More often than not, people from this segment are unmarried, childless, and Generation X or Y. More ethnically diverse than most Battlers, they’re confident and educated, and place a high value on their social life. Employed in a range of industries, their salaries aren’t huge, but they’re doing alright, thanks very much. As long as they’ve got their independence and freedom, everything’s cool.
Walk with Me
They don’t call it Surfer’s Paradise for nothing, you know. This place rules! I’ve been here three years now; moved down from Brisbane after I finished uni. My uncle offered me a summer job with his lawn-mowing business, so I figured I’d do that before facing up to reality and getting a real job. Why am I still here? I guess I realised there was more to life than being chained to a desk 9-5.
So instead of working a serious IT job like I’m qualified for, I’m a surfing instructor! It’s a pretty loose arrangement through my local surf shop, mainly teaching backpackers. I’ve met some great people, never get bored, and the only suit I have to wear is a wetsuit — and that’s only if it’s cold.
The hours are unpredictable, depending on bookings, but that’s fine. My social life’s chockers, so my days off come in handy to recover from the night before, if you catch my drift. Still, I try to balance my nights out by eating really healthily. You know, avoiding dairy products, buying organic if I can afford it, lots of fresh veges.
My apartment’s a few blocks back from the beach, not far from Uncle Bob and Aunty Jo. They’re always inviting me over for dinner: I’m like the son they never had, except that they’re cooler than my parents. Bob and I sometimes sneak down the RSL to play the pokies, and Jo lends me her car when I need it.