Beachroad Magazine head to Fahrenheit Beachsports to meet Karim El-Gendy founder of Hydro Water Sports.
The 37 years old Egyptian was born in Dubai and raised in Hurghada in the Red Sea, Egypt. Karim was a diving instructor and returned to Dubai in 2013 to continue as a Diving Instructor and promoted to Diving Center manager.
Karim founded Hydro Water Sports in 2015 with 1 flyboard, 1 jetski and his old jeep that made a habit of breaking down when customers were waiting. Working alone until the company started to grow and get more business which allowed him to hire professional staff he could depend on "I care so much about the customer satisfaction I didn’t have money to spend in the marketing so I depended 100 % on word of mouth".
Karim became the first person to offer Flyboard night shows in Dubai. Guests are always awe struck by our spectacular light night show or fascinated by the moves of our performer during the day. The shows are either performed in the sea or a swimming pool and today Hydro Water Sports has 3 Branches in Dubai.
Karim answers the Beachroad Magazine Q&A //
NAME? // Karim Hassan El-Gendy.
YOUR FIRST JOB? // Diving instructor.
YOUR CURRENT OCCUPATION // Hydro water Sports Dubai Co-founder.
IF YOU WERE NOT INVOLVED IN WATERSPORTS WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING? // I dont see myself away from the water, it would be diving or a boats captain for sure.
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP? // I always dreamed to have an import export company as I like trading and like to travel.
YOUR GREATEST LOVE? // My wife and my little baby Ayesha.
YOUR GREATEST FEAR? // Not been able to work.
WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST MEMORY? // The Desert, Sea and mountains.
IF YOU GOT THE CHANCE TO DO ONE THING AGAIN WHAT WOULD IT BE? // Learn flyboarding.
WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL AND WHY? // My role model is a business man his name is Naguib Sawiris he started his life with less than 2000 US dollars and worked hard, believed in himself and now he is one of the most successful businessmen is the world.
WHO IS YOUR GREATEST FASHION INFLUENCE? // I don’t follow the fashion really so I cant say that I have a great fashion Influence, I am just simple in anything I wear.
WHAT ITEM OF CLOTHING COULD YOU NOT LIVE WITHOUT? // Swimming Short.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE SMELL? // Smell of the Sea.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MEAL? // Well done Steak with mash potatoes.
IF YOU COULD SPEND A DAY WITH ANYONE ALIVE OR DEAD WHO WOULD IT BE? // I would spend it with my father as he died when I was 13 years old.
WHAT IS THE LAST GIFT YOU GAVE SOMEONE? // Babies clothes to my best friend as he got twin girls.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE CHILDREN? // Find yourself in the Sports you like.
A WORD YOU OVERUSE? // "Mashi" its Arabic word wish means ok.
YOUR WORST TRAIT? // Quite nervous but I am working on it and its getting better.
THE WORST TRAIT IN OTHERS THAT GETS YOU MAD? // I hate lying.
WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE? // Jason Statham.
YOUR FAVOURITE MUSIC // Amr Diab Music.
LAST RECORD / DOWNLOAD YOU BOUGHT? // Anya.
FAVOURITE BOOK? // In Search Of Identity ( writer Anwar Sadat ) Ex Egyptian president.
LAST BOOK YOU BOUGHT? // Ancient England.
THE CLOSEST YOU HAVE COME TO DEATH? // Only god knows.
FAVOURITE DESTINATION? // Florida, USA.
LEAST FAVOURITE DESTINATION? // Any cold countries.
HOW DO YOU RELAX? // Watching movie at home with my wife eating popcorn.
WHAT WOULD YOUR DREAM CAR BE? // Ferrari F50.
ARE YOU SPORTY? // Yes.
BEACH OR DESERT? // Beach.
URBAN OR RURAL? // Urban.
CATS OR DOGS? // Dogs.
COFFEE OR TEA? // Coffee.
WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH? // My daughter.
WHATS MAKES YOU CRY? // Death of people you know.
YOUR MESSAGE? // Always remember that the winner is just a loser who tried one more time so never give up.