Jumping into a new venture

Auditor and marketing analyst walk away from good jobs to open Get Air Surf City, an indoor trampoline park.

September 23, 2013|By Anthony Clark Carpio
  • Owners Kiele Iverson and Pete Bradshaw pose for a portrait at their indoor trampoline park called Get Air Surf City in Huntington Beach.
Owners Kiele Iverson and Pete Bradshaw pose for a portrait… (KEVIN CHANG / HB…)

Pete Bradshaw and Kiele Iverson were making a respectable amount of money as an auditor and marketing analyst, respectively. But their jobs didn't give them a hop in their step.

Looking to do something more adventurous, the two friends decided to trade in their 9-to-5 jobs and open Get Air Surf City, Huntington Beach's first indoor trampoline park.

The venue, at 5142 Argosy Ave., is tucked away in a quiet industrial park on the northwest side of town. The company had a soft opening earlier this month and will have its grand opening Saturday.

Get Air Surf City offers various activities, including a dodgeball league, a fitness class and foam pits with video cameras so that people can review their jumps.

"The scariest part for me was walking away from a well-paying job and telling people," said Bradshaw, 36, who was tired of being the bearer of bad news as an auditor for Ernst and Young.


When co-workers at Ernst and Young asked him if he was leaving to work for a finance firm, he timidly told them no, that he was going to open a trampoline park.

Starting a business was a new path for Bradshaw and Iverson, but they both grew up around trampolines.

Iverson, 27, participated in tumbling when she was 7 years old but said she had always been the type of kid who was climbing on everything.

"My dad sold trampolines my whole life," Iverson said. "I grew up having at least one trampoline in my back yard."

For Bradshaw, on the other hand, trampolines were sort of forced on him. In England, where he grew up, everyone in school had to take a gymnastics class for credit.

"We had a trampoline semester. Everyone took it and we didn't have a choice," he said. "I bet most kids in England know how to jump with form. Whenever I jump here, people tell me that I point my toes so well."

With little to no experience in starting a business, Bradshaw and Iverson had to hit the ground running, learning about zoning changes and safety regulations.

The building they moved into was originally zoned for commercial use and had to be changed to public use to accommodate a trampoline park. They also needed to make the facility compliant with American Disabilities Act regulations and safety rules set by the American Society for Testing and Materials.

Every support bean in the building is padded, and the floor is cushioned throughout. Additional trampolines are positioned under the foam pits to ensure that guests aren't hitting a hard surface.

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