Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Brad Preston, Founder of WakeSurf 585, located in Webster, NY, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

At Wakesurf 585, we teach people how to wake surf. We own a special boat that creates a surfable wave. Customers get up using a rope; the goal is to drop the rope and surf on the wave. Our customers range in age from 6-60; this sport is super easy on the body, boat only needs to go 8-11 mph to pull the surfers, based on size and strength.

Tell us about yourself

My name is Brad Preston; I moved to California when I was 12 years old, and I am 48 now. Fell in love with surfing and surf culture. Living in upstate NY, there aren't waves unless you use a boat. My sons and I started Wakesurf 585 to share our love of surfing with our community. Teaching my sons how to start, run, and manage a business is so rewarding. Each day we wake up and introduce something new to someone or help to return customers improve - it's tangible. In addition, people get on the boat and relax, listen to tunes, take videos of the rider and enjoy the sun and water.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Working with my two sons, watching them embrace teaching and customer experience.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

Winter and snow are no bueno for this type of work, seasonal.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

PLAN, be flexible, listen to what customers are saying, and learn from each experience.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

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Where can people find you and your business?


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