Hello friends and welcome to our first BLOG! We gave a lot of thought as to what it should be and finally decided as there was a good chance we would be the only people reading it why not talk about ourselves! and of course some of the trials and tribulations we have faced so far in starting up our own business.
Kate and myself (Antonia) have been friends for about 5 years and initially met working for a charity. The first day we got to talking we realised we had more in common than we could of imagined! Both recently married to surf crazed men and both passionate about travel, being lucky enough to spend some time living and exploring a lot of the same places such as Bali, Sri Lanka, Australia, India and Costa Rica.
Fast forward a few years and we’re still off chasing those waves with our men, although we now have 2 Groms in tow Solomon Bear and Rudy Blue. Not much has changed except there is no way we are flying with just hand luggage any more!
It was around 6 months ago we both found ourselves sat at the beach moaning about how either expensive or naff kids surf clothing was. Who knows what really happened next but after a few Desperado’s in the dunes we had vowed to start our own kids surf apparel company. Just one small problem, we had a 4 month old and a 1 year old in tow. Things were about to get interesting!
We’ve been so lucky to have the support of our husbands, family and friends and somehow have made it happen. Its certainly not all been sunshine and rainbows though and there have literally been days when two very dishevelled women in topknots and puke stained sweatshirts have wanted to pack it all in. We’ve had teething and sleep training to contend with along with starting this on a shoestring. Teaching ourselves to build a website was fun! Our poor husbands having to suffer endless nights of us disturbing their surf movies while we sat next to them watching endless youtube tutorials on our phones, trying to learn about a whole bunch of stuff we never knew existed before.
The truth is its been bloody hard and also bloody amazing. Kate and I have done something that a few months ago was a pipe dream, and for any other mama out there reading this I’m sure you will get where we’re coming from. Parenthood is punishing enough some days without throwing in starting a business with no money and no real clue of what your doing!
The moral of this story is that woman are flipping ace! Business or not, motherhood is one intense ride and we are so thrilled to be able to share ours with you. I hope through this blog we will be able to connect with you guys in a way that makes us real, because the reason we are here is to offer something we don’t think is currently out there. Reasonably priced good quality surf gear for our little beach bums. Please feel free to comment or get in touch with us. We’d love to hear from you!
Antonia & Kate
Wolf & Bear Mamas x