This Surfer/Banker's Life Might Make You Want To Transfer To Sydney

Surfers at Bondi Beach in Australia

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Bankers in Sydney and Los Angeles are granted natural luxuries that you just don’t have in NYC or London.Think: beaches — Los Angeles has the Santa Monica and Malibu, Sydney has the beautiful beaches of Bondi.  

The Wall Street Journal recently profiled Kevin Skelton, a banker at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Sydney. He surfs every morning at Bondi Beach, so we couldn’t help but feel a little jealous

You can find Skelton in the shark and jellyfish infested water of Bondi Beach by 5:30 every morning.  During the week, he typically surfs for about two hours before heading into the city for work.  He says that surfing helps clear his mind and refresh his spirit, while also burning off the calories from indulgent client dinners.  When Kevin is travelling and can’t be in the water, he does cardio in the gym and weight trains the muscle groups he needs for swimming and surfing.  

Unlike in New York where bankers often discuss golfing and skiing, in Sydney, surfing is a common discussion point.  That chill and rejuvenated surfer attitude is also carried into the office.  The flavour and attitude that surfers bring into the Sydney banks, helps to transform them into more bearable places to work.  

Jealous, London and New York?

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