Network engineer, specialize in Cisco Systems gears, unified communication (voice/video, collaboration) specialist.
Currently employed as a consulting engineer.
Tip: when starting out (water-start, upwind stages) get the widest / floatiest board you can find such as a door or a strapped surfboard to help you progress quicker and avoid the walk of shame. After you progress, you can pick a more appropriate board size for you weight and height.
Before progressing into jumping, practice the zigzag maneuver (aka load and pop) - go downwind for 2 secs, then edge hard upwind - then rinse and repeat.