business mentor Rod Richards.

For Chris and Genevieve it is a dream come true.

They have poured their heart and soul into the business and were thrilled to be nominated for the award.

Chris, a former Queensland representative surfer, said he had found his ideal job.

“We have put everything into it,” he said.

Chris said starting the business came about after a lot of soul searching.

After injuring his back he could no longer work in the hospitality business.

“I had the desire to work in an atmosphere I loved,” Chris said.

He became a coach and worked at Noosa for a few years before being accepted into the NEIS program.

This meant he had the opportunity to study business and receive ongoing support once the couple started the surf school.

Chris said the training he received was invaluable, as was the support of mentor Rod Richards.

“I pride myself of the service we give (to clients).”

Chris knows it was a team effort that grew the school from three surfboards to 30 boards in the first three years.

“Without good staff I wouldn't have the business I have today,” he said.

“I'm living my dream.”

Mr Richards said he admired Chris and Genevieve and believed that “they're a good example of how to operate and build a business, and care for clients”.

“It has been an amazing journey,” Mr Richards said of the Kendalls' success.

Ms Simpson said that it was wonderful to see a local business doing well, employing local people and growing strong.

“(We can) never take for granted people in business,” she said.

“It is not enough to have a dream,” she said.

“You have to put it into action.”

“They're a good example of how to operate and build a business, and care for clients.”

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