Surfing is meant to be a sport of simplicity. Usually all that’s needed is a board, board shorts and a bit of swell.
But when you start to imagine the range of waves, boards and locations on the map, the mind boggles, not just at the options out there when planning a trip but also the logistics and costs.
Two local surfers – Marlon Law and Dane O’Shanassy – have both experienced first-hand the problems surfers face when travelling, and so were excited when months of work and planning reached launch-stage for their latest online network for surfers, ‘Riparide – Travel Like a Surfer’, last week.
Riparide connects travelling surfers to accommodation and surf equipment (rented by locals), and in the lead-up to the annual Rip Curl Pro over Easter, it will enable Torquay locals to make extra cash as the town experiences the influx of travelling surfers.
Mr O’Shanassy said they were proud to conceptualise the idea here in a small town where they both grew up, rather than out of a big city. Local surfers can list a spare room, couch, tent, caravan, longboard, SUP and more.
“We’ve gone to places where we know people with boards and places to stay, but not everyone’s lucky enough to know people in, say, Hawaii,” Mr O’Shanassy said.
Mr Law said the idea, also known as collaborative consumption, was not new, but Riparide simply expanded that style of travel for more surfers to enjoy.
“It is a part of the larger movement that is happening worldwide.”
It is free for local surfers to list their surfboards and space, and they control when items are available and who can access them online. Interested surfers can find out more at www.riparide.com.